Repeat finalist for award

Russell's Top 10 Holiday Park is one of five finalists in AA Traveller's 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award. The other finalists are All Seasons Holiday Park Rotorua, Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park, Himatangi Beach Holiday Park and Millers Flat Holiday Park.

The award is for outstanding visitor experience and is the sector's top title. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Parks Conference in Dunedin in August. Russell's Top 10, which is owned by the Tilton family, was last year's winner.

Tank traps man


Emergency services were called to a rural property west of Kerikeri when a man became trapped under a water tank.

The incident occurred on Wiroa Rd about 11.40am yesterday when it is understood a man working alone was trapped by his legs when one of two large water tanks rolled onto him. Police, St John Ambulance and two crews from the Kerikeri Fire Brigade responded.

Their lifting equipment was not needed, however, because the man managed to free himself before they arrived. He was checked by medics at the scene but did not require treatment.

Footpath but which side?

The Far North District Council is planning to build a footpath on Kaikohe's Recreation Rd from Station Rd to Mangakahia Rd - the question is, should it go on the north side or south side?

To gauge public opinion the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board has created an online forum where people can vote and leave comments. The footpath is likely to be 2.5m wide for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

Go to or follow the link from the Kaikohe - Hokianga Community Board Facebook page. The Pioneer Village is on the north side, Lindvart Park on the south.