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News in briefs, June 4, 2024

Police callouts

Wairarapa Police responded to a vehicle weaving on the SH2 at 7.30pm on Sunday. The vehicle was pulled over, and the driver was spoken to. Police also responded to reports of a person allegedly riding a stolen bike at 12am on Monday, but he was unable to be located.

Warning of wood pollution

Horizons Regional Council has issued a reminder of the risks of harmful pollutants when using wood burners this winter. It advises burning smaller split logs rather than a single large log, using enough kindling, stacking good dry wood loosely in the fire box so that the air can circulate and supply the fire with oxygen, and keeping the air control open for at least 30 minutes when you start a fresh fire or add fresh logs to an existing one. For more info visit horizons.govt.nz.

Slips on Tararua

The Department of Conservation is advising there are severe slips in the Tararua Forest Park on the Smith Creek Track up to Smith Creek Shelter. Extreme caution is required to be exercised by anyone in the area. Repairs will be carried out when the weather allows.

Readings due for water meters

Water meters in South Wairarapa will be read throughout June by volunteers from the South Wairarapa District Council. The council asks all residents to ensure their meters are visible for readings and not covered with overgrowth, weeds, or debris, which can prevent the volunteers from locating and reading them. If meters are not able to be read by the team of volunteers, the council may send a paid meter reader to those properties, which could result in a charge to the property owner. The meter reading work can indicate excess water use or leaks. Property owners can be considered for exemption from excess water charges if they provide proof of repair of leaks.


An article published in Saturday’s paper [MPs at odds over Budget 2024 details] misquoted Green Party list MP as saying landlords received tax cuts worth a total of $2.9 million when the figure should have been $2.9 billion.

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