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News in brief, July 28, 2023

Solway walkway

closed for repair

A Masterton District Council [MDC] spokesperson has confirmed the Solway Reserve boardwalk is closed until further notice due to its deteriorating condition. The wider reserve and all other tracks within the reserve remain open. MDC hopes to replace the boardwalk with an alternative track. Remedial work is expected to take place during the summer because it is not practical to carry out the work in wet conditions, the spokesperson said. The extent of damage became evident during the repair of a broken board on the boardwalk, and it became clear the entire boardwalk needed to be replaced for safety reasons.

New signage on transfer station

New signage is in place showing where to put soft plastics for recycling at the Masterton transfer station. Soft plastics include packaging for bread, cereal and produce, as well as packaging for toilet paper, courier and lightly foiled packs, biscuit and chippie packets, bubble wrap, garden potting mix bags, and dry pet food bags. Recycle Kiwi has a list of what soft plastics can be recycled at recyclekiwi.co.nz.

Police activity

Carterton residents took to social media on Wednesday night to report seeing armed police near St. David’s Church at 8.30pm. Police told the Times-Age this was likely related to a family harm event nearby, where one person was taken into custody without incident. Police declined to confirm whether the offender or the police officers were armed.

Remutaka slip

A slip blocked the southbound lane of SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd near Featherston yesterday. Waka Kotahi was alerted to the slip shortly after 9am. Contractors got to work clearing the slip and put stop/go traffic management in place shortly after. Both lanes were reopened by 12.30pm.

Wind watch

MetService put Wairarapa on a strong wind watch last night, with forecast south to southwest winds at risk of approaching severe gale in exposed places. Areas of concern included Wairarapa south of Featherston, Wellington, and the Kaikōura coast. MetService said the strong winds started at 8pm last night and went until 6am this morning.

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