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News in briefs, May 15, 2024

Tararua rates

A brief in Saturday’s Wairarapa Times-Age about the proposed rate rise for Tararua District Council [TDC] stated it was 15 per cent. This was not correct. Instead, TDC had noted that rates across New Zealand are set to increase an average of 15 per cent, while TDC ‘s current preferred option is a 10.3 per cent increase in 2024 and 2025 as part of its long-term plan.

Car crash

Police responded to a one vehicle crash after a vehicle collided with a barrier on Castlepoint Rd on Monday. The incident happened at around 8.30am, a police spokesperson said. The spokesperson also said that one occupant with minor injuries was transported to hospital by a member of the public.

Boy racer

Police responded to a report of a ‘boy racer’ doing burnouts near the intersection of SH2 and Norfolk Rd in Carterton on Sunday night. A police spokesperson said that when officers arrived on the scene, no cars were present. The spokesperson also stated that this was an isolated incident and not part of the region’s organised boy racer issue.

Open fire season

and winter tips

Fire and Emergency New Zealand [Fenz] has revoked the restricted fire season for Tararua East until further notice. This means people can light outdoor fires without a permit approved by Fenz. Acting district manager Jason Hill said lower temperatures across Tararua East have lessened wildfire danger.

“However, we still expect people to take care when lighting outdoor fires. It is important to ensure they are well controlled and safe.” Hill said that during winter, it is also important to take strong measures to reduce the risk of fire in your homes.

“Make sure to get your chimney swept and cleaned before the first fire of the season,” he said. “Keep drying clothing, curtains, bedding, and anything flammable at least a metre away from the heater.

“Remember to turn your electric blanket off before you get into bed. Have working smoke alarms throughout and a plan to escape your house in a fire.”

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