Kauri, Kauri

38 minutes ago

We Say/You Say: MMP

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Hi Whangārei,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former … View more
Hi Whangārei,

Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?

A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.

Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former Labour MP for Miramar, a Minister of Revenue, Works and Associate Minister of Finance. Neilson explains how MMP could have a positive impact on civic participation after data from Internal Affairs showed a decline in voter turnout.

Around four out of 10 New Zealanders on the electoral role turned out to vote in the last set of local elections. In comparison, around seven or eight out 10 voted in the general election last year.

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the Whangārei Leader.

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13 hours ago

Hikurangi Hits THE ROAD....

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Is everybody ready for the rally?!
On Saturday 15th May, Hikurangi is hosting 4 rural rally legs, as well as a refuel stop, and an opportunity to meet the rally drivers and check out their cars up close!
This will be a huge event in the heart of Hikurangi, and it’s FREE to attend! Here’s what… View more
Is everybody ready for the rally?!
On Saturday 15th May, Hikurangi is hosting 4 rural rally legs, as well as a refuel stop, and an opportunity to meet the rally drivers and check out their cars up close!
This will be a huge event in the heart of Hikurangi, and it’s FREE to attend! Here’s what we have going on:

-Hikurangi Community Library open day, come along for a wander through our newly upgraded library and see our awesome selection of books and puzzles, and our fresh new children’s & teens area with HEAPS of new books! There’s also a rally based activity table and a rally colouring competition for you to take home with some awesome prizes up for grabs!
-Sausage sizzle, fizzy drinks, and hot coffee right outside the library door, fundraising for an outdoor upgrade!
-Library second hand book sale where every book is $0.50c, also magazines and Hikurangi 2021 calendars!
-An assortment of 5 bouncy castles and an obstacle course available for children, on the Chapel grounds right next door to the library, the kids activities are FREE!
-A “makers and growers” selection of market stalls along the Northern end of George St (from Rouse Motorcycles to 3 Little Birds end).
-A super special “meet the drivers” event between 9.30am and 10.45am, and again between 2.45pm and 4pm, where you can come along and chat with the drivers and get them to sign some awesome rally posters!
This will be a great event for Hikurangi and we invite visitors to join in the rally excitement with us! Grab some friends together, pack up the kids and head along for a great Saturday of fun!
You can check out further details including road closure details on our website hikurangi.co.nz...
You can buy tickets for any of the rally legs at www.eventfinda.co.nz...
For a FREE copy of the rally map, stop in to the Hikurangi Community Library and they are available at the front counter.

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21 hours ago

NZTA seems broken

Peter Neighbourly Lead from Kamo

I've tried to renew my car's rego online yesterday evening. Could load the nzta website, but the page to renew registration would not load.
I dropped them a line about this ..."we are currently experiencing high volumes of email, we may get back to you in 9 days" ... yeah, … View more
I've tried to renew my car's rego online yesterday evening. Could load the nzta website, but the page to renew registration would not load.
I dropped them a line about this ..."we are currently experiencing high volumes of email, we may get back to you in 9 days" ... yeah, right, that will be useful.
This morning their whole website appears to be down. So if you need to register your car, you may have to go to the testing station, assuming *they* can get in.

6 days ago

Poll: Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?

Marketing Manager from Beds 4 U Whangarei

Choose an option below, or if not listed in the options then comment below what your routine is before going to bed to get a good night's sleep!

Which is your preferred method of inducing sleep?
  • 27.1% Listen to soothing music
    27.1% Complete
  • 59% Read a book
    59% Complete
  • 7.8% Meditate
    7.8% Complete
  • 6% Have a cup of chamomile tea
    6% Complete
166 votes
21 hours ago

Lie down for change

Natasha Judd from Cancer Society Northland

Stop Pharmac from controlling who lives and dies - make a stand and lie down tomorrow in support of making a change.

Please join us at Laurie Hall 12.15 pm Wednesday 12/05/2021

Free

1 day ago

We are soooo LUCKY living in a VERY SPECIAL place....

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Check out our latest Kiwi match, Chris Humfrey and Kama
A Message from the Pukenui Rangers ..

"Chris Humfrey (Kiwi) had done the work for us and removed his transmitter of his own accord which left us thinking that was the end of it. It turned out however that he was huddled up in a nearby … View more
Check out our latest Kiwi match, Chris Humfrey and Kama
A Message from the Pukenui Rangers ..

"Chris Humfrey (Kiwi) had done the work for us and removed his transmitter of his own accord which left us thinking that was the end of it. It turned out however that he was huddled up in a nearby burrow with Kama, neither being too impressed about being disturbed! They were pulled out, weighed, and put back in the burrow to continue doing their thing, an early sign of breeding activity I reckon!"

Thanks especially to Carl Dowd from Pataua North Landcare who has been helping out immensely in the forest in tracking kiwi and health checks. Shout out to Pukenui hard working rangers Ben Lovell and Bevan Cramp and Kiwi Namesake the real Chris Humfrey (human)

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9 days ago

Have you been able to book a Covid-19 vaccine appointment?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

A plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over 50 in Northland has been called “a shambles”, as those over 75, who should have been high priority, cannot get a booking to get their dose. Last week, Northland District Health Board decided to buck Ministry of Health recommendations and open … View moreA plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over 50 in Northland has been called “a shambles”, as those over 75, who should have been high priority, cannot get a booking to get their dose. Last week, Northland District Health Board decided to buck Ministry of Health recommendations and open up its vaccine clinics to all over-50s. But with 73,000 Northlanders in this age group, it has been overwhelmed with demand, receiving an average of 50 calls an hour and more than 2000 emails to book an appointment. Have you had the same problems, or have you been able to book a vaccine appointment?

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1 day ago

What's On: Senior Chef

Nikki from Central Whangarei

A 9 week cooking class for over 60's, come and learn, or improve on your practical food and nutrition skills. Social, informative and hands-on. A few spaces are available. Ph4376397
Senior Chef
  • Anglican Care Centre
1 day ago

Have you seen this amazing garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

They had a vision for their property, but they also had three floods in 20 years. That didn't stop them pursuing the garden of their dreams though.

4 days ago

Power Outage

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

We’re aware of a large outage affecting greater Whangarei Central, Maunu, Tikipunga, Onerahi. Including all rural areas Ngunguru, Parua Bay, Kauri, Hikurangi, Hukerunui, including all East Coast locations from Whangarei Heads to Bland Bay.
We’re still working with field crews to identify the … View more
We’re aware of a large outage affecting greater Whangarei Central, Maunu, Tikipunga, Onerahi. Including all rural areas Ngunguru, Parua Bay, Kauri, Hikurangi, Hukerunui, including all East Coast locations from Whangarei Heads to Bland Bay.
We’re still working with field crews to identify the fault but will keep our website updated with information as we progress and also post further updates here. We appreciate your patience while we are receiving a high volume of phone calls.
Outage information can also be found on our website, below:

northpower.com...

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2 days ago

Your Big Mac, ordered from here.

McDonald's

New Zealand’s lush green pastures and temperate climate means our country produces some of the world’s best beef.

New Zealand is one of McDonald’s top ten beef-producing markets and it’s such a hit with the rest of the world that a significant percentage of NZ’s beef exports are to … View more
New Zealand’s lush green pastures and temperate climate means our country produces some of the world’s best beef.

New Zealand is one of McDonald’s top ten beef-producing markets and it’s such a hit with the rest of the world that a significant percentage of NZ’s beef exports are to international McDonald’s markets.

We partner with many Kiwi farmers who produce our beef, including Whangara Farms which was the first beef farm outside of Europe to be invited to the McDonald’s Flagship Farmers programme.

ANZCO Foods, based in the small Taranaki town of Waitara, are responsible for making our 100% beef patties. About 90% of the staff at the Waitara plant are locals and they manage to produce around half a million patties each day.

Our quality beef cuts are minced and that’s it. No additives or fillers, just mince that is formed in patties, before they’re flash-frozen and sent to restaurants.
Learn more

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3 days ago

Power Outage - Update

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Power fully restored on Northpower network
A fault on high voltage equipment at Northpower’s Kensington substation caused an outage for over 28,000 customers at 4pm yesterday.
While the substation was out of operation, power was switched from other parts of Northpower’s electricity network to … View more
Power fully restored on Northpower network
A fault on high voltage equipment at Northpower’s Kensington substation caused an outage for over 28,000 customers at 4pm yesterday.
While the substation was out of operation, power was switched from other parts of Northpower’s electricity network to quickly restore most customers within an hour.
Around 8,000 customers in the Kamo and Hikurangi areas remained without power until around 9.45pm, when the power was fully restored to all customers.
“With the fault being on high voltage equipment in our largest regional substation, the impact was larger and the outage was longer than we usually deal with,” says Josie Boyd, Northpower Network General Manager.

“Customers who had their power restored earlier were asked to conserve power to ensure that higher than usual loads on some parts of the network could be managed. People did a great job of conserving enough energy to help us keep the power on where we could, so we thank them for that.
“The team at Northpower worked really hard to get the power back on and we would like to thank all those affected for their patience and understanding.”
Northpower apologises for the inconvenience and is investigating the cause of the fault.

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11 days ago

Antivaxer nonsense

David from Onerahi

Can anyone tell me who is responsible for delivering a pamphlet of mis-information, lies and distorted facts to the letterboxes of Onerahi?
Nowhere does anyone's name appear on the pamphlet or the website link.
This shameful nonsense should be stamped out, it is potentially putting … View more
Can anyone tell me who is responsible for delivering a pamphlet of mis-information, lies and distorted facts to the letterboxes of Onerahi?
Nowhere does anyone's name appear on the pamphlet or the website link.
This shameful nonsense should be stamped out, it is potentially putting people's lives at risk. We may be largely Covid free in NZ at the moment but that can change in as little as a few weeks.
Anyone receiving this pamphlet should refer to www.stuff.co.nz... for some accurate information instead of the lies spread by this flyer.

3 days ago

Mother's Day

NumberWorks'nWords Whangarei

Thank you to all our amazing mums from the team at NumberWorks'nWords.

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5 days ago

Bread tags

Chris from Rural West Whangarei

Is anyone collecting bread tags for a fund raiser.? I have a honey jar fill, plus a heap in a cellophane bag.... The scouts collected them 12-18 months ago, prior to their Jamboree... Now I don't know what to do with the collection I have. Free to anyone that needs them. But must collect.

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4 days ago

bread tags

Chris from Rural West Whangarei

Many thanks to all the people who replied, they have now gone.

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