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News in brief, May 5, 2023

Hill closures

State Highway 2 [SH2] over Remutaka Hill will be closed for 10 nights over two weeks for essential maintenance beginning Sunday, May 14 [excluding Friday and Saturday nights]. The closure schedule is 9pm-4am nightly from Sunday, May 14 to Friday, May 19, followed by 9pm-4am nightly from Sunday, May 21 to Friday, May 26. During these closures, people with special circumstances can book a crossing with an escorted vehicle service. Numbers will be strictly limited and should be booked in advance with [email protected].
Drivers turning up without a booking will be turned away.

Creative scheme

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is calling for applications to its Creative Communities Scheme. It said the scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities. Applications for the May funding round are now open and close Friday, May 26. SWDC said it is also seeking nominations for community representatives to sit on the assessment group that allocates funding. Forms and guidance are available from the SWDC libraries or on the SWDC website.

Cyclone survey

Councils are seeking community feedback to its emergency response to Cyclone Gabrielle. Carterton District Council said:
“As part of a review of the Wellington Civil Defence Emergency Management response in Wairarapa, we are seeking the community’s feedback to understand which parts of the response were done well and which parts could have been done better,” it said. The council said the survey form can be found at https://forms.office.com/r/ikHUmdwGnq. The survey closes on May 19.

Movin’ March

New Zealand students have walked and wheeled 41 times the length of New Zealand for Movin’ March. Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] said 15 Wairarapa schools were involved in the initiative. More than 170,000 student trips were logged over 31 days this Movin’ March, GWRC said. GWRC travel choice adviser Maddy McVie said the initiative promotes wellbeing by getting the younger generation involved in active travel.

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