34 days ago

Poll: Should fireworks be banned?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

After a series of fires over the weekend including several in Whangarei caused by people shooting fireworks out of a car, there are renewed calls for a fireworks ban. What do you think?

Should fireworks be banned?
  • 5.3% All fireworks should be banned
    5.3% Complete
  • 87.7% There should be public displays only - no private sales
    87.7% Complete
  • 7% No ban - I love fireworks!
    7% Complete
  • 0% Other (please say what in the comments below)
    0% Complete
57 votes
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4 days ago

Should FNDC be going legal over critical Facebook posts?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Far North District Council engaged Auckland lawyers to take action against the administrators of a Facebook page after a post criticised the council, and a manager, for poor treatment at a pound. Was this the best course of action for the council to take? What do you think it should have done? Are you worried if you are an administrator now?

9 hours ago

Our kinda kindness at AMI

AMI Insurance

When a Christchurch school lost four classrooms to fire, retired AMI Branch Manager Philip Buckingham knew how he could help.

Philip – “ When one of our offices is relocated or refitted as a flexi workspace, there are all sorts of useful items left behind — stationery, file cabinets, chairs, desks, computer monitor arms. For years now, we have gathered it all up and donated it to schools; initially those hit particularly hard by the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just in our DNA at AMI to help people. After the Russley School fire, there was an urgent need to get the kids some stationery. On my way home, I went to the school and spoke with the principal, Greg Lewis. We couldn’t have asked for a better principal for the school, he is such a great guy.”

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17 hours ago

Happy 25th birthday to Donald the duck!

Caroline Williams Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Birthday celebrations are in order, as a Northland duck - aptly named Donald - turned 25 years old on Saturday. Donald's owner, Shane O'Leary, believes Donald could be the oldest duck in the world.
Pekin and Indian runner crossbreed Donald was rescued as a ducking from a flood on December 7, 1994, in Hukerenui. A duck's average life expectancy ranges from five to 12 years, however Donald is showing no signs of slowing down. His favourite activities are swimming and diving in his pond.
How old has your oldest pet lived to be? Let us know in the comments (photos are allowed and encouraged!)