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News in briefs, Saturday, May 18, 2024

Food bank

Masterton Foodbank manager Jenna Matchett wishes to clarify that she misspoke in an article in Thursday’s paper when discussing the pressure of increasing costs, falling funding, and soaring demand for its services that the organisation is facing. “Our rent hasn’t increased as we get concessional rent from Masterton Trust Lands Trust, which effectively means our rent is covered by the trust,” she said. “However, all of our other overheads have increased as the article outlines.”

Hill closures

Two weeks of night closures of State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill Rd are planned, from May 19 to May 24 and May 26 to May 31. The road will be closed between 9pm and 4am on these nights. Light vehicles can be escorted over the hill at certain times behind a pilot vehicle. Bookings are essential and should be made using the form available on the nzta.govt.nz site. Heavy vehicles, such as semi-trailers, cannot be escorted over the hill during the closures

SH2 road

State Highway 2 Chapel St in Masterton between Crayne Street and Russell Street will be completely closed for asphalt resurfacing from today until Tuesday, while Chapel St between the Renall St roundabout and the Lincoln Rd roundabout will be closed for asphalt resurfacing on Monday and Tuesday nights from 9 pm to 4am. Light vehicles should detour via Dixon St, while heavy vehicles should detour via Ngaumutawa Rd.

Trap workshop

Predator Free Featherston is hosting a community trap building workshop at its HQ at 4 Wakefield St, Featherston from 10am-2pm today. The group is hoping to get 70 trap boxes which, once deployed, will bring its total trap count in the community up to 150. At the last community workshop, attendees built about 60 boxes in three hours. For more information, email Daniel Millar at [email protected]

TDC consultation

Tararua District Council is reminding people to make submissions for its 2024-2034 long-term plan, which is halfway through its consultation period. For more information, see www.tararuadc.govt.nz/LTP24-34

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