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News in brief, October 26, 2023

Wind watch

Another strong wind warning has been issued by MetService for Wairarapa and Wellington for today. The wind warning is from 6am-8pm. Northwest gales are expected to reach up to 120kmh in exposed areas. MetService warns that strong wind gusts like the ones expected could damage trees, powerlines, and unsecured structures. Motorists are urged to take extra caution while driving – especially high-sided vehicles [campervans, trucks, etc] and motorcycles. Residents should secure any outdoor items such as wheelie bins, trampolines, and outdoor furniture.

Microwave fire

Fire and Emergency Services [Fenz] responded to reports of a microwave fire in Carterton at 8pm on Tuesday night. A Fenz spokesperson said one attending brigade from Carterton reported that the fire was out upon arrival. Fenz ensured there was no risk of a reignition, before departing.

Disorder in Greytown

Police attended a property on West St, Greytown after they received reports of a two-person disorder at 12am yesterday. A spokesperson for police said one of the people involved threatened the other person and damaged a number of items on the property. The victim was shaken but unharmed. Enquiries are ongoing.

Library closed

The Featherston Library will be closed this Saturday, due to staff shortages. Online services and book drops remain available, and other Wairarapa libraries will be open as usual. Normal library hours will resume Monday.

Defibrillators donated

Wellington Free Ambulance [WFA] have donated Automated External Defibrillators [AED] to South Wairarapa communities. New AED’s have been installed on Texas St in Martinborough and Card Reserve in Featherston. WFA are running two AED training dates in Martinborough with some Featherston dates to be confirmed. The first training session will be held at 10am on November 28 in the Supper Room of the Waihinga Centre; the second training will be held at 5.30pm on November 29 at The Ambulance Station on Texas St. Registration is required via the Martinborough Community Board.

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