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News in Brief, Tuesday November 21, 2023


Police were alerted to reports of two vehicles doing burnouts on Dixon St in Masterton at about 5.20pm on Sunday. Police attended the incident and spoke with the drivers, who denied any offending had occurred. Police were tasked with giving them driving advice and no charges have been laid.

Library hours

The Featherston Library will be opening late on Thursday, November 23. The library will open at the later time of 11am. Normal hours will resume on Friday, November 24.

Seats for
the loop

Masterton Mayor Gary Caffell has announced that seating has been organised and will be installed in the near future on the Waipoua River Trail Loop as part of development work in the area. The seating options come after elderly members of the Masterton community “highlighted the need to have rest stops,” Caffell said yesterday.

Pump station set

A 130-tonne crane travelled from Wellington to lift a new pumping station into place on Columbo Rd, Masterton, earlier this month. Masterton District Council said the 12-tonne pumping station was transported by truck from Whanganui, and it has replaced the temporary pumps in place since the eastern lane of the bridge was rebuilt. The pump will deliver wastewater through an upgraded pipe running under the bridge, where it joins the sewer line running to the Homebush wastewater treatment plant.

Weather ahead

MetService is forecasting a wet week ahead, with several rain warnings currently in place. A heavy rain watch was issued yesterday for Carterton and areas north, with rains expected to ease in the early hours of this morning. While showers are predicted to get more isolated tomorrow and Thursday, potentially heavy rain is forecast for Friday, with southerlies becoming strong in exposed places. Occasional rain is forecast for the weekend, with fresh southerlies blowing in, according to MetService. With Wings over Wairarapa scheduled for the region this weekend, many will be crossing their fingers that this forecast clears up in the next few days. The festival has already been postponed once, earlier in the year, due to Cyclone Gabrielle.

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