Man on assault charges

A 25-year-old Onerahi man faces two charges of assaulting a female and another of possessing an offensive weapon after an incident in a car on Tuesday morning. Police were alerted to the alleged assault in a car while it was on Riverside Dr about 8.30am. Police tracked the car through Onerahi and eventually stopped it near Pines Golf Course at Parua Bay.

Climate expert gives talk

A United States professor is giving a talk in Whangarei this month on what he says is an abrupt climate crisis which is set to decimate the Earth's natural habitats. Professor emeritus Guy McPherson is a teacher of natural resources, ecology and evolutionary biology, who taught and conducted research at the University of Arizona for 20 years before leaving the university in 2009. Prof McPherson says loss of habitat through climate change poses the single most serious threat to the survival of the planet. He will talk at In Step Dance Studio, Reyburn House Lane, from 1.30pm on November 26. Entry is free, but koha is appreciated.