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News in briefs, March 28, 2024

Fire season

While parts of the Wellington region will be moving to a restricted fire season from 8am today, Wairarapa remains in a prohibited fire season in which all open-air fires are prohibited and previously issued fire permits have been revoked. Conditions
in Wairarapa are still dry,
especially in coastal areas. Anybody wishing to do any activity that could cause a spark [such as mowing lawns] is encouraged to do so in the morning when conditions are generally cool and damp. To learn more about fire seasons and fire safety, visit www.checkitsalright.nz for helpful information.

Libraries closed

The Masterton District Library and Carterton District Council Library will be closed tomorrow and Easter Monday, but will both still be open on Saturday, March 30 from 9.30am to 1pm. Meanwhile, the libraries in Greytown, Martinborough, and Featherston will also be closed on Friday and Monday but open on Saturday from 9.30am to noon. Regular hours for all the libraries will resume again on Tuesday, April 2.

Easter weather

Tomorrow’s forecast features showers that ease in the morning and southwesterlies that become fresh for a time in the afternoon and evening. Saturday is expected to be mainly cloudy, with isolated showers in the morning along with fresh southeasterlies. Sunday will have occasional rain, with some fresh southeasterlies, while Monday will remain cloudy after some occasional rain and southerlies.

Dogs in togs

Masterton’s outdoor pool at Trust House Recreation Centre is due to close for the season and people are invited to bring their pooches for some of the last swims of the season on Saturday, April 6. Dogs and their humans are both invited to jump in the outdoor Lido pool. Small to medium dogs under 15kgs will have access to the pool from 10am to 10.45am while medium to large dogs over 15kgs have access from 11am until 11.45am – mixed sizes of dogs are welcome from 12 pm to 1pm. The $5 entry fee is payable by cash and will be distributed to SPCA and Companion Animals. All dogs must be registered and there can only be one dog per adult. The event is expected to proceed rain or shine.

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