Teen admits assault
Another person has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Northland dairy owner with a tyre iron.
Jackson Ruwhiu, 18, of Kawakawa admitted to one charge of assault with an offensive weapon and will be sentenced on November 8. His plea in the Whangarei District Court follows that of Eruera Wharerau who has been referred to the Matariki Court in Kaikohe.
Both entered the Kingsway Dairy in Hikurangi on July 10 and attacked the shop owner who suffered injuries. Two others allegedly involved in the attack- Tamati Hughes, 17, of Kamo and Rihari Thompson, 17, of Raumanga- will re-appear on November 7.

Wild weather warning

A severe weather watch has been issued for Northland today with squally winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain possible. The MetService said from tonight until tomorrow afternoon westerly gales would sweep across the upper North Islands with the gales possibly becoming severe at times. Squally thunderstorms are also possible during the period and there is a possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel. For the latest weather info check out www.metservice.com

Five in court over P lab find


Five people facing charges over the discovery of a drug lab in Northland will re-appear in the Whangarei District Court later this month. Kimberley Gibbons-Hurinui, 31, Julian Roberts, 43, Charla McIntyre, 18, Jeffery Hall, 33, and Tama Watene-Toi, 51, were arrested after emergency services discovered a meth lab in Dolphin Pl, on the Tutukaka Coast, on July 10. Suspicious behaviour at the holiday home led to the discovery. Gibbons-Hurinui, McIntyre and Hall are on bail while others are in custody. All will-re-appear on October 19.

Sex case accused to re-appear

A Whangarei woman charged with sexual connection with a teenage boy will re-appear in court next month. She was granted interim name suppression and given bail during an earlier court appearance. The woman is due back in the Whangarei District Court on November 2.