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News in briefs, May 22, 2024

Car crash

Police, Fire, and Wellington Free Ambulance [WFA] attended a an crash where a ute hit a tree on Chester Rd SH2 in Clareville just after 4pm yesterday. A police spokesperson said traffic was partially blocked and the occupant was assessed by WFA for minor injuries.

Scam alert

Police are warning people to be wary of a WhatsApp scam following an increase in reports in the Wellington District. Scammers are using WhatsApp to impersonate family members or friends by saying they need help and, in particular, money. Victims of this scam will receive a message from an unknown number, claiming to be a loved one who has just lost their phone and got a replacement. The scammer then attempts to obtain the victim’s credit card information. Police are asking people to have conversations with vulnerable or elderly family members to help ensure they are aware of the tactics often used by scammers and don’t become victims. Anyone who believes they are a victim of a scam, in person, over the phone or online, should immediately report it to their bank, and then to their local police station.


Tararua District Council is in the process of updating its procurement policy and wants to hear from suppliers, especially local small business owners and Māori-owned businesses, to ensure that it is up to date with the market and beneficial for everyone involved. The survey is open until May 31, 2024, and can be done using the web link [https://shorturl.at/eSW25] or by visiting a service centre.

Carterton disco

Carterton District Council [CDC] are asking people to get their registrations in for the Youth Week disco, which will be held at the Carterton Events Centre tomorrow from 6.30pm. Entry is free, and BBQ and fizzy drinks are available for purchase with a gold coin. The night will also include DJ Dane Buchanan on the decks and playing the best disco music. Register for this event at www.eventfinda.co.nz/2024/youth-week-disco/carterton

Be prepared

Department of Conservation [DoC] says the firewood at Powell Hut has been reported as low and could run out at any time. DoC are planning a new supply of to be delivered.

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