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News in brief, September 20, 2023

Pahiatua water levels increase

Water levels in the Pahiatua reservoir have indicated a slight increase from 3 per cent on Monday afternoon to about 10 per cent yesterday morning, after Tararua District Council [TDC] teams replaced a main valve. A TDC spokesperson said that the treated water reserves are still vulnerable if a full closedown occurs. “Although we know some people have been conserving water, overall, the town shows no reduction in water consumption compared to the average. It is essential that the community rallies together to bring water usage down,” the spokesperson said. A “total outdoor ban” still remains in place. Despite the low levels, water is fully treated and safe to drink.

Rating review

Consultation is now open for the South Wairarapa District Council Rating Policies Review. The policies determine how decisions are made to set rates in the Long-term and Annual Plans, who is eligible for postponement or remission of rates once set, and how they can apply for postponement or remission. To find out more or for info on how to provide feedback, visit swdc.govt.nz/rating-policies-review

Water warning in Carterton

Carterton District Council is advising residents living on Belvedere Rd, Carterton to start storing some emergency water now as it anticipates turning water off on Monday, September 25 [although the date is still to be confirmed] in order to test water valves on the road and around town. Some of the valves are 70 years old and need replacing.

Medal auction

A WWII medal belonging to a Wairarapa soldier is up for sale at auction. Henry Reid Falloon, born in Masterton, enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1942. He was the navigator on his 16th operational flight over Germany and France when his plane was intercepted by a night fighter and exploded. All the crew died. Falloon was posthumously awarded a Memorial Cross, a medal for the families of soldiers who died in action. The medal will be auctioned at the Mowbray Collectables Medal and Coin Auction on Friday at the West Plaza Hotel in Wellington.

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