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Theft by the trolley-load

Whangarei police are investigating an incident where three trolley loads of goods from a retail outlet was stolen. At 1.50pm on Monday, three young men were seen running from Kmart in Okara with three trolley loads of items that were then loaded into a vehicle. Police are following up lines of inquiry, including looking at CCTV footage, to locate the men involved in the theft.

Celebrating abilities

The International Day of People with Disabilities will be celebrated in Whangarei with a family gathering at the Canopy Bridge. The Celebrating Abilities event will be on the bridge, at Whangarei Town Basin, from 10am to 2pm on Friday, with lots of fun activities, including mini jeeps, sailing lessons, kapa haka and the Strongbeats Dance Crew. The event is hosted by Whangarei's Tiaho Trust.

How to find funding

Whangarei community and charitable groups can find out how to access funding for community organisations and projects at an expo next week, not today as earlier reported.
Foundation North is hosting the expo, which includes two parallel streams - funders or workshops, on December 6, at ASB Lounge, Kensington, from 9.30am to 4pm. Fellow funders from the Department of Internal Affairs and the Community Operations Group, Whangarei District Council, Creative New Zealand, and the Oxford Sports Trust, will also be at the expo.

Council in progress

The new Whangarei District Council is still getting its ducks in a row - and committee chairs in place. The council was set to announce the structures and schedules for its new committees at its November 24 meeting. Mayor Sheryl Mai said the item was withdrawn from the agenda as there were "still a couple of issues that needed to be worked on". The matter would be decided at the next full council meeting on December 15. The new committees would commence in February 2017.

Tribunal inquiry

The Waitangi Tribunal is continuing its long-running Northland Inquiry into Ngapuhi's Treaty claims with another week of hearings at the Copthorne in Waitangi. Running from December 5-9 the latest session will focus on Crown witnesses including Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry for Culture, Arts and Heritage, the Ministry of Education, the Department of Conservation, the Northland District Health Board and Heritage NZ. The Tribunal will also hear evidence from Peter Clayworth about the Motatau Blocks and from tangata whenua about Poroti Springs.

- Northern Advocate

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