Divers headed to court

Two people are to be prosecuted after a Fisheries officer and two honorary officers conducted a "quick patrol" at Tauroa (Reef) Pt, Ahipara, on Tuesday.
It was a big tide, low at about 5pm, the Fisheries officer said, and the area was very busy, with a lot of people diving. The first two divers inspected had each taken more than 90 paua, and both would be prosecuted. Ten infringement offences were also noted, and four warnings were issued. The majority of the paua measured were under the legal size, with 350 of them returned to the sea.

Law group hosts meeting

Taitokerau Community Law is hosting a meeting at 12 noon today in the Pat Irving Lounge Golden church. The Law Commission is reviewing the 40-year-old Property Relationships Act and wants the opinions of members of the public.
Issues covered include; when should the law treat two people as a couple? What property should they share if they break up? What property should only belong to one of them? Does the law apply to the right relationships? Is the right property being shared? What should happen if one person is financially worse off after their relationship ends? Is tikanga Maori recognised? How should the law meet the interests of children?

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Minerva open day

The restorers of the 117-year-old steam ferry Minerva will stage an open day on Sunday, 10am to 1pm, opposite the bowling club in Cobham Rd, Kerikeri. Built in 1910 to ferry passengers between Auckland and Clevedon, SS Minerva was later used to tow logs on the Kaipara Harbour, as a private launch, a floating brothel, a fishing boat and an America's Cup viewing boat.

Christmas dinner food, money and help wanted

A group aiming to serve Christmas dinner to people in the Kawakawa-Moerewa area who are struggling to put food, let alone a celebratory meal, on the table, is appealing for help. They aim to feed up to 300 people on Saturday week (December 16), Arlene Gabb saying invitations would be issued by agencies whose staff knew who needed some Christmas cheer. The group needs donations of food or money, and people to help on the day, however. A meeting for helpers has been called for 6pm on Monday at Moerewa Christian Fellowship (phone (027) 202-8661). To nominate a guest, phone He Iwi Kotahi Trust on (09) 404-1299, the Ngati Hine Health Trust on (09) 404-1551 or the Bay of Islands Budgeting Service on (09) 404-1582.

Paihia Christmas celebration

Ngati Rahiri Maori Komiti is organising a Christmas celebration on Paihia's Village Green tomorrow, starting with carols from 1.30 to 3pm, followed by whanaungatanga (socialising) from until 4pm, a talent quest from 4pm to 5pm (with prizes in pre-school, kura tuatahi (primary school) and wharekura (secondary school) sections), and more carol singing from 5.30pm to 7pm. The MC will be the inimitable Miss Kihi, of Maori TV fame.