Transwoman Melanie Payne, who is running for a Whangārei District Council seat, says she is not surprised by transphobic graffiti on her billboards - and says hatred is part of everyday life in Whangārei for her. Have you noticed hatred in Whangārei?
The SPCA says a new $300 fine is helping to spread the warning that people should not leave their dogs in hot cars.
What do you think - is the message getting through to dog owners?
19.2% Yes, the $300 fine helps19.2% Complete
3.8% Yes, owners better understand the risks3.8% Complete
69.2% No, I still see dogs in hot cars69.2% Complete
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The Department of Conservation is seeking the identities of a paddle boarder and about seven people on board two boats in Ngawai Bay, near Helena Bay on January 4, after drone footage posted to Facebook showed the vessels in close proximity of a pod of orca.
The boats traveled between the pod - made up of four orca, including a calf - at speed, following them, and at several points going over the top of one.
It is a breach under the New Zealand Marine Mammal Regulations to harass orca whales by obstructing the path of the pod or individual and to go within 50 metres of them at a speed of more than five knots.
Anyone with information should phone 0800 DOC HOT (362 468).