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News in brief, June 16, 2023


For the second weekend in a row, Waka Kotahi has postponed the planned closure of SH2 Chapel St due to forecast rain. The roadworks will now take place next weekend [weather permitting], from 8pm on Friday 23 June, until 6am Monday, 26 June. When the works commence, SH2 Chapel St will be closed between Cole St and Jackson St for two weekends in a row while contractors rebuild the road from its foundation. The works will strengthen the road and prevent potholes from forming in the future.

Power outage

More than 1000 Masterton properties were left without power on Thursday morning after a house being moved by truck became tangled in powerlines. A Powerco spokesperson confirmed that about 1600 customers lost power between 9am and 10.30am, which was fewer than initial reports. They said field crews went to the scene, untangled the lines, and made repairs. The power of all customers affected by the incident was restored by 10.15am. Initial reports on Powerco’s outage map showed that power had been lost to 925 properties in the north-Masterton area of Kōpuaranga, 1406 properties in Lansdowne, and one property in Kuripuni.

Wet weekend

Wairarapa is in for a wet weekend, with Metservice forecasting yesterday’s sunny, settled weather for the top of the country is likely to be replaced by severe weather, with severe weather warnings issued for the north of the North Island, and low confidence of heavy rain for Wairarapa tomorrow. Metservice said the northern and eastern areas of both islands are in for a damp weekend. “After a week of sunshine and frosty mornings, the settled weather comes to an end as a front and associated low reaches the upper North Island [on Thursday night].”

Water works

Water was shut off on Brooklyn Rd, Ashmore Park, Macs Lane, and Hartley Ave for emergency repairs in Carterton yesterday. Carterton District Council said the water was back on by 2.30pm, but it will need to revisit the site to finalise the repairs. “This will mean there will be another day when the water will be shut down. However, we will let residents in the area know prior to doing this.”

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