Burning waste can be hazardous to health & the environment, & should be your last option for disposing of waste. If you do have to burn it, please note that no offensive smoke or odour should cross property boundaries, & smoke must not affect visibility on roads or for aircraft.
It’s also a good idea to check with @FireEmergencyNZ to find out if you require a permit. For more information, including what you can and can’t burn, head to http://bit.ly/open-burn-rules.
Keeping kids safe online is a challenge every parent faces in today’s cyber-connected world.
Horowhenua District Council is hosting a practical workshop on the evening of 5 November  to help raise awareness of the dangers young people face online and how to navigate the risks safely.
Experienced child protection facilitator Leanne Couch from Kiwi Community Child Protection Training and ECPAT Child Alert engagement facilitator Kristen Haines will cover tips for navigating social media safely, the dangers of online predators, the dynamics of grooming, risks associated with apps and games, the effects of pornography on young people and how to navigate discussions with them about it.
Ms Couch said the workshop would be valuable for parents, caregivers, and anyone who works with young people, such as school staff.
The workshop will be held from 6pm to 8:30pm on Thursday 5 November in Horowhenua District Council Chambers, Levin. Admission is free, but space is limited to 40 participants so registration is encouraged to secure a place. People can contact email@example.com to register.
The annual test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system has been cancelled. In consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, and the potential for confusion, we have decided not to proceed with the test.
This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November 2020.
Put it in your diary as the klaxon sound from your phone can be pretty surprising!
This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November.
Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area.
The pop-up will be at the car park on the corner of Salisbury St and Bath St, behind New World, on Tuesday 1 September  from 10am to 4pm.
MidCentral DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Weir encourages anyone without cold or flu-like symptoms to drop into the pop-up site to get a free test for COVID-19.
We would like to see people, whether they have symptoms or not, coming to any of the planned pop-up sites around the region. In particular, we’d strongly encourage those who are at greater risk of poor health outcomes if they were to contract COVID-19 to get a test. This includes Māori and Pasifika people, those aged over 65, as well as members of the community who live with a chronic illness, such as respiratory disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
It’s important to remember that this testing is not just for your own peace of mind, it’s also to provide your family, friends and the wider community with a sense of confidence that we remain on track in our efforts to stamp out COVID-19.”
For anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms, testing is available at general practices throughout the MidCentral DHB region and at the Palmerston North Designated Testing Centre on Main Street, seven days a week.
“We are asking people who are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID-19 to call Healthline or their GP team to arrange for a test.”
COVID-19 symptoms include: coughing, high temperature (at least 38˚C), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose or temporary loss of smell.