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News in brief, Thursday 13 July, 2023

Pub sold

Tinui Cafe and Bar sold in an auction at Tremains’ Masterton office yesterday. Around 30 people attended the event, with the 1.9 hectare property selling for $105,000 [in 2020 it was valued at $160,000]. After he takes possession of the property on August 2, buyer Maurice Turner intends to reinstate the cyclone-damaged property as a pub, although he has no specific timeline for this yet. Prior to the main event, a warmup auction of a bottle of French champagne raised $100 for St John New Zealand, which Tremains also sponsors by allocating funds from every successful sale to the charity.

Events fund

Masterton District Council [MDC] is taking applications for its community events fund. The council said it is looking for people with event ideas that will have a wide appeal, attract people to Masterton, and help the town make a name for itself as an event destination. Anyone who wants to apply can go to mstn.govt.nz and search ‘Community Events Fund’. Applications close on July 31.

Median barriers

Waka Kotahi will be conducting night work from next week as median barrier works resume. Contractors will install the final section of the central median barrier between Hughes Line and Chester Rd. The section between the Wiltons Rd roundabout and the turnaround facility is nearly finished, and the section between Norfolk Rd and Wiltons Rd has already been completed. A Waka Kotahi spokesperson said the work will create some noise and be disruptive to residents. However, the agency said it needed to minimise daytime traffic delays for drivers using SH2 through the project area. Contractors will make every effort to ensure disruptions are minimised.

Webstar sale

Because Webstar Masterton is closing down, it will be selling various furniture and fitting items from its Masterton factory. To have a look at what items are up for sale, head to the Facebook page Webstar Sales. All items will be cash only, pick up is required and they are currently not taking holds. Items from the factory will be added to the sales page as the clean-up and move-out progresses.

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