Store mulls on $5.5m Lotto winner
The owner of a Whangarei shop which sold a $5.5m winning Lotto ticket is hoping whoever claimed the prize is a local. Wednesday's winning ticket, which was made up of $5 million from Powerball First Division and $500,000 from Lotto First Division, was sold at the Sunnyside Foodmarket in Kamo, Whangarei. A spokeswoman for Lotto New Zealand confirmed the prize had been claimed on Thursday evening. Ketan Patel, owner of the Sunnyside Foodmarket, said no one had been in to his store to claim the prize but was hoping they were local.

Digital literacy wananga

A one-day wananga on digital literacy and media communications will be held at Pehiaweri Marae in Glenbervie next week. Although the medium and topics vary, Toi Ako is designed to provide valuable and relevant training opportunities for the Maori public health, physical activity and nutrition sector. This Toi Ako wananga, held next Tuesday from 9am, is an opportunity to learn and apply effective forms of communication.

Basin swim to fight pollution

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A keen bunch of swimmers will brave the waters of Whangarei Town Basin tomorrow to raise awareness of river pollution. Take the Plunge organiser Hannah White, of TogetherTahi, said the swim was a way of drawing attention to the polluted state of the Hatea River. "We want to be able to safely swim here. So, we're just going to start doing it," she said. Northland Regional Council has tested the Basin water five times this year, and twice - in March and September - it has recorded bacteria levels above that considered safe for swimming. Tomorrow's swim starts at noon.

Ex-farmer jailed for abusing boys

A former Northland dairy farmer has been jailed for nearly five years for sexually abusing two boys. Bruce Anderson, 58, was sentenced in Manukau District Court to four years and nine months' jail after pleading guilty to three representative and two specific sexual abuse charges, police say. He had sexually abused two boys, aged 11 and 13, in the early 1990s when he was living in the Northland town of Tinopai and working as a dairy farmer. Anderson moved to Auckland around 1994-1995 and spent some time working on the North Shore. He spent the last decade in Papakura.