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Tourist accosted
Police are seeking information into the assault of a German tourist who was taken to the Waipu Medical Centre with serious head and facial injuries. He was dropped off at the medical centre by a member of the public. A 48-year-old male German tourist had been riding around Northland and camping in the Waipu area prior to the assault. The victim is still recovering. Police would like to speak with the member of the public who helped him and are also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault. The victim’s tent and bicycle have been found but police are still asking for witnesses to the assault. Please contact Northland Police communications manager Sarah Kennett on (09) 430 4500 or 021 192 1099.

Christmas cometh Get a float organised for this great event. Fantastic prize money and a great family night out. Dress up – the prize for the best

dressed onlooker is $100! Organised by the Waipu Business and Promotions Group. This is possibly the only community which has its Christmas Parade on Christmas Eve. For more info contact Judy Guy, 432 4000.

Pets friends birthday
Your Vet in Waipu is celebrating their first birthday – all welcome 4-6pm, Monday

December 8, Millbrook Road. Barbeque, drinks, fun, giveaways, prizes, a bouncy castle for the kids. - Drinks - Fun - Giveaways – Prizes- Bouncey castle for the kids.

Dust off that Tartan
Barely a month to Waipu’s biggest day of the year when it’s Scottish heritage is being celebrated by locals and visitors alike – some from all around the world. Caledonian Park New Year’s Day is a day of music and mayhem, tarts and tartan, food and fables and an array of sports all in the name of our Scottish forebears. A fabulous family affair.

Ever wondered…
…what goes on at Northpine, one of Waipu's largest employers? You are invited to find out. Please rsvp to anita. carr@northpine.co.nz for the site visit on December 4 at 4pm.

The visit will take about 45 minutes and includes a brief presentation on timber verification and strength (with a little quiz), and a barbeque and drinks for those that wish to stay.

A big high five
To Waipu lass Shuntal Rika. It’s a big effort to get into the finals of Northland Secondary Schools Sports Awards but this Otamatea High School student carried off the major prize in girls tennis. Go girl!

In touch with history
Dorothy Dowgray (nee Cullen) has recently written a short history on the ‘Life and times of Charles Edward Davidson (1850-1908)’ who has roots running through a number of families within the area. Anyone wishing to buy the booklet should contact Patsy Montgomery at the Waipu Museum, or Dorothy Dowgray, email jddowgray@yahoo. co.nz.

Looking after your beach
Whangarei District Council (WDC) will be holding a public meeting at Ruakaka Recreation Centre on Wednesday December 17 at 5pm to discuss a proposal to move the beach access for vehicles at Ruakaka. Council is proposing that the current beach access near the Racecourse is closed and a new ‘soft’ access way will be developed at Te Kamo Road to allow 4WD and ATV access only. WDC Group Manager District Living, Paul Dell, said that the community at Ruakaka village approached them several years ago with safety concerns about vehicles on the beach in front of the village as they travel to and from the racecourse entrance. “We have been working closely with the Northland Regional Council and the Department of Conservation to look at the best option that will provide safe vehicle and pedestrian access and dune restoration,” he said.

Ruakaka Skate Park
Action at last. Land has been cleared for the skate park. Huge thanks to Paul Jenkins, Andreas Thirling and Craig Nisbet for their efforts. Unfortunately the Whangarei District Council have declined

the application for some funding from this community funding round saying the project fits the criteria, but since skateparks and recreation facilities funding is in the LTP (2016-18) it is therefore low priority. Fundraising continues and is now over $1000 on givealittle.co.nz.

Big jump for Cable Wake
Ruakaka Cable Wake will soon have a new jump for the cable park. While the old one was heavy, the timber frame was rotting therefore a potential health hazard. The new one has a galvanised steel frame, is more stable and is movable and will be in action real soon.

Get your wheels on
Get the family together and roll into One Tree Point School, Sunday 7 December, 11am to 1pm. $7 skate hire and entry plus sausage sizzle. Have a load of fun and support a good cause.
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