Person crushed to death in Whangarei

Worksafe are investigating the death in Whangarei. (File photo).

Worksafe is investigating after a person was killed by a truck on a worksite in Whangarei.

Family's plea for medicinal marijuana

Alisha Butt's parents say she needs Sativex to prevent multiple and ongoing daily seizures.

Sativex is the only treatment that has reduced Alisha Butt's seizures, but her family can't afford it.

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.

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.

'Apartheid' referenced in charter school stoush

Education Minister Hekia Parata has called for a teachers' union to drop a ban on working with charter schools.

Education Minister lashes out at union's discrimination of a teacher in Northland.

Whangarei Leader

Beekeepers stung by thefts

Dozens of beehives have been stolen from Northland properties in recent months.

Police are launching a sting to track down the culprits behind a series of beehive heists in Northland.

Reed St residents want action

Palms Lifestyle Village residents Mike Simpkin, Shirley Whaley, Calvin Whaley and Ted Wheeler are raising access concerns as a result of traffic congestion on Reed St.

Residents want something done urgently about traffic congestion caused by parking on their street.

Trampolinist aiming for new heights

After winning the Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics trampoline coaches trophy in 2014, Tiana Tawha has picked up three silver medals in competitions this year.

Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics trampolinist Tiana Tawha is competing at her first nationals this week.

Relief hours limited for Loop walkers

Whangarei District Council field officer (waste) Grant Alsop in front of the district's newest stand alone toilet near the BMX track and dog park in Dave Culham Dr on Pohe Island.

Whangarei residents love the Hatea Loop Walkway but would like the toilets adjacent to the 4.2km circuit to stay open longer.

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

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.

Raising awareness for dementia

The inaugural walk won't be the last says organiser Pip Cotching.

People affected by dementia championed a Far North 'Memory Walk' to de-stigmatise the disease.

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