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Friday 15 January

From tomorrow (Saturday) Masterton residents can get the latest Council updates sent straight to their phone.

The Masterton District Council has launched the Antenno app for Masterton residents.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the app was the latest example of the Council finding new ways to share information with residents.

“People are busy, and we know they don’t necessarily go looking for information on our website, for example,” Lyn said.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to stay up-to-date and the Antenno app has been proven around the country as a valuable tool.”

To use the app, people simply select where they live or work or another location of interest to them. Once that’s done, notifications will start to come through such as reminders of recycling and rubbish collections, current water restrictions or events coming up in the district.

“As time goes on, more alerts will be added to the app, such as planned road closures or water shutdowns. It will also be a valuable tool in emergencies where we might need to update people on disruptions to services,” Lyn said.

The app is free, easy and secure – there is no need for users to share any personal information. People can expect a maximum of three notifications a week.

The app also enables people to report issues to the Council. By simply taking a photo of the issue and using the “Report It” functionality in the app, the Council will be notified.

“The Council relies on members of our community being our eyes and ears,” Lyn said.

“This app gives people an easy way to let us know when something needs attention, in addition to calling us or lodging a Fix It form on our website.”

The app can be found on the Google Play store for Android users, or the Apple App Store for iPhone users. More information, including a video on how to download and use Antenno, is available here.