The final Canopy Night Market for this summer season will be on Monday, April 22. The popular foodstalls on the bridge in Whangārei's Town Basin will be open from 5pm to 9pm and offer a variety of foods from around the world.

Riot charge

A 25-year-old Ōtangarei man has been charged with rioting in his own neighbourhood. Joshua Dylan Brown is charged with rioting on March 9 on William Jones Dr. Police cars were damaged and a senior officer assaulted during the morning riot following an alleged assault on a female and stabbing of a male. He was remanded on bail to appear again in the Whangārei District Court on April 15.

Doctors' strike off


Junior doctors have called off a planned four-day strike beginning April 15.
About 86 junior doctors working in Whangārei, Bay of Islands, Kaitaia and Dargaville hospitals are fighting the Northland DHB to preserve clauses in their employment agreements. They want safer working hours that allow for more flexible rostering.
The New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association yesterday withdrew the strike notice it issued last week.

Honour for CEO

Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw has been made a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand in recognition of his expertise and leadership over the past decade. Top Energy Trust chairwoman Yvonne Sharp said since taking on the role, Shaw had set about improving the reliability and resilience of the electricity network. "From the outset, he focused on safety, business improvement and core business operations, and implemented network and generation growth strategies of around $430 million." His initiatives included a major expansion of the Ngāwhā geothermal power station, which would ultimately provide more than enough electricity to meet the Far North's needs. His Fellowship was awarded in Wellington on March 29.

Winning ticket claimed

A Lotto spokesperson has confirmed the ticket sold at Sunnyside Foodmarket in Kamo, which won $200,000 in First Division in the draw on March 27, has been claimed. The winning ticket was sold the in the same week the store sold an Instant Kiwi scratchie also worth $200,000.