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News in briefs, March 7, 2024

Tree trimmings

The Soldiers Memorial Sports Field in Greytown will be closed today and tomorrow for tree maintenance between 8am and 4pm. The sports field will be closed again on Monday and Tuesday between 8am and 4pm for the final days of this work. People are asked to stay clear of the area during these periods.

Funders forum

If you need funding for a South Wairarapa community initiative, group or organisation, a drop-in session is being held at Martinborough Town Hall today from 3-7pm that will provide resources, information, and one on one time with funders. There is no need to register.

Predator free

Applications are open for Predator Free New Zealand community funding to empower groups that want to get together and remove predators from their backyards. The Department of Conservation is encouraging neighbours and communities to get together and talk about conservation goals in their areas. Applications close March 10. Head to www.predatorfreenz.org for more information and to apply.

Be there or
be square

Today at 11am in Masterton’s Library Square – right next to the Masterton District Library – archivist Mark Pacey is giving a talk about the history of the space, including the building that used to be there and its demolition, along with the process of designing and naming the square, and how and why the Russian Jack statue became a fixture. This is part of Parks Week 2024, which runs until March 10 and is intended to highlight the vital role parks play in creating liveable spaces and thriving communities. From 11am to 1pm there’s also a BBQ being put on by Green by Nature at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Kid’s Own Playground, in acknowledgement of Parks Week.

Podcast pointers

Wairarapa local access radio station Arrow FM is offering a workshop on Saturday, March 16 from 1-4pm at Reap House, 340 Queen St, Masterton about how community groups and individuals can use podcasts to share their message, and on using social media to promote content. For more information contact [email protected].

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