A&P scholarship

Whangarei A&P Society is offering a $9000 study scholarship for students planning a career in agriculture or related industries. The scholarship has been available since 2002 and the $9000 is given out over a three-year period. Since it began, Northland's young people have been awarded the scholarship.

They have come from all sorts of backgrounds and have a wide variety of interests including research and development, veterinary studies, economics and finance and farm management. Any agricultural or related area of study will be considered. This means that our scholarship recipients have also attended a wide range of training and learning institutions – from Otago and Lincoln Universities in the south, through to Auckland, Waikato and Massey in the north.
The closing date for applications is Friday September 21.

Brynderwyns hazard


An oil spill and a pothole on the Brynderwyn Hills nearly caused several southbound vehicles to crash about 11.40am yesterday. The hazard was phoned in to police by a former police officer who recognised the potential disaster of the 10m-long oil spill and pothole. Road workers were directed to the scene to clean up the spill and fill the hole.

Art exhibition

More than 34 women artists' work will feature in Trailblazing, an exhibition at the Megan Dickinson Gallery to commemorate women getting the vote in New Zealand. All Kiwi women were entitled to vote for the first time from September 19, 1893, when the 1893 Electoral Act was signed. Women who had registered to vote could do so for the first time 12 weeks later. The mixed-media show celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Womens Suffrage in New Zealand - Whakatu Wahine opens on Thursday, September 20 and closes on October 20. Megan Dickinson Gallery is in Rust Ave, Whangarei.

Kaitaia alert

Police found nothing of concern when they responded to a 111 call from a Kaitaia address on Tuesday evening. The occupants, who insisted that they had not made the call, suggested that their dog might have done so, inadvertently, when it sat on the phone.

Police aid

Police found a very intoxicated man at Kareponia, east of Awanui, this week after a member of the public reported seeing someone lying on the side of the road. He had been walking home, a distance of 6km, a spokesman said, and in his condition probably wouldn't have made it, so was given a ride.