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News in brief January 11, 2023

Where there’s
smoke …

A log jam had firefighters inundating Juken New Zealand [JNL] lumber mill in Waingawa early yesterday morning. A smoke alarm activation shortly after 3am saw brigades from Masterton, Carterton, and Avalon in Lower Hutt responding.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said the Avalon crew, called for its aerial ladder, was subsequently stood down.

“The last truck left [JNL] just before 5am. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, but in places like mills you need the engineers involved to shut down all the equipment so you can get access to certain areas.

“You work hand in hand with the experts. It’s safety first.” The spokesperson said pulp mills, such as JNL, typically had built-in fire suppressant systems, and fire crews would use water where necessary and thermal imaging cameras to ensure all hot spots were extinguished.

A place to hide

A child reported missing in South Wairarapa has been found safe and well. Police responded to a missing persons report on Bidwills Cutting Rd in Morison Bush at 5.30pm on Monday. A police spokesperson said the child was subsequently found under a bed.

Serious assaults

Police are investigating two reports of serious assault on Memorial Dr in Masterton. Police responded to an assault that left a person with minor injuries at 6pm on Monday. Police said inquiries are also ongoing into a second assault report received yesterday at 4.30pm.

A police spokesperson said that there were no reports of injuries but confirmed that the assault was reported at Queen Elizabeth Park.


More than 70 properties in Featherston will have their power turned off today.

Powerco has scheduled a five-hour outage to 51 properties on Wharekauhau Rd, Western Lake Rd, and Pounui Ridge to allow for asset maintenance. A further 20 properties on Raho Ruru Rd and Western Lake Rd will be without power for six hours between 8.45am and 3pm to replace a crossarm.

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