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News in briefs, January 26, 2024

Postponed events

Carterton District Council’s Colour Run collaboration with Rangatahi to Rangatira was due to take place tomorrow but has had to be postponed. Instead, the event – “a fun filled family day” featuring two races, a free sausage sizzle, and games and activities– will be held on Saturday, April 20. Those intending to attend are advised that there’s a gold coin donation to enter, and urged to “wear your white clothing and be prepared to be covered in colour paint”. Also postponed is a community BYO picnic and fancy dress launch party for Smallfields Event Ltd. Due to be held tomorrow at Greytown’s Soldiers Memorial Playground, it’s now been pushed to February 17.

Wake ‘n shake

Many in the region reported feeling a strong earthquake in the early hours of yesterday morning. GeoNet classified the shaking, which began at began at 3.18am, as ‘strong’ and said the epicentre of the quake was 20km west of Porangahau. It had a depth of 10km and a magnitude of 5.2. The impact was felt as far south as Oamaru and as far north as the Bay of Islands.

Police pings

Police responded to reports of a young person shoplifting at a store on Masterton’s Chapel St at about 6.40pm on Wednesday evening. The young person was taken into custody. Flashing lights at a stream on Coddington Cres in Masterton prompted a call to police at about 11.10pm on Wednesday night, and police found a group of people looking for eels. An incident yesterday morning that was logged as ‘Burglary’ involved a person unlawfully on a property on Stuart Cres at 7.35am. One person was arrested.

check, dry

Greater Wellington Regional Council is urging anyone swimming in rivers this summer to stay vigilant about spreading freshwater weeds. Didymo [otherwise known as ‘rock snot’] is not present in the wider Wellington region, but it can spread via a single drop of water if introduced. It’s recommended to check and remove plant matter from gear, as well as clean any gear that has made contact with water outside the region and then dry it for 48 hours.

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