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News in brief, September 25, 2023

Car crashes

Police attended to two car crashes over the weekend. The first was a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ākura Rd and Ngaumutawa Rd in Masterton shortly after 10pm on Saturday. There were no reported injuries. The second was another single-vehicle crash at the SH2 Norfolk Rd roundabout at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon. One person received minor injuries.

House fire

Masterton Fire and Emergency [Fenz] crews responded to a house fire on Margaret St Solway shortly before 7.30 on Friday night. The fire was smouldering under the house and caused minimal damage. Crews were there for about 90 minutes. A Fenz spokesperson said they could not determine the cause of the fire but thought an electrical issue may have started it. A fire investigator attended the scene on Saturday morning but has not yet identified the cause.

Meet the mayor

South Wairarapa Mayor Martin Connelly is at Featherston Community Centre tomorrow from 9am-12pm. If you want to meet the mayor, make an appointment via council at [email protected].

Pahiatua water

A Tararua District Council spokesperson said yesterday that Pahiatua treated water levels increased from 14.6 per cent on Thursday to 21.9 per cent capacity on Friday morning. A 50 per cent treated water capacity in both reservoirs is needed, equating to three days of supply. Although water levels are on the rise, TDC is still urging residents to conserve water and to respect the total outdoor ban that is currently in place. The water remains treated and safe to drink.


An article in Saturday’s Times-Age titled “Labour leader’s pitch for region” incorrectly stated that Labour intends to introduce agricultural emissions into the Emissions Trading Scheme [ETS]. Labour wants to introduce a split gas levy on agricultural emissions instead of putting them in the ETS. The party plans to have the levy in place by quarter four of 2025 and wants to use the revenue from the levy to reward on-farm carbon sequestration and invest in emission-reducing farm technology.

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