Whangārei lotto winner

A ticket bought at Pak'nSave in Whangārei was one of 14 nationwide which each won $23,926 in Lotto Second Division on Saturday night. Two lotto players each won $500,000 with Lotto First Division with tickets sold at Andrew Spence Pharmacy in Napier and SuperValue Renwick in Renwick. Powerball was not struck and has rolled over to Wednesday night, where the jackpot will be $22 million. Strike Four also rolled over and will be $400,000. The winning numbers in Saturday's draw were 3,19, 25, 30, 32, 38, the bonus was 37 and powerball was 2.

Linford, Akkeson claim titles

The annual Kaitaia Run/Walk was held yesterday. Whangārei's Harry Linford claimed first place, while Louis Young from Wellsford was second in the 12.5km event, which started and finished at the Te Ahu Centre. In the women's competition, Kerikeri's Maria Akkeson was the first woman across the line, while Janice Powell was the second woman home. The event is part of Sport Northland's Run walk series.

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Yacht refloated

An eight-metre yacht hit a sand bank in Whangārei Harbour yesterday. But thanks to a passing boatie, which leant a hand, the beached yacht was pulled back into deeper water. The alarm was raised about 1.15pm and the yacht was back on course about an hour later. There was a report of one person onboard with an injured shoulder so St John were to meet the crew when they docked at the Whangarei Yacht Club.

Coffee with a cop

In a new approach to recruiting, Northland Police are encouraging those interest in a police career to have a "Coffee with a Cop". Today they will be in Kamo at the Milk and Honey Cafe from 8.30am. Officers will be there to have a chat and answer any questions around recruitment. They have been held around Northland over the last month or so.

Neighbourhood Support

Whangarei Area Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator Janis Maunder and Northland District representative Shelly Willott Henderson are inviting people to a series of local meetings to introduce Neighbourhood Support in local communities. Neighbourhood Support is the hub of a network of local groups, partners and sponsors and is aimed at creating safe and caring neighbourhoods, reducing criminal offending, building community resilience and strengthening community networks to improve the quality of life and enhance wellbeing.

Speakers will include New Zealand Police, Community Patrol New Zealand and Whangarei Council Community Safety. All the meetings start at 7pm. Tomorrow's meeting is at Whangarei Intermediate with Tikipunga high School the venue for Thursday's meeting. From there it will be Kamo High School August 21, Mania View School August 23, and Onerahi Community Hall September 3.