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News in briefs, January 15, 2024.

SH2 crash

There were reports of a crash on State Highway 2 near Mt Bruce on Saturday. Police responded to the incident north of Masterton at about 11.30am. A single car had crashed into a barrier near Mikimiki Rd, but the road was not blocked, and there were no injuries reported.

Police callout

Police responded to reports of two people having a verbal altercation at a store on Queen St between Rusell and Crayne streets at about 9am on Saturday. When police arrived, the two alleged squabblers had left and they were not able to be located on the scene through area enquiries, but police are following up and will continue to enquire about the situation.

on Opaki

Nighttime roadworks are scheduled on SH2 at Opaki Rd, Masterton until Tuesday. The asphalt resurfacing work – which may be subject to weather delays – was due to begin on Sunday night at 9pm until 4am, and continue during the same hours today and tomorrow. Stop/go traffic control will be in place with a speed limit of 30km/hr.

Algae alert

The alert for toxic algae at Masterton’s Henley Lake is now at the amber level, with visitors urged to avoid contact with the water – especially children, pregnant women, the elderly, and dogs. Cyanobacteria [toxic algae] produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals if swallowed or through contact with skin. Exposure to cyanobacteria may cause symptoms such as skin rashes, nausea, tummy upset, and tingling or numbness around the mouth or tips of fingers. If you experience health symptoms after contact with water from the lake, you should consult a doctor.

Festival Fund

Masterton District Council has now opened its latest round of funding for the Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme Festival Fund, a “one-off boost this year from the government to support established festivals that celebrate the life experiences, stories, cultures, and regional identities of New Zealanders, who continue to be impacted by the effects of covid-19”. Applications will close on February 23 at 4pm. For more information and application details, head to mstn.govt.nz

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