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News in Brief, January 3, 2023

Chopper called

A serious injury accident saw the Westpac Rescue Helicopter called to Whareama on New Year’s Day. Fire and Emergency said the Tinui Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a medical incident at 5.15pm on January 1. Life Flight was subsequently called to the scene and the patient transferred to Wellington Hospital.

Remutaka crash

A motorcyclist is lucky to escape without injury after a crash on the Remutaka Hill Rd yesterday. Emergency services responded to the crash on the hill shortly before 10am. Police said a motorcyclist came off their bike, which was subsequently hit by a car. No injuries or blockages were reported, and towing was arranged for the vehicles.

Plea to
motorists

Emergency services are pleading with motorists to take care after responding to a significant number of crashes in the region. Greytown Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to eight crashes between December 21-29 last year, many of them at intersections and one head-on, which proved fatal. “The end of 2022 hasn’t been a good one.” Police are also urging motorists to drive safely, with 14 provisional deaths recorded in the holiday period as of January 1. Assistant Commissioner Bruce O’Brien said the number of fatalities and serious injuries was completely unacceptable “and a tragic reminder of the realities of road crashes”. His comments came after six people died on the last day of 2022. The official holiday period ends at 6am tomorrow.

Bad weather
stays away

Despite severe weather watches being issued for the upper North Island, Wairarapa isn’t set to be hit by bad weather until Thursday. Metservice said Wairarapa’s forecast today was partly cloudy with morning showers. It said the weather would become clearer in the afternoon. The day will feature northeasterly winds. Thursday is set to get rain and wind. The high temperature for Thursday is expected to be 25 degrees Celsius, with a low of 14 degrees Celsius. Friday is set to be the hottest day of the week, with a high of 27 degrees Celsius and a low of 15 degrees Celsius. Despite the high, Friday is also forecast for showers and northeasterly winds.

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