Falling tree kills man video

The lighting storm settles in over the Auckland waterfront.

Man killed by a falling tree just before a fierce electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.

A dig at success

Teina Rihari, Heemi Rihari and Tana Milton (back); and Kelena Roughan, Jasmine Milton and Uma Robinson are the national representatives aiming for a volleyball revival in Whangarei.

Four cousins are among six Whangarei students selected for national representative volleyball sides.

Adopt-a-spot of conservation heaven

Friends Angela Kokich and Delice Gregory are proud of the work they've done on their adopted patch at Matakohe-Limestone Island and are urging others to get involved.

An adopt-a-spot programme, where volunteers take ownership of a patch of land at Matakohe-Limestone Island, is giving people the chance to make a hands-on difference to the city's island sanctuary.

Scruffy main street needs attention, say businesses

Monique Porteguys, Tracey Willms Deane and Elaine MacKintosh are part of a wider group of business people looking to spruce up Bank St.

The desultory state of Bank St is being targeted by a group of businesspeople, who say a simple spruce up could make a massive difference to the city.

QSM honours for former Kauri Museum CEO Betty Nelley

Betty Nelley has been honoured with a Queens Service Medal for history and tourism.

Maungaturoto icon Betty Nelley has been honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Whangarei Leader

North swim team reaches new heights

Callum Prime (Northwave) placed in the top five in all of his seven events at the 2015 NZ Age Group Swimming Championships (13-18 years).

Northland's swim team came away from the 2015 national age group champs in Wellington with a swag of medals.

Vibrant mural brightens up Tiki High

Artist Earnest Bradley, front, with Tikipunga High students who are channeling their artistic talents into brightening up their school.

A vibrant mural is part of a wider plan to brighten up Tikipunga High School with student art.

Beach 'reeked of rotting shellfish'

Dead cockles like these have turned up in large numbers in the Ngunguru Sandspit area.

A multi-agency investigation is under way into large-scale shellfish deaths at the coastal location of Ngunguru.

World's best welcomed to Whangarei

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Fifa Under-20 teams from Myanmar and the USA are welcomed to Whangarei via a powhiri at Kaka Porowini Marae.
27-whl-fifa-F: Dick Shepherd, Benjamin Pittman and Pereri Tito.
27-whl-fifa-G: Mayor Sheryl Mai

Some of the world's best young footballers have had their first taste of kapa haka.

Northern News

Empty shops pop with art

Event organiser for Kaitaia Art Space Amber Bender with some of her artwork.

One Far North town is showing off their creative streak to brighten up empty shops.

Kaikohe fire fighters step it up

The team Stephen Peers, Aaron Nepia, team captain Brendon Mayall, Lara Hastings, JJ Hastings and Clinton Lyall.

Kaikohe Volunteer Fire Brigade smashed 1103 steps, 51 floors with 25 kgs of kit to raise $18,000 for leukaemia & blood cancer.

Local icon fondly remembered

Opononi's Daniel Naera tragically died in a car accident in Opononi.

A man who would "take his shirt off his back for anybody" drowned when he drove off a bridge into flood water.

Maori radio rises from the ashes

Radio presenters Gerran Thompson and Reuben Epiha get back on the airwaves.

Rising from the flames, Northland's first iwi radio station is back in action after being burnt to the ground.

Dargaville & Districts

To the ends of the Earth and back again

Author Max Hill  who wrote the book, To the ends of the Earth and Back Again.

A book which raises questions about the early discovery of the southern seas.

Students train hard for annual Dargaville cross country run

Students get into the lighthearted spirit of the annual cross country run.

Dargaville High School's urban cross-country

Original play based on actual events

Kate Davison plays Betty in Everybody's Reading Room

Everybody's Reading Room is a play based on true events of war-time Dargaville   

Hair and beard cuts for a cause

Michelle Bennett had her hair shaved and family friend Dan Sabine his 5-year-old beard removed to raise funds for Hospice Kaipara.

Michelle Bennett shaves her locks for hospice.

Bay Chronicle

In the ring with a knockout

Rusty Porter whips boxers into shape under the poster of revered Muhammad Ali.

Boxing is about more than just landing a punch. Local legend Rusty Porter is one to know. Reporter Sarah Harris gets in the ring with the Kaeo knockout.

Kiwi killed in Kerikeri

The three dead kiwi were found in two days.

Three bloated kiwi were found dead and ravaged in two days last month.

Dog mauled in popular off-leash park

Peter and Anne Gill with their dog Rosie want dog owners to be more responsible.

After a savage attack on their pup Far North residents are calling for dog owners to be more responsible.

Copper thieves delay supermarket in Paihia

Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust chairman Wiremu Tane outside the Paihia Countdown that's getting set to reopen mid June.

$60,000 worth of stolen copper piping has delayed the reopening of the Countdown supermarket in Paihia until at least mid June.

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