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News in brief, July 31, 2023

Driving while destructive

There were multiple online reports of loud and destructive driving in Opaki in the early hours of yesterday morning. Multiple residents described property damage and broken letterboxes, and one case of a community library box smashed with books scattered on the ground. Police said they didn’t have any reports of drag-racing in that area. However, they had one report of a vehicle driving erratically on Cambridge Tce in Masterton on Saturday at 10.45pm. Police said they briefly attended the incident, but no vehicle was located at the scene.

Weather watch

A frosty weekend saw a large snowfall in the Tararua Range, with two off-duty meteorologists from MetService reporting “10-20cm of snow at 1000m and face-numbingly cold” conditions. MetService said predicting further snowfall is complicated because automatic weather stations can not measure snow like they can wind or rain. Instead, observations from people and webcams are important in accurate snow forecasts. These icy temperatures are due to thaw slightly today and tomorrow, with MetService predicting the odd isolated shower and wind arriving. Showers are forecast for Wednesday, with heavy rain predicted for the morning and easing in the afternoon, accompanied by north westerlies and potential gales in exposed places. Patchy showers and wind will continue Thursday and Friday.

Cycleway say

For those who made a submission on Masterton District Council’s proposed cycleway from Landsdowne to Kuripuni, there is an opportunity to speak to councillors this week. A hearing on the project is being held on Wednesday, and submitters can either go in person or attend online through Teams. For those interested in attending, please email [email protected] by 3pm today, or call the call centre on 06 370 6300. This is only available to those who have already made a written submission on the project.

Meet with mayor

There is a South Wairarapa meet-with-the-mayor scheduled for tomorrow morning. Mayor Martin Connelly will be at the Featherston Community Centre between 9am-12pm. If you plan on attending, please make an appointment through Danielle on 027 444 3721.

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