Northland News in Brief: Firework Spectacular Again; and the sweet success of the chocolatier

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The Whangārei Lions Club Fireworks Spectacular is held again this year on November 5 at Semenoff Stadium.

Whangārei’s much-loved Fireworks Spectacular is back this year, with November 5’s Bonfire Night set to be explosive. The Guy Fawkes event, which was canceled last year due to the cost of renting Semenoff Stadium, will see the stadium gates open at 6 p.m. on November 5 for what promises to be a fun family event. Tickets for the show are $25 for a family, $10 per adult and $5 per child. The money raised will go to charities in Northland. It is forbidden to bring alcohol, commercially prepared food or fireworks into the stadium. The event is organized by the Whangārei Lions Club and for tickets go to .

Sweet success for the chocolatier
A Northland chocolatier has received four gold and two bronze medals, as well as a special category winner award for its Christmas novelty chocolate at this year’s New Zealand Chocolate Awards. Dekadenz, which is located in Paparoa, won the Christmas and Novelty category for its individual Dekadenz Christmas Treat chocolates when the winners were announced last night. Paparoa’s Tatiana White sells her creations under the Dekadenz label and won the Christmas and Novelty category with Dekadenz Christmas Treat Individual Chocolate. Tatiana uses Callebaut Belgium Chocolate as the basis for her chocolates. Tatiana’s talent was recognized by the judges who declared: “Beautiful, exquisite and accomplished painting…balanced, subtle, sweet, long-lasting, indulgent flavour…a real chocolate for all occasions!”

White Bait Reviews
The DoC is asking Northland white bait for feedback on their fishing experience as the season draws to a close. The baiting season will end at 9 p.m. on October 30 for all of New Zealand, except the Chatham Islands. The new shortened season will reduce pressure on some of the most endangered whitebait species as they migrate upstream later in the year. “The DoC is looking forward to hearing from Whitebait how the season has been going and gaining valuable insights to improve management of the fishery,” said DoC Aquatic Director Kirstie Knowles. Knowles says the survey is a key part of whitebait fishing data collection that includes DoC rangers recording whitebait activity in the river and aerial photography in hard-to-reach locations. ‘access. To complete the whitebaiting survey, visit the DoC website www.doc.govt.nz/whitebaiting. Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. Entrants can choose to enter a raffle for a $100 shopping voucher at a fishing store.

Kite surfer sails out of trouble
A kite surfer was seen struggling with onshore winds at Cooper’s Beach in the Far North around 5.30pm on Friday. The alarm was raised with Search and Rescue (SAR), which liaised with the Coastguard, as teams prepared to launch a rescue vessel from the local yacht club nearby. Fortunately, the kite surfer made it back safely ashore in Mangōnui.

Community concerts
Wekaweka Hall, Community Concerts and Exit Stage Left present a series of shows at Community Concerts this weekend. “Ninja Barrier”, an inspiring verbatim piece on hauora will be presented, as well as “The Band with No Name”, a country roots music group from Paparoa. Performances will take place at the Wekaweka Community Hall on October 29, from 6:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at: www.waimamakuresourcecentre.org

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