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News in brief January 14, 2023

Hill closures

Waka Kotahi NZTA will close SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd next week for planned maintenance and slip prevention work. The route will be closed overnight on Wednesday from 9pm until 4am on Thursday, January 19. Light vehicles can be escorted at intervals across the hill behind a pilot vehicle.

Bookings are essential and should be made in advance with [email protected]. Access will be available for emergency services throughout the closure.


Stop-go traffic control will in place on SH2 near Moore St in Featherston on Thursday night and between Carterton and Masterton from tomorrow until Thursday between 7pm-6am. SH53, Revans St will have traffic control in place for road repairs with on Monday from 7pm-5.30am.

Road closures
for the region

Heavy rain over the past week has affected multiple roads, with some remaining closed or virtually impassable. Carterton District Council said Arawhata Hill [Te Wharau Rd] between Flatpoint Rd and Glenburn Rd, Glenburn Rd, and Kaiwhata Rd was accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, while South Wairarapa District Council said only four-wheel-drives could tackle White Rock Rd. In South Wairarapa Tora and Pahaoa roads remained closed. Masterton District Council advised residents that crews were onsite at a washout on Homewood and a slip on Tanglewood roads yesterday and said Otahome and Ngahape roads were open to residents only.

Meanwhile, the council said a tree was blocking Puketiritiri Rd after the last house. The councils advised extreme caution to motorists when driving these roads as slips, trees and debris could block the roads again at any time. In Tararua, the district council advised that Route 52, had been reopened after a slip. It said multiple large cracks had been identified in the paddock above the site, enabling rainwater to enter and flow underground through the soil towards the slump on the road. “These cracks can only be dealt with effectively once the ground is dry.”

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