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.

Shots fired at Northland dairy site

A man allegedly had unlawful possession of a military style rifle near Whangarei.

A Whangarei man is in custody after allegedly firing a military style rifle at a Fonterra dairy site.

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.

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.

Whangarei Leader

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.

Clinic tickled pink at breast screening rates

Staff at the Mauri Ora Breast Clinic enjoy a Pink Ribbon breakfast put on by the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Miriama Reihana is a familiar face in Otangarei and ready to pounce on any woman who isn't up todate with her mammograms.

Booze bylaw to control outlets and hours

Current rules mean that new liquor licences need to be opposed one-by-one, as is the case at Onerahi, where the community has rallied against the opening of a fourth outlet within 300 metres.

The number of liqour outlets, their location, density and the hours they can be open will be subject to a new policy due to be released by the Whangarei District Council.

Grossroots survey has sustainable results

Jeff Griggs of Transition Whangarei says many residents feel alienated from the decision-making process.

The use of gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of progress for Whangarei is being questioned by a group with a special interest in sustainability.

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

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.

Scottish seaman seeks long lost friend

Mystery man Joe Timperley, left, with his massive marlin.

A Scottish sailor on an isolated peninsula is seeking a long-lost friend in the Far North.

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