Magic day at museum

For more than 20 years the annual Settlers Day at The Kauri Museum in Matakohe has been a day when "the museum comes alive".

This year's free event is to be held on Saturday with a theme focusing on collections, collectors and storytelling through collections.

The day will include celebrations of the diversity of the community through song and dance, demonstrations of artistic and craft skills, with children's games, demonstrations of stationary engines and many more activities.


The museum will be open from 9am and the day begins with a rare opportunity to take part in a church service in the Pioneer Church at 9.30am.

Shooting probe continues

Whangarei police continue to investigate the circumstances around the deaths of two men killed in a double shooting in the city.

The two men were Garry (Gazza) John Raines and Daniel (Danz) Rupert Raines. Police were called to a house on McMillan Ave, Kamo, about 1.15pm on Saturday. One man was found dead at the property after he had been shot.

Another man, who had a gunshot wound, was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died later.

Elderly man airlifted after fall

An elderly Kerikeri resident was airlifted to Whangarei Hospital after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home.

St John Ambulance and the Kerikeri Fire Brigade responded, with firefighters setting up a landing zone in a nearby backyard on Kotare Place. The accident occurred just before 9pm on Tuesday evening.

Bridges turn pink for charity

Three Whangarei bridges will join landmarks around the world being lit up in pink this month to help raise public awareness about breast cancer. October is international Breast Cancer Awareness Month and different landmarks around New Zealand are taking part in the Global Illumination Campaign.

Landmarks around the world, including Whangarei's Victoria Canopy Bridge, Te Matau a Pohe, and Kotuitui Whitinga footbridge, will light up pink at night to help raise public awareness about breast cancer. The campaign aligns with the foundation's major fundraising event, the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, on October 13 and 14.

Warning after burglary spree

Pockets of burglaries in the Tikipunga area lately have prompted police to warn householders to lock up well and report any suspicious behaviour.

The burglaries have taken place in daytime over the last three weeks, in Winston St, Denby Cres and Korau Rd.

The offenders seem to be entering houses and searching drawers and cupboards and looking for easy to carry items such as jewellery, clothing, electronics and food. Police will be increasing patrols in the suburb and are asking anyone with information about who is responsible to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.