Mend charity truck needs mending

Mend director Rob Buchanan with his truck, before it was stolen and pulled apart.

While donating hearing aids to children his homebase and truck was stolen and ruined.

Heavy rain to hammer north

A severe weather watch is in place for Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula, Waitomo, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Taumarunui, Taupo, and Taihape.

"Potential for high-impact severe weather" as heavy rain forecast to hit much of the North Island.

Reti to attend 70th remembrance of atomic bombings

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti will represent New Zealand at the 70th remembrance of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

Students heartbroken over fatal car crashes

Moerewa kids at a meeting about fatal car crashes in their town.

Students are heartbroken about fatal and serious vehicle crashes in Moerewa.

Paid parking at hospital is working

The paid parking system at Whangarei Hospital was introduced to increase the number of available car parks.

Northland District Health Board is happy with the new paid parking system at Whangarei Hospital, but some users are calling for more information.

Whangarei Leader

Fish dumping incident investigated

A "slick of snapper" was spotted floating on the surface near Hen and Chicken Islands.

Reports of a slick of fish floating on the surface near Hen and Chicken Islands are being investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Ramps and handrails on the list gallery

From left: Caleb Anderton, Zara Anderton, Jonathan Anderton, Simon Beirne and Sian Anderton (front), are all heading to Tonga in September to help people with disabilities.

A group from Calvary Chapel in Whangarei are trying to raise funds for materials to help people with disabilities in Tonga

Jonelle is Reaching for the Stars

Rachel Chuter, left, and Jonelle Halkett at the Reaching for the Stars success summit in Arizona.

A Whangarei woman feels inspired and empowered after attending a Dress for Success summit in Arizona.

Celebrating an environmental education milestone gallery

The group on Matakohe-Limestone Island with their message to the mainland.

A group of 45 Northlanders spent a day of their holidays on Matakohe-Limestone Island, learning about the effects of rubbish on the environment.

Northern News

A school of tree climbers

Some of the Enviroschools team gather limes in their food forest.

Peria School is a place for tree climbers, snail hunters and citrus growers to explore.

From cruelty case to TV star

Lacey was half starved when she arrived at the Bay of Islands SPCA in December.

Lacey was one of the worst animal cruelty cases in the Far North but now has a loving home thanks to Purina Pound Pups TV show.

No place for sexual violence

Around 50 people stormed the streets to say sexual violence needs to stop.

Victims, ex-abusers and supporters stomped down the street to say sexual abuse is not ok.

Weaving good for the soul

The Wednesday weavers group with Toi Te Rito Maihi at the bottom right.

Traditional Maori weaving is worth learning says a famous Far North artist. Weaving is a harmony between natural objects. It’s a relationship with the gifts of the land.

Dargaville & Districts

Funds short for Dargaville sports complex

Kauri Coast Recreational Society chairman Chris Biddles and Northland MP Winston Peters at the site of the proposed complex.

Shortfall in local contribution stalls multi-sport complex progress

Drumming leads therapist to aid struggling villages video

Creative arts therapist and counsellor Josie Scott has got involved with the aid effort in Ghana where she has visited for the past eight years in connection with her African drumming interests.

A Northland therapist's interest in African drumming has lead her to get involved in helping villages in Ghana.

Finalist blown away by selection

Ruawai author Janet Balcombe is a finalist on the Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards.

A Northlland author's novel based on a true life struggle has been selected to be in a literary awards final.

Trout bigger at Kaipara lakes

Mangawhai angler Murray Dix with his 3.695kg winning rainbow trout at this year's Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing competition.

Anglers are catching record-sized trout not seen in years at lakes in the Taharoa Domain because of the deforesting of pine stands.

Bay Chronicle

St John 'not to blame'

Wehe Peepe with grandaughter Jontelle Kemp.

The Far North family whose loved one died while trapped in a crashed ambulance say St John aren't to blame.

Jazzy festival turns 30

The Funky Do Das played at a previous Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.

The 30th Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival will rock seven venues with rhythm from August 7 to 9.

Boxing boy hits the big time

Kyle Chen says boxing will always be a part of his life.

Believing you can win is the key to knocking out the world championships says a young Far North boxer.

Drawing for good cause

Cole and one of the drawings he is swapping with an artist for fundraising.

 A yummy little boy is drawing pictures for people in need.

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