233 days ago

Drive SOBA Milestone

Ian Crayton-Brown from Northland Road Safety

Drink Driver Programme Marks Milestones
This winter marked 10 years and 1000 participants since the Drive SOBA Programme (DSP) began in Northland.

Across ten years, 1000 people have completed the 12-session course, which provides alcohol education, relapse prevention and role-playing to develop empathy and problem solving to change people who have been habitually drink driving.

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5 hours ago

Be the hope someone needs: Help prevent suicide

Appliance Shed

Did you know that three families lose a loved one to suicide every two days in NZ?

The current “harden up, stay staunch and let’s not talk about it” attitude towards anyone with a mental illness or having suicidal thoughts is a major problem. Through changing attitudes, lives will be saved.

The Appliance Shed is kick-starting a fundraising campaign to support the life-saving work of Mike King and The Key To Life Trust. The Trust equips our nation's young people to check in on their mates and remind them it’s okay to ask for help. We believe it’s important for all of us to feel valued and know that someone has your back when times are tough. Join us, donate, and make a difference.
Donate here!

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4 days ago

FREE TREES & PLANTS - from 5th June 2018

Kristi Henare from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Starting on 5th June 2018

If you want some free native plants, the Pohutukawa Coast Programme is for you. Whether you live in a rural area or are a city dweller, play your part in creating a more diverse natural environment. Plant your free plants and be part of this popular programme.

Initially, the programme was set up to help re-establish young pohutukawa trees along our coastline. Now it has evolved to providing habitat and food for our native birds, bringing lovely birdsong into urban areas.

After 28 years, this plant giveaway is more popular than ever, so you need to be quick. The 3,860 plants we are giving away this year will go fast. Last year the plants in our central distribution point (Botanica) went in a few days.

Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Manager, Sue Hodge, said this will bring the total number of trees distributed since the project began to 69,900. The young plants are especially grown by Tawapou Coastal Native Nurseries at Tutukaka. The mix of native trees and shrubs are suitable for coastal locations, rural or urban properties, wetlands and hedges.

There is a limit of two plants per ratepayer or Whangarei District resident to ensure they are distributed evenly. If you represent a large community group, you can leave your contact details and if plants remain at the completion of the programme then more plants can be made available to you.

Whangarei District Council Parks and Recreation Department and the Northern Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Society will assist with the distribution of the trees and shrubs, as they have done in the past. The Programme's plant distributors are all knowledgeable and helpful and will be happy to assist you in selecting the right plant for your situation.

If you would like to take part in this exciting project, please contact one of the distributors listed below and arrange to pick up your free trees. Plants are available from 5 June. Please do not contact our distributors prior to this date.

Plants are available from:

City dwellers and people living in the north of the District should drop in to Botanica in First Ave between 10am and 4pm, 7 days.

Tutukaka Coast residents may pick up trees from Tawapou Coastal Natives Nursery. Phone 09 434 3971

Southern residents may pick up trees from Robbie Jones. Phone 09 432 7329.

People living to the north-east and in Whangarei Heads can pick them up from Alan Willis and Rona Mahy-Willis. Phone 09 436 2808.

Council would once again like to thank everyone who has made this year’s Pohutukawa Coast Programme possible. Special recognition goes to the volunteer distributors who provide this valuable service for the community year after year.

For more information, please contact Whangarei District Council Parks Technical Officer, Spencer Jellyman on 09 430 4200 extension 8844.

Plants available are:

Pohutukawa
Kowhai
Puriri
Rewarewa
Titoki
Kauri
Tawapou
Lancewood
Stebulus banksii
Karo
Olearia albida
Pseudopanax lessonii
Cabbage tree
Olearia solandri
Flax
Coprosma acerosa
Hebe diosmifolia
Puka
Kakabeak
Hebe parvifolia

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5 days ago

Stolen Wheelchair

Glen from Central Whangarei

Please help Jasmine get her wheelchair back stolen from Kamo New Zealand.
Hey everyone in whangarei my Electric wheelchair has been stolen if anyone knows anything about message me please