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News in briefs, February 14, 2024

Police calls

Police responded to reports of a firearms offence on Dry River Rd in Dyerville at about 11pm yesterday. According to a police spokesperson, they found nothing to raise any suspicions. A burglary at a commercial property on Dixon St around 5.50am yesterday has sparked an investigation by local police. No further information was available regarding the incident. A stolen vehicle was found on Iorns St North yesterday and reported to police at 9.30am. Police were working to reunite the owner with their vehicle.

Toxic algae

A reminder has been issued regarding Henley Lake, which currently has increased concentrations of cyanobacteris [toxic algae]. It is recommended that visitors, particularly children, pregnant women, and the elderly, avoid contact with the water. Toxic algae can also be very dangerous if ingested by dogs, and an amount the size of a 50-cent coin is enough to be fatal. A spokesperson for Greater Wellington Regional Council confirmed that all sites in Wairarapa are currently at a low risk. “At the Waipoua River on Colombo Road in particular the coverage is still very low, but has the potential to change over the next few days,” the spokesperson said. For toxic algae warnings and alerts, check regular updates on the website for Land, Air, Water Aotearoa [Lawa].

power outages

Powerco is carrying out repair and replacement work this week, which might impact the power connection for several areas. Today, a pole is being replaced in Masterton between 8.45am and 3.30pm which could affect 64 properties on Kaiwhata Rd, Homewood Rd and Waiorongo Rd. These properties may also have electricity connections affected by another pole being replaced tomorrow and on Friday at the same time in the same area. On Saturday, a new transformer is being installed on Hughes Line between 8.45am and 3pm, which may affect 4 properties. A conductor is being replaced in Featherston tomorrow, which might affect four properties on Western Lake Rd between 9.15am and 3.15pm.

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