In the past fortnight Whangārei has led out the morning television news with two live feeds from our very own Town Basin.

The first live newscast was with Shona Whitehead, the community advocate for the Hikurangi Meningitis vaccination campaign.

Whitehead spoke to the nation about the need for the meningitis vaccine especially in low decile areas like Hikurangi. She talked about how the community had come together with the school to keep their children safe.

A few days after the newscast and we were at Hikurangi Primary School with their marvellous staff and marvellous principal and deputy and we were