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News in brief, July 14, 2023

Carterton Matariki event

To celebrate Matariki, Carterton District Council [CDC] has issued a reminder about today’s free tree planting event at Ngā Tāwhai Reserve from 10 am to 12 pm. CDC has been working over the past 12 months to restore the mana of Ngā Tāwhai Reserve on Ngatawhai Road, Te Wharau. The area has been underutilised and inaccessible to the public. But CDC wants to change this and has therefore invited the community to take part in this tree planting event for Matariki. Buses will leave Carterton Events Centre at 8.30 am and leave the reserve at 12 pm. Registration for the free buses is needed. Access to the reserve via private vehicle is not allowed. Registration at cdc.govt.nz/matariki2023 or https://www.surveylegend.com/s/51jp.

Dumpster fire on Queen St

Police received a report of a trailer on fire at a commercial premises on Queen St in Masterton at 4.55am yesterday morning. Police and fire emergency attended the scene to find a skip with its contents in flames. The fire crew extinguished the fire, and police later confirmed that the incident is being treated as suspicious and investigated as arson.

Water repairs and outages

Carterton District Council [CDC] has two sets of water repairs scheduled. Pembroke St repairs are on track for next week. As it is a busy intersection with New World supermarket nearby, an exact time has not yet been decided. Further updates on scheduling will be posted on CDC’s Facebook page next week. Repairs for the Phillip St/High St intersection are set for Monday 17 July. This might require a water shutdown any time between 9 am to 5 pm. The shutdown will affect 442–434 High St South and 1–40 Philip St.


Masterton District Council has issued a reminder that due to the Matariki public holiday, rubbish and recycling will not be collected today. Instead, collection will roll forward a day to Saturday 15 July. More information on collection days is at mstn.govt.nz under ‘Rubbish, Recycling and Waste’.

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