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22 minutes ago

Drop a Line for Dementia

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Covid-19 restrictions on events and traditional fundraisers have prompted Alzheimers Northland to focus on a fishy new fundraiser.The organisation is running Drop a Line for Dementia, an inaugural fishing tournament running in January. See poster for more.

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1 hour ago

Science or Myth?

Tel from Central Whangarei

We have all had a good laugh about Southern States of USA teaching creationism as being the equal of (or even more true than) The Theory of Evolution. Well the same thing is happening in this country. It seems that Māori myths are to be taught in Science Classes.
Māori heritage is very important… View more
We have all had a good laugh about Southern States of USA teaching creationism as being the equal of (or even more true than) The Theory of Evolution. Well the same thing is happening in this country. It seems that Māori myths are to be taught in Science Classes.
Māori heritage is very important and it has a lot to teach us but it is not Science. Māori technology was awesome. Being able to do so much with so little has lessons for us to-day but do we want our children to believe that rain is caused by a goddess weeping?
The following is a letter written by Richard Dawkins to The Royal Society of New Zealand.


Dr Roger Ridley
Royal Society of New Zealand

Dear Dr Ridley

I have read Jerry Coyne’s long, detailed and fair-minded critique of the ludicrous move to incorporate Maori “ways of knowing” into science curricula in New Zealand, and the frankly appalling failure of the Royal Society of New Zealand to stand up for science – which is, after all, what your Society exists to do.

The world is full of thousands of creation myths and other colourful legends, any of which might be taught alongside Maori myths. Why choose Maori myths? For no better reason than that Maoris arrived in New Zealand a few centuries before Europeans. That would be a good reason to teach Maori mythology in anthropology classes. Arguably there’s even better reason for Australian schools to teach the myths of their indigenous peoples, who arrived tens of thousands of years before Europeans. Or for British schools to teach Celtic myths. Or Anglo-Saxon myths. But no indigenous myths from anywhere in the world, no matter how poetic or hauntingly beautiful, belong in science classes. Science classes are emphatically not the right place to teach scientific falsehoods alongside true science. Creationism is still bollocks even it is indigenous bollocks.

The Royal Society of New Zealand, like the Royal Society of which I have the honour to be a Fellow, is supposed to stand for science. Not “Western” science, not “European” science, not “White” science, not “Colonialist” science. Just science. Science is science is science, and it doesn’t matter who does it, or where, or what “tradition” they may have been brought up in. True science is evidence-based not tradition-based; it incorporates safeguards such as peer review, repeated experimental testing of hypotheses, double-blind trials, instruments to supplement and validate fallible senses etc. True science works: lands spacecraft on comets, develops vaccines against plagues, predicts eclipses to the nearest second, reconstructs the lives of extinct species such as the tragically destroyed Moas.

If New Zealand’s Royal Society won’t stand up for true science in your country who will? What else is the Society for? What else is the rationale for its existence?

Yours very sincerely
Richard Dawkins FRS
Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Science
University of Oxford

3 hours ago

Beyond the Rimu Grove –

Patricia from Maunu

The perfect nostalgic Christmas gift for anyone who remembers the sixties – or wishes they could have been around at the time.

Price: $24

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6 hours ago

JP Service Moves - Whangarei

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

Justice of the Peace services in Whangārei have moved from the Whangārei courthouse to Rust Ave from today.

Since the JPs are unable to operate from the Whangārei Law Courts under Alert Level 2, they have moved to 22 Rust Ave, above Northland Pathology.

Between 12 and 15 JPs will take turns … View more
Justice of the Peace services in Whangārei have moved from the Whangārei courthouse to Rust Ave from today.

Since the JPs are unable to operate from the Whangārei Law Courts under Alert Level 2, they have moved to 22 Rust Ave, above Northland Pathology.

Between 12 and 15 JPs will take turns rendering their services to the public between the hours of 9.30am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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6 hours ago

Reduced to Clear Store Whangarei

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

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7 hours ago

REMINDER - SPCA in Tikipunga and other areas - December 2021

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

Please share a great service to our communities.

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7 hours ago

WAGS Activities & Events - COVID-19 Traffic Light System

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

Here is a message from Wendy at WAGS, please read and share.

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7 hours ago

Officially opening night of Sue Shepherd's exhibition "STAGES"

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

On Tuesday 7th December 2021 at the Whangarei ShutterRoom the officially opening night of Sue Shepherd's exhibition "STAGES".

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7 hours ago

F&B Covid-19 Alert Level system to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the “traffic light” system)

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Message from F&B CEO - December 2021

On Friday 3 December, Aotearoa New Zealand moved from the Covid-19 Alert Level system to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the “traffic light” system). Forest & Bird has reviewed and updated our Covid Risk Assessment, Vaccination Policy and Covid … View more
Message from F&B CEO - December 2021

On Friday 3 December, Aotearoa New Zealand moved from the Covid-19 Alert Level system to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the “traffic light” system). Forest & Bird has reviewed and updated our Covid Risk Assessment, Vaccination Policy and Covid Protocols based on the new framework.

This email provides information about our updated “traffic light” protocols, which set out what Forest & Bird activities are possible at each level, along with guidance to help you implement them.

I really appreciate the hard work you have all been putting into looking after each other, and keeping Forest & Bird strong and effective through this very difficult time. Thank you.

As I write we don't yet know whether our high but uneven vaccination rates will be sufficient to prevent a new surge of infection from Covid-19, but I am clear that we have a moral and legal duty to prevent infections if we can, and that's what these revised settings are designed to do - albeit with some relaxation that I hope will be welcome.

Please start following these new protocols immediately.

Forest & Bird’s protocols differ from the Government’s “traffic light” guidelines

The new Covid-19 Protection Framework reflects the shift in the Government’s Covid-19 response from an elimination strategy to one of managing the virus. The Framework is focused on maintaining economic health as well as public health, while avoiding unsustainable stress on the health sector.

This differs to the approach that must be taken by Forest & Bird under the Health and Safety Act 2015 (HSWA). The HSWA requires us to take “all reasonably practicable steps” to ensure the health and safety of the individuals involved in Forest & Bird activities (including staff, volunteers and contractors) and anybody who could be affected by our activities (such as members of the public).

The Government’s rules under the Covid-19 Protection Framework should therefore be considered the minimum that we have to comply with. To meet Forest & Bird’s obligations under the HSWA, we must also take additional steps (where “reasonably practicable”) to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and illness as we go about our activities. For this reason, our protocols may in some cases exceed the requirements set by the Government. Besides meeting our legal requirements, Forest & Bird prioritises the health and safety of its workers (including volunteers) as a good employer – and because it’s the right thing to do.

Forest & Bird’s Covid-19 documents:

The Risk Assessment has been revised so that it reflects the risks associated with Forest & Bird’s activities under the RED, ORANGE and GREEN settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Risk scores have been adjusted, and some new hazard categories have been added.

Forest & Bird’s Covid Vaccination Policy remains fundamentally unchanged under the new “traffic light” system: anybody who is taking part in Forest & Bird activities where there is face-to-face interaction with others must be fully vaccinated. The Policy has however been updated to incorporate the new Covid-19 Protection Framework terminology.

If you wish to take part in a Forest & Bird activity and haven’t yet completed your vaccination declaration, please do so here. If you’re a project leader (and therefore need to check the vaccination status of those involved with in-person activities), please register here for access to that information if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re working with a contractor, you can contact Paul on p.barnett@forestandbird.org.nz to check if we’ve received their vaccination status.

Our updated Covid Protocols now relate to the RED, ORANGE and GREEN settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework and take into account the different risk levels they represent. We have however recognised that there are variable risk levels across the regions that the Government has placed at Red. For this reason, we have created an additional Forest & Bird setting dubbed RED “LOW VAX”. This setting is specifically for regions that the Government has placed at Red due to low vaccination rates rather than transmission of Covid-19 cases and allows more freedom to carry out activities in recognition of the lower level of risk, while still meeting (or exceeding) the Government’s rules for Red under the Framework.

Any regions at Red that have one or more active cases of Covid-19 must operate under Forest & Bird’s RED Protocols. Regions at Red that have no active cases of Covid-19 can operate under our RED “LOW VAX” Protocol setting. However, if a positive case is identified in the region (prior to the Government shifting the region to ORANGE), you must immediately revert to operating under Forest & Bird’s RED Protocols.

Please ensure that you read our new Covid Protocols carefully so that you know which activities are possible and the precautions required at the “traffic light” setting that applies to your region.

We have prepared a Guidance document and various tools (see the Guidance doc for more information) to help you implement Forest & Bird’s Vaccination Policy and our new “traffic light” Covid protocols. If you have questions that we haven’t covered in the Guidance document or you’d like assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Conservation Health and Safety Advisor (p.barnett@forestandbird.org.nz).

Prior registration highly recommended for events

Given that everyone attending a Forest & Bird event (such as planting days, working bees, public meetings or functions) must be fully vaccinated, we strongly recommend adopting a prior registration process for your events so that you have an opportunity to check this is the case. To assist you to do this, we have created an Event Registration Form that you can easily adapt for your own event where relevant (you don’t need to use it if you already know who’s coming and they’ve previously confirmed they are vaccinated). This form can be emailed to prospective attendees or linked to a website or Facebook page. We suggest that you send each registered person a confirmation email which they can present on arrival to show that they have registered.

A note about Christmas get-togethers

Unfortunately, if your branch or Project is in a RED region, you will not be able to hold a Christmas branch meeting, dinner or party this year. At ORANGE or RED “LOW VAX”, you will only be able to do so with permission from National Office. If you’d like to seek permission, please contact our Conservation Health and Safety Advisor (p.barnett@forestandbird.org.nz), explaining how you will meet the requirements of the Covid Policy and Protocols. Note that access prior registration will be highly recommended for any function of this type.

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9 hours ago

The Royal New Zealand Ballet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet

Let the Royal New Zealand Ballet transport you to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Choreographed by the late Liam Scarlett at the beginning of his short but blazingly bright international career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere and… View moreLet the Royal New Zealand Ballet transport you to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Choreographed by the late Liam Scarlett at the beginning of his short but blazingly bright international career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere and is now available to watch online, for a limited time only.

This specially shot online performance will bring this enchanting ballet from theatre to your screens, with live stage footage enhanced by close-ups so you can experience the emotion and dance first-hand. This is ballet like you’ve never seen it before, a full cinematic experience.

Watch online from 3 Dec – 12 Dec 2021. Rnzb.org.nz/msndonline
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16 hours ago

Kids Conservation Club Membership

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

kcc.org.nz...

Membership Options

SOLD OUT Limited time only: Purchase a KCC gift voucher for the holidays. Available until the 12th of December here

$24 Junior Individual Membership option

When you sign up for the first time, you’ll get a Digital Welcome Pack by email with all your important … View more
kcc.org.nz...

Membership Options

SOLD OUT Limited time only: Purchase a KCC gift voucher for the holidays. Available until the 12th of December here

$24 Junior Individual Membership option

When you sign up for the first time, you’ll get a Digital Welcome Pack by email with all your important information and links to some recent issues of Wild Things, etc. You’ll then get your first new Wild Things issue in the post on our next printing (Feb, May, August, November).

Want your KCCer to get some goodies in the mail too? Why not purchase a KCC Gift Pack instead?

When you renew you’ll get a Digital Renewal Pack, plus some goodies in the mail too. You’ll continue to get Wild Things magazines as per the printing schedule. Want your KCCer to get extra goodies? Why not purchase a KCC Gift Pack instead?

$30 Gift Pack Membership options

We have two gift pack options – one for new members and one for renewing members. These can be selected on the ‘Join us’ or ‘Renew’ pages.

Both include the $24 base membership (Wild Things magazine in the post 4 times a year, newsletters and ability to attend KCC events around the country) but also receive a physical gift pack in the post.

16 hours ago

Register Now!! - Whangarei Christmas Light Trail

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

The Whangarei Christmas Light Trail is here all thanks to the Whangarei Lions and Rotary! 🎄🎄
If you're dressing your house up in Christmas Cheer then we want to know about it and you could go in the draw to win cash and prizes plus have your location shared with everyone so they can come… View more
The Whangarei Christmas Light Trail is here all thanks to the Whangarei Lions and Rotary! 🎄🎄
If you're dressing your house up in Christmas Cheer then we want to know about it and you could go in the draw to win cash and prizes plus have your location shared with everyone so they can come and visit!

Register your house here and keep an eye out for the official map!

www.thehits.co.nz...

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16 hours ago

Hidden Treasures - New Gift Shop in Hikurangi

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

There’s a new gift shop in Hikurangi that has a few of my knitted and gift items. Worth a detour off SH1 - you might find that quirky gift for the hard to buy for relative. The shop likes to support local people.
The shop is the first on the right as you come into Hikurangi from north - Hidden … View more
There’s a new gift shop in Hikurangi that has a few of my knitted and gift items. Worth a detour off SH1 - you might find that quirky gift for the hard to buy for relative. The shop likes to support local people.
The shop is the first on the right as you come into Hikurangi from north - Hidden Treasures, 55 King Street

4 days ago

To-day's demonstration

Tel from Central Whangarei

There was a small demonstration in Whangārei to-day. It consisted of a few people claiming their freedom not to be vaccinated. Aside from vaccines not being compulsory, I have nothing against them demonstrating. They were not causing a nuisance and freedom of speech is important. It is even more … View moreThere was a small demonstration in Whangārei to-day. It consisted of a few people claiming their freedom not to be vaccinated. Aside from vaccines not being compulsory, I have nothing against them demonstrating. They were not causing a nuisance and freedom of speech is important. It is even more important that we defend freedom of speech for groups with whom we disagree. Mind you why they want their children to die coughing up blood and mucus is beyond me but nevermind.

However there was one thing that I found annoying. One of the demonstrators was flying the He Whakaputanga flag. I support their right to demonstrate and I support their right to put their point of view. Basically if they want to stand up and say, "We are a load of ignorant numpties." then fair play to them. But they do not have the right to say, "All Māori are numpties." Before flying the United Tribes Flag, they should seek permission and I am confident that it would not be given,

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1 day ago

Art Exhibition

Dianne from Tutukaka Coast

Dozens of wonderful paintings for sale this weekend at
Whangarei Cruising Club, Riverside Drive
Don't miss out!!

Negotiable

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1 day ago

Summer Exhibition - Opening Night

Kristi Neighbourly Lead from Tikipunga

Join them at the official opening for this special 6 week art exhibition featuring our very own Northland Society of Arts artists from all over Northland!

Wander in and fall in love with some Northland Art
UPDATE: The new traffic light system will affect the upcoming opening we are intending to … View more
Join them at the official opening for this special 6 week art exhibition featuring our very own Northland Society of Arts artists from all over Northland!

Wander in and fall in love with some Northland Art
UPDATE: The new traffic light system will affect the upcoming opening we are intending to hold for the Members Summer Exhibition, and because we had around 80 people attend last year, the event the organisers have decided to make the event an entry with a vaccine passport.

Please, if you do 'intend to attend' the opening on Tuesday with us, be prepared to show your vaccination passport at the door.

If you do not wish to attend, the gallery will be open Tue-Fri 10am - 4pm and Sat/Sun 10am - 2pm for any visitors.

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