Great day on the water for disabled gallery

25112015 About Town photos supplied by HALBERG DISABILITY SPORT FOUNDATION. Alex Dickson, 19, from Tikipunga High School participates in waka ama at the Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Sports Day November 21 on the Tutukaka Coast, north-east of Whangarei.

A Halberg Sports Day on the Tutukaka Coast has introduced water sports to physically disabled Northlanders.

One dead in Northland house fire

The Fire Service said the house had been engulfed by fire when crews arrived at the scene.

Fire-fighters' search for "hermit" in burning house hindered by excess furniture.

Career criminal cracking the art world

Simon Kerr is working on another solo show for Jetsom Artspace in January.

Everybody loves a redemption story recently released career criminal Simon Kerr says.

Standing ovation for last runner

Monique Edwards with her shoes that had to be cut to complete the half marathon.

Dragging her dead leg and bleeding, battered toes over the finish line was a victory for cerebral palsy survivor Monique Edwards.

Playground plans halt mid-swing

Carl Miller in front of the land residents are hoping to transform into a much-needed children's playground.

A council decision on a children's playground for Maungaturoto is expected soon.

Whangarei Leader

Christmas donations sought

Whangarei Salvation Army corps officer Jenny Ratene-Koia and food bank manager Gay Matoe are seeking donations to help them through the busy Christmas period.

Increased pressure on the Whangarei Salvation Army throughout the year has depleted its Christmas stockpile.

Central city at risk if sea levels rise

Firefighters survey flooding in Commerce St, Whangarei during a storm in July 2008. Sea levels could rise by up 100cm by the end of the century.

Maps show areas of central Whangarei are less than a metre above the average high tide mark.

Daughter inspires mum and dad

Toni and Jade Bean are going to shave their heads to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Bean family Christmas photos will look different this year, but all for a good cause.

Virtual tours the future of learning

Kamo High School students Josh Tyler and Georgia Remo-Wetere explore a foreign location using virtual reality technology.

A Google programme touring the world stopped in at a Whangarei high school to showcase its virtual reality teaching tours.

Northern News

Italian philosophy to teach kids

Teacher Catherine Bawden with some of her students that she teaches with the Reggio Emilia approach.


Education to save town

Dr Peter Harwood and Haupuru Harwood present their idea at a community meeting.

Two Arizona towns were competing for a prison in the 1950s. The town that lost out built a tertiary institute instead says Dr Peter Harwood. The prison town has now closed while the university town is prospering.

Staff laid off before Christmas video

Sisters Jolene and Kalein Howard will be left struggling to survive if KFC refuse redundancy compensation.

Thirteen Kaikohe KFC employees are protesting to be compensated for their redundancy.

Youth MP loves Kaitaia

Winston Peters and Kii Small want to help Northland.

A Kaitaia boy who wants to increase voter turnout won the tough competition to be Northland's representative in Youth Parliament 2016.

Dargaville & Districts

Building defences for endangered fairy terns

Department of Conservation rangers build sandwalls at Waipu to help protect the fairy tern nests from high tides.

Efforts are being made to protect nesting fairy terns from the public and the elements.

From father to son - Godfrey Motors has new owner

Proud new owners, Becky and Graham Godfrey discuss the day's bookings.

Geared up to keeping motor business running in the family, Godfrey Motors sees ownership passed to son after 44 years.

Big year ahead for hospitality academy

Staff at Dargaville High School's Hospitality Academy, from left: assistant Janice Peterson, head of department Prue Burnett and food and nutrition teacher Mary Stewart.

Student demand for places in a hospitality academy at Dargaville High School is growing.

Five decades of community service

Dargaville salutes Gary Murdoch, centre, for his half century of service to the  volunteer fire brigade. Commission member for the New Zealand Fire Service Vicki Caisley and Dargaville fire chief Jeff Palmer added their congratulations  to the many others given at the Gold Star celebration.

Gary Murdoch has given a half a century service as a fire brigade volunteer.

Bay Chronicle

Brave baldees break world record

Three young men discover the feeling of their freshly shaved heads.

462 good souls braved baldness to smash the Guinness World Record of most head shaves in an hour.

Dancer's dream be best in the world video

Alannah Curtis with her Diamond Divas.

It's a busy life being a Diamond Diva.

Street food parades into Paihia

Paihia Christmas parade will be followed by a street food market this year.

The Far North's first street-food night market will be cooking up a storm in Paihia on December 4.

Bay of Islands gets spring cleaned

The clean up group found heaps of rubbish in the "pristine" Bay of Islands.

Sea Cleaners swept up five cubic meters of rubbish from the Bay of Islands on November 7.

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