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News in briefs, February 26, 2024

SH53 roadworks

SH53 in Featherston near Murphys Line and Boundary Rd will have stop-go signals in place from 7am-4.30pm until Wednesday to allow drainage work and a bridge clearing.

SH2 roadworks

Line marking is taking place on SH2 in South Masterton near Ngaumutawa Rd, which means stop-go signals will be in place from 7pm–6am until Thursday. SH2 in several locations between Kiriwhakapapa and Mount Bruce will have stop-go signals in place from 8am-4.30pm until Friday to allow for a safety improvement project. An altered lane layout on SH2 in Carterton near Andersons Line is in place from 7.30am-5pm until Friday so waterworks can take place. SH2 on the Featherston side of Remutaka Hill will have stop-go signals in place from 7am–4.30pm on Thursday and Friday to allow for drainage work.

Incinerator fire

Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a small incinerator fire at 8.26pm on Sunday.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson could not confirm if it was a residential or commercial address but said that it was small enough in scale that the owner was able to extinguish it before crew arrived. As a result, brigade members didn’t stay at the scene long, with the spokesperson reporting they arrived at 8.26pm and departed at 8.30pm.

Power outage

There have been two significant power outages in Wairarapa in the past week, Powerco reports. The most recent outage resulted in 589 properties in Masterton losing electricity for around four hours early on Sunday [February 25] morning.

“This was caused by a broken insulator on a power pole,” a Powerco spokesperson said. “The power went out at 3.56am and was restored to all customers by 8.18am.” On Tuesday, February 20, 1223 Featherston customers lost power for almost two hours as a result of a fuse tripping, with Powerco conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident. The outage occurred at 8.18am and “power was progressively restored throughout the morning as crews sectionalised areas and re-livened the electricity network in stages” until “it was fully restored by 10.06am”.

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