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News in briefs, Thursday, May 23, 2024

Water limits
now lifted

This week’s rain has allowed water restrictions in Masterton to finally be lifted, Masterton District Council [MDC] announced yesterday. Noting that it’s been one of the driest periods in recent memory for the district, MDC project delivery and assets manager Phil Evans said that garden sprinklers had been restricted to alternate days in December due to low flows in the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water. “The ongoing lack of rain until this week has meant maintaining that restriction until now. We thank gardeners for their water conservation efforts, but we encourage everyone to continue careful use of water – it is a precious resource, and we need to preserve the health of the river.”


Police responded to a shoplifting incident at a commercial premises on Masterton’s Chapel St on Tuesday at about 8pm. The apprehended shoplifter handed over the stolen items and was trespassed from the scene.

In custody

One person is in police custody after trespassing at a private Masterton residence on Harley St, Solway yesterday at approximately 8.20am.

Library closure

Featherston’s library will be closed this Saturday due to staff shortages. Online services and book drops will remain available, and other Wairarapa Library Service libraries will be open. South Wairarapa District Council thanks the public for their cooperation and apologises for any inconvenience. For more info visit: wls.org.nz

Mobile alert

A nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert [EMA] system will take place this Sunday between 6pm and 7pm. The alert will be broadcast from cell towers to about five million phones across New Zealand. People should receive the alert if their phone is switched on, capable, and the software is up to date. The EMA is an extra channel that can help keep the public safe in an emergency. The system does not replace other alert systems or the need to act after natural warnings, and the public should still be prepared for an emergency.

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