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News in briefs, February 22, 2024

Water shutdown

Repairs are now complete on water pipes in Carterton after a leak was found yesterday, requiring a water shutdown for several households. The leak in question was on Plimsoll St, which meant that all houses on the water network between Plimsoll St north to Chester Rd were affected by the shutdown. The repairs took less than three hours, and Carterton District Council [CDC] confirmed supply has now been completely restored to all affected properties. A CDC spokesperson took the opportunity to issue a reminder that when the water supply is turned back on, it’s a good idea to open a cold tap [ideally an outdoor tap] slowly and let it run for a minute to clear any air bubbles that may have entered the system. “Air can cause the water to turn a milky colour, but this will not affect the taste, and it should clear quickly,” the spokesperson said.”



Plans to replace the stormwater culvert under State Highway 2 between the Featherston railway crossing and Daniel St are progressing. The culvert would be delivered by NZTA Waka Kotahi via the Wellington Transport Alliance and work is anticipated to start in mid-March, pending the approval of the NZTA work plan by KiwiRail. When KiwiRail approval is given, a confirmed start date can be announced.

Police responses

Police received a report at around 1.15pm on Tuesday that a young person had been threatened by another young person in Masterton’s Margaret St, prompting police to attend the scene and provide advice. Further enquiries are being made after police received a report at around 7.30pm yesterday of intimidation at a residential address in Dixon St, Carterton.


A month-long consultation is being run by Wairarapa’s three district councils on proposed updates to their joint gambling policy. The councils are proposing some changes, including preventing any increase in gaming machines, limiting the movement of existing machines, and preventing the set-up of any standalone TAB venues. Consultation and submission information is available through all three councils’ websites.

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