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Car boot sale
A new market which offers an old-
fashioned community feeling is
blossoming in central Whangarei.
The John St Car Boot Sale was running
on Sunday mornings out of the John St car
But is has now moved to every Saturday
morning due to its popularity and because
Sunday mornings are busy for church-
Founder Nickie Muir says the car boot
sale is growing in popularity, with many
sellers finding it much easier than a
It means that they don t have people
wandering around their house looking
through their other stuff and they don t
have people knocking on their door at
As well as a wide range of bargains,
traditional Samoan food and Indian food is
for also for sale.
Nickie says the relaxed markets are a
great way to catch up and have a chat with
A lot of women enjoy decluttering their
homes, making some money from it and
having time out from the kids, she says.
Community groups like sports clubs are
offered a free extra space for each site that
they pay for.
The market also runs fundraisers for
community projects and raised $2700 for
Project Promise one weekend through the
donation of stall fees, a sausage sizzle and
raffle. Held under cover in the John St car
park the markets run rain or shine.
Sites cost $10 and sellers can arrive
between 7.30am and 9am. The market is
open to buyers from 9am to about 12.30,
Call Nickie Muir on 021-208-5201 for
more information or for community groups
to book a couple of spaces.
Lifeguards not so busy
over holiday period
Busy beach: Waipu Cove was a hive of activity during the Junior Surf Carnival on January 15.
By VIV TROUNSON
Just the same old things -- too many kids going out
on boogie boards without flippers.
Waipu Cove club captain Simon Bell
No news is good news for
Whangarei s three surf life
saving clubs who all report
a quiet holiday period.
While two of the three
had made rescues, none
were considered particu-
At Whangarei Heads,
club captain Thomas
Horton says swimmer
numbers were similar to
past years, peaking at
Generally they have
been pretty well behaved
and listened to what the
lifeguards have asked.
The biggest problems
involved a reluctance to
swim between the flags.
Waipu Cove Surf Life
Saving Club s club captain
Simon Bell says crowds
there have been consistent
and well behaved.
Just the same old
things -- too many kids
going out on boogie boards
without flippers. Parental
supervision seems to be
getting better but still isn t
as good as we d like.
He estimates there have
been about eight or 10
rescues, mostly people
unprepared for the con-
There had been a few
sightings of sharks about
400 metres off the beach
but no real scares .
Ruakaka has seen
decent crowds over the
period, but patrol captain
Julian Pitman says they
were well behaved.
By January 18, there
had been no rescues.
Dealing with stings from
blue bottles blown in-shore
by easterly winds had been
the most notable activity
during the past couple of
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