Trio back in court

Three people charged with aggravated robbery at a Northland service station will reappear in court later this month and in November.

Phillip Hannah, 36, Tama Hirawani, 27, and Skye McCaskill, 21, are accused of robbing the Oakleigh service station in May.

Hannah has pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated robbery but is yet to enter pleas on two charges of burglary, one of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and another of driving while disqualified. He will re-appear for possible pleas on October 25.


Hirawani has admitted one charge of theft from a car, a not guilty plea on aggravated robbery, but has yet to enter pleas on charges of possessing instruments for conversion, and two of burglary. He will re-appear on November 2.

McCaskill is facing one charge of aggravated robbery and her re-appearance date is yet to be confirmed.

Electricity-free day

Red Cross is calling on Northlanders to switch off their electricity for 24 hours from tomorrow as a way to raise funds for programmes the international humanitarian organisation runs.

Those wishing to take part are being urged to approach people for sponsorship during the No Power 24 Hour Challenge.

Red Cross Northland community services manager, Nancy Kareroa-Yorke, said in many parts of Northland power outages were a regular occurrence and could happen as a result of a natural disaster or other emergencies.

Online foodbank

New Zealand's only online foodbank, The Foodbank Project, is helping to support the Whangarei community. Items can be donated through to the Salvation Army in Whangarei.

The Foodbank Project launched last year is a collaboration between the Salvation Army, web designer and developer Lucid, and Countdown.

New Zealanders have donated more than $123,000 of food through it.

The service was trialled in Auckland before rolling out to Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and from yesterday includes Whangarei, Gisborne, and Nelson.

Course for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers are offered a free course in mastitis management, the basic biology of teat health and gain an understanding of the different strains of mastitis bacteria and their prevention.

The workshops are being run in conjunction with Dairy Women's Network and udder health, dairy hygiene and liquid mineral specialists Deosan. They are geared at all staff who work in the shed who want to learn more about mastitis management.

The course is at the Lighthouse, Dargaville Museum, on November 2 from 9.30am-noon. to register or for more information.

Anaesthesia Day

Anaesthetists will be in the Whangarei Hospital foyer on Monday to talk to the public about the benefits of regional anaesthesia and to demonstrate some of its techniques, including ultrasound scanning.

The hospital is marking National Anaesthesia Day with displays and demonstrations for the public about regional anaesthesia, the theme for the day.