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News in Brief, October 26, 2022

Bridge closed

Masterton’s Colombo Rd bridge closed last night because of a blown bulb on a traffic light. A council spokesperson said another update would be provided today. Further information has been provided directly to a Colombo Rd user group.

District plan
ready to view

Submissions opened yesterday on the draft Wairarapa Combined District Plan. The plan sets out where and how Wairarapa should grow. It identifies the big resource management issues in the existing district plan and some new issues that have arisen. You can read the Draft Wairarapa Combined District Plan on the WCDP website at www.wairarapaplan.co.nz. Public feedback is open until December 6.

Covid cases up

Wairarapa recorded 180 new cases of covid-19 last week, 58 more than the previous week. There were no further covid-related deaths recorded in the region, the total remains at 45. Nationally, there were 16,399 new cases last week, including 30 deaths.

First council

Elected members across Wairarapa’s district councils will be sworn into their positions today at inaugural meetings. In Masterton, Mayor Gary Caffell will join his team of councillors at Te Rangimarie Marae on Cole St at 2pm for a powhiri and then at Waiata House from 4pm for the full council meeting. In Carterton, Mayor Ron Mark will be sworn in, alongside his team of elected members at the Carterton Events Centre at noon, welcomed with a powhiri, followed by a full council meeting. In South Wairarapa, Mayor Martin Connelly will be sworn in, along with his team of councillors after a powhiri at Papawai Marae in Greytown at 9am. Community Board members would also be sworn in.

Skatepark repaired

Work started yesterday on repairs to the Featherston skatepark. Contractors will fill in cracks in the concrete and fix connections at the rails. The site would be fenced off for two weeks [until November 8] while repairs are made. South Wairarapa District Council said it was looking at costs and budget for fixing the timber at the end of ramps, retaining walls, and fences.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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