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News in briefs, May 10, 2024

Swell warning

MetService has issued a heavy swell warning for Turakirae Head to Mataikona in Wairarapa from 12am to 8pm today. Expected to have risen to about five metres overnight, the heavy swells with southerly combined waves are forecast to ease this evening. The swells could bring debris and surface flooding to roads, especially around high tide. Cape Palliser’s high tide will be about 7.35am today, while high tide for Castlepoint is about 7.43am. MetService has advised to take care walking or driving along roads exposed to the sea during the period covered by the warning. Surfers, divers, recreational reef fishers, and surfcasters are also advised to be extra cautious and avoid exposed locations. “Check the forecast before heading out on a boat, and if in doubt, do not go,” MetService advised. Updates and information are at metservice.com

Disability meeting

Labour list MP for Wairarapa Kieran McAnulty, alongside Labour disability spokesperson Priyanka Radhakrishnan, will be conducting two meetings on Monday to discuss disability issues. For those in Wairarapa, there will be a meeting in Masterton at the MTLT Education Centre, 22 Dixon St, Masterton from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, while in the Tararua District, there is a meeting in Dannevirke at Tararua Reap, 15 Gordon St, Dannevirke from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Community meeting

The Martinborough Community Board [MCB] will be meeting today from 10am to 12pm at the Waihinga Centre, 8 Texas St, Martinborough.

TDC rates rise advised

Tararua District Council [TDC] is advising residents of a proposed average rates increase of 15 per cent in 2024 and 2025 as part of its Long Term Plan. Anyone wanting more information is advised to visit the TDC Facebook page for a breakdown of the expected additional weekly payment based on type of property and value.

Hill closures

NZTA is reminding motorists that the next set of planned night closures and maintenance on SH2 Remutaka Hill are from May 19-May 24, May 26-May 31, and June 16-June 21, between 9pm and 4am.

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