Anonymous donation to Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust is delighted with a generous anonymous donation of $8000 to help get the trust to run a regular train service between Kawakawa and Opua. In making the donation the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous said all they want to see is the Trust eventually running a regular service between Kawakawa and Opua. They have a very high regard for all the BOIVR volunteers and the thousands of hours they have worked over many years to keep BOIVR alive and running.

Kaikohe crash

Emergency services were called to a crash in Kaikohe on Saturday evening. Police said a van rolled on the corner of Mangakahia Rd and Cumber Rd about 5.45pm. Fire crews were also called to the crash but were not required.


Seaweek starts

Seaweek 2019 kicked off on Saturday, March 2. With six competitions and lots of events, there is plenty on offer. So dive in, visit the website at and check out the events near you. Seaweek Northland got off to an early start last week with Heni visiting Northland schools to explore the prototype website that aims to demonstrate how plastic particles travel vast areas of our oceans. Other event highlights to look forward to around Northland this Seaweek: Snorkel Days at Reotahi and Pataua; clean-ups at Ngunguru and Matapouri; Great Big Micro Mollusc Hunt; Guided Kayaking at Waikaraka; Sharks talk at Whangarei Library; interactive art at the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei; quiz night at the Butter Factory in Whangārei; "Shells Detective" interactive display to explore at Kiwi North, "Ocean Fest" event with Steve Hathaway and training sessions with Leopard Seals NZ.

Lotto winners

Two lucky MyLotto players from Taranaki and Southland will be celebrating tonight after each winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division in Saturday's live Lotto draw. Powerball was not struck and has rolled over to Wednesday night, where the jackpot will be $8 million. Strike Four was also struck with a player from Upper Hutt taking home $500,000. The winning Strike Four ticket was sold at Trentham Mini Mart in Upper Hutt. The winning Lotto numbers were 8, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 19, with the bonus number 24 and Powerball number 1. The Strike numbers were 9, 12, 19 and 14.