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News in brief, June 15, 2023

Tararua rescue

A Life Flight helicopter has successfully pulled an injured tramper out of the Tararua Range. The tramper, who was visiting Alpha Hut in the Tararua Forest Park, is understood to have suffered an injury on Tuesday that left them unable to walk out. Emergency services said a rescue attempt was made on Tuesday but was postponed due to cloudy weather conditions impacting visibility. A land search and rescue team was sent in overnight, and yesterday emergency services waited for the weather to clear before the tramper was successfully flown out. A spokesperson for Life Flight said the rescue operation had gone smoothly and the team were “happy to get the job done”. It was believed the tramper would make a full recovery.

Trailer crash

Police responded to a crash yesterday morning along Marchant Rd in the Tararua Forest Park involving two cars, one with a trailer attached at the back. Police said the collision, reported at 9.45am, involved one car hitting the trailer attached to the second vehicle while passing. Police said no road closures or injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

MDC cycleway


Masterton District Council consultation on the proposed Lansdowne to Kuripuni cycleway is closing soon. The council has been seeking community feedback for the past two weeks on plans to build a cycleway from the Masterton Netball Courts on Colombo Rd to Kuripuni, and this consultation period ends next Monday. To have a say, head to the council website. Submissions close at 4pm on Monday, June 19. Council will make their final decision on the cycleway in September this year.

Call for entries

Business Wairarapa, the region’s Chamber of Commerce, is calling for entries for this year’s WBS Wairarapa Awards. These awards are an opportunity for local businesses and organisations, whether they are a start-up or have a long history, to share their stories, celebrate their success and gain recognition for their brand, team and stakeholders. The awards process culminates in finalists being hosted at a gala dinner on November 14. Entry forms can be found at wairarapachamber.co.nz and entries close on 5pm Monday, August 14.

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