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News in brief, Wednesday November 29, 2023

Council office

closing early

The Masterton District Council customer service centre on Queen St will be closing at the earlier time of 3pm on Tuesday, December 5. It will reopen the following day – Wednesday, December 6, at 9am as per its usual hours of 9am–4pm Monday to Friday.

Truck stop

A broken-down truck on SH2 between Carterton and Masterton near Clareville caused a slight traffic delay on Monday. It was reported to Waka Kotahi just after midday and was cleared from the road by 1.30pm. Traffic was able to divert around the truck with caution. If an incident is urgent or creates a hazard on a state highway, you can report it to Waka Kotahi at 0800 4 HIGHWAYS [0800 44 44 49].

Weather watch

The temperamental weather patterns continue, with MetService issuing Wairarapa [south of Masterton] a strong wind watch that lasted until late last night. Today, the winds are forecast to die down, while scattered showers will continue throughout the day before dying out by the evening. The cloud is here to stay tomorrow and Friday, and MetService predicts more isolated showers leading up to the weekend, when the showers are expected to increase to rain on Sunday.

Evening with

Sir Wayne Smith

There are three weeks until the Wellington Free Ambulance’s event involving an evening with former All Blacks and Black Ferns coach Sir Wayne Smith. The money raised from the evening will go towards the new ambulance station being built in Masterton. Those attending will be able to put questions to Smith, and drinks and food will be available. The event is scheduled for December 18, starting at 5pm. Tickets and further information is available on Eventfinda.co.nz.

Christmas lights

Each year, Masterton District Council puts up Christmas decorations in the CBD and illuminates the trees in the Masterton Town Square and Library Square. The council is turning on the town Christmas lights tomorrow at 6pm, an occasion that will be accompanied by a message from Mayor Gary Caffell. From 4pm, there will be music, plus food from the regular Thursday night food trucks.

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