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News in brief, May 25, 2023

Judds meeting

A public meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss KiwiRail’s proposal to close the level crossing at Judds Rd – turning it into a dead end before reaching the Ngaumutawa Rd intersection. The meeting is scheduled for 12:30pm at Copthorne Hotel Solway Park. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

Cone bandits

Higgins contractors were called out to move several road cones that had been placed in the centre of the lanes on SH2 between Carterton and Masterton on Saturday night. Waka Kotahi manager Jetesh Bhula said interfering with cones or with traffic management puts people at “serious risk”. Moving cones is a criminal offence classed as “endangering safety by removing any protective structure or any warning sign or device.” Waka Kotahi referred the matter to the police. A police spokesperson said the cones are “part of safety measures required under law by local authorities and roading contractors to keep people safe”. The offence carries a maximum penalty of three months imprisonment or a $2000 fine.

Stolen car


A vehicle previously logged as stolen was located on Masterton’s Stronvar Rd, Te Ore Ore, early yesterday morning. Police say the vehicle is yet to be examined and inquiries are ongoing.

A celebration
for Beyer

After the passing of Wairarapa’s Georgina Beyer in March, the executors of her estate wish to host a memorial event based on the theme “The Life and Times of Georgina Beyer”. The event will be open to the public and afford an opportunity for everyone to share stories and memories of the world’s first openly transgender mayor and MP. A Givealittle page has been set up to fundraise for the event.

Film festival

This year’s Wairarapa Film Festival kicks off today, with talent workshops at Kuranui and Wairarapa colleges for 14-20 year-olds and a free screening of a “whanau-friendly mystery movie” at Masterton District Library from 4-6pm. The festival’s screening programme begins unspooling at Regent 3 Cinemas at 7.15pm on Friday night. Full programme at waifilmfest.co.nz.

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