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News in brief, June 2, 2023

Disorder in CBD

Police responded to two incidents on Wednesday night in Central Masterton. The first was a report of a person acting in a disorderly manner at a commercial premise on Queen St at 7pm. Police said they attended and took the person into custody. About an hour later, police received a report of a group of people being trespassed from another commercial premises on Chapel St. Inquires about both incidents are ongoing.

Haskell to head water provider

The Wellington Water board has appointed Tonia Haskell as the new permanent chief executive of Wellington Water. Haskell has been acting in the role since January this year. Before taking up the role, Haskell was the group manager for the network development and delivery group at Wellington Water, a role she had held for five years. She said she was “thrilled” to be appointed as chief executive permanently. Haskell said Wellington Water did a “really important job” in providing essential water services. “My focus is to support the passionate and hard-working people at Wellington Water, particularly as we transition into a new organisation.” Wellington Water is owned and funded by South Wairarapa District Council, Wellington, Hutt, Porirua, and Upper Hutt city councils, and Greater Wellington Regional Council. All six councils are equal shareholders.

Offer correct

After almost a year of bargaining and two strikes, more than 80 per cent of the 2000 Public Services Association members at Community Corrections have voted to accept the latest pay offer. Now, workers will receive pay increases of between 4.7 per cent to 30 per cent depending on how long they have been in their role. The vote came after 50 Wairarapa Community Corrections workers walked off the job on April 13 when union members rejected the Department of Correction’s pay offer. The local staff were some of the 1900 union members who went on strike. Lead Organiser for the Public Service Association Josephine O’Connor said the deal that was struck with Corrections was a big step forward for the members and will put to an end a pay system that was unfair and disadvantaged women, Maori and Pasifika workers.

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