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114 days ago

Ahipara fire highlights fire risks

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

Far North District Council is paying tribute to the magnificent work carried out by Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) in tackling a very significant blaze at Ahipara Tuesday night.


Far North Mayor, John Carter QSO, says it was a very significant fire for the coastal settlement. “I would like to pay… View more
Far North District Council is paying tribute to the magnificent work carried out by Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) in tackling a very significant blaze at Ahipara Tuesday night.


Far North Mayor, John Carter QSO, says it was a very significant fire for the coastal settlement. “I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding work carried out by FENZ and the other emergency services. Without their intervention I shudder to think what might have happened. I also want to thank the many individuals and organisations in the area that provided a wonderful level of support to those in the community who were evacuated at the height of the emergency.”

Mayor Carter also has a strong fire safety message to visitors and residents alike: “It is so important that advice and instructions offered by FENZ is followed – to do otherwise is both foolhardy and dangerous. This fire was a warning to us. Fortunately, we've escaped without loss of life, loss of property or injury this time. Every resident and every visitor to Northland has a responsibility to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again. This has been a massive warning.”

A total fire ban has been in place for Whangārei and Kaipara since Thursday 24 December. The Far North remains in a restricted fire season meaning a permit is needed for all outdoor fires. However, fire permits are suspended in the area until further notice due to the weather conditions. For the latest details on where and when you can light a fire, go to the FENZ www.checkitsalright.nz... webpage.

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115 days ago

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120 days ago

An urgent message from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Alison Shrigley Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

A total fire ban is in place for Whangārei and Kaipara effective from 8am Thursday 24 December.
This means open air fires are not permitted across the Whangārei and Kaipara districts and all fire permits have been suspended.
The ban on private use of fireworks also remains in place in the … View more
A total fire ban is in place for Whangārei and Kaipara effective from 8am Thursday 24 December.
This means open air fires are not permitted across the Whangārei and Kaipara districts and all fire permits have been suspended.
The ban on private use of fireworks also remains in place in the Karikari peninsula and Ahipara township.

The Far North remains in a restricted fire season but fire permits are still suspended in the area until further notice due to the weather conditions.

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz... for more information.

"It’s very important people follow the fire ban and don’t light any outside fires or let off fireworks," says Principal Rural Fire Officer Myles Taylor.

"It’s too risky. In the current hot and dry conditions a stray ember or firework could easily start a fire which would quickly spread."

"It’s still very dry in the Far North but we are expecting some rain to come through the area over the next few days," says Myles Taylor.

"We will continue to monitor the conditions and fire danger level. Fire permits will be reinstated when it’s safe to do so and when there is less risk of a fire getting out of control.

"We need the people of Northland, and those planning a holiday in Northland, to do their part to prevent a wildfire this summer."

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz... for more tips on how you can reduce the risk of fire this summer.

120 days ago

An urgent message from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

A total fire ban is in place for Whangārei and Kaipara effective from 8am Thursday 24 December.
This means open air fires are not permitted across the Whangārei and Kaipara districts and all fire permits have been suspended.
The ban on private use of fireworks also remains in place in the … View more
A total fire ban is in place for Whangārei and Kaipara effective from 8am Thursday 24 December.
This means open air fires are not permitted across the Whangārei and Kaipara districts and all fire permits have been suspended.
The ban on private use of fireworks also remains in place in the Karikari peninsula and Ahipara township.

The Far North remains in a restricted fire season but fire permits are still suspended in the area until further notice due to the weather conditions.

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz... for more information.

"It’s very important people follow the fire ban and don’t light any outside fires or let off fireworks," says Principal Rural Fire Officer Myles Taylor.

"It’s too risky. In the current hot and dry conditions a stray ember or firework could easily start a fire which would quickly spread."

"It’s still very dry in the Far North but we are expecting some rain to come through the area over the next few days," says Myles Taylor.

"We will continue to monitor the conditions and fire danger level. Fire permits will be reinstated when it’s safe to do so and when there is less risk of a fire getting out of control.

"We need the people of Northland, and those planning a holiday in Northland, to do their part to prevent a wildfire this summer."

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz... for more tips on how you can reduce the risk of fire this summer.

121 days ago

It's okay to tell them - TURN THAT TAP OFF!

Alison Shrigley Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Water restrictions for Kaitaia and Kawakawa
Level 2 water restrictions are being applied to Kaitaia and Kawakawa-Moerewa due to low flows in rivers and little prospect of significant rain over the next two weeks.
The restrictions being applied from today ban the use of unattended garden hoses, … View more
Water restrictions for Kaitaia and Kawakawa
Level 2 water restrictions are being applied to Kaitaia and Kawakawa-Moerewa due to low flows in rivers and little prospect of significant rain over the next two weeks.
The restrictions being applied from today ban the use of unattended garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation devices by households and businesses connected to Council water supplies.
Acting Council CEO William Taylor says the restrictions recognise that Kaitaia’s Awanui River and the Tirohanga Stream at Kawakawa have not recovered well from the 2019/20 drought. “While both water sources are running above minimum consent levels, flows are trending downwards which is cause for concern. We know demand for water is likely to increase over the Christmas and New Year period, so as a precaution we need to reduce demand now to avoid the need for even tighter restrictions in coming weeks.”
He says the restrictions are a reminder to all Far North residents to use water sensibly over summer and the need to adopt simple conservation measures. These include:
· Shorter showers
· Flushing less often
· Only washing clothes on a full load
· Turning off taps while brushing teeth
· Fixing leaking taps, toilets and other fittings.
Mr Taylor says an increased holiday season population will increase pressure on water supplies. “I am asking all residents and business owners to remind visitors, friends and whanau of the need to conserve our precious resource.”
He says work to develop secondary water supplies for Kaitaia and Kaikohe – the two communities most seriously impacted by the recent drought – are progressing well. A bore site at Sweetwater near Kaitaia is due to supplement supplies from the Awanui River before next summer. Meanwhile, a second bore at Monument Hill in Kaikohe should be operational soon and could meet up to 45 per cent of the town’s summer water needs if required. The Council is also undertaking detailed research on the Tirohanga Stream near Kawakawa. It is hoped new evidence will show it is safe to take water for Kawakawa and Moerewa residents even when flows in the Tirohanga are lower.

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121 days ago

It's okay to tell them - TURN THAT TAP OFF!

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

Water restrictions for Kaitaia and Kawakawa

Level 2 water restrictions are being applied to Kaitaia and Kawakawa-Moerewa due to low flows in rivers and little prospect of significant rain over the next two weeks.
The restrictions being applied from today ban the use of unattended garden hoses, … View more
Water restrictions for Kaitaia and Kawakawa

Level 2 water restrictions are being applied to Kaitaia and Kawakawa-Moerewa due to low flows in rivers and little prospect of significant rain over the next two weeks.
The restrictions being applied from today ban the use of unattended garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation devices by households and businesses connected to Council water supplies.
Acting Council CEO William Taylor says the restrictions recognise that Kaitaia’s Awanui River and the Tirohanga Stream at Kawakawa have not recovered well from the 2019/20 drought. “While both water sources are running above minimum consent levels, flows are trending downwards which is cause for concern. We know demand for water is likely to increase over the Christmas and New Year period, so as a precaution we need to reduce demand now to avoid the need for even tighter restrictions in coming weeks.”
He says the restrictions are a reminder to all Far North residents to use water sensibly over summer and the need to adopt simple conservation measures. These include:
· Shorter showers
· Flushing less often
· Only washing clothes on a full load
· Turning off taps while brushing teeth
· Fixing leaking taps, toilets and other fittings.

Mr Taylor says an increased holiday season population will increase pressure on water supplies. “I am asking all residents and business owners to remind visitors, friends and whanau of the need to conserve our precious resource.”

He says work to develop secondary water supplies for Kaitaia and Kaikohe – the two communities most seriously impacted by the recent drought – are progressing well. A bore site at Sweetwater near Kaitaia is due to supplement supplies from the Awanui River before next summer. Meanwhile, a second bore at Monument Hill in Kaikohe should be operational soon and could meet up to 45 per cent of the town’s summer water needs if required. The Council is also undertaking detailed research on the Tirohanga Stream near Kawakawa. It is hoped new evidence will show it is safe to take water for Kawakawa and Moerewa residents even when flows in the Tirohanga are lower.

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121 days ago

Merry Christmas

Alison Shrigley Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

From the Northland Regional Council

Meri Kirihimete! All BusLink services are free tomorrow.
We're ringing the Christmas bells - all BusLink services across Northland are free all day tomorrow.
• Ride any of our BusLink services for free on Thursday 24 December.
• Get your Christmas … View more
From the Northland Regional Council

Meri Kirihimete! All BusLink services are free tomorrow.
We're ringing the Christmas bells - all BusLink services across Northland are free all day tomorrow.
• Ride any of our BusLink services for free on Thursday 24 December.
• Get your Christmas giveaways from the CityLink team on Thursday 24 December at the Rose Street bus terminus.
• For those outside Whangārei, check with the bus driver for your Christmas goodies.
• Remember we have a Summer Beach Bus trial running from 17 December to 28 January 2021. The bus will run from Rose Street bus terminus to Oceans Beach

For timetables and more information visit www.buslink.co.nz... See Less

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121 days ago

Merry Christmas

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

From the Northland Regional Council

Meri Kirihimete! All BusLink services are free tomorrow.
We're ringing the Christmas bells - all BusLink services across Northland are free all day tomorrow.
• Ride any of our BusLink services for free on Thursday 24 December.
• Get your Christmas … View more
From the Northland Regional Council

Meri Kirihimete! All BusLink services are free tomorrow.
We're ringing the Christmas bells - all BusLink services across Northland are free all day tomorrow.
• Ride any of our BusLink services for free on Thursday 24 December.
• Get your Christmas giveaways from the CityLink team on Thursday 24 December at the Rose Street bus terminus.
• For those outside Whangārei, check with the bus driver for your Christmas goodies.
• Remember we have a Summer Beach Bus trial running from 17 December to 28 January 2021. The bus will run from Rose Street bus terminus to Oceans Beach

For timetables and more information visit www.buslink.co.nz...

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122 days ago

Happy Holidays! 🎅💚

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Our National Office will be closed from today (Tuesday, 22 December) onward into the new year with the first of staff set to return on Monday, 11 January. No emails or calls will be returned during the closure and our social media will not be monitored.

From all of us at Neighbourhood Support New … View more
Our National Office will be closed from today (Tuesday, 22 December) onward into the new year with the first of staff set to return on Monday, 11 January. No emails or calls will be returned during the closure and our social media will not be monitored.

From all of us at Neighbourhood Support New Zealand - thank you for your mahi and support over the past year! Wishing you a safe and joy-filled holiday season ahead.

123 days ago

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124 days ago

Merry Christmas, neighbours!

The Neighbourly Team

We wish you a relaxing festive season and a happy holiday...

124 days ago

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126 days ago

Do you think the Mangamuka Gorge is open for long enough?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

State Highway 1 at the Mangamuka Gorge opens at midday on Friday to one-way traffic for the first time since Northland's one-in-500-year storm closed the road with a series of major slips five months ago. But the road is only open until January 11, meaning traffic will have to use SH10 again … View moreState Highway 1 at the Mangamuka Gorge opens at midday on Friday to one-way traffic for the first time since Northland's one-in-500-year storm closed the road with a series of major slips five months ago. But the road is only open until January 11, meaning traffic will have to use SH10 again after that. Do you think it is open for long enough or should it stay open until the busy summer holiday period is over?

130 days ago

Destination Christmases

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
With Christmas fast approaching, we'd be keen to hear from those who spend the festive season (or part of it) away each year. Where do you go and why? What makes it such a great place to be at this time of year? What are you most looking forward to about the trip? Any words of … View more
Hi everyone,
With Christmas fast approaching, we'd be keen to hear from those who spend the festive season (or part of it) away each year. Where do you go and why? What makes it such a great place to be at this time of year? What are you most looking forward to about the trip? Any words of advice you may have on things to do or places to eat or drink in the area would also be much appreciated. As usual, please put 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.

126 days ago

What are the best ways to get around without drink-driving?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Ioakimi Sale has been sent to jail for four-and-a-half years for drink-driving causing the death of pregnant 18-year-old Nga Roimata Beattie-Rihari (pictured, centre). He had six prior drink-driving convictions before her death on April 19. That day he spent seven hours drinking - including driving… View moreIoakimi Sale has been sent to jail for four-and-a-half years for drink-driving causing the death of pregnant 18-year-old Nga Roimata Beattie-Rihari (pictured, centre). He had six prior drink-driving convictions before her death on April 19. That day he spent seven hours drinking - including driving to the shops to replenish his stock - before getting behind the wheel again. Beattie-Rihari's brother said Sale could have just walked around Moerewa after he had been drinking. What are other ways of getting around Northland without drink-driving?

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