Community Notices & Supporting Local Business

How to Cast your vote in the Local Elections

As well as postal votes, you can go to NGEN Room, Forum North or our Customer Services Centre in Ruakākā to cast your vote, complete a Special Vote, or get help if you haven’t enrolled.
187 Lower Dent Street, Whangārei
Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 3:00pm
Special Votes: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Closed public holidays
Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays
Ruakākā service centre
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays
More about how to cast your vote here.

Plant Lab 22: Te Tai Tekerau

is part installation, part creative innovation hub and part post-Covid Whāngarei CBD regeneration project. Read more.


Whāngarei Fringe Festival – 30th September to 16th October

Whangārei Fringe is a two-week multidisciplinary festival of weird and wonderful creativity! Theatre, circus, art, digital technology, music, poetry, cabaret, fashion, drag and more – anything and everything goes. This festival is run by creatives, for creatives. Find out more.


Women’s Rugby World Cup – 8 October – 12 November 2022

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is happening in Aotearoa from 8 October – 12 November, with four match days being held in Whangārei on 9, 15, 22 and 29 October at the Northland Events Centre. Rugby World Cup 2021 will be a world-class festival of rugby and music, celebrating wāhine toa on and off the field and providing unforgettable moments for fans. A showcase of Māori and Pasifika culture will entertain fans in between matches, with delicious food, performances and an exciting line-up of local talent to complement the on-field action.

Tickets start at just $10* for adults and $5* for children! Available from, Whangarei i-SITE & the stadium ticket booth on the day. Find out more.


Looking for a night out?

Tina Simply The Best | Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Thursday 29 September 8pm. Details here.


Road Improvement Updates now Available via Online Mapping Tool.

If you’ve ever wondered if a road near you is scheduled for an upgrade, then a new online map launched by the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) will now give you that answer. Find out more.


BSI Culture Excellence Awards 2022

These awards recognise the best in workplace culture from across New Zealand. If you think your team has what it takes to take out the Culture Excellence Award prove it and get your entry in here.

Mokaba Café and The Bach Gallery refurbishment has begun

It is going to be a bit messy for a few weeks in September 2022, but the results will be worthwhile when the Town Basin’s Mokaba Café and The BACH Gallery reopen in the first week of October 2022, in time for the Rugby World Cup visitors. Read more.

Kauri Heritage Festival

The kauri Heritage Festival celebrates 60 years of the Kauri Museum on October 15. The museum is a celebration of kauri, settlers, forests, the harbour, and the Kaipara Community. This is a family-friendly free event. More details here.

Whangarei Town Basin Facility Upgrade Begins

Fences are up in the Town Basin! But everything can still be accessed – this is the start of an expansion that has been planned since 2019.
The work is starting behind Claphams National Clock Museum with a paving upgrade and a new toilet block, which will become the main entrance for people arriving by bus. Read more.

Photo Help Desk @ The Shutter Room

For the winter season, the Shutter Room is only open to the public on Fridays 1-4pm. Drop in for a chat or help with all things photographic. The ‘Photo Workstation’ has a Mac with Photoshop and Lightroom for you to use.

Whangarei Parkrun is back up and running

Parkrun is back now that we are in Orange. Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5k run for everyone held in Whangarei. Meet at Te Matau A Pohe Bridge carpark on Port Road at 8:00am every Saturday morning.

Hearts & Minds – first online edition of the Support Services Directory for Tai Tokerau Northland

Hearts & Minds believes in the power of community; we’re stronger together. This directory is your pathway to the support and resources available in your local community. Read more.

Hundertwasser Art Centre – Volunteer Programme

We have many opportunities available and we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer with us, details are on our website or email Helen our volunteer coordinator Read more.
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