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News in briefs, February 21, 2024

Notice lifted

A boil water notice issued by Tararua District Council [TDC] for Woodville residents last week has been lifted. The notice was issued after a possum was found in the local water treatment tank. After three consecutive days of compliant water quality tests, TDC said yesterday that all tests met the NZ Drinking Water Standards, and residents no longer needed to boil water for drinking, cleaning teeth or preparing food. A building contractor was completing a check of the reservoir yesterday to ensure that all possible entry points have been blocked in order to avoid the situation occurring again.

Frog swiped

from reserve

One of the statues composing Manuka Reserve’s frog band in the Enchanted Forest has been pilfered. A representative for Manuka Reserve said that one of the frog statues had been sawn off its log. If anyone is aware of someone who has recently acquired a green frog playing an instrument, please report it to Masterton District Council or return it to its home in the reserve.

Featherston

power cuts

More than 1200 properties in Featherston and some surrounding roads lost power at 8.18am yesterday due to a tripped fuse. The properties were without power until it was progressively restored throughout the morning as crews “sectionalised areas” and re-livened the network in stages, a Powerco spokesperson said. Power was fully restored to all properties by 10.06am and investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fuse tripping.

Smith Creek

Shelter closed

Hikers have been warned not to use the Smith Creek Shelter at the Tauwharenīkau River because of its dilapidated condition and rats. The Department of Conservation said it was “not safe” to eat or sleep in the shelter due to the risk of disease. The shelter will reopen after rat control and remedial work has been completed.

Police reports

Police received a report at 3.25am yesterday of a car parked in the middle of a lane on Ponatahi Rd. The car was moved onto the side of the road. Police are also making further enquiries into a ‘breach of the peace’ on Waite St, Featherston around 1.10pm yesterday.

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