29 days ago

Did you attend the SS Ventnor memorial dedication on Saturday?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

The event was a unique blend of Māori and Chinese cultures, who have come together over the tragic sinking of the SS Ventnor. The ship went down near Hokianga Harbour in 1902 with the loss of 13 lives and the loss of 499 Chinese remains, which were on a voyage back to their home towns in China, as per the custom there. When local Māori found some of the remains washes ashore, they respectfully buried them and tended to the graves. The memorial at Opononi is the start of a new chapter between these two people.

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6 hours ago

AA is in Kaikohe

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

The Kaikohe Community Noticeboard are excited to let you know that the Kaikohe and surrounds have an AA shop again. Located at 133 Broadway inside Betta Electrical. Doors to the left as you approach the shop.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm

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6 hours ago

We Say/You Say: MMP

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Northern News

Hi neighbours,

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.

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9 days ago

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

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

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 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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