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News in brief, May 3, 2023

Webstar future
uncertain

The announcement on the future of Masterton’s largest print facility and its 40 employees, expected yesterday, has not materialised. Blue Star Group, who owns Webstar, announced last week that it was consulting on the print facility’s closure. Blue Star chief executive Jill Cowling said it would take some incredible feedback to prevent the closure. A decision on the plant’s future was expected yesterday. At the time of print, there was no update.

Can of scary

Staff at a Queen St store received a shock yesterday when a deodorant can exploded inside the store. Police said the can made a “loud bang” when it was thrown into the commercial premises. Officers responded to the call shortly after 10am and spoke to the store employees. Police said no injuries were reported and inquiries into the incident were ongoing.

Rental scam

Wellington District Police have warned the public about a rental scam on Facebook Marketplace. Scammers have been creating fake rental listings, requesting bond payment, removing the listing and deleting their accounts once the bond payment was received. Police said they received multiple reports of similar cams. Police said people should be vigilant when using social media to buy goods or services and advised scam victims to make a report to police on 105 or at their local station.

Kuranui Farm

Kuranui College is seeking donations to support and kit out the developing school farm. The school is looking for gumboots, overalls, hammers, fencing staples, pigtails, insulators, spare wire for fencing practice, rails, electric units, and the expertise of anyone wishing to help. Donate to the Kuranui College account at Farmlands in Greytown, or email [email protected]

Wings discount

Discounted Wings Over Wairarapa tickets for locals went on sale yesterday. Until May 31, Wairarapa residents can buy discounted tickets from Masterton or Martinborough i-SITE. You will need proof of a Wairarapa address. Wings will be held from November 24 to November 26. For more details on local prices, visit https://www.wings.org.nz/ga-locals

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