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News in briefs, January 19, 2024

Pain Farm Fund open

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] has opened applications for the Pain Farm Fund. The fund originates from 1932, when George Pain made a will bequeathing the 210-acre property known as the Pain Farm to the then Borough Council [now SWDC]. Under provisions of the Charitable Trust Act 1957, in February 1966 the court directed that the “income from the Trust Lands should be used in maintaining and improving the borough’s parks, sports grounds, camping ground, and swimming baths, and providing, equipping, and maintaining sports facilities and a children’s playground in such manner and in such proportion as the Council may from time to time decide”. Applications opened earlier this week, close on 29 February, and will be considered at the Martinborough Community Board meeting. Application forms and more information can be found on SWDC’s website.

Weather watch

The weekend ahead is looking mainly fine, with light clouds appearing and scattered showers. Today will also stay mainly fine, although with high cloud that’s likely to linger tomorrow, according to MetService. Forecast showers tomorrow afternoon and evening will be isolated south of the Tararua District and accompanied by north westerlies. The rain will pick up again on Sunday, with MetService forecasting showers picking up in the evening and north westerlies turning southerly.

Dirty dishes

Fire Emergency New Zealand crew from Featherston’s brigade responded to a call for assistance yesterday at 2.17pm and arrived to find a smoking dishwasher. The crew attended the scene for about 20 minutes, during which they removed the dishwasher from the house.

Police wrap up

Reports of a burglary at 2am yesterday prompted a response from local police. Officers briefly attended the scene and, having, found no issue, will make no further enquiries. A second callout at 2.30am yesterday for “breach of the peace” resulted in one person being taken into custody. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident involved two people who were known to each other and there were no further issues arising from the callout.

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