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News in Brief, September 4, 2023

Doctors strike

Senior doctors at Wairarapa Hospital have voted to strike today between 12-2 pm. The strike comes after last-minute negotiations between Te Whatu Ora and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists [ASMS] failed to reach an agreement. Both Te Whatu Ora and the ASMS have made assurances that essential services will continue, and the strikes are being managed to cause as little disruption to patients as possible. Kieran McCann, interim lead hospital and health services and operations team at the hospital, said last week that contingency plans are underway to ensure safe and appropriate care for patients is in place in the event of a strike. “We will work with ASMS to ensure life-preserving services continue to be provided and to minimise the impact of the strike on other care services. Information will be provided in advance to patients whose planned care may be impacted, and the public will also be kept informed of how the industrial action may affect other services,” he said.

library hours

Masterton District Library has a temporary change to its hours for Thursday, September 7. The change of hours is for this day only. The library will be open from 10am–6.30pm.

SWDC planning

South Wairarapa District Council is holding a planning workshop tomorrow ahead of its Long Term Planning process. The ‘Long Term Plan – Next Steps Workshop’ is tomorrow at 1.30pm in the Supper Room at the Waihinga Centre in Texas Street, Martinborough.

plans workshop

The next Riversdale Beach community planning workshop is on Sunday, September 10, at 10am at the Riversdale Beach Golf Club. Through community engagement and surveys, key themes have been identified along with ideas for the future. At the workshop, the themes will be explored to help inform developing actions or projects for the next 10 years. This workshop is a partnership between Riversdale Beach Community Plan Working Group, Riversdale Beach Community Association, and Masterton District Council.

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