A night's R&R

Comedians Raybon Kan and Nick Rado are bringing their live show

Rado & Raybon Save The World

to Northland this month. The first half of the show sees the duo rock the house with their individual stand-up comedy; and in the second half they take the stage together to solve problems raised by that night's audience - anything from world politics, new roundabouts, to overpriced paninis. The pair of funnymen perform at The Riverbank Centre, in Whangarei, on March 30 and Te Ahu, in Kaitaia, on March 31.


Remand in custody
A Northlander facing six charges of supplying methamphetamine has been remanded in custody. Shane Legg, 34, a gib stopper of Ruawai, first appeared in the Whangarei District Court on February 27 and was remanded until Monday. He was again further remanded in custody to reappear via audio visual link on March 19. The alleged offences were committed in Whangarei between August and November last year.

Reti role expands
Whangarei MP Shane Reti, has been given additional responsibilities in the National Party reshuffle announced over the weekend by new leader Simon Bridges. Dr Reti adds the Disability and Cybersecurity portfolios to the Associate Health and Data spokesman roles he has held since the election. "Better healthcare is a major priority for Northland and across the country. I am pleased to be able to round out my health role with the Disability portfolio as well," he said. "My goals in the health portfolio include developing the health workforce, ensuring the voice of the disabled community is heard at the decision-making table and ensuring the finances of the health system are sustainable and Northland receives its fair share."

Race Relations Day
A public walk and picnic will mark Race Relations Day in Whangarei next week. Wednesday, March 21, is Race Relations Day, when New Zealand celebrates its cultural diversity and acknowledges the richness it brings. This year's theme is "Give Nothing to Racism", a Human Rights Commission campaign that has featured film director and former New Zealander of the Year, Taika Waititi, publicising the concept. The day will be marked in Whangarei with a walk from the Town Basin to a public picnic at the Waka and Wave sculpture. People are asked to gather at the clock museum at 5.30pm and are encouraged to wear their national dress. At the picnic participants will be invited to share an informal performance from their cultural heritage.