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Maori courses target teachers

School staff will be able to register for free te reo Maori lessons as part of a new Ministry of Education programme this year. The Ministry’s Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori programme offers lessons for all competency levels and is open to staff working...... Read More

Students learn auto skills by rebuilding racing car

Students from Horizon School gather around the Honda Civic EK. Pictured at front, from left, Martin Dunn, Steve Pound and Helen Pearson. Students at Horizon School will have an opportunity to learn automotive repair and tuning skills this year following...... Read More

Hippy graduates beat Covid-19

Hippy graduates proudly wearing the korowai, from left, Theo Connelly, Raiden Henry and Carlin Wright The Hippy team, from left, tutor Helen Ward, tutor Renee Wright, co-ordinator Linda Davidson and tutor Candyce Armstrong Despite the challenges imposed...... Read More

Kids get creative with junk

Emmie and Eden Wilson from Matakana had fun on this makeshift slide. The grass at Centennial Park in Wellsford was covered with junk last month, but it wasn’t a cause for concern. Instead, it was for a special pop-up play event to encourage kids’...... Read More

Couples catered for in new dementia unit

Some rooms have expansive views of Algies Bay. Elderly couples separated by dementia will have some comfort thanks to a new dementia unit which opened at CHT Amberlea in Algies Bay last month. The facility is made up of 15 units, including a double...... Read More

Kids fishing day returns in March

Save the date – the annual Warkworth Lions Club Take a Kid Fishing Day will be held on Sunday, March 14, from 10am to 1pm. The event is aimed at giving under-12s the chance to try their luck at landing a catch or two from a fleet of small boats...... Read More

Northern fire ban

A total fire ban is in place in Whangārei and Kaipara. Principal rural fire officer Myles Taylor says this means no open air fires are permitted across the Whangārei and Kaipara districts and all fire permits have been suspended. “We need...... Read More

How to get mussels into bed – and clean up the harbour

Trying to ensure mussels survive keeps Al Alder awake at night.  Smaller mussels are more vulnerable to predators and rough seas. Tonnes of mussels have been tossed overboard from barges into the Mahurangi Harbour in recent years. Mussels are...... Read More

Boaties urged to keep it clean

The Hauraki Gulf is New Zealand’s first marine park but suffers badly from pollution. Auckland Council is appealing to boaties and leisure craft users to be waste-wise on the water over summer to conserve the region’s oceans and coastlines. Co-chair...... Read More

Footbridges in Kaiwaka approved

An early design for the southern bridge. Two footbridges will be built on the western side of State Highway One in Kaiwaka. The work will be funded with a $750,000 grant from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), announced in July. Kaipara District Council...... Read More