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News in briefs, January 12, 2024.

Featherston Masterplan

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] has opened consultation on the Featherston Masterplan until February 18, 2024. This is an opportunity for the community to provide their thoughts and opinions on proposed infrastructure upgrades and investments that have been outlined in the draft Featherston Masterplan. The Masterplan proposes a series of infrastructure improvements over the coming three decades. “It proposes a comprehensive approach to transform the town centre and its surroundings, emphasising urban design, housing development, business and industry zoning, and improved connectivity,” SWDC said in a statement. There will be an opportunity for community engagement on Saturday, January 27 between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Featherston Community Centre.

Missing man found safe

The Times-Age reported yesterday on a man who had gone missing in the forest near Kaipaitangata Rd. A police spokesperson has confirmed that the man has returned home safely. An officer was able to locate the man about 400m from the road and helped escort him out. No injuries were reported.

Stolen car

Police received reports yesterday at about 11.45 of a car parked on the side of the road in Kuripuni near Taranaki St and Okato Pl with its number plates removed. A police spokesperson confirmed the car had earlier been stolen and that police were working to contact the registered owner.

Bus breakdown on Remutakas

There were reports of a bus breakdown on Remutaka Hill yesterday at about midday. The bus temporarily blocked the Wairarapa-bound lane before it was towed into a nearby layby area and traffic resumed as normal.

Chapel St assault

Police were called to reports of a Chapel St assault at 9.05pm on Wednesday night. A police spokesperson confirmed that an ambulance wasn’t required and enquiries are ongoing to identify and locate the alleged offender.

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