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Stories related to Christmas and events of significance occuring over this busy period of the year.

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NZ Fire Service support Christmas in a Shoebox

By Dean Nathan

It's an initiative that's developed right across Northland in a very short span of time.  This week the New Zealand Fire Service offered its support for Christmas in a Shoebox by delivering to children of families experiencing financial hardship at this time.


Packing Christmas hampers for struggling solo-parent families

By Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes

This Spirit of Christmas is a group set up and run by solo parents with a goal of helping provide a little bit of Christmas joy to those who find the season difficult and financially challenging. In the five years since its inception, around $4000 has been donated for the initiative which distributes 50 hampers per year.


MPI urges seafood gatherers to know their limits

By Mānia Clarke

For many Māori families, seafood takes center place on the Christmas menu and are preparing to gather the delicacy for the celebration meal. However, the Ministry of Primary Industries is urging everyone to only fish and gather shellfish within the legal limits.