Here to help youth

The ĀKAU team after they finished creating a community space in Kaikohe last year.

A social enterprise is calling for lost youth.

Arrests follow after-ball party

The Old Library in Whangarei was damaged during an after ball party.

Young people were drunk and fighting when police were called to a school after-ball function.

Organisers hoping to raise $30,000

Book sorters, from left: Murray and Effie Lints, Zonta Club of Hatea member Ann Richards and Zonta Club of Whangarei director Barbara Macdonald with more the than 1000 boxes of books already sorted ahead of the annual Zonta Book sale later this month.

If anyone is thinking books are history they better think again.

Contractors endanger rare plants, trust says

Caledenia Chlororstyle a special orchid which grows on the Waipoua Forest Highway has been sprayed out, says the trust that manages the area.

The community trust set up protect the kauri forests in the Waipoua area alleges NZTA contractors are destroying endangered plants through mismanagement

World champ wins with a kick

Bradley dropped down to 55kgs for his sparring weight division.

With the deft stroke of a small foot Bradley Greenwood helped his team to victory at the Taekwondo world championships in Italy.

Whangarei Leader

Empty house burns down in Northland

Firefighters were called to the suspicious blaze on Sunday morning

An abandoned house in Northland has been burnt to the ground in a suspicious blaze

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.

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.

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.

Northern News

The decile one school making real progress video

John Henare-Clarke, Keretene Copper, Katie Tai-Rakena-Bixley, Kharma Broughton, Kimberley Hepi-Savage, Kowhai Paewhenua, all year 10 students at Northland College, brighten up the streets of Kaikohe.

Ordinary-looking NCEA results can obscure extraordinary progress.

Far North take on indigenous olympics

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with a ki made by the New Zealand indigenous games contingent and one of Brazil's 24 ethnic groups.

New Zealand’s team for the first World Indigenous Games in Brazil is predominantly made up Maori from the Far North.

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.

Dargaville & Districts

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

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.

Bay Chronicle

Poisonous weed taking over

Opua resident Gerd Piroth wants to see the council help get rid of the poisonous weed.

Woolly nightshade can be worse than gorse. And one Opua resident is keen to see the Far North District Council do something about it.

Bay of Islands descendants wanted

Ray Lemon, the only descendant to still live on the settlers land in Whangae and Mary Ann Reed, great great granddaughter of leader of the expedition Reverend R.A Hall next to the cairn.

Descendants of Irish settlers are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their ancestors arriving in the Bay of Islands.

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.

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