Dairy thieves caught

All five youths accused of taking part in a terrifying robbery of a Kaikohe dairy have been caught. The crime occurred about 8.40pm on September 4 with five young males entering Tui Superette armed with a hammer, a meat cleaver and a long-bladed kitchen knife. Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said the the offenders, who were swinging their weapons and striking display cabinets, came close to severing a shop worker's arm with the cleaver. Two suspects, aged 14 and 16, were arrested two days later, thanks in part to CCTV images of the robbery. Since then three more had been caught. Mr Johnston said two had appeared in the Kaikohe Youth Court while one, aged 13, had been referred to Youth Aid because of his age. The youths fled almost empty-handed, only managing to grab a $3 bottle of water as the owners chased them out with a broom.

Te reo time
The Te Reo Cafe is serving up an opportunity for people who love te reo Maori to come together and speak the language in a safe place. Te Reo Cafe, run by Te Puna o Te Ao Marama Trust, is held every third Thursday of the month at The Old Stone Butter Factory but this week an extra Te Reo Cafe is being held today from 6pm to mark Te Wiki o te Reo Maori. The focus is of the cafe is whakawhanaungatanga and korero i roto i te reo. More experienced speakers take the time to awhi and korero with less experienced speakers.
The initial funding for the Te Reo Cafe came through Te Puni Kokiri's Maori Potential Fund contract which provided the resources used at the cafe like bilingual cards.

Community stalwart dies
Joyce Armstrong, of Whangarei, has died at the age of 93. Mrs Armstrong was involved in numerous community groups including the Family Planning Association and the National Council of Women in Whangarei. As president and life member of the National Council of Women Mrs Armstrong was involved in a major project which saw the planting of nearly 800 native seedlings on the Tarewa riverbanks. The Whangarei branch was established after a meeting in 1938 and represented groups including Christian women, registered nurses, farming women and university women.

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Hospice homes tour
Some of Whangarei's finest houses will open their doors to raise funds for North Haven Hospice in November. The biennial Whangarei House and Garden Tour - run by The Girls' Club - will be a weekend dedicated to discovering beautiful homes in central Whangarei including villas, new builds, cottages, big and tiny houses. The tour will be held on November 11 and 12, 9.30am-4pm. Tickets are $50 per person from girlsclub.org.nz .

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A 29-year-old man wanted by police for six days was arrested by police in Whangarei on Tuesday. An eagle-eyed officer patrolling in the Whau Valley area spotted the man about 3pm. Police got the man as he left a local dairy after allegedly helping himself to an energy drink. When he was searched police allegedly found a firearm concealed in his clothing. He was to appear in the Whangarei District Court on Wednesday.