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Sum­mer may have stut­tered into be­ing, but at least tem­per­a­tures are warm and out­doorsy. About now, the city starts to come round af­ter its ex­tended hol­i­day break. Res­i­dents re­turn, streets and cafes get back to some­thing re­sem­bling nor­malcy, and there’s a bit of head space to con­tem­plate what 2016 may bring.

Of course, we’re not out of the hol­i­day ‘‘woods’’ yet. There’s Welling­ton An­niver­sary week­end from Jan­uary 23 – 25, and close be­hind, the long Wai­tangi Day week­end.

So, still oc­ca­sion to be ex­tra care­ful on the roads and around wa­ter­ways. For­tu­nately, Manawatu has so far not fea­tured on ei­ther hol­i­day toll, al­though 28 peo­ple died on roads in our re­gion in 2015.

All it takes is a lit­tle care­less­ness for our clean hol­i­day slate to change.

On a brighter note, there are plenty of free and in­ex­pen­sive events and pas­times to keep fam­i­lies out and about and en­joy­ing life.

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