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News in brief January 21, 2023

Pool closed

The small learners’ pool at Trust House Recreation Centre, Masterton was closed yesterday after damage to the roof was found. Masterton District Council community facilities manager Corin Haines said he was disappointed with the measure but had to prioritise public safety. “Last week, a person or a group of people appear to have tried to climb over the rear pool roof. We initially thought a few roofing panels had been damaged but, on inspection, have found that the structural integrity of the roof appears to be compromised.” The other pools will remain open, and pool users were asked to avoid the area of the centre.

Busy month
for helicopter

Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter has reported a total of 29 missions throughout December, making it one of the busiest months for 2022. The helicopter organisation said the number included seven inter-hospital transfers, four medical events, 11 rural or farm-related incidents, four motor vehicle crashes and three rescue missions. One of the rescue missions included a dispatch to Mt Holdsworth on December 11 to a woman suffering head injuries after a fall. “The helicopter was able to land in a small clearing at the Powell Hut and transported the patient and her partner to Wellington Hospital.”

Safe to swim

All popular Wairarapa swimming spots were approved as safe for swimming ahead of the long weekend. Greater Wellington Regional Council approved both Castlepoint and Riversdale for swimming at 3.15pm yesterday. However, it advised caution for Makakahi River in Eketahuna. Information was unavailable for Ruamahanga River at Morrison’s Bush. Swimmers were advised to watch for hazards such as rips, currents, and jellyfish, and discouraged from swimming within three days of heavy rain.

Literary event

Wairarapa Library Service is hosting best-selling author, musician, and performer Deano Yipadee at the Martinborough Library on January 26 at 2pm. Entry is free. Other upcoming events this summer are picture-book writing and poetry workshops. More details and a schedule can be found at www.wls.org.nz/whats-on.

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