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News in briefs, May 1, 2024

Arrest follows

police callouts

Police responded to reports on Monday of a man acting suspiciously on Masterton’s Dixon St at around 2.15pm and then later on Raglan St at about 6pm. A police spokesperson said that the first report was of an unknown man coming onto someone’s property, while the second report was about a man looking into cars and trying door handles. “A 40-year-old man was taken into custody and appeared in Masterton District Court yesterday for burglary, and tomorrow they will appear for unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle,” the spokesperson said.

Council pop-ups

Masterton District Council is holding a final week of pop-up sessions to discuss the future of Masterton. Councillors will be at Masterton District Library today from 11.30am to 1.30pm, at the Thursday night food trucks in the town square on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, and in the town square on Thursday from 12pm to 2pm.

‘Today Show’

arriving Friday

The popular Australian breakfast show The Today Show, which airs on Australia’s Channel Nine network, is visiting Martinborough this Friday. The public is invited to join them for the live cross at the Martinborough Square and Martinborough Hotel [10 Memorial Square] at either 8am, 8.30am, 9.30am, or 10am. Tim Davies will be interviewing four Wairarapa locals.

No evidence

of offending

Police responded to initial reports of a male committing what was believed to be an indecent act on themselves in a vehicle on Masterton’s Te Ore Ore Rd on Saturday at about 1pm. Police found the vehicle and spoke to the man inside and “he said he was playing on his phone”, a police spokesperson said. After police investigated the scene for 25 minutes, they phoned the complainant to say no evidence of offending was found.


May 1 marks the start of the annual Chopper Appeal Month, during which New Zealanders are urged to support the lifesaving missions flown by the country’s rescue helicopter trusts. To make a donation visit chopperappeal.co.nz.

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