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News in brief, May 16, 2023

Pilfered pilsners

A thirsty shoplifter has allegedly attempted a runner with a box of beers from Masterton New World. The incident was reported to police just before 8.30pm on Sunday. Police said the shoplifter became threatening to staff after being caught with the beverages and officers were called to the scene. One person was arrested. No injuries were reported and no beers were stolen.

Annual plan

Masterton District Council has scheduled annual plan hearings for tomorrow and Thursday this week. Elected members will also hear submissions on the council’s Draft Speed Management Plan during this time. A total of 203 submissions were received on the Annual Plan 2023/24; 154 submissions were made online, using the online platform SurveyMonkey, 32 completed their submission on the physical submission form, and 17 provided their submission via email or letter. A total of 83 submissions were received on the Draft Speed Management Plan; 75 submissions were made online, using SurveyMonkey, five were completed on the physical submission form, and three provided their submission via email or letter. – NZLDR

Arts funding

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation’s Arts Excellence Awards are now distributed through four regions nationwide, which includes Wairarapa. Until now, this funding was only available to those living in major cities. The Foundation is inviting applications from young classical singers and instrumentalists, with up to $10,000 available for the lower North Island. Applications close on June 15. For more info, visit the Foundation’s website.

Journey to Italy

Conductor James Judd is bringing the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to Carterton as part of its ‘Setting Up Camp’ winter tour. This particular concert is said to transport listeners straight to Italy, via a collection of pieces by Stravinsky and Mendelssohn that promise to “leave audiences feeling as if they’ve bathed in Italian sunshine”. The programme also features Central Otago-based composer Anthony Ritchie’s ‘Whakatipua’, inspired by the landscapes of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown. The concert is scheduled for June 2 in the Carterton Events Centre.

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