Flying fox fall

A person was flown to hospital with moderate injuries after falling from a flying fox at Moureeses Bay near Whananaki yesterday morning. A St John spokesperson said they were called at around 11.20am. The Northland Rescue Helicopter was dispatched and transported the person to Whangārei Hospital. It was part of a busy day for the rescue helicopter service with another of it's helicopters transporting a patient from Dargaville to Auckland Hospital and then transporting a stemi bypass patient from Whangārei to Auckland Hospital's critical care unit.

Driver named

The 62-year-old Ahipara man who died when he lost control of his car on State Highway 1 at Umawera in the early hours of Monday morning was Sandy Henry Muru. His death has been referred to the coroner.


Te reo awards

If you know of anyone who has been involved in promoting and celebrating te reo Māori, now is your chance to nominate them for an award. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) is calling for nominations for its Ngā Tohu Reo Māori - National Māori Language Awards. The awards recognise people and organisations who have contributed to te reo Māori revitalisation. Categories including Individual, Aotearoatanga (New Zealand Community), Arts and Entertainment, Community - Māori Community, Business, Education - Open and Māori Medium, Government, Iwi, Youth, Whānau, Broadcasting - Media, and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. If you or your organisation have been revitalising te reo Māori – or you would like to nominate someone else for an award – entries close 5pm Friday. Visit

Ruakākā road works

Repairs are being carried out on State Highway 15A at Ruakākā by the NZ Transport Agency this weekend. During the work temporary traffic management will be in place restricting traffic to one direction only along SH15A. Vehicles will be able to use SH15 in the easterly direction only - heading towards the refinery or the port. Vehicles leaving the refinery or port area and heading west will be detoured off of SH15A on to Marsden Point Road back to State Highway 1, or along McCathie Rd if heading to the One Tree Point area.

Hydrogen flare

A minor process upset has led to an excess amount of hyrdrogen going up the flare at the Marsden Point Oil Refinery. A Facebook post from Refining NZ said a light colour is being emmitted and they anticipated the flaring will continue over the next couple of days while the unit is restarted.