Northtec Rawene campus closure to be addressed

Rawene residents are meeting tonight over NorthTec's plans to close its Rawene campus. Rawene residents are holding a public meeting in Rawene Town Hall at 6.15pm tonight to discuss their response to NorthTec's plans to close the town's campus.

It was revealed last week that NorthTec is proposing to axe a raft of courses and close its Kerikeri and Rawene campuses as it struggles with a $4.5 million projected deficit. The tertiary education provider says the Far North campuses will be "rested" rather than closed permanently. The plan has alarmed many in Rawene, where NorthTec is a mainstay of the town.

Take a selfie with a taiaha

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If you want a selfie with a taiaha, a musket, a French cavalry pistol or a korowai, you need to find the Heritage New Zealand stand (site 35) at this Saturday's Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show at Waimate North.

The Heritage NZ stand will focus on the Northern Wars and promoting Landmarks Whenua Tohunga, but will also have a lighter side thanks to a collection of replica weapons and outfits from the 1800s for keen selfie-takers. The 175-year-old Waimate North show is the longest-running country show in New Zealand. The first show took place in 1842, three years before the Northern Wars broke out.

Wearable arts

The creator of the best costume in a wearable arts contest at Paihia Ex-Services Club this Saturday will win a premium ticket to WOW (World of Wearable Arts) Wellington 2018 as well as return airfares and accommodation.

The competition categories are advanced, have a shot and whacky kids. For more information go to www.paihiaxservcies.co.nz or the Facebook pages Paihia Ex Servicemen's Club or Joyces Paihia. All proceeds from the fundraising show will go to Paihia and Opua primary schools.

Cannabis club members busted

Two members of a Whangarei "cannabis club" busted by police who were found guilty o drugs-related charges will be sentenced tomorrow.

Brian Thomas Borland and Sarah Gwenneth Gillgren were found guilty by a jury in the Whangarei District Court on October 11 after a three-day trial. Borland, 60, was found guilty of cultivating cannabis, selling cannabis oil, and permitting premises to be used for growing cannabis and Gillgren on possession of cannabis oil for supply and supplying cannabis oil.

Both were members of the Daktory Social Club in the city's Port Rd industrial area which was busted by police in January.

No new mumps cases

There have been no new cases of mumps in Northland since 10 cases two months ago raised concerns an outbreak could occur. That was the highest number in Northland in several years but did not amount to an outbreak, unlike the situation in Auckland where 740 cases this year have been reported.

People are still being warned to be vigilant. "We are very aware that given our proximity to and many with close connections in Auckland, it is reasonable to expect some exposure," Northland Medical Officer of Health Dr Jose Ortega Benito said.