Children's photos challenge adult's view of world

Barbie Goes to Waitangi by Georgette Williams, 8.

An exhibition of images by children aged between 6 and 13 is on at The Shutter Room until the end of October.

Young clay shooters on target

Tauraroa Area School took out the highest overall team award at the 2015 Northland Secondary Schools Clay Target Competition.

The winners of the 2015 Northland Secondary Schools Clay Target competition were found on September 5.

Dive Tutukaka has a tourism industry champion

Dive Tutukaka's Jeroen Jongejans won the Tourism Industry Champion award at the 2015 Tourism Industry Awards.

Big boost for the industry in the region, Northland Inc says.

Children's hospital appeal under way in Northland

Tikipunga siblings Summer, 9, and Elijah, 6, Wynyard Palmer with the original painting and the finished shopping bag available in Countdown stores Northland-wide.

Six-year-old's artwork features on new shopping bags to benefit children in hospital.

Keen interest in plant fundraiser

Whangarei Riding for the Disabled operations manager Sue Neilson and volunteer project co-ordinator Bev Philpott with some of the plants that will be available at the plant sale fundraiser.

Whangarei Riding for the Disabled is hoping to raise money through a permanent plant sale.

Whangarei Leader

Going smokefree the 'right decision'

Te Wananga o Aotearoa's Robyn Reihana, left, gave up smoking in April with the help of Ngati Hine Health Trust stop smoking practitioner Nelly Orupe.

A Northland woman's smokefree journey is getting added support this month from national stop smoking initiative Stoptober.

Hairy handyman's helping hand

Bernard van der Hulst's beard before it faced the razor.

Success for Whangarei man who shaved his beard for the first time since 1976 to raise money.

Police relay helps surf club

Andrew Forsythe, Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club chairman; Molly Thompson-Brine, front; Carey Clubley; Jess Andrews, front; Casey Clubley; John Kearney, back, club development officer; Paula Kearney, Alesha Ahrens and Tania Ahrens, club captain, at the Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving club following the cheque presentation.

The Andrew Clubley Memorial Relay, in memory of Detective Sergeant Andrew Clubley has raised $750 for the Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club.

Burglary rise brings police warning

Otangarei neighbourhood policing team Sergeant John Larkin and Tikipunga Countdown manager Paul Ah Chong talk about ways to prevent shoplifting in the store.

Since June this year there has been an increase in burglaries and vehicle crime in several Whangarei suburbs.

Northern News

Winging it at the pigeon races

Max Orevich has been racing pigeons up and down the country for 15 years. Here he holds a bird whose mother holds his best record for flying from Timaru to Kawakawa in a day. She was subsequently found on an oil rig and cooked by a chef.

Racing pigeons is a peculiar hobby that can give you a “real buzz” say Far North enthusiasts.

MASSIVE protest at Boobs on Bikes

MASSIVE have rallied down Kaikohe's Broadway twice recently. The last time was to protest the death of childhood caused by sexual abuse.

Far North men will be chanting their anti-porn message at the Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland.

Domino donation for sick kids

Greg Fache wants to do something nice for the sick kids.

A Far North man is collecting supermarket dominos for sick kids - and he wants your help.

Asbestos found at Ngawha Spa

Alan Price doesn't think there's much danger of asbestos exposure.


Dargaville & Districts

Respected doctor came from humble beginnings

Maurice Matich (front left) on the  Great Wall of China during a political visit to China in the 1970s.

The family of a leading Dargaville doctor gives a poignant view into the life and contributions of their father.

Lions celebrate five decades of service

Dargaville Lions Club president John Tomlinson.

Dargaville Lions celebrate 50 years.

Tearful goodbye to district

Community volunteers Margaret and Des Godfrey are leaving Dargaville for a new lifestyle in Levin.

Leaving Dargaville has been an emotional roller coaster for volunteer Margaret Godfrey

Mate Franicevich, always willing to cart anything anywhere it was needed

Mate Franicevich with one of the tools of his trade.

A rural trucker who knew everyone the length and breadth of the district is remembered for his transportation passion.

Bay Chronicle

Take a walk on the wild side

Gary Henwood and Helen Thompson next to the boardwalk they've constructed through their regenerated native bush.

More than 10,000 trees later and one Far North vineyard has opened their conservation project to the public from mid-September.

Duke of Marlborough Tavern on the market

The Duke of Marlborough Tavern business is up for sale in Russell.

The only tavern in the historic Bay or Islands township of Russell - The Duke of Marlborough - is on the market.

Butcher bears brunt of burglaries

Churchills manager Jared Meehan says the burglary is a massive blow for their business.

Over $16,000 worth of meat was stolen at one of four burglaries that plagued Kerikeri this week.

Domino donation for sick kids

Greg Fache wants to do something nice for the sick kids.

A Far North man is collecting supermarket dominos for sick kids - and he wants your help.

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