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Sober driver drives drunks

He may not have a car, but that won't stop Big Mike from getting you home safely.

Art in aid of Gaza kids

Children of Gaza

"I am doing the only thing I can do. It's a drop in the ocean, but it's better than doing nothing," Julia Reinholt says.

Council: slip is private matter for insurers

Hihitahi Rise

The council has told one couple that correspondence is closed concerning a landslide affecting their property.

Hillside on the move


'Exploding' footpaths and broken water mains are a reality for residents of Hihitahi Rise in Northland.

A day on patrol with 'Robo Cop'

Felicity Beckett

Senior Constable Felicity Beckett says isn't fazed by the nickname Robo Cop. Reporter Peter Gill spent a day out on the road with the seasoned officer.

New life for old theatre


The Kerikeri Players group has merged with the two-year-old Kerikeri Little Theatre Company to form the Kerikeri Theatre Company.

Developers, residents in disagreement over marina


Community committee calls for environmental impact assessment before Resource Consent is considered for marina.

Bay of Islands marine reserves proposed

Bay of Islands

A new proposal has identified two areas in the Bay of Islands as potential no-take marine reserves.

St John box stolen

Theft of St John Box

The St John Ambulance donation box from the Opua General Store was taken on Saturday evening.

Sailing away to gold

Blair Tuke, left and Peter Burling

The NZL Sailing Team has ended ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres with a four-medal haul including gold to Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49er class.

Battle to bring medal home

Hugh Rihari

Restoring Te Pahi's long lost medal, a significant Ngapuhi taonga, to New Zealand proved a race against the clock, after an urgent appeal to Sotheby's to postpone the April 15 auction fell on deaf ears.

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.

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.

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.

SH1 to close overnight

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

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.

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.

Buddha saves day

Nong Wilson

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.
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