Archive: Media Releases

Media Release: First meeting of 2023 makes historic progress

This first meeting of the Māori Standing Committee (MSC) was held on 31 January where some significant moments were recognised and celebrated. At the meeting held on Tuesday, Mayor Connelly…

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Council celebrates South Wairarapa’s Dark Sky status

South Wairarapa District Council congratulates the Wairarapa Dark Sky Association (Association) on achieving international dark sky reserve status over South Wairarapa and Carterton. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has…

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Cyclone Hale rural recovery assistance

Update: Inland Revenue has recently set-up an emergency helpline for anyone affected by Cyclone Hale (for example if you have missed payments or filing dates or are struggling to deal…

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Delay in Annual Report audit

UPDATE: 24 January 2023 Audit NZ has confirmed this week that they will be aiming to complete all outstanding audits and audit opinions by 31 March 2023 for all councils…

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Update on Tora and Pahaoa Roads

Tora Rd has reopened for 4 wheel-drive vehicles after being closed by a major slip following heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday. We do urge caution as there is heavy…

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Changes to speed limits in South Wairarapa

New speed limits are set to come into force between Masterton and Featherston from 27 January 2023. Waka Kotahi is making the changes after conducting public consultation in mid-2021 as…

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Slips and flooding block access to White Rock and Tora communities

UPDATE, 9.43am Friday 13 January – Please note White Rock Road is now open to 4 wheel drive and smaller vehicles only. Kawaika Road and Cape River Road are also…

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Martinborough community welcomes new artwork

A very special artwork has been unveiled at the Waihinga Centre in Martinborough this morning (7 December 2022). The three-dimensional piece by Masterton sculptor Sam Ludden and weaver Violet Edwards-Hina was officially gifted to the centre by the Waihinga Charitable Trust.  The work was blessed this morning with…

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Welcoming our latest New Zealand citizens

An eager group of residents gathered at the ANZAC Hall on Friday, 2 December to witness eight of our South Wairarapa residents give their oath or affirmation (as chosen by…

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Aquifer mapping promises rich insights for South Wairarapa

South Wairarapa District Council supports the work being done this summer by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to map the district’s aquifers. From late January, a helicopter with special mapping…

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