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News in brief, May 13, 2023

Cat burglar

A man appeared in the Masterton District Court on Wednesday for allegedly trying to uplift property from his mother’s house, including two cats. Duty lawyer Fionnuala Kelly said he denied the charges, noting that the cats were still at his mother’s house, and intimated a not-guilty plea. Judge Barbara Morris granted the defendant bail to a Lower Hutt address on the condition he did not contact his mother or enter her street.

Hill closures

SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd is closed for maintenance for 10 nights starting tomorrow. The road is closed from 9pm to 4am tomorrow to the morning of Friday, May 19, and at the same times from Sunday, May 21, to the morning of Friday, May 26. An escorted vehicle service will be available for shift workers and others with light vehicles and special circumstances who must cross the Remutaka Hill during these closures. Numbers will be limited. Those needing to use the service should book in advance with [email protected].

New jingle

A new radio jingle advertising dog tags for life is set to become a musical sensation in Carterton. The song was recorded for an advert promoting Carterton District Council’s introduction of permanent dog tags, which are set to replace the current one-year plastic tags. Under the new scheme, any lost dogs can have their tags scanned using mobile phones as “a simple way of finding home”.

Racers in Greytown

Those hoping for an uninterrupted sleep on Thursday in Greytown’s East and West Sts were out of luck. Police received multiple reports of noise complaints regarding loud street and drag racing disturbances in the area. Complaints were received at about 10.50pm.

Flood chat

Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] and Wellington Water will be at the Featherston Markets today to speak with the community about flooding. GWRC said flooding was likely to increase in the future because of climate change, so understanding flood risk is more important than ever. It said one of the ways to understand the risk was by working with communities.

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