Briefly:Teenage burglars; smashes and crashes

Teens burglars: Police

Up to five teens are believed to have been involved in the burglary of three Whangarei taverns. Whangarei police Acting Sergeant Andrew Ivey said three males had been arrested in relation to alcohol being stolen from Onerahi, Kensington and Tikipunga taverns.

Two others were thought to be involved and all five were aged under 17. Police were alerted to a stolen car that had been dumped near Whangarei Boys' High School about 7am yesterday and further investigations lead to the arrests.

Smash leads to charges

A Paihia man faces a raft of charges after crashing his car at the corner of Marsden Rd and Seaview Rd in the early hours of last Thursday. He was charged with careless driving, refusing to accompany an officer for drink-driving procedures, refusing to give a blood sample, and assault on police.

Stolen car crashes

The owner of a car and trailer stolen from a Kerikeri motel got his vehicle back after the would-be thief crashed just north of Whangarei.

The 22-year-old fled after the accident last Tuesday night but was located shortly afterwards. He was uninjured but the car was moderately damaged.

Foolhardy burn-out

A man who allegedly performed a burn-out while driving drunk picked the wrong audience. Among those watching his antics on State Highway 1, Moerewa, at 7.30pm on Saturday was a police officer. The driver, in his 20s, was charged with driving while disqualified, driving with sustained loss of traction, and driving with excess breath alcohol after he allegedly blew 924 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Disorder sparks arrests

Police made three arrests when called to a disorder incident on Golf View Rd in Kerikeri on Sunday. Two men, aged 23 and 28, were charged with disorderly behaviour while a woman, aged 43, was charged with obstruction after allegedly trying to stop police dealing with the men. One lived at the address while the others were visitors from Kaikohe and Auckland.

Hui aims at fresh path

The Tai Tokerau Tourism Association is holding a hui at Kohewhata Marae, Kaikohe, tomorrow which could set a new path for the organisation. Kaikohe Economic Development Committee chairman Mike Shaw said the hui aimed to revitalise the body with new board members and a fresh vision.

The association's mission was to foster the development of a cluster of Maori and cultural tourism operators in Tai Tokerau for mutual support, sustainable development, and the region's wider socio-economic benefit. By "piggy-backing" on the Kaikohe-Okaihau leg of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail and other events, it was hoped to lure tourists inland, creating jobs and improved social outcomes. The hui, open to all, starts with a powhiri at 11am.

- Northern Advocate

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