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News in briefs, Friday, May 10, 2024

Power problem

Transpower wants the country to reduce power use this morning. New Zealand faces a potential shortfall of electricity supply between 7am and 9am due to an unseasonal cold snap and low wind generation. This will reduce overall demand and help to ensure there is power available. People who rely on power for medical reasons will need a backup plan in place and call 111 in an emergency.

On guard

Police are urging people to be vigilant after reports of a 20-30-year-old male seen trying door handles on the west side of Masterton. Area Prevention Manager Gill Flower is asking the public to be “vigilant in locking doors and reporting any suspicious behaviour.” Suspicious behaviour should be reported by calling 111.

More roadworks

Work will start on Monday, May 13, to convert the Pownall St pedestrian crossing near the corner with Essex St to a raised crossing. As a result, a temporary crossing, controlled by traffic management staff, will operate to the north of the existing crossing during the work. The work is expected to take three weeks, finishing on May 27, weather permitting. Pownall St will remain open.

Swell warning

MetService has issued a Heavy Swell Warning for Turakirae Head to Mataikona in Wairarapa from 10pm today to 8pm tomorrow. Heavy swells are expected, with southerly combined waves rising to 5 metres late this evening, then easing tomorrow evening. These swells could bring debris and surface flooding to roads, especially around high tide. High tide for Cape Palliser is about 6.58pm today and 7.35am tomorrow. High tide for Castlepoint is about 7.10pm today and 7.43am tomorrow. Updates and information are at metservice.com

LTP pop-up

This Sunday at the Eketāhuna market, Tararua District Council representative will be present to chat about its Long Term Plan [LTP] public consultation. Residents can also make a submission on the LTP while they are there; information will be provided. The market is on Sunday, 10am-2pm, 4 Hatswell St, Eketāhuna.

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