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News in brief, June 29, 2023

New chief

Kym Fell has been appointed as Masterton District Council’s new chief executive, starting on September 25. This comes after chief executive David Hopman’s resignation after two years in the position and 15 years with the council. Fell is currently the chief customer and community officer at Wellington City Council. He previously led the council response to the recent parliamentary protests as deputy chief security officer and local controller for Civil Defence Emergency Management.

GFC givealittle

The Greytown Football Club player and committee member who was the victim of a hit-and-run incident on Sunday now has a Givealittle page up and running. William Newton’s injuries include a badly broken arm, leg and ankle injuries, broken ribs and head and facial injuries with broken teeth. The Greytown Football Club is managing the page on behalf of Newton. Donations will go toward Newton’s living costs while he faces a “long and arduous road to recovery”. The page is listed on givealittle.co.nz and titled Willie’s long road to Recovery.

Car crashes

Police received two reports of vehicle crashes yesterday, one in Carterton and one in Masterton within 10 minutes of each other. The first was a report of an incident concerning a car and a bicycle on Worksop Rd in Masterton, which police responded to at 2.40pm. Ten minutes later police received another report in Carterton on High St of a minor two-vehicle crash. There were no injuries at either crash and police said roads were blocked.

Last look

It’s the final week of the Masterton Museum’s ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’ exhibition at Aratoi. The exhibit has been running for a year, comprising 170 fascinating objects collected by local residents. The exhibition closes on Sunday.

Meet-and-greet

The Martinborough Community Board will be at the Circus Cinema tonight to meet with anyone with views, concerns, opinions and, ideas about local issues and council-related matters. If you have any topics to discuss, bring them along between 5–6.30 pm at the Circus Cinema, Restaurant and Bar. Or contact them via email at [email protected].

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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