Northland

Storm stymied by thick cloud

It's a warm, wet start in northern areas to the last long weekend of summer.

The upper North Island experiences rain for Waitangi Day, but thunderstorm risk lowers.

Waka launch Waitangi festivities

Crew aboard, the waka lie ready to be paddled on their journey at Waitangi.

A few hundred people watch Waitangi waka ceremony from the shoreline of Te Tii Marae.

Steven Joyce hit in face with sex toy gallery video

A woman hurled a sex toy at Steven Joyce, shouting "that's for raping our sovereignty".

The minister took the flying phallus on the chin.

Waitangi museum opens for business

The museum is called Te Kongahu, a Ngapuhi word referring to the unborn child.

A new museum at the Treaty of Waitangi grounds has been opened.

Waitangi: sex toys and politics

Steven Joyce was addressing media at Waitangi when a sex toy was hurled at him by a protester.

Prime Minister John Key was absent from Waitangi but it didn't stop a protester taking a shot at National.

Whangarei Leader

Violin, cello and double bass talents on show gallery

Alex Powell receives his full licence from mayor Sheryl Mai and deputy mayor Sharon Morgan.

Children from Whangarei Sistema Toi Akorangi's holiday programme put on a concert for their families.

Junior throwers pick up medals

Clockwise from top left: Athletics Whangarei Colgate Games representatives Emma Hetaraka, Hokioramai Dunn, Nikolas Kini, Jordyn Hetaraka, Aimee-Leigh Scott, Braedon Hetaraka, Oscar Ruffel, Elliot Ruffel and Jaime Hetaraka.

Athletes from Athletics Whangarei have enjoyed some success in throwing events at this year's Colgate Games.

Clock builders having a ball video

Warren Thomas, Pete Romer and Graham Brice next to the ball clock 'mock up' sculpture they helped build.

A group of experienced craftsmen have built a working model of a ball clock to present to council.

Bullets in the backyard?

Kellie Extance, with her children Aiden, 6, and Sasha, 4, is asking people to stop shooting around residential property in Hikurangi.

A Whangarei mother is asking those out hunting to think twice about where their stray bullets may end up.

Northern News

New plan to help Northland thrive

Minister of Education Hekia Parata, Infrastructure committee chairman John Vujcich and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce with the first of many mānuka trees.

One of the 58 projects set to make millions for the Northland economy should leave a Far North school with the taste of honey in their mouths.

Hopefully last Waitangi Day without treaty documents

A 1934 Charles Goldie portrait of Tamati Waka Nene that will be displayed in the new museum.

The Waitangi National Trust hope that this is one of the last Waitangi Days without the original treaty documents.

Leading the charge

The new electric vehicle charge station installed on Kawakawa's main street.

Northland continues to champion the electric-vehicle movement with a new fast charge station installed in Kawakawa last month.

Man rescued from burning boat

Coastguard Whangaroa were called out to this burning vessel about a mile offshore from Waimahani Bay.

A man whose boat caught fire was rescued by a member of the public after being forced to dive into the water.

Dargaville & Districts

Paralympians' portraits on display

An art work of Emma Foy and Laura Thompson.

Dargaville Primary School is thrilled to be hosting the New Zealand Spirit of Gold Collection featuring portraits of New Zealand's high profile paralympians.

Bollards an aid against unwanted behaviour

Dargaville Museum manager Pene McKenzie shows where an attempt was made to jimmy the door before would be intruders broke the glass door.

Dargaville Museum custodians say the park the museum is located in has become a hot spot for snogging and boozing and other unsavoury and sometimes disruptive behaviour.

Simpkin to quick at Meremere drag races

ddn-Dargaville racer Ross Simpkin with his winning trophies.

For the love of speed, a Dargaville man has put his pedal to the metal.

Logging truck smashes into parked car

Seconds after the  driver of this car parked, and left it, the vehicle was hit and written off by a logging truck.

A woman had a lucky escape after her car was hit by a logging truck in Dargaville.

Bay Chronicle

Hopefully last Waitangi Day without treaty documents

A 1934 Charles Goldie portrait of Tamati Waka Nene that will be displayed in the new museum.

The Waitangi National Trust hope that this is one of the last Waitangi Days without the original treaty documents.

Fighters build gym for love of sport

Ethan Williamson and Petrus Strydom infront of their home made ring.

When they got the news they'd have to move they decided to make the most of it.

Love club for the over 70s

Henry Wakelam says finding love and companionship can be difficult for the elderly.

A recent widow wants to help others, and maybe himself, find love in their golden years.

Neighbours try to save truckie

A logging truck driver died from a heart attack in Waipapa Northland on Wednesday morning.

Residents administered CPR after a logging truck crash.

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