Earlier in the year, Otangarei youth added their voice to a petition to get a playground in their community.
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Devon Mokaraka, 17, is heading to Scotland to the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where she will perform highland dancing.
The Northhaven Hospice Shop in Whangarei is asking people not to leave donated goods in the carpark at the back of their building over weekends. The goods are often being picked over by opportunists looking to steal the best of what they find and leave a mess for the staff to clean-up.