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News in Brief, December 15, 2022

Conversation
on crime

Masterton District Council is opening the floor to Wairarapa businesses to discuss how best to combat crime. Business Wairarapa said the agenda for a meeting at Waiata House was to establish collaborative and proactive steps to address escalating crime – especially retail businesses. “The purpose of the meeting is to bring key stakeholders together to consider what steps could be taken locally and how we can work collaboratively on this potential issue.”

Trip to see
transport

Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] is set to approve travel to Brisbane to scope out public transport systems at today’s meeting. GWRC’s council agenda said the council chair, regional transport committee chair, and transport committee chair would travel to Brisbane with elected members and officers to investigate mass rapid transit and digital ticketing. If approved, councillors would arrive in Brisbane on January 31 and depart on February 3. The trip would include travel on public transport and meetings with transport officials.

Hinekura crash

One person suffered moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Hinekura Rd at 4.15pm on Tuesday. Police and four fire trucks attended the scene.

No names for byelection

With a week left before nominations for the Greytown Community Board close, South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is encouraging people to send their applications in. A byelection was required to fill an extraordinary vacancy on the community board due to insufficient nominations during the 2022 elections. SWDC said while there had been some interest, nobody had officially thrown their hat in the ring. If there are no nominations, the current board will follow a set process to appoint someone in the community and notify the public. Nominees must be a New Zealand citizen, 18 or older, be registered to vote, and be nominated by two people on the Greytown Ward electoral roll. Application forms can be requested from the SWDC offices in Martinborough and from the Greytown Library. Nominations close on Thursday, December 22.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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