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News in brief, January 9, 2024

Dry days ahead

The coming week is expected to bring several days of hot and dry weather. Yesterday had a predicted high of 29 degrees Celsius with light winds in the afternoon. Today’s expected high of 27degC comes with southwesterly winds in the afternoon before dying out. While the sunny weather will be good for washing and drying times, the UV levels will be high so proper sun protection is advised. The region is also now in a restricted fire season, meaning that all open-air fires require a permit.

Weekend police calls

Police responded to a report of a vehicle collision at 1.40pm on Saturday between Smith and Harlequin streets in Masterton. A spokesperson said there were no injuries reported, and the parties were sorting insurance details between themselves. Police attended another crash at Cape Palliser Rd on Sunday at around midday. A spokesperson confirmed that a person fell off a motorbike and received minor injuries. Ambulance and fire emergency services also attended.

Hill closure

A reminder that Remutaka Hill will be closed overnight this Sunday for regular state highway maintenance works by NZTA. The road will be closed between 9pm and 4am. Escorted crossings are available for those who have booked in advance, which can be done through NZTA’s online booking form. Bookings must be made by 4pm this Friday.

Powerco work

Planned Powerco work resumes this week after pausing for the holiday break. Tree trimming taking place today between 9am and 4pm will affect 11 properties along Abbotsford Rd in Masterton. On Thursday this week, works to install a new transformer will affect 43 properties in Masterton along Longbush and Whakarua roads. Works will take place between 8.45am and 2.30pm.

Algae warning

A toxic algae warning is still in place at Waipoua River at Colombo Rd, Masterton. It is at a medium risk level, and it’s recommended to keep dogs away from the area and avoid touching the algae, which is deadly to dogs and can make people sick. If you think you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell, ring Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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