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News in Brief, December 6, 2022

Packing the bus

Pack the bus is coming to Carterton today. Carterton District Council is asking the community to help pack the bus full of Christmas gifts for children and non-perishable food. It said people can drop off their unwrapped items to the bus at the New World Car Park from noon-1pm.


Yesterday’s Times-Age story ‘Vape controversy’ said Featherston Supervalue were the owners of a new vape shop opening in Featherston. This is not correct. Supervalue is not connected to the vape shop, and the Times-Age apologises for the misattribution.

Power outage

Close to 70 properties in Pongaroa were without power from 7am yesterday. Powerco said damaged equipment caused an outage to 67 properties in the area. At the time of publication, Powerco said power was still out for 21 customers. “A field crew was dispatched to the site and found that a piece of equipment at the top of an overhead pole had failed. Repairs are currently underway, and customers should be reconnected later today.”

Hill breakdown

A broken-down vehicle on Remutaka Hill Rd had motorists at a standstill yesterday afternoon. Traffic in the westbound lane was held up for 45 minutes due to the blockage. Police said a vehicle broke down on the Featherston side of the hill at about 4pm, however, the issue was resolved by 4.45pm.

Jackson St theft

Police officers are making inquiries after thieves allegedly dashed into a Masterton property yesterday afternoon. Police said they received a report of shoplifting on Jackson St at 4.30pm. However, the alleged shoplifters were long-gone when police officers arrived. Police said inquiries were ongoing.

Joint Redress Bill reading

The Joint Redress Bill for Wairarapa iwi Rangitane o Wairarapa, Rangitane o Tamaki nui-a-Rua, and Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki nui-a-Rua has its third and final reading in Parliament today. If it passes, it will become law. The Joint Redress Bill will give effect to specific cultural redress shared between the iwi.

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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