Pleas expected

A Northlander facing a charge of being in possession of methamphetamine and driving while being disqualified is expected to enter pleas on Monday.

Shane Legg, 33, a gib stopper of Ruawai, re-appeared in the Whangarei District Court this week on both charges and was remanded back in custody. The alleged offences were committed in Whangarei on August 30. Legg will re-appear on Monday.

Support for port plan

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The Ruakaka Economic Development Group (REDG) supports the plan by NZ First to transfer cargo and trade from the Ports of Auckland to Northport and its proposal to establish a Special Economic Area at Marsden Point.

Northport is the logical destination to move the cargo and services to because it offers deep water berthage along with the ability to expand wharf frontage, REDG chairman Garth Mortensen said. With the worldwide trend moving towards larger freight and container vessels this future-proofs international trade opportunities for both exported and imported goods.

In regions where SEAs have been established business and industry thrive, he said.

GPS markers for cycle trail

Emergency services are now able to locate people on the Far North's Twin Coast Cycle Trail - Pou Herenga Tai more quickly in a crisis than before. Markers with GPS co-ordinates have been posted along the trail at 1km intervals, allowing anyone who finds themselves in trouble to identify their location more precisely when calling.

Diver named

A man swept off rocks while diving for seafood near Cape Reinga last week has been named. He was 49-year-old Cooper James Rawhiti, from Awanui. He had been diving with another man off Sandy Bay last Thursday when he was swept into the ocean. His body was recovered on Friday by searchers.

Final school shows

The final two shows of Whangarei Girls' High School's dance show Unite is on today. Students have been performing to sell-out audiences for 11 shows since Saturday. Today's shows are at 12.20pm and 7pm in the school's Hall Theatre. Each performance has students from every year level.