Police chase warrant

Northland Police have a warrant to arrest Te Atawhai Tahere for charges including male assaults female. Tahere has contacts in the Far North and Auckland Area. Northland Police would like to hear from you if you know where he is. Contact Detective Ryan Cooper on 09 4304500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to leave a confidential message.

'Have your say' on lakes speed limit

Another round of consultation is planned for the new Navigation Safety Bylaw intended to make Kai Iwi Lakes safe for all recreational water users.

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Many submitters opposed the Northland Regional Council bylaw's restriction of power boat speed limits to five-knots within 200m of shore on Lake Taharoa, which is in keeping with New Zealand Maritime Regulations. Most objectors want the speed limit to apply at 100m.

The council is now consulting on whether to keep the status quo of 200m or reduce to 100m.

A "Have Your Say" event will be held at Dargaville Museum on Thursday February 22. To attend register online, by email or phone before the end of January. Submissions close at 4pm, February 28. Visit www.nrc.govt.nz/lakesbylaw
NorthTec decision

NorthTec has delayed a decision on what the future of the tertiary education provider will look like after a Government announcement about fees-free study.

NorthTec received 164 submissions over proposed major changes that could include axing some courses and "resting" the Rawene and Kerikeri campuses. The tertiary institute was expected to make a decision today(WED) however that has been pushed back until Friday after Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced all New Zealanders who have done less than half a fulltime year of post-school education or training will be eligible to study fees-free next year

Violent Kaitaia domestic

Police in Kaitaia filed a report of concern with Oranga Tamariki after a violent domestic incident at 2.40am on Friday. A man, who had been armed with a machete, was charged with assaulting a female (who he allegedly took in a headlock then rammed her head into a window) and wilful damage.

The woman suffered a large cut to one calf and the man needed treatment for cuts to his hands after punching numerous windows. A police spokesman said a distressed 3-year-old child had been walking over floors covered in glass and blood.