Northland News in Brief: Whangārei Free Parking Nears Completion; night closures on busy roads in Kerikeri

Time is almost up for free parking in downtown Whangārei. Photo / Michael Cunningham

Whangārei District Council’s six-week free parking lot in the city center ends on Tuesday. Free council-provided parking began on March 14 to help revive the central business district as Covid kept customers at bay. Parking is free at all council off-street car parks, on-road metered parking spaces, John St car park building and John and James St car parks.

Kerikeri road closures
Two busy roads in Kerikeri will be closed overnight from April 26 to May 4 for resurfacing. Work will be undertaken first on Kerikeri Rd and will then move to Hobson Ave. Traffic management and detours will be in place overnight when work begins at 7 p.m. Work on Kerikeri Rd will start outside the BP petrol station and continue to the roundabout at the intersection of Butler Rd and Hobson Ave. This work will take place from April 27 to May 1. Work on Hobson Ave is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in May. 2 and will continue until May 4.

New Sailing CEO
The R. Tucker Thompson Sailing Trust has appointed a new chief executive. Jo Lynch brings extensive leadership experience in adventure tourism, marketing and management, and has strategic direction for the nonprofit trust. As a young girl, Lynch witnessed the launch of the R. Tucker Thompson from Mangawhai Beach in 1985. Over 36 years later, she has returned as a kaitiaki to lead the organization, the ship, her people and the project. Of Ngāti Wai, Ngati Whatua and European descent, Lynch returned to Northland from Wānaka, where she had a long career in the snow sports industry.

Kai Ora initiatives
Kai Ora and its partners welcome applications from communities seeking support for initiatives that increase the availability of healthy kai and increase community resilience. Community groups, whānau trusts, social enterprises and small businesses can apply for up to $5,000 starting April 8. Funding decisions are expected to be announced in time for the first planting season, July 2022. Since 2015, the Kai Ora Fund has supported nearly 200 local projects and community activities across Northland to address food security. An example of a project is the Northland Edible Garden Trail, funded by the Kai Ora Fund in 2021 and organized as a non-profit event by The Far North Resilient Communities Charitable Trust. The closing date for applications is June 1. For more information or to apply, visit the Mahitahi Hauora website or contact Mahi Tahi Hauora on [email protected] or (09) 438 1015.