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News in Brief, Friday November 24, 2023

Cyclone inquiry

The Department of Internal Affairs is asking anyone who was impacted by this year’s severe weather events to share experiences as part of an independent Government inquiry. The inquiry will assess the preparedness and response activities of local and central governments, support groups and communities and businesses that were disproportionately affected. To complete the survey, go to https://consultations.dia.govt.nz/

Combined plan

The final drop-in session for the proposed Wairarapa Combined District Plan [WCDP] is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28. The session will be open from 11am-1pm at Waiata House, 27 Lincoln Rd, Masterton. The drop-in session is an opportunity for the public to chat with the planning team about the proposed WCDP.


The Masterton District Council [MDC] has resumed after-hours callouts and will collect roaming dogs if they have been secured only. A press release from MDC said: “Given the difficulty in locating non-secured dogs, calls resulting from these animals cannot be responded to after hours.”

Save water, silly

Carterton District Council [CDC] is reminding residents that the current water restriction level is at ‘save water’. CDC said that part of its consent conditions with Greater Wellington Regional Council is to conserve water. The water reserves are needed to allow for firefighting capabilities, and infrastructure is in place to ensure continuous clean water but the predicted dry summer means there may be a “drain on [its] supply from the stream, aquifer, and bores.”

Final meeting

Another local organisation is facing closure this Sunday. XploratioNZ, a diverse non-denominational group, has met weekly for over 20 years to discuss matters relating to Christian faith and other faith beliefs. However, as members have aged, numbers have dwindled, and a final AGM and discussion is being held this Sunday, November 26 at Crossways Church [opposite Countdown] in Masterton with afternoon tea at 3pm. As has always been the case, all those who are interested are welcome to attend.

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