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News in briefs, February 20, 2024

Roadworks on

SH2 and SH53

There are stop-go signals in place on SH2 at several locations between Kiriwhakapapa and Mount Bruce until Friday, between the hours of 7.30am and 5pm, to allow for a safety improvement project. Meanwhile, SH53 in Tauwharenikau near Bidwills Cutting Rd will have stop-go signals in place on Thursday and Friday between 7am and 5pm to enable drainage work to take place.

SWDC: Water
remain stable

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is advising residents that water restrictions remain at level two. In a statement, SWDC said that efforts to manage water demand are paying off, which is keeping the water network stable. “Wellington Water has confirmed that level two restrictions are still appropriate for our district,” a SWDC spokesperson said. Level two water restrictions prohibit the use of unattended sprinklers and irrigation systems, but people are still allowed to water their gardens by hand. “As we continue to embrace the warmer weather and welcome more visitors to our district, we anticipate a surge in water usage during peak periods,” the spokesperson said. “Let’s stay committed to the conservation efforts across South Wairarapa, ensuring we can avoid the need for stricter restrictions.” More information about water restrictions is available on the SWDC website.


fire callout

In the early stages of a wind watch yesterday afternoon, gusts got the better of one trampoline in Featherston. Crew from Featherston Fire Station responded to a report that a trampoline was blowing away in the wind at a property in the area just after 2pm, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said. Featherston fire crew responded to help secure the equipment and ensure it couldn’t cause any damage. A strong wind watch lasting until 4am this morning was issued by MetService yesterday. Residents in the Tararua District, as well as those in Masterton and areas south were affected. More information about wind warnings and local weather, including forecasts, is available on the MetService website: metservice.com.

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