Dargaville & Districts

Funds short for Dargaville sports complex

Kauri Coast Recreational Society chairman Chris Biddles and Northland MP Winston Peters at the site of the proposed complex.

Shortfall in local contribution stalls multi-sport complex progress

Drumming leads therapist to aid struggling villages video

Creative arts therapist and counsellor Josie Scott has got involved with the aid effort in Ghana where she has visited for the past eight years in connection with her African drumming interests.

A Northland therapist's interest in African drumming has lead her to get involved in helping villages in Ghana.

Finalist blown away by selection

Ruawai author Janet Balcombe is a finalist on the Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards.

A Northlland author's novel based on a true life struggle has been selected to be in a literary awards final.

Trout bigger at Kaipara lakes

Mangawhai angler Murray Dix with his 3.695kg winning rainbow trout at this year's Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing competition.

Anglers are catching record-sized trout not seen in years at lakes in the Taharoa Domain because of the deforesting of pine stands.

Dargaville ranger battling Canada's wildfires.

Diane Sanderson is the logistics manager for the Kiwi team  fighting wildfires  in Canada.

A Dargaville woman is among two Northland firefighters in Canada

Competition entries to screen at Anzac Theatre

290813 news photo Petrice Tarrant Dargaville & Districts News, Hand up: The Anzac Theatre has had a huge hand up from the lions. President John Tomlinson is happy to see $5000 go to the trust will members such as Kaye Welch, left and Jacoba Puharich around.

Northland MP Winston Peters will be presenting the prizes at a Northland film competition screening on Sunday.

Worry over swamp kauri management

Some conservationists are claiming loopholes in legislation are being used to allow the export of kauri logs. FILE PHOTO

Tougher measures have been introduced to improve the transparency, clarity and enforcement of rules around swamp kauri.

More mentors needed

John and Margaret Bishop have put their hands up to be mentors to learner drivers in Dargaville, here with Road Safety Education programme manager Gillian Archer, left.

Some community minded people have stepped up to help new drivers but more are needed.

Waharoa welcomes visitors to school

Bryce Woollam, Rachel Clothier-Simmonds (principal), Jay Simmonds and William Theodore are proud of the new carved gateway at Otamatea High School.

School's new carved gateway welcomes visitors

Business world familiar to new owners

Trudi Johnston and Craig Woollam - the new owners of McKay Electrical

The new owners of a store that's been trading for 77 years are no rookies in the business world.

Injured morepork may be a sign

The young morepork in mid-flight, right, after Jonny Matich opened the box to release it back into the bush near his home in Dargaville.

A young morepork found on a residential road may hold a message.

Contractors endanger rare plants, trust says

Caledenia Chlororstyle a special orchid which grows on the Waipoua Forest Highway has been sprayed out, says the trust that manages the area.

The community trust set up protect the kauri forests in the Waipoua area alleges NZTA contractors are destroying endangered plants through mismanagement

New ambulance station worth the wait

Mangawhai now has its own ambulance station ready for emergencies.

It's taken five years for a new ambulance station to be built in Mangawhai

SFO clears Far North District Council

The SFO has found no evidence of criminal activity at the Far North District Council.

A SFO investigation into the Far North District Council finds failures to follow internal processes, but no criminal activity.

The technology that could save trucking

Engineer Ian Wright has his roots in the Kaipara District.

 A Kiwi engineer's electric diesel trucks are transforming the commercial vehicle market saving billions of litres of fuel among other benefits.

Call for investigation into swamp kauri "carvings"

Some conservationists are claiming loopholes in legislation are being used to allow the export of kauri logs similar to this one.

Swamp kauri logs sold under the guise of artwork are "a crude exercise in deception", says Northland MP Winston Peters.

Twiddle muffs to help the elderly

Twiddle muffs.

Crafts people are invited to take up their knitting needles, find some spare yarn and create twiddle muffs for the rest homes.

No rally on Kaipara roads

An unresolved dispute over a 2013 account for damage to the district's roads has drawn an impasse between Kaipara District Council and  Rally NZ. As a result it is very unlikely  there will any Kaipara leg  (2013 event pictured) in future Rally of Whangarei events.

Unpaid account leaves both rally organisers and council dissatisfied.

New home in time for Jaydah-MC's birthday

The family gathered to celebrate their new home with a large contingent of people from various organisations involved in the construction of Dargaville's fifth Habitat for Humanity house.

Three-year-old Jaydah-MC Ihimaera-Mikahere could not have hoped for a better birthday present than a new house.

Huge cost from forest fires

Forest fires such as this one in the Rototuna Forest at Pouto in April can reach into the millions.

Suspicious forest fires have incurred a huge cost to the National Rural Funding Agency.

Facebook crayfish sales a concern for authorities

Crayfish is being offered for sale on Facebook pages in Northland.

Crayfish offered for sale on Facebook.

A case of mistaken shellfish identity

Spot the difference between  tua tua and  toheroa,  Taking the wrong one could cost you a hefty fine.

Protected toheroa are being mistaken for Tuatua and harvested on the west coast.

Super council plan rejected in Northland

Kaipara District Council chairman of commissioners  John Robertson.

A plan to create one big council for Northland has been scrapped.

A man for all seasons

Comedian Te Radar puts in a day of hard graft planting trees in Northland

Celebrity Te Radar rubbed shoulders with over 40 volunteers during a tree planting day in Northland.

Historic battle with a family link

Waterloo enthusiast Mick Richards is fascinated by his family history.

A Dargaville man re-lives his ancestor's part in the Battle of Waterloo - which this year marks its bi-centennial.

QSM honours for former Kauri Museum CEO Betty Nelley

Betty Nelley has been honoured with a Queens Service Medal for history and tourism.

Maungaturoto icon Betty Nelley has been honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

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.

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