Northland news in brief: Mobile Bay Barge back; 17,000 to fly north

The Bay of Islands mobile trash barge will be back in service this summer.

Mobile Bay Rubbish Barge returns

The popular mobile summer trash barge service will be back on the waters of the Bay of Islands this summer from December 28.

The staff barge – a familiar site in the Gulf during the summer holiday season – is a joint venture between the Northland Regional Council and the Far North District, Department of Conservation and Waste Management contractor.

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It offers services to local and visiting boaters, who are encouraged to use it to help keep the Bay of Islands litter-free.

The barge service will begin summer operations on December 28 and will resume on December 31. After that, weather-dependent services will generally operate (starting January 3) on Mondays and Fridays until January 27. On the operational day it will visit Urupukapuka Island. campsites from 9am to 10am before mooring near the south-east end of Moturua Island from 10.30am to 13.00 (hours will be reduced as demand drops out).

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For more information, visit www.nrc.govt.nz/rubbishbarge.

Theater Company up for awards

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Whangārei Theater Company has received numerous nominations for this year’s Northern Regional Performance Theater Awards. The awards recognize excellence and talent in the performing arts in the theater community from Pukekohe to Kerikeri. It will be performed at Centrestage Theater Company in Orewa, Auckland on March 25. The nomination is related to the company’s latest production Spamalotmusic adapted from motion pictures Monty Python and the Holy Grail which ran from November 18 to December 3. They: Outstanding Music – Spamalot; Outstanding Sound Design – Morgan Matheson; Outstanding Set Design – Darryn Hansen; Outstanding Vocal Work by a Music Company; Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Estevez Gillespie as King Arthur. Cam Dow, Nate Holland-Kearins and Quinn Smith are all nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical.

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17,000 flew to Northland

Northland will roll out the welcome mat this summer as thousands flock to the area for their vacation.

Air New Zealand says more than 17,000 customers will visit the region during the summer holiday season via the Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) and Whangārei Airport, which will be a welcome boost for Northland tourism and accommodation providers.

Air New Zealand is preparing to fly more than 1.5 million customers across the country between today and January 31 – 400,000 more than the same period last year.

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Northland’s breathtaking, Pohutukawa-fringed white sand surf beach, prehistoric Kauri forest, coastal cycleways and spectacular walks will attract visitors looking to experience the area.

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Another Northland Enviroschool

Kerikeri Kindergarten has become the latest Northland Enviroschool to achieve the program’s coveted Green-Gold status.

Northland Regional Council introduced the popular program to Northland in 2004 and now there are more than 140 schools, kindergartens and early childhood centers in the program across the region.

Regional councilor Marty Robinson says becoming Green-Gold is an important milestone in Enviroschool’s community sustainability journey.

Councilor Robinson, who presented the kindergarten with its Green-Gold flag on Friday, said that Enviroschools’ recognition comes in three bands, from the most often achieved Bronze, to Silver and the rarest, Green-Gold (only 11 other Enviroschools in Northland. have achieved Green-Gold status).

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More information about the wider Enviroschools program in Northland is available from: www.nrc.govt.nz/enviroschools.

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