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850 noise complaints

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Masterton’s South Rd has claimed the dubious title of Wairarapa’s noisiest street for 2019.

Figures given to the Times-Age by the three district councils show a handful of streets across the region were subject to noise complaints twice or more during the year, some more than 10 times.

Of 613 noise control complaints across Masterton, 35 came from the suburban South Rd which runs from Kuripuni Village to Masterton Hood Aerodrome.

It’s not the overhead sound of planes that have prompted the noise complaints but rather over boisterous stereos playing, which accounted for more than 65 per cent of complaints [23 callouts].

Parties also accounted for eight callouts along the road.

Not far down the list was Harley St, where loud stereos also made up the bulk of its 27 callouts.

Other notable streets with stereo issues included Grierson St, Laurent Pl, and South Belt.

Noise complaints from Colombo Rd were split evenly between parties and stereos.

The Masterton District Council seized 22 stereos last year in relation to noise complaints, however, no fines were imposed.

Of the region’s 850 callouts, most were in Masterton.

The majority of Carterton’s 122 call outs came from busy High St [23 callouts] which runs through the town centre and doubles as State Highway 2.

Carterton District Council planning and regulatory manager Dave Gittings said it was not surprising that High St received the most callouts.

“That’s because it’s the longest street and so there are more people living along it”.

Of 115 callouts in South Wairarapa, the most were to Featherston [51 callouts], followed by Martinborough [37] and Greytown [34].

Featherston’s noisiest street, and the noisiest in the district, was Brandon St with 20 callouts.

Venice St in Martinborough followed with 10 callouts.


  1. Ngahape road 2am till 4pm ,noisy trucking diggers horns blasting chain saws revving you have absolutely nothing on the crap we are expected to put up with and the council couldn’t care less

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