Youth remanded

One of the youths charged with bashing "train man" Mike Bradshaw during a burglary of the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway shed has been remanded on bail until next month. The youth, 17, of Kaikohe, appeared in Kaikohe District Court on May 17 charged with burglary and aggravated injuring.

His next appearance is in Kaikohe Youth Court on June 7. He is jointly charged with four others on the burglary charge but they cannot be named because they are all under 17. The attack occurred on the morning of April 29 as Mr Bradshaw called in to the railway shed to feed the station cat. The youths arrested so far were identified from CCTV footage. Police say more arrests are possible.

Forest block sold


Hours before the deadline to secure a 112-hectare Wekaweka Valley block, the Native Forest Restoration Trust (NFRT) was still $9000 short of its $185,000 target. At the last minute the public came up with the money needed to seal the deal - through a Givealittle page which ended at midnight on Monday.

The outstanding native forest block was offered to the trust to buy before the owners put it on the general market. The NFRT hopes to take ownership within the next few weeks, manager Sandy Crichton said.

Community awards

The 2017 Trustpower Far North Community Awards will be held at Te Ahu in Kaitaia from 5.30pm on May 23. The volunteer group that wins the supreme award will receive $1500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national awards in Queenstown in April 2018. Last year's supreme winner was Paihia-based Bay Bush Action Trust, which came second at the nationals.

Family fight fire

A Kaitaia family had a lucky escape yesterday when an electrical fault started a fire in their garage about 12.50am yesterday. The residents had put out the blaze when the brigade arrived so firefighters helped residents at the Archibald St property carry the damaged goods outside. The fire was in a garage close to the house so could have easily spread, deputy fire chief Craig Rogers said.