Car and motorcycle collide on SH1

It was a busy day for Far North emergency services with two crashes within minutes of each other on the same road.

A car and a motorcycle collided on State Highway One and Hautapu Rd near Moerewa at 11.20am yesterday and police said a few minutes later a car that stopped to assist with the motorcycle crash was also hit. One person was transported to hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Youth arrested following police pursuit

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A youth has been arrested following a police pursuit in Whangarei. A vehicle was stopped by police at a checkpoint on Western Hills Drive early yesterday morning but the driver accelerated and drove away.

After a pursuit the driver and passenger stopped and ran away. The police dog unit assisted. A 17-year-old male has been arrested and is due to appear in Whangarei District Court today.

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival to kick off in August

A festival bringing action to the coast during winter will start next month with ping pong, surfing, fishing, beer and more.

The Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival kicks off on August 4 with Filipino Pete's Flippin Ping Pong Tournament and ends with the Poor Knights Crossing on September 2.

In between there will be the 36th Polar Bear Surf Classic on August 5, the popular Ray White Raft Race on August 13, the Tutukaka Coast Boutique Beer Festival on August 26, and a whole lot more. For more information on the festival visit facebook.com/tutukakacoastwinterfest
Chanelle to put on free show at library

A children's entertainer will brighten winter days for kids with songs, stories, and laughter. For activities to entertain the kids during school holidays, performer Chanelle, winner of the APRA New Zealand's Best Children's Song back in 2013, will put on a free show at the Whangarei Library on Saturday, July 22, from 10.30am to 12pm.

Waikato winner hits jackpot

A Lotto player from Waikato is $1million richer after winning Lotto First Division on Saturday.

The winning ticket was sold on MyLotto. Technical difficulties meant Saturday's draw was conducted off air under audit scrutiny. The Lotto numbers were 17, 18, 21, 34, 37 and 40, and the bonus ball 12.

The Powerball number from the audited draw was 01. Powerball was not struck and has rolled over to Wednesday night, to be worth $6 million.

Strike Four also jackpotted and will be $300,000.