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News in Brief, October 28, 2022

Wind watch
for Remutaka

Metservice has implemented a strong wind watch for Remutaka Hill. The warning was issued yesterday afternoon and would remain in place until 10pm tomorrow. Metservice said northerly winds could approach severe gales in exposed places. The warning was also issued for Wellington and west of the Tararua Range.

turns 40

Orienteering Wairarapa will hold its 40th Anniversary memorial event at Massey Riverside farm on Mikimiki Road this Sunday. The event will also be the 36th anniversary of the classic long-distance event which has attracted more than 80 competitors from across the nation and overseas. Courses are available for the public from 11am-1pm.

brigades busy

Wairarapa’s brigades have been busy over the past couple of days responding to a variety of medical and fire events. Featherston’s brigade was called to a chimney fire yesterday at 1pm. Chief fire officer Colin McKenna said the flue on the free-standing fire was “red hot” on arrival. “The place was extremely hot.” He said the brigade extinguished the fire without incident. On Wednesday Masterton’s brigade was called to assist police with an incident. Police said an ambulance was later called to the station to treat a man in relation to an assault where he received cuts to his hands. Masterton and Mauriceville brigades also responded to a scrub fire at Double Bridges in Opaki, later that day, extinguishing what was believed to be an out-of-control campfire. Meanwhile, Martinborough’s brigade responded to two medical emergencies in the space of 12 hours between Wednesday night and yesterday morning.


The annual foodbank drive is happening once again on Wednesday next week at 6pm. All throughout the region, people are invited to donate non-perishable food items to help the foodbanks fill the shelves. When you hear the siren, get your non-perishables for Foodbank Wairarapa to help people in need.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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