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News in brief, July 18, 2023

No longer missing

Police have confirmed that a woman reported to be missing from Lansdowne, Masterton yesterday has been found. Police said it appears she is safe and well.

Grower sentenced

A Masterton gardener was sentenced to community detention for growing a cannabis plant and receiving stolen property. Calvin Zabell, 30, appeared in Masterton District Court last week after police found a stolen jet ski and a cannabis plant in his house. Judge Andrew Nicholls said he was willing to treat Zabell’s offending as a stumble. “You used to be in front of this court a lot, but you’ve made a lot of improvements in the last few years including starting your gardening business,” he said. Zabell was sentenced to four months of community detention with a curfew from 7pm-7am.

Water shutdown

Properties in Martinborough and Featherston were struck with a surprise water outage yesterday. South Wairarapa District Council said the outage was an unscheduled service repair by Wellington Water. Properties on Churchill Cr and Kowhai Gr in Featherston had no water from 11.20am-1.20pm. Properties on Strasbourge St in Martinborough were without water from 11.45am-1.45pm.

Hill closure

SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd will be closed for one night next month. Waka Kotahi will close the road from 9pm-4am on Sunday, August 13, and Monday, August 14, while contractors conduct essential maintenance and slip prevention works. It will then be closed for five nights between September 3 and September 8, for a further night on October 15, and then for five more nights from November 5. Light vehicles can be escorted at intervals across the hill behind a pilot vehicle. Bookings for this escort service should be made in advance to [email protected].

Wellbeing grant

Masterton District Council is looking for organisations that are taking an active role in improving the community’s wellbeing. The Community Wellbeing Grant is for the next funding year, from July 1, 2023 to June 30 2024. Details on eligibility requirements and past recipients can be found on the council’s website. Applications for this grant are now open and will close at 4.30pm on July 31.

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