Rahui after beach tragedy

A ban on the collection of shellfish or fishing near a fatal crash scene on a Northland beach has been imposed until Sunday. Ngai Takoto has imposed a rahui on 10km of the beach, extending 5km north and south of Waipapakauri Ramp, on 90 Mile Beach.

The rahui will remain in place until Sunday.

A 43-year-old man died when the Toyota Prado he was driving flipped on the beach on Friday night, while his three passengers were injured. Police are yet to release the man's name.


Lake victim revealed

Police have released the name of the woman who died at a popular Northland lake on Sunday. She was 37-year-old Deborah Faaiuaso, of Auckland. She is believed to have drowned after getting into trouble at Taharoa Domain, Kai Iwi Lakes, 35km from Dargaville, about 4pm.

The Northland rescue helicopter was called to the scene as the woman was recovered from the water and brought to shore where CPR was performed. The death has been referred to the coroner.

Rural show offers much

The 142nd Paparoa A&P Show will be held at the Paparoa Showgrounds on Saturday, February 3. It's guaranteed to be a fun day for the whole family, with sideshows, equestrian events – showing and jumping – harness ring, wood chopping, shearing, team roping, cattle and dairy goat sections.

There will also be market stalls and trade sites, a live band, food and drink stalls and attractions for young kids and teenagers. There will be a young farmers' dunking tank, petting zoo and free sawdust dig for children under 7.

Gates open at 9am with free parking, entry is $10 for adults $5 for children with those under 5 free. For Schedules and more info www.paparoashow.org.nz.

Refunds for scam victims


Police are reminding people who have fallen victim to a scam and paid money via Western Union that they may qualify for reimbursement following a 2017 investigation by the United States Department of Justice. In January last year Western Union admitted to criminal violations, including wilfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering programme and aiding and abetting wire fraud.

This resulted in the company agreeing to pay a penalty of US$586 million ($788.8m) which is being used to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union. Victims have until February 12 to lodge a claim.