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News in brief, January 5, 2024

Water restriction reminder

Carterton District Council [CDC] is reminding Carterton residents of the current water restrictions in preparation for the predicted drought. All unattended watering systems are currently banned in Carterton, although keen gardeners can still water their gardens by hand on alternating days. Restrictions are in place as part of CDCs consent conditions with Greater Wellington Regional Council to conserve water, as well as reserving water for firefighting capabilities. “We have infrastructure in place to ensure we can provide continuous clean water,” a CDC spokesperson said, “but with a dry summer predicted, the conditions will mean a drain on our supply from the stream, aquifer, and bores.”

Featherston pool

The Featherston toddler pool was unavailable due to a technical issue yesterday. However, South Wairarapa District Council has advised that a replacement pump is on the way and the pool is expected to be back up and running today.

Remutaka hill closures

A reminder for all those frequently travelling over the Remutaka Hill that Waka Kotahi has a planned night closure this month as part of 31 closures scheduled between now and June. This is a higher number of closures planned than usual due to an extra 13 nights added to the work programme. The hill will be closed at 9pm on Sunday 14 January, and reopen at 4am on Sunday 15 January. Escorted crossings are available to those wishing to travel at this time, although bookings are essential. The next closures Waka Kotahi has scheduled for hill maintenance are in March.

Youth gone wild

Police responded to a call on Wednesday night reporting that a car had gone missing. It turned out the vehicle had been borrowed without permission by the children of the owner and they eventually returned it, so no further action was required of police. A second call received Wednesday night was to report a group of young people smashing glass bottles in Solway. Although police were not asked to attend the scene, it was required that they patrol the area to prevent any further disturbances. No further issues related to this incident were reported.

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