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Committee elected
Linking Hands vehicles travelled 95,372 km taking clients to medical appointments in the previous year. That’s more than twice around the globe. A team of more than 40 volunteer drivers provided the friendly service.

At Linking Hands’ AGM in July an experienced committee was elected: Ngaire Kramer (chairperson), Rita Bartschi (treasurer), Sue Johnson (secretary), Bruce Hunt (Mangawhai coordinator), Estelle & Bruce Lydiard (funding), Andre van den Berg (publicity), Cindy Vincent, Wayne Wrack.

Ngaire Kramer, previously the Bream Bay coordinator, is the new chair while the previous chairman, Bruce Lydiard focuses on funding in the absence of Jayne King. Shona Florance is continuing as the Bream Bay coordinator.


Beach hoons
Criminal and anti-social behaviour has seen a lull over the last two weeks, ‘a good thing’ Constable Dale Wewege says, with the only incident to report involving people driving vehicles along Te Arai beach over the weekends.

Culprits gained access after cutting down several bollards in the Pacific Road parking area on the weekend of July 8-9, with further driving offences committed on July 15-16.

At this stage it is not known if the offending drivers are the same people on both weekends but police say they know some of the identities and are making enquiries.

Speeding along Molesworth Drive appears to be an ongoing issue and police are now wanting the council to help out.

“I think the area needs electronic signage which shows driver speed and warns them to slow down,” Wewege says. “I’ve suggested this to council and waiting on their response.”


New Year to sizzle
After last year’s wildly successful festival, Northern Bass promoters Fuzen have raised the stakes, announcing a lineup loaded with some of the worlds most in demand performers, part of a final lineup of over 60 artists who will ring in the New Year.

“We work hard every year to bring our audience the best possible Northern Bass experience. We are constantly striving to book the best lineup, improve our facilities and make sure we create the best onsite vibe. Hands down we think this is our best lineup yet,” says festival director Gareth Popham.

Camping onsite is available, but punters can also stay at one of the many baches or campsites in the Mangawhai/Kaiwaka area.

Everything needed for a three day stay is catered for at the festival, from multiple bars and a selection of food outlets, a camp store, hot showers and the new powder room. For all details, and tickets, check out northernbass.co.nz.

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