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News in brief, December 21, 2023

Hot dogs
reminder

Masterton District Council has issued a reminder to dog owners that, during the summer months, parked cars can reach temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius in as little as 10 minutes, even with windows slightly down. As such, dogs should not be left in cars as they can quickly begin to suffer and easily die if left in such temperatures. The Ministry for Primary Industries has regulations regarding dogs left in cars, and vehicle owners can be fined if a dog becomes heat stressed as a result. If you see a dog suffering in a hot car and cannot find the owner, please call the SPCA on 0800 SPCA NZ [0800 467 732] or call the police emergency line [111].

Dry days ahead

Carterton District Council [CDC] advises that water restrictions are currently in place and that residents can no longer use unattended watering systems, although residents can continue to water their gardens with handheld hoses on alternate days as they prepare for a forecast drought this summer. Restrictions are in place as part of the council’s consent conditions with Greater Wellington Regional Council, and conserving water allows for firefighting capabilities too. “We have infrastructure in place to ensure we can provide continuous clean water, but with a dry summer predicted, the conditions will mean a drain on our supply from the stream, aquifer, and bores,” a CDC statement said.

Masterton Youth Council call

The Masterton District Youth Council still has spaces available for 2024, and applications close on January 10. Anyone wanting to be part of the Youth Council needs to live in Masterton, be aged between 12 and 24, and “want to make a difference in the community and shape our future”. The members of the council will be announced toward the end of January. Anyone wanting more information should email [email protected] or message @mastertondistrictyouthcouncil via Instagram or Facebook pages.

Christmas hours

Masterton District Council’s customer service centre will be closed from noon on Friday, December 22 until 9am on January 8, 2024. The after-hours call centre will remain contactable 24/7
via 06 378 7752.

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