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News in brief February 3, 2023

Pop-up space
exhibit extended

Space is proving to be popular, and with over 3000 visitors flocking to the Wairarapa Space Science Centre, the call has been made to keep the doors open for Waitangi Weekend. The couple behind the pop-up, Haritina Mogosanu and Sam Leske, said the response had been “massive”. “The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive.” With the exhibition extended until Monday, February 6, they said people would have the opportunity to learn about the new internationally accredited Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve and take part in the exhibition’s interactive experiences, including driving Mars rovers and touring the International Space Station through a virtual reality headset. The Space Science Centre is open from 10am-6pm on the corner of Holloway and Main streets in Carterton.

Perry St assault

Police are making inquiries after a report of a serious assault on Masterton’s Perry St. Officers responded to the report at 5.40am yesterday. Police said one person suffered minor injuries in the attack, and officers were continuing to investigate.

Bikers flee
from police

Police are investigating two motorbike riders who failed to stop for dangerous driving early yesterday morning. Police said the bikers were signalled to pull over shortly before 1am on Coradine St in Masterton. The riders fled, however, police did not initiate a pursuit and confirmed inquiries were ongoing.

On the road

Waka Kotahi NZTA is urging road users to plan ahead and expect delays on the highways this Waitangi Weekend. It said motorists should check the latest information on road closures and restrictions before starting their journeys and to allow plenty of extra time. NZTA said several parts of New Zealand remained under Metservice heavy rain watches and warnings in the North Island, from north of Auckland to Coromandel and Taranaki. Metservice is forecasting rain for Wairarapa and the Tararua Range this afternoon, with scattered showers continuing tomorrow through until Monday.

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