Northland

Fundraising with a twist gallery

Laura Torres, right, "went blind" for the Pompallier Catholic College's inaugural Challenge Week. Here she is aided by her friends Nikita Cleto-Olsen, left, and Elena O'Sullivan.

The words sweat it, move it, live it, stop it became the mantra at Pompallier Catholic College recently as the school ran its inaugural Challenge Week.

New ambulance station worth the wait

Mangawhai now has its own ambulance station ready for emergencies.

It's taken five years for a new ambulance station to be built in Mangawhai

Generosity, kindness 'overwhelming' gallery

The house on the corner of Ngunguru Rd and Kopipi Cres fully ablaze.

During times of devastation and destruction sometimes the positive things that arise can be the most touching.

Any advance on 10 bridges?

You've already bid ten bridges sir,  er,  John,  you can't now bid seven bridges.

Northland's bridges, both of them, weren't just hollow election bribes, you know.

Charges for smuggling kereru

Sonny Tau was caught with five native birds on a plane.

Iwi leader Sonny Tau has been charged after being caught carrying dead kereru.

Whangarei Leader

Police investigate possible arson at Whangarei school

Police are asking anyone who recognises these women to contact them in relation to a fire at Tikipunga High School on Thursday morning.

Police are investigating a fire at Tikipunga High School.

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?

Northern News

Far North school could close

Kaikohe Intermediate School

The future of Kaikohe Intermediate School is being shaped by the community.

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.

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.

Dargaville & Districts

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.

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.

Bay Chronicle

Big win is icing on the cake

Jess Atkins and with the Cleopatra tiered cake (left) and carved flamingo cake (right) that won at the Auckland competition. Also pictured is another tiered cake and a mermaid cake she is entering into the Whangarei competition.

The towering tiers of Cleopatra and a softly carved flamingo have won one Far North baker two top prizes.

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.

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.

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