School leaders worried

Glynis Woodhead, principal of Ruawai College.

The low attendance rate of a rural high school has its leaders worried.

Community fears loss of public toilets

Resident and artist Frances Puharich stands beside her mosaic artwork she completed on the Te Kopuru Domain toilets.

An angry rural community feels not enough is being done over keeping toilets open in a partly overgrown domain.

Principal inspired by grandfather's role

First time principal Curtis Gaylor is enjoying his position at Ruawai Primary School.

A first time principal of a rural school hopes to follow in his grandfather's foot steps

Recruiting woes brings hospital staffing changes

Nurse manager Judy Harris and operation manager Jen Thomas say the  new joint arrangement will  take pressure of general practitioners at the Dargaville  Medical Centre.

Recruiting woes leads to hospital staffing changes

Blaze didn't dampen airwaves

Radio Tautoko manager Cyril Chapman says they pretty much have all the equipment they need.

Three months on and Radio Tautoko have bounced back from the ashes and looking at building a new station.

Whangarei Leader

Hora Hora School building for the future

Pupils in Room 19 at Hora Hora Primary School are excited about their school getting a new two storey building.

A Whangarei Primary school is getting 10 new classrooms as part of a $6.5 million project at the school.

From Whangarei to Las Vegas

Whangarei Hair stylist Daniel Matene will represent NZ in Las Vegas.

Hair stylist Daniel Matene is heading to the US to take on the world's best.

Mayor opens purpose-built jetty

Whangarei Cruising Club commodore Doug Smeal invites Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai to open the new jetty on Riverside Drive.

Four organisations joined forces to get a new jetty built on Riverside Dr in Whangarei

45 years as a frontline volunteer

Trevor Vaile and brother Alan with the cake decorated by Whangarei Cake Decorators Guild member Elaine Goldthorpe.

Trevor Vaile is this month's "official" Good Sorts Cake recipient

Northern News

Science win for saving waterways

Nathan Tarawa and Kiani Pou with their award winning science project.

Two Kaikohe kids took out the top young scientists prize for their project on protecting waterways in the Far North Science Fair.

Marae get help to clean up

A little girl uses the new recycling crates provided by Para Kore at Oturu Marae.

Far North marae's are jumping on the recycling bandwagon with the help of an environmental initiative.

Crash cuts power to hundreds

The driver was trapped inside for 25 minutes until the lines were no longer live.

Almost 500 homes lost power after a car crash flattened a power pole in Okaihau.

Weaving in two worlds

Mayn with a kete and tribal offering she wove.

Kohukohu and New York City might seem like two extremes. But for one Far North artist they're both home.

Dargaville & Districts

Dairy robbery suspects nabbed

Arrests have been made for the aggravated robbery of the Dargaville Hilltop Dairy.

Relief for a female dairy owner after police arrest the men suspected of robbing her at gunpoint

Biggest trout in 50 years

A record sized trout caught by Bruce Yorke at the Lake Taharoa near Dargaville.

A near trophy sized trout caught in a Northland lake is a sign of an improved habitat

Banking on Daffodil Day

ANZ Bank Dargaville branch staff get involved with fundraising for the New Zealand Cancer Society.

Daffodil Day is a reminder to most people about ones they know who have won or lost their battles with cancer

Little Theo's health battle

Five-month-old Theo Chick chills out with his brother Seth, 8.

A mother has nothing but praise for voluntary supporters and medical professionals as her baby faces a long health struggle.

Bay Chronicle

Snapping pix, winning big

Jess Burges, Rachel Jordan and Yasmin Mark with some of their winning images.

Four Kerikeri photographers have snapped up big prizes at the national photographers competition in August.

Hospice calls for collectibles

Nikki Simmons with some of her Combi collection.

Mid North Hospice is calling for quirky collectables, amazing artworks and vintage antiques for its annual fundraising auction.

Schools share science discoveries

Kerikeri High School students Zak Holster-Haidzir, Sara Legler, Jack Hodgson and Harris Jobe have gotten into the nitty gritty of their science fair projects.

Far North schools share their best science and technology projects at the regional science fair.

Students cook up big win

Culinary Institute students Chelsea Johnston, Daniel Alzate Echeverri, Tracy Todd and chef tutor Mat Fulton with their prizes.

Kerikeri cooks take home gold from a national culinary competition.

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