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News in briefs, March 6, 2024

Police follow up

Police received several reports in the early hours of Saturday morning that “loud bangs” could be heard in Masterton. The first report was received at about 3.20am with claims of “loud banging sounds heard near Colombo Rd”. Further reports were made on the western side of Masterton between 3.30am and 4am. The responding police unit attending the scene could not identify the sound source but “it was determined that the sounds were unlikely to have come from firearms”.

faux pas

Reports came in from across the country of petrol stations experiencing significant technical issues on February 29 due to the leap year: electronic signs malfunctioned, pumps stopped working, and Eftpos terminals wouldn’t accept payments. The electronics glitches were also seen on Metlink trains, with the date incorrectly updating to March 1 on February 29, and then displaying February 30 on the first day of March. Metlink confirmed the glitch affected the digital screens onboard its Wairarapa carriages. Rail operator Transdev confirmed the issue was caused by the leap year, which affected date information fed from the trains’ GPS system, to the display screens. The fix was successfully deployed on March 1 and Metlink iterated that “the issue did not affect any other onboard systems”.


A group of vehicles driving in a dangerous manner on Kibblewhite Rd in Masterton was reported to police at about 6.10pm on Sunday. A police spokesperson confirmed that the traffic incident detailed multiple cars participating in dangerous and anti-social driving behaviour. A police unit attended the scene, and enquiries are ongoing to identify the vehicles and drivers involved.

Parks week

Masterton District Council is promoting Parks Week, an annual celebration of parks that contribute to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. “It’s a great time to explore our trails in our local parks.” Masterton parks include Queen Elizabeth Park, Henley Lake, Manuka Reserve and Churchill Park. There are a variety of trails in Wairarapa that are a network of paths linking green space, popular with walkers, cyclists, runners, dog owners and horse riders.

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