Whangarei remembers

Ian McDonald, Jim Cheshire, Ben Smith, Noel Myer, Bob Kennett and Arthur Watene - all ex-service men from Merrivale Rest Home in Whangarei.

Children bedecked with the war medals of grandparents and great-grandparents and a crowd that even the spacious Laurie Hall Park could not contain were among the defining features of this year's Anzac Commemoration in Whangarei.

Commissioners to stay

The Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston has announced the commissioners appointed to the Kaipara District Council are to to stay for a further 12 months.

Diabete's silver lining for sufferers

Billie Brown was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes when she was 6. She hasn't let it get in the way of winning a silver medal at the North Island Colgate Games.

Diabetes shouldn't be suffered alone. Far North support groups are trying to connect more disease sufferers - young and old.

Far North retailers get cold shoulder

Store manager Ian Wilson and Kaikohe Business Association Secretary Mike Shaw say legislation should not harm small businesses.

Retailers annoyed over agreement allowing beneficiaries to only purchase whiteware directly from Fisher and Paykel.

Kiwis expected 'the worst'

Lou Thompson as a young soldier in World War 11.

Lou Thompson is best known around Kaipara for being the oldest horseman still riding in the Northland Hunt but what some may not know is he served in World War 11.

Whangarei Leader

North swimmers step up

The 2015 NZ Open Championships were held in Henderson, Auckland April 14-17.

Swimming Northland sent a team of 10 athletes to the 2015 NZ Open Championships in Henderson Auckland held April 14-17.

Beagle FM is here to play

Greg Tetlaw and Damian Pullen are among the group behind Beagle FM.

The people you know and the musicians you probably don't – that's the doctrine of Whangarei's newest community radio station, Beagle FM.

Hairdresser shapes futures

Salon owner Marilyn Fifield wants to turn her scissors to good use in a programme that upskills disadvantaged orphans.

Hairdressing isn't traditionally associated with humanitarianism, but for Strand Salon owner Marilyn Fifield, it's about to be just that.

GE hearing crucial

Zelka Grammer, Dr Benjamin Pittman and Ngati Hine Forestry Trust's Tui Shortland are among those opposing an appeal designed to lessen the restrictions on GMOs in the region.

The control local councils have over the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their districts is at stake in an Environment Court hearing in Whangarei this week.

Northern News

$16 million food wasted in the Far North

Masterchef NZ winner Aaron Brunet says food should make us feel great, and minimising waste will make the environment feel great too.

Love Food Hate Waste provides healthy food tips to save cash

Makeover after a century

Vivian Kahi and Rob Pink are trying their best to get the club looking ship shape for its 100th birthday.

The Hokianga Bowling Club opened their doors the same year soldiers marched off to WWI.

Centenarian 'counts his blessings'

Bill Tuckey from Rawene turned 103 on April 4.

One of the oldest men in the Far North says there is no secret to longevity.

Desperate fight for trapped son

Robbie McKenzie, 14, died in a quad bike accident outside Kaikohe.

Teen's dad tried desperately to save him after he became trapped under a quad bike in a "freak accident".

Dargaville & Districts

2000 oystercatchers in the backyard

Kellys Bay resident Murray Yakas says the issue is the number of birds in a small area.

Northland residents in Kellys Bay call for the culling of oystercatchers after they come back to roost near houses.

Time to lose 'shorts and t-shirt' attitude

Dr Herd with one of his scanners used to detect melanoma.

A Dargaville practitioner is making it his mission to lower the staggering melanoma death rate.

Tourette's teen dreams big

PASSION FOR TRAVEL: Taylor Martinovich in front of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship which docked last month.

At her worst she would endure three to four hours of constant involuntary movement, but now she's set to take to the skies.

Bennett calls in on Dargaville High video

SCHOOL VISIT: Paula Bennett has dropped in to Dargaville High School.

Paula Bennett tells students anything is possible, but warns of the difficulties of having babies young.

Bay Chronicle

Far North man in swim of his life

On terra firma once again with his proud family. From left: Isla, wife Michelle, Tim, Tiree and Skye.

Kerikeri man Tim Robinson completed the swim of his life when he finished the 40.2km Lake Taupo crossing.

Struggling mum gets a hand

Lashae, Mia and Leo want to find the generous guy who paid for their groceries and give him a big hug.

A mystery man literally paid it forward at a supermarket when he covered one struggling mum's bill.

Saddlebacks let loose

Trans-location supervisor Kevin Parker, with Project Island Song members Richard Robbins and Anthea Goodwin open the box to release the saddlebacks onto the pest free islands.

The first of two planned releases of saddleback saw 40 birds set free in the Bay of Islands.

Emotional trip to Gallipoli

Russell Harris is going to the Anzac Day memorial service in Gallipoli to honour his dad.

Despite being "anti-war" one man voyages to Gallipoli to commemorate his father and to celebrate the kiwi spirit.

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