Beach drug bust: another arrest

Bags of meth seized by Northland police in New Zealand's biggest ever drug bust.

A seventh person has been arrested in connection with the country's largest ever meth seizure.

Kerikeri tops the Northland housing race

The strong demand for the Northland housing market continues.

Multiple factors are driving up house prices in Northland.

Black Power bike crash

A Black Power gang member was riding a motorbike in the wrong lane when he died in a crash on Friday.

Motorcyclist was gang member on way to tangi in Northland.

Fleeing dad caught by police

Nykell Hegotule will appear in Kaitaia District Court on Wednesday.

Police have arrested Nykell Hegotule who earlier went on the run with his three-year-old son.

Two injured in crash, SH1 open

Police near the scene of a crash on SH1 north of Puhoi.

State Highway 1 in north Auckland is now open but traffic is heavy following a serious crash involving two motorbikes and car.

Whangarei Leader

Over $25m for north roads

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti says the improvements will provide immediate safety relief to road users.

Sections of State Highway in Northland will benefit from a new road safety improvements project.

'Mini tornado' topples trees

Waipu residents think a mini tornado whipped through the farmland, bringing down trees across the highway and leaving ...

Was that a tornado? Residents in a spin after strong winds crash through Northland area.

Young hospitality pros test talents

Chloe Heappy receives the Northland Commis Chef of Year award from Northland Chefs salon director Hughie Blues.

The main event at the Northland Salon Culinaire went down to the wire, with just two points in it.

Mural to make a difference

Artists Mike Tupaea and Charles Williams are turning this Otaika Shopping Centre wall into something more striking.

A mural on the outskirts of Whangarei is catching the eye of motorists as they head south.

Northern News

Healthy workplace benefits hospital staff

Kaitaia Hospital Operations Manager Neta Smith in the gym at work.

Kaitaia Hospital has seen great results after engaging in a healthy workplace initiative.

Youth theatre for Kaikohe

Willi Henley in the Castle Duo cinema space where the Kaikohe Youth Theatre will take place every Wednesday night.

Experienced Kaikohe actor is looking for youth to join him to learn about theatre.

Respected Maori leader dies

Robin John Cooper, CNZM and Emeritus Executive of Ngati Hine Health Trust has died.

Tributes are flowing for Maori health and education leader Robin John Cooper.

Prisoner's special home build

Dana with her children Zion, Lucion and Storm in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home being lifted over the ...

A house built by prisoners in Northland has gone to a deserving Whangarei family.

Dargaville & Districts

Whales stranded in Northland

The whales were stranded at the Northland coast of Glinks Gully (pictured).

Two pygmy sperm whales have been rescued after getting stranded at a remote beach.

Ute spotted on beach

Sadie Stewart, 16, James Wearmouth, 18, and Susanna Stewart, 48, died when their ute smashed into a tree.

Police working on reports of dangerous driving and passengers in the back tray of a ute that later crashed, killing three Exclusive Brethren.

'She just wanted her mum'

Sergeant Craig Curnow (left) with four-year-old Hailey Alver and her father Chris Alver.

Missing four-year-old Hailey Alver disappeared at 2.45pm. She was found in dense pine forest after a seven hour search.

'High-powered firearms' stolen

Dargaville police are fearing the worst after several high-powered guns were stolen from a residential properly

Police fear theft of 11 submachine guns and assault rifles is linked to organised crime.

Bay Chronicle

Far north youth Shanghai bound

Molly Tauroa and Troy Johnston are looking forward to their Shanghai trip.

Five students from the Bay of Islands area are off to China for an international friendship camp.

Living in a shack, but she won't move

Emily Rikona, standing in front of the new baches from Te Runanga o Whaingaroa, still wants a house built for her from ...

Emily Rikona has to cart creek water to her derelict shack, but she won't uproot her family of eight.

Fire guts community groups

Peter Poharama and Tiana Apiata inside the damaged building used for their youth centre.

There's A Better Way youth centre has been dealt a double-blow.

Quilt raffle for RDA

RDA volunteers Stephen Pieterson and Bruce Stephen with Rockie and the quilt.

A beautiful handmade quilt is being raffled off to raise funds for the Bay of Islands Riding for the Disabled. Caroline Tweedy, Doreen Grassland, Alison James, Elaine Bryant, Sue Brown, Merilyn Michell and Judith Sweet donated the piece named 'Sam Straws' to the group. The tickets have been sold at local markets and will be available to purchase on Friday June 24 from Kerikeri New World between 10am and 4pm. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Funds raised will go towards the ongoing costs of the RDA. There are currently 39 students attending each week. Sessions for students and an adult rider are run three days a week during the school term. Volunteer Anne Jolly says six ponies provide therapeutic riding that helps to not only develop physical ability but also provides many learning experiences. "When it is a special fundraising initiative, such as the quilt, we try and buy something specific." This could include funds going towards the purchase of a new horse, helmets or other equipment needed. Riding for Disabled relies entirely on volunteers to take place.

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