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Is council conduct code ‘deficient’?

A move to revitalise the Kaipara District Council Code of Conduct, which would effectively administer workplace rules for councillors, has been defeated with one councillor saying he is defending ‘freedom of speech and open debate’.  With...... Read More

Active lifestyle on track

Ruawai Primary School students were ‘wheely’ excited for the opening of their new bike track as part of the Bikes in Schools Programme. Ruawai mother, Kim Jenyns, initiated the project two years ago. “I found the Bike in Schools programme...... Read More

Kauri dieback measures

Twenty walk-through cleaning stations are expected to be installed by early May this year on high-risk DoC-managed walking tracks to reduce the spread of kauri dieback. Extensive testing and monitoring of various cleaning methods resulted in the installation...... Read More

Tegel hearings are still awaited

The Tegel broiler chicken farm saga proposed at Arapohue, is currently at roost, with Northland Regional Council and Kaipara District Council yet to announce dates for the hearings. Almost 5,000 submissions were lodged over the farm, with only 17 in...... Read More

Library service extended

Paparoa library has closed for renovations to the old council chambers in the village, which are being revamped for a new community hub and medical centre, but books are still available to borrowers. “While the Paparoa library is closed, members...... Read More

Dog owner prosecuted

A Te Kopuru man has been sentenced by the Whangarei District Court for starving his three pet dogs. Te Wira Panapa was convicted of ill-treatment of an animal and sentenced to two months’ community detention, ordered to pay reparations of $1,845...... Read More

Half century for playcentre

The founding committee members of Te Kopuru playcentre were ‘filled with pride’ as they helped celebrate its 50th anniversary with past and current members and the children. “We were pioneers in childcare,” said first supervisor,...... Read More

Adopting new tools

Around 10 per cent of those enrolled with Dargaville Medical Centre have signed up to the Manage My Health app and CEO of Kaipara Community Health Trust, Debbie Evans, is encouraging more people to get on board. “As with anything, change occurs...... Read More

Penguin rescues

Unusually persistent easterly winds and rougher seas since Christmas, have brought feeding penguins closer to the Mangawhai shore. Unable to preen in the rough sea and breakers they have been arriving on the beach exhausted and often hungry. Some arrive...... Read More