Dargaville & Districts

Commissioners to stay

The Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston has announced the commissioners appointed to the Kaipara District Council are to to stay for a further 12 months.

Kiwis expected 'the worst'

Lou Thompson as a young soldier in World War 11.

Lou Thompson is best known around Kaipara for being the oldest horseman still riding in the Northland Hunt but what some may not know is he served in World War 11.

2000 oystercatchers in the backyard

Kellys Bay resident Murray Yakas says the issue is the number of birds in a small area.

Northland residents in Kellys Bay call for the culling of oystercatchers after they come back to roost near houses.

Time to lose 'shorts and t-shirt' attitude

Dr Herd with one of his scanners used to detect melanoma.

A Dargaville practitioner is making it his mission to lower the staggering melanoma death rate.

Tourette's teen dreams big

PASSION FOR TRAVEL: Taylor Martinovich in front of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship which docked last month.

At her worst she would endure three to four hours of constant involuntary movement, but now she's set to take to the skies.

Bennett calls in on Dargaville High video

SCHOOL VISIT: Paula Bennett has dropped in to Dargaville High School.

Paula Bennett tells students anything is possible, but warns of the difficulties of having babies young.

English endorses Osborne video

CAMPAIGNERS: Bill English with Matakohe bridge campaigner Sue Reyland and Northland national candidate Mark Osborne.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English fully endorsed Northland candidate Mark Osborne as the man to vote for if voters wanted the best for Northland. 

Peters unfazed by Nats

OUT IN FORCE: New Zealand First’s Winston Peters and Jo-Anne Duder at the Shoe Box store in Dargaville during Peter’s ‘Force for the North’ campaign tour.

Winston Peters is unfazed by National claims he’s not serious about the Northland region.

Cyclone Pam spares Northland

STORM: Cyclone Pam sits off the north east of the North Island in this image from EarthWindMap.

Northland has emerged from the aftermath of Cyclone Pam unscathed.

Suspicion blaze was deliberate

RAGING ON: The Pouto fire at its peak.

A few remaining hotspots are all that is left of the raging Northland fire threatening homes and bush.

Local support 'unbelievable'

WELL LIKED: Derek Kelly was killed when a small cannon accidentally discharged.

Community rallies around the family of a Northland man killed when a homemade cannon went off.

Bring home our waka

KAIPARA'S OWN: The waka Te Wairoa pictured at its launch in 2002 could soon return to Dargaville if fundraising to build a whare waka is successful.

Mighty waka Te Wairoa is ready to come home but needs help to make the return voyage to its place of birth.

Ready for 'worst-case scenario'

RAGING ON: A fire on the Pouto Peninsula continues to burn.

Concerned residents are standing by for evacuation as a Northland fire continues to burn.

Tractor connects with rural community

TALKING POINT: A tractor decorated in police colours drew crowds at the Northland Field Days.

An iconic kiwi symbol was given a police blue and yellow make-over for this year’s major farming event.

Pouto Peninsula fire rages on

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Forestry fire Northbank,Wairau River near Renwick.

A Northland scrub fire continues to burn threatening homes in Pouto, south west of Dargaville.

Possums used in protest

NAILED: A possum carcass is nailed to a road sign in Matakohe.

Dead possums nailed on road safety signs near Northland bridges is no prank, residents say.

Tuatua boom could put toheroa at risk

PLENTIFUL: Hordes of people gather tuatua at Ripiro Beach.

People gathering the bountiful tuatua this season may accidentally be picking up the rare and treasured toheroa shellfish instead. 

Kaipara's sharks in spotlight

OCEAN GREAT  : A young great white shark.

A marine conservationist looking at the decline of great whites is exploring where the Kaipara population may have come from.

Bush fire scorches valuable ecosystem

AERIAL ASSAULT: Monsoon buckets were used to help douse flames in a Northland scrub fire last night.

A scrub fire has damaged more than 14 hectares of DOC land and almost 1.5 hectares of a pine plantation.

Deadly illness strikes fast

REHABILITATION: On the road to recovery.

The last thing Alec Melville expected for his 46th birthday was to be hospitalised, paralysed and fighting for his life.

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