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Cop car crash disqualifies driver for six months

car crash

A Kaitaia man who crashed into a police vehicle last year has been disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $550 reparation to the officer who suffered a knee injury as a result of the crash.

Epilepsy dog is a huge help


Epilepsy assist dog Buddy is the first of his kind in Northland and is playing a vital role in the life of Bronwyn Ansell.

Water wonders

snorkelling child

Pupils from Kaeo Primary visited Matauri Bay to see what kind of sea life lived in their home patch.

Pluto-Louis learns about kiwi

Pluto Louis

Aversion training will mean West Highland white terrier Pluto-Louis will learn to avoid kiwi.

Voyage to Vanuatu significant to siblings

Sylvan and Sofia Kuczera

Sofia Kuczera and her brother Sylvan are key members of a team sailing from the Bay of Islands to Vanuatu next month on a mission.

Team restores cairn

Judy Begg

A team headed by Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth has reconstructed the Te Araroa Cairn.

Awards offer $30k grants

Up to $30,000 is available twice yearly for economy-boosting projects in Top Energy's revamped business awards.

Kerikeri River project to reduce flooding risk


Work to protect the Stone Store and Kemp House in a flood event is set to begin.

Simulator to rescue

Grant Robinson

Northland has a new $150,000 flight training device- Helimed 4.

Much awaited walking guide back

Jackie and Lloyd Walker

Walk Hokianga is back on the shelves after what was a long wait for some.

Dishonesty crimes push Northland’s crime numbers up

POlice cars

An increase in dishonesty crimes saw the North buck national crime trends.

Te Pahi's long-lost medal 'needs to come home'

Hugh Rihari

A small newspaper clipping about the auctioning in Australia of a medal raised an alert for Hugh Rihari.

Additive-free trial at kindy

Dylan Rosetta and head teacher Cheryl Kingi

An additive-free five day trial undertaken at Kerikeri Kindergarten had noticeable results, head teacher says.

Ngati Rehia 'to be around the table'

Bay of Islands hapu Ngati Rehia has decided to participate in the election process to determine the board of Tuhoronuku, despite co-founding the group that opposes it.

Pioneering effort for kiwi


A pioneering effort by the community at Russell has kiwi population numbers soaring on the Bay of Islands peninsula.

Rare native duck numbers on the rise


It's good news for New Zealand's rarest duck with recent flock counts showing the biggest population since surveys began in 1988.

Charges of fraud laid

A Tikipunga woman appeared in Kaikohe District Court on March 21 facing serious dishonesty charges.

Kingi called up for rugby film role

Troy Kingi and Stan Walker

Actor Troy Kingi is hitting the screen again, this time in a movie called The Kick.

A long time coming

Tiwai Rawiri

Skilled weaver, Tiwai Rawiri, has come home with a basketful of knowledge.

Toy Maker's jolly gift

Kylie Penn

Puppetmaker Kylie Penn believes she has found a winning formula to help charities nationwide.

SH1 to close overnight

SH1 will be closed for maintenance work on the Brynderwyn Hills this weekend.

Rare condition affects twin

Nong Wilson

3-year-old Axel was born just two minutes behind his identical twin brother Kyan but he has faced a series of daunting hurdles right from the start.

Portrait remembers centre benefactor


A generous gift from Julian and the late Josie Robertson in 2004 enabled the Kerikeri Civic Trust to reach the local community funding threshold of more than 40 per cent of the capital cost of the Turner Centre at Kerikeri - Te Puawai.

Parking on bypass now banned

Parking is no longer allowed on the Heritage Bypass, Kerikeri, because of safety concerns.

Dancers go from street to stage


Street dancers from Kaikohe, Russell and Kerikeri wowed the judges at the Street Dance New Zealand regional competition at Whangarei.

Buddha saves day

Nong Wilson

"Buddha saved my restaurant." So says Nong Wilson, co-owner of Paihia eatery "Amazing Thai".

Free sand bags and shingle for flood defence in Kaeo


Kaeo Fuel and Farm has free sand bags available for residents to protect against possible flooding with the approach of Cyclone Lusi, expected to hit the north this afternoon.

Unique club impressed

Kerikeri Golf Course

The unusual Quay Tower Golfing Club was so impressed with Kerikeri Golf Course it could be the future base of an annual tournament.

Watchdog group forms

Opua Marina

Local Residents are forming a group, to act as a focus for issues relating to marina development proposals.

Dancers all set to take on nation


A group of youngsters will attend a Wananga to learn a routine to take to a regional dance competition.

Local body submissions examined

Submissions made by Northlanders about the preferred shape of their local authorities are now being analysed by the Local Government Commission.

Cheesemakers at pinnacle of craft

Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese was awarded the Cuisine Champion Artisan Cheese award winner for their Very Old Edam for the third year running.

War tribute atop bridge

Floral carpet

Kerikeri's Scott McFarlane was one of the five Northland artists selected for a World War I Centenary Programme event.

Incident sparks police reminder

An incident which took place outside Kerikeri Primary School last Friday has prompted Kerikeri police to issue a letter to parents and caregivers through the school's Parent Teacher Association.

GP earns top NZ honour

Lance O'Sullivan

Lance O'Sullivan of Kaitaia has vowed to continue working in the Far North as a GP, saying his passion lies here.

'Heartbroken' by state of the bay

Janet Clark

It's madness. That's how many Opua residents and boat owners perceive Far North Holdings' growth plan for Opua.

Northland leads in economic growth


Northland is currently sharing the top spot in the country for economic growth according to one report.

Powerboat race raises dolphin safety fears


Powerboats will be racing through the bay this weekend, putting endangered dolphins at risk.

Plenty of fine fare at festival

Aerial shot

A week of damp and gloom gave way to sun at the 2014 Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival in Kerikeri on Saturday.

Dream comes true

Kelsey Stokes

Kelsey Stokes' dream of becoming a ballerina has come true - she is now a corps de ballet member of the Australian Ballet Company.

Pressure builds at Opua


Those strongly opposed to expanding Opua's marina say they are unhappy with their quality of life being degraded through pollution by visitors.

Assisi medal for caring cat woman

Betty Chapman

Betty Chapman's work with cats at Paihia has earned her one of six prestigious New Zealand Companion Animal Council awards.

Boat for sale to raise funds to help youth set sail

A 19ft sail boat is up for auction to raise funds for R Tucker Thompson's youth development voyages.

Waipapa roundabout not a priority


A proposed roundabout at the Waipapa intersection does not rank high enough on a national basis to receive funding.

Councillors take on their own council

Fears that local boards will be toothless have prompted Northland Regional Council's Dover Samuels, Joe Carr and Dennis Bowman to oppose their own council's submission on local government reorganisation. 

One in custody, one on the loose

A 26-year-old was arrested after leading police on a three-hour chase, while another driver is still on the loose.

Mayor to tighten purse strings

A 2.7 per cent rates rise is a key element of the Far North District Council's newly adopted draft Annual Plan, adopted on Friday.

Bell inscription echoes across time

Maureen Chappell

Who is Susan Christina Jane Brown? And does she know her name is inscribed inside the ship's bell that hangs beside the porch of a historic Kerikeri church?

Turner Centre needs help

Turner Centre

The Turner Centre is not financially sustainable with its current revenue base and lack of resources, The Centre at Kerikeri board says in its business plan.

Festival on rain or shine

Ocean Orchard

Expect anything goes when it comes to the Wearable Arts competition, a drawcard at this weekend's Ocean & Orchard Festival being held on the domain.
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