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News in brief, September 23, 2023

Driver
flees police

Police received reports of a car passing multiple cars on yellow lines on SH2 from Masterton to Carterton at 5.30pm on Wednesday night. A spokesperson for police said the driver stopped at New World Carterton car park and proceeded to get out of the vehicle for a time before jumping back into the vehicle and fleeing police. Continuing to evade police, the driver was last seen on Garrison St. The vehicle was not found afterwards, the spokesperson said.

Buses replaced

Buses replace all trains between Masterton and Wellington all day tomorrow and until midday Sunday due to planned maintenance. The bus services, which depart Masterton at 7.45am and 4.45pm, take just under two hours to get to Wellington.

Heavy rain

MetService has issued a heavy rain watch for the Tararua Range for tomorrow, active from 6am until 6pm. Periods of heavy rain are predicted, and rainfall may approach warning criteria. East of the ranges, showers are forecast, turning to rain with heavy falls in the afternoon. Northwesterlies, turning southerly, are forecast for the afternoon. MetService said weather in the rest of the region will be mainly fine with high cloud, and strong north westerlies in exposed places.

Funding for

environment

A reminder that Greater Wellington Regional Council is currently taking applications for its Community Environment Fund. The total fund of up to $12,500 is intended to help mana whenua and community groups with their restoration efforts and native plant nurseries, as part of The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project. Groups that can apply for funding to support environmental restoration projects must be planting on public land – unless the project is on Māori owned land or private land. If this is the case, evidence of access, community participation, and wider Wairarapa Moana benefits will need to be provided. Projects a decent distance away from Wairarapa Moana must show that restoration activity will contribute to a positive environmental flow-on effect, like supporting a species in the area. Applications close two weeks from today. For more info, head to the council’s website: www.gw.govt.nz.

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