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News in brief, July 5, 2023

Early crash

Emergency services responded to reports of a crash on SH2 near Remutaka Hill early yesterday morning. Police said it was a one-vehicle crash, where a vehicle went down a bank close to Marchant Rd. The road was temporarily blocked while emergency services attended. Police said it was cleared at 3.20am. A spokesperson from Fire and Emergency NZ said no one was trapped, and the Featherston Brigade helped with scene protection and assisting police. Wellington Free Ambulance confirmed that they transported one patient to Wairarapa ED.

Lights part 2

There were multiple reports of streetlight outages in Masterton on Monday night. This follows a similar trend in Carterton, where the council said contractors are in the process of repairs. Masterton District Council has previously advised that streetlight issues are related to the power supply network and that Mercury Energy is responsible for the power supply, contracting through Powerco. A council spokesperson maintained council staff were in contact with Mercury. Powerco said they were investigating the outage and that the problem was resolved after the streetlights were remotely reset from the operations centre.

Regulations reviewed

Carterton District Council has introduced a discount on urban dog registrations for people over 65. The initiative aligns with the council’s positive ageing strategy and recognises the important role pets play in the lives of many seniors as companions. The discount is available to Carterton residents. Those eligible will pay $75 for their dog registration fee. More information is at www.cdc.govt.nz

Wellbeing grants

Masterton District Council is now accepting applications for community wellbeing grants. The council are looking for organisations taking an active role in building the future and improving the community’s wellbeing. If your organisation is doing great things to improve the wellbeing of the community, MDC wants to hear from you. The community wellbeing grant is for the funding year from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Applications close on Monday, July 31 at 4.30 pm. More information is on the MDC website.

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