44 days ago

Shot police dog still recovering, may not return to work

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

A police dog who was shot in the jaw at Tangowahine on December 1 is still recovering, three months on from the incident. The dog suffered critical injuries and, while he has been allowed to return home to his handler, no decision has been made about his work future. Meanwhile the 30-year-old farmer, who was shot three times by police during the incident, has pleaded not-guilty to all charges.

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2 hours ago

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1 day ago

What do you think of stricter freedom camping rules?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Stuart Nash was in Northland late last week to announced proposed stricter rules for freedom camping - including banning non-self-contained vehicles or making them park in campgrounds only, fines increasing from $200 to $1000, and requirements on rental companies to collect fines. Nash says the rules are about making sure people don't toilet in inappropriate places. What do you think of the proposed new rules? Have you ever been impacted by freedom campers?

5 hours ago

Moving forward

Glen from Central Whangarei

I would like to share this as I hope it will be a link to a positive story moving forward.
I had Steve Smith from North Chamber meet me for about an hour at my home office today.
I feel it was an excellent productive meeting Steve said he enjoyed the meeting.

I am trying to raise awareness of the many skilled people wanting to work, this may include disabled people, Maori, and others struggling to find employment and less likely to be given opportunities that may lead to work.

I would like to see the media write positive stories about high achievers and those not so high but giving it a go. Steve was surprised at the statistics I was showing him re-employment and opportunity.

I would like to see good things for our city and our people and look forward to working with North Chamber on ideas creation, problem-solving, and solutions that may work.

I am also finding WDC easier to work with using my own organization to improve the lot of the disabled and everybody else, as I explained to Steve if we can improve accessibility for disabled people you improve accessibility for everyone.

My approach I think is to take a big picture and concentre on fixing the broken bits.

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