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News in brief, Saturday October 28, 2023

Dyerville fire

Three fire stations responded to a structure fire in Dyerville on Thursday after a tree-stump fire jumped to the neighbouring paddock and a woodshed caught on fire. An ember from the fire also got beneath a nearby house – likely due to the winds – and the response team put this out. While a burnt water pipe was the only damage found to the home, the woodshed was completely devoured by the ensuing fire. The tanker from Carterton and a pump from both Martinborough and Featherston stations responded to the callout, with the first unit arriving on the scene at about 12.40 after receiving the call just after 12.30pm. There were no injuries reported.

Roadworks ahead

Finishing works on SH2 between Masterton and Carterton are about to begin. The scheduled works will run from Wednesday, November 1 to Thursday, December 14 on Sunday to Thursday nights, 8pm to 6am. Traffic management will begin being set up each night from 7pm and motorists travelling southbound may have to detour via Cornwall Rd and Hughes Line. Regular users of SH2 Remutaka Hill will also need to be prepared for five nights of maintenance closures beginning Sunday, November 5. The hill closures will run from 9pm-4am, and finish on Friday, November 10. There will be escorted crossings available but bookings are required. The closure on November 5 will require booking by 4pm Friday, November 3, and every other night must be booked by 4pm that day. Escorted crossings from Featherston to Hutt Valley will be at 10.30pm, and crossings from Hutt Valley to Featherston will be at 11.30pm. Bookings can be made via the Waka Kotahi website: nzta.govt.nz


Police received reports of rocks and debris on the Featherston side of the Remutaka Hill about 9pm on Thursday. A police spokesperson confirmed there was no major disruption to traffic as vehicles could get around them and contractors have since cleared the road. Police received a later report at 10.30pm Thursday that a vehicle had broken down on the Featherston side of the hill. Police confirmed there were no injuries and the blockage had since been cleared.

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