Northland

Guilty over spree of violence

William John Murphy in the Auckland District Court.

The Crown wants a man who bound and robbed elderly women jailed indefinitely.

SFO clears Far North District Council

The SFO has found no evidence of criminal activity at the Far North District Council.

A SFO investigation into the Far North District Council finds failures to follow internal processes, but no criminal activity.

Call for house numbers

Kerikeri St John paramedic Nick Scott is keen on getting letterboxes numbered in the Far North.

A scheme to identify Far North houses and streets can't come fast enough for emergency services.

Going bush in the Far North

Robertson on a grass and rata mattress in the second shelter he made.

Freezing your butt off, sleeping on the ground and living off oats isn't everyone's cup of tea. But for those into bushcraft it can be the ultimate holiday.

Creative wins in the Far North

Kapahaka group Nga Uri o Tuteauru in their handmade flax uniforms.

Kapahaka and tikanga workshops, a literature and film festival, choir, short film, sculpture exhibition, school workshops and photography exhibition are some of the activities funded for the Far North.

Whangarei Leader

Holocaust survivors to share their story

Jewish couple Shmuel and Fredja Rothbard are sharing their war stories in Whangarei this weekend.

Shmuel Rothbard was just a child when World War II started.

They've got the region covered

The unveiling of Volunteering Northland with, from left, community and voluntary services minister Jo Goodhew, Volunteering Northland manager Bart van der Meer, trustee Fiona Morgan, Far North deputy mayor Tania McInnes, Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai, Northland MP Winston Peters and Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti.

Volunteering Whangarei's job just got a lot bigger.

Roadshow aims to encourage debate

One of the suggested replacements for the New Zealand flag.

Should New Zealand's flag be changed?

Immunisation rates low up north

Vaccinating on time is extremely important a Northland doctor says.

Nearly 80 vaccine-preventable diseases have been reported for infants in the last year in Northland

Northern News

Crossing an ocean for crossfit

Brooke Ah Sam can't wait to pack a punch at the crossfit competition in America.

A Kaitaia teen is working hard for an upcoming international crossfit competition held in America.

Kaikohe firefighters recognised

Kaikohe firefighter Douglas Hall and his family after getting his gold star for 25 years of service.

Kaikohe celebrated their hardworking firefighters at their annual honours awards this month.

Troublemakers bust into pool

Kawakawa Community Pool lifeguard Trevor Lochore is proud of the pool project and hopes everyone respects it.

A spate of petty break ins on a much-loved community project are sad and disappointing.

Suspicious church fire

The Union Parish Hope Christian Centre on the main street of Kaitaia.

A Kaitaia church has been damaged from a suspicious fire in the early hours this morning.

Dargaville & Districts

The technology that could save trucking

Engineer Ian Wright has his roots in the Kaipara District.

 A Kiwi engineer's electric diesel trucks are transforming the commercial vehicle market saving billions of litres of fuel among other benefits.

Call for investigation into swamp kauri "carvings"

Some conservationists are claiming loopholes in legislation are being used to allow the export of kauri logs similar to this one.

Swamp kauri logs sold under the guise of artwork are "a crude exercise in deception", says Northland MP Winston Peters.

Twiddle muffs to help the elderly

Twiddle muffs.

Crafts people are invited to take up their knitting needles, find some spare yarn and create twiddle muffs for the rest homes.

No rally on Kaipara roads

An unresolved dispute over a 2013 account for damage to the district's roads has drawn an impasse between Kaipara District Council and  Rally NZ. As a result it is very unlikely  there will any Kaipara leg  (2013 event pictured) in future Rally of Whangarei events.

Unpaid account leaves both rally organisers and council dissatisfied.

Bay Chronicle

Big prize for birdmen

Trustee Pania Sigley and friend Maryanne Hoosen dress to impress in their banana boat.

Birdmen will be reaching for the stars, propelled by an extra large kitty of $2000.

It started with a uterus video

Luck has made anything from waffles with banana, blue berries and maple syrup to a pair of lungs (pictured).

Gypsy Apple Luck was wondering what to make her son for Christmas last year. She settled on crocheted organs.

Cash for Stone Store projects

Trustees Mel Messenger and Sophia Warren with secretary Neil Sorensen outside the Stone Store.

Clever ideas to improve the Stone Store Basin can be put into action.

Hit by a car and homeless

From top left, Tinesha Kakepare, Brenda Fenton, Autumn Keach, her best friend Nikki Topia and Altezza Keach in front. Here the family cuddle together on their beds in the living room surrounded by donations.

Sleeping in a car with four kids, two turtles and being pregnant was enough for a Far North woman. Then her daughter was run over.

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