Dargaville & Districts

Honeymoon crashed by flying skip

Grateful to be alive and having each other, newly-weds Maggie and Adrian Berkhout in their garden of wedding roses.

A close encounter with a flying skip bin delivered a near-death experience to a Northland couple at the start of their honeymoon.

Schoolgirl DJ plays the airwaves

Tatum Robinson receives her certificate for her slot as guest DJ from More FM DJ Lance Dunne.

Local schoolgirl spins the vinyl as guest DJ.

Playground plans halt mid-swing

Carl Miller in front of the land residents are hoping to transform into a much-needed children's playground.

A council decision on a children's playground for Maungaturoto is expected soon.

Building defences for endangered fairy terns

Department of Conservation rangers build sandwalls at Waipu to help protect the fairy tern nests from high tides.

Efforts are being made to protect nesting fairy terns from the public and the elements.

From father to son - Godfrey Motors has new owner

Proud new owners, Becky and Graham Godfrey discuss the day's bookings.

Geared up to keeping motor business running in the family, Godfrey Motors sees ownership passed to son after 44 years.

Big year ahead for hospitality academy

Staff at Dargaville High School's Hospitality Academy, from left: assistant Janice Peterson, head of department Prue Burnett and food and nutrition teacher Mary Stewart.

Student demand for places in a hospitality academy at Dargaville High School is growing.

Five decades of community service

Dargaville salutes Gary Murdoch, centre, for his half century of service to the  volunteer fire brigade. Commission member for the New Zealand Fire Service Vicki Caisley and Dargaville fire chief Jeff Palmer added their congratulations  to the many others given at the Gold Star celebration.

Gary Murdoch has given a half a century service as a fire brigade volunteer.

Days numbered for Matarua Golf Club

The closure of the Matarua Golf Club will be the end of an era for rural golfers.

The sale of a host farm heralds the end of an era for a rural Kaipara golf club.

Restoration plans for Tram 235 gallery

Tram 235 shortly before being decommissioned in 1956.

The restoration of a former Auckland tram could see it back riding the rails in Queen St.

$1m kick start for Sportsville

The board of the Kauri Coast Recreational Society celebrates the Foundation North donation, from left to right: Alan Russek, Ray Dixon, Chris Biddles, Peter Harding, Bronwyn Williamson, Richard Alspach and Brent Eastwood (Sport Northland). Absent Kelly Bryers.

Dargaville sports complex one step closer to reality.

Broadway beckons for Kiwi video

Tee says he has noticed himself becoming more of a recluse as a result of playing the role of Javert.

Northland-born performer prepares for the performance of his life in Les Miserables.

Kaipara celebrates its finest sportspeople

Manager of Silver  Fern Farms Dargaville presents the  Kaipara Supreme Sportsperson of the Year award to rugby player Aleisha Nelson.

A Black Fern and former Kaihu Valley Rugby Club player has been named Kaipara's Supreme Sportsperson of the Year.

Future bright for Dargaville economy

Minister of Food Safety Jo Goodhew was among the dignitaries attending the opening of Pristine Biologicals NZ's serum plant in Dargaville.

Pristine Biologicals NZ has officially celebrated its new partnership with Dargaville Silver Fern Farms.

Electric car revolution gets a boost

ChargeNets Tritium Veefil unit at Jaques Four Square in Kaiwaka.

The installation of an electric car charging station in Kaiwaka adds to a growing network of juice up spots in Northland.

Water skiing shut down at Northland lake

An expired bylaw has curbed skiing on Lake Waikare in the Taharoa Domain near  Dargaville until such time as the director of Maritime NZ agrees to uplift the permitted speed limit.

There will be no water skiing on a Kai Iwi lake until the director of Maritime NZ agrees to a temporary speed uplfting.

Vacancies and vaccines create opportunities

Blood byproducts open the way to  new bovine vaccines and  local employment opportunities.
Vijay Kumar Cherukuri, general manager and engineer for Indian Immunologicals with Dargaville's Silver Fern manager Lance Warmington and Dr Vijay Dasari outside the new Pristine Biological premises in Dargaville.

Silver Fern Farms and Indian based firm Pristine Biologicals are teaming up to create bovine vaccines.

All aboard for a rail cart ride

Dargaville rail cart tourist adventure is about to call "all aboard". Dave Selby and John Hansen say bookings are already coming in for the venture which  should open by the end of the month.

A Dargaville rail cart tourist adventure is set to give life to a disused branch line.

Mangawhai flourishes as Aucklanders emigrate

Sold. A common sight around Mangawhai as properties sell fast.

As Auckland's property prices continues to soar, buyers eye the north for a more reasonable lifestyle at the right price.

Tagger turns to canvas art

Mark Graham has turned from illegal street graffiti to commercial art.

Emerging artist Mark Graham has sold his first painting.

Ninety-nine years lived well

Ron Baker worked hard all his life. He mowed his own lawns until he was 97 years-old and regularly used his mobility scooter to ride to the library.

A Kaipara veteran mowed his own lawns and drove well into his ninth decade.

'Sex banter' cost teacher his job

A Dargaville High School teacher has been deregistered over sexual comments in classroom.

He talked about sexual positions, celebrities in a sexual way and told students he watched too much porn.

High school students to build Habitat home

High school students will be building a house for a Habitat for Humanity partner family in Dargaville.

A new home is to be built for a needy Northland family through a Learning 2 Build partnership.

Rural hospital specialists welcomed

Jen Thomas, Dargaville/Kawakawa Hospital operations manager, Dr Miriam Duffy, Dr Sarah Clarke and Karen Katipa, clinical nurse manager general ward at Dargaville  Hospital.

Specialist medical staff have been appointed to Dargaville Hospital.

No plans yet to throw in the scissors

Hairdresser Natalie Walker, second from left, has clocked up 50 years in her profession. Her colleague Grace Portanger, and employers Adele Tonkin and Melissa Wilson threw her a surprise Party to celebrate the milestone.

Sixty-five-year-old hair stylist has been cutting hair for 50 years.

Cycling back into life for charity – dog in tow

Leisa McNaughton and her dog Indy during their stop in Dargaville on Friday.

A woman and her dog are cycling the length of New Zealand to raise money for charity.

Group in court over kauri log exports

Stacked swamp kauri logs on a Northland property.

Turning swamp kauri into other items overseas is fueling demand for swamp kauri, an environment group claims.

Aggressive paua poacher arrested

Illegal catches of paua such as these are of concern to the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Fishery officers in the past seven days caught two gatherers with many times more than the daily limit of 10 paua per person.

Library programme promotes enviro-awareness

Everyone including library staff, children and supporters got into the spirit of the bee theme at the Dargaville Library Holiday programme.

Library holiday programmes make children aware of their environment and the purpose of the creatures that live in them.

Secret venue for Moa Hunt Adventure Race

Graeme Ewenson, back right, participates in the Godzone Adventure Race in 2014, with friends Barry Ruddell, front right, Anyka Thomsen and Alan Kirkpatrick.

A sports event with a difference promises to deliver plenty of fun and mystery.

Fire destroys house

The  Smith's home in Huia Crescent, Dargaville was destroyed by a fast moving fire on September 23.

Standing in the lounge of their burned out property a week after a fire destroyed their Dargaville home, Bethne and Ken Smith find it hard to explain their emotions.

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