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News in brief, March 25, 2023

Meth accused

granted bail

A woman accused of possessing almost $250,000 worth of methamphetamine for supply has been granted bail. The 24-year-old appeared in Masterton District Court for a bail application hearing on Thursday. Judge Barbara Morris granted interim name suppression until her next court appearance, which is scheduled for later next month.

Serious crash

closes hill

A motorcycle rider has been flown to hospital after a serious crash on Remutaka Hill Rd. Emergency services, including Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter, responded to the single-vehicle crash at 1.30pm yesterday, closing the road in both directions. The rider was reportedly pinned under their bike on the Upper Hutt side of the hill. Life Flight confirmed one patient, suffering leg injuries, was taken to Wellington Hospital in a serious condition. Police confirmed the road had reopened by 3pm.


rare recital

One of Wairarapa’s most accomplished concert pianists can be seen [and heard] in concert in Palmerston North tomorrow. Angela Cook – co-director of the Wairarapa Kids Choir and former Wairarapa Singers conductor – is performing with violinist Yuri Park. The duo are playing sonatas by Francesco Veracini, Wolfgang Mozart, and Edvard Grieg, with the recital finishing with ‘The Graceful Ghost Rag’ by William E Bolcom. The concert is from 2.30-3.40pm, at the Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to Red Cross NZ for the support of Cyclone Gabrielle victims.

Heavy rain watch

Metservice has issued a heavy rain watch for the Tararua Range from 9pm tonight until 1pm tomorrow. Periods of heavy rain can be expected in the range, and rainfall amounts could reach “warning criteria”. The heavy rain could cause river levels to rise rapidly. A front, preceded by a moist northwest flow, is expected to weaken and stall over the central North Island tomorrow. Despite the rain, Sunday’s temperatures are set to reach 22 degrees Celsius and fall as low as 9 degrees Celsius in Masterton, with the northwesterly wind easing in the morning.

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