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Whangarei is a thriving, modern and vibrant city set within idyllic natural surroundings, nestling into the hills that overlook the picturesque harbour. The region features fertile farmland, orchards, forests and spectacular coastline with some of the country's finest beaches. The city's full name is ââ‚¬ËœWhangarei Terenga Paraoa' which can be literally translated as the ââ‚¬Ëœswimming place of the whales'. This translates further to mean ââ‚¬Ëœthe meeting place of the chiefs', since the whale-bone mere was a weapon of chiefly status, and refers to the inter-tribal wars of the 1800s when Whangarei was a meeting place for all the great Maori chiefs of the district.
WHANGAREI — The news around the Lower Hatea River Crossing is all good as 2012 draws to a close.
WHANGAREI — There will be an extra special way to remember loved ones at the Maunu Cemetery this Christmas.
WHANGAREI — Whangarei Library is staging A Big Day In this Saturday (1 December) to celebrate everything that’s great about our libraries.
WHANGAREI — Central City Car Park's makeover is almost complete with a relaunch planned for Saturday 17 November.
WHANGAREI — Settlement Support Network Meeting - focus on ‘Older migrants and community services’ Settlement Support is holding a Settlement Network Meeting on Thursday 15 November from 9am to 1pm at A’fare Function & Reception Lounge, 197 Lower Dent Street.
WHANGAREI — As the construction of the Lower Hatea River Crossing pushes on at pace, several more contracts have been awarded to local companies.
WHANGAREI — The Victoria Canopy Bridge in the centre of the Town Basin makes a great location for a wide range of daytime activities.
WHANGAREI — Whangarei’s increasingly popular Artisans’ Fairs under the Victoria Canopy will kick off a summer of events at the Town Basin on 24 November.
WHANGAREI — Onerahi road users are invited to a public meeting at the Onerahi Bowling Club on 23 October at 7pm to discuss proposed improvements to the intersections of Raumati Crescent, Cartwright Road and Onerahi Road.
WHANGAREI — Chinese new settlers to New Zealand will be able to find out about natural disasters and hazards in Whangarei at a free seminar on Saturday 27 October from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Whangarei Migrant Centre, 71 Bank St.
WHANGAREI — The NZ Transport Agency is starting work on the next stage of its project to improve State Highway 1 through central Whangarei.
WHANGAREI — Port Road businesses are open and can still be accessed from the city end of Port Road.
WHANGAREI — Permission is being sought to remove some of the Hatea River’s mangrove trees, to improve views of the river in the wider Town Basin environment.
WHANGAREI — Event organisers have until 2 November to register their activities as part of Whangarei's Endless Summer Festival.
WHANGAREI — It’s World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday 21 September and the Mad Hatters at Botanica Whangarei are showing their support for the Northland branch of the Alzheimer’s charity by having a fund raising tea party with all profits from the sale of special tea party cupcakes going to Alzheimer’s New Zealand.
WHANGAREI — The Central City Carpark on the corner of John and Robert Streets is to get a major upgrade over the next two months, transforming it from a dark, vandalism-prone building into a light, bright, secure parking area.
WHANGAREI — Whangarei’s Lower Hatea River Crossing has passed the critical half-way milestone, and received praise from 50% funder, the New Zealand Transport Agency.
WHANGAREI — Results of an independent survey carried out by the National Research Bureau (NRB) reveal Whangarei residents rate most local council services highly.
WHANGAREI — Four Whangarei residents have been presented with Civic Honours Awards in recognition of their outstanding voluntary service to the community.
WHANGAREI — Whangarei District Council and representatives of seven collectives of Whangarei District hapu have formed a strategic partnership forum to jointly address and resolve issues of significance to hapu and achieve an agreed vision for the District.
WHANGAREI — Claphams’ National Clock Museum, New Zealand’s premier collection of clocks, will receive a much needed facelift during the next month.
WHANGAREI — Two major Lower Hatea River Crossing sub-contracts totalling $1.9million have been let to local companies, McKay Electrical and McRaes Engineering.
WHANGAREI — Do you own the home you are living in and do you have a limited income? If so, you may be eligible for a government rebate of up to $590 on your rates bill.
WHANGAREI — An end to long-standing flooding in the Morningside area may be in sight following a decision by Council to progress with a flood management project this financial year.
WHANGAREI — If you’re from Whangarei here’s your chance to show the city how much you Love it Here! After the huge success of the 2010 t-shirt competition, the competition is being repeated to add a further three designs to the Whangarei:Love it Here! t-shirt range.
WHANGAREI — If all goes according to plan more than 20,000 Northlanders will suddenly drop to the ground at 9.26am on September 26, along with a million other New Zealanders.
WHANGAREI — Whangarei District Council staff will be celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori next week.
WHANGAREI — The Northland Regional Council has begun presenting cheques to the 11 schools in the Whangarei district which are sharing a $12,700 slice of this year's Environmental Curriculum Awards (ECAs).
WHANGAREI — Te Hiringa Maori Business expo at Forum North on Friday 22 June attracted a steady stream of people interested in excellent Maori businesses, showcased prior to the business excellence awards that night.
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