Dargaville & Districts

School leaders worried

Glynis Woodhead, principal of Ruawai College.

The low attendance rate of a rural high school has its leaders worried.

Community fears loss of public toilets

Resident and artist Frances Puharich stands beside her mosaic artwork she completed on the Te Kopuru Domain toilets.

An angry rural community feels not enough is being done over keeping toilets open in a partly overgrown domain.

Principal inspired by grandfather's role

First time principal Curtis Gaylor is enjoying his position at Ruawai Primary School.

A first time principal of a rural school hopes to follow in his grandfather's foot steps

Dairy robbery suspects nabbed

Arrests have been made for the aggravated robbery of the Dargaville Hilltop Dairy.

Relief for a female dairy owner after police arrest the men suspected of robbing her at gunpoint

Biggest trout in 50 years

A record sized trout caught by Bruce Yorke at the Lake Taharoa near Dargaville.

A near trophy sized trout caught in a Northland lake is a sign of an improved habitat

Banking on Daffodil Day

ANZ Bank Dargaville branch staff get involved with fundraising for the New Zealand Cancer Society.

Daffodil Day is a reminder to most people about ones they know who have won or lost their battles with cancer

Little Theo's health battle

Five-month-old Theo Chick chills out with his brother Seth, 8.

A mother has nothing but praise for voluntary supporters and medical professionals as her baby faces a long health struggle.

Husband and wife win biggest weight loss workplace title

Pahulu and Tina Aloua are feeling happier and healthier after completing the 12-week Biggest Loser competition at the Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant in Dargaville.

A husband and wife team are the Biggest Losers in a workplace weight loss fitness programme.

Funds boost town band dream

School children are enthusiastic about joining the band being set up in Dargaville. Pictured with some of the band members are: organiser Kuli Fisiiahi, left, Dargaville Free Mason representative James Foster and personal donator Harry Baycroft.

A town band for a small Northland town is becoming a reality thanks to generous community support.

Small school named on national most improved list

Ruawai College middle school dean Kimberley Rope, centre, does some serious thinking with student leaders Billie-Lee Wilson and Tim Bickers.

A small rural Kaipara secondary school is punching above its weight in student achievement.

Wanted: Help to catch armed robber

Identifying this man could help police investigations into an armed robbery in Dargaville.

Police appeal to the public to help capture an armed offender who terrified a Dargaville dairy owner.

Students present conflict in winning play

Dargaville High School students who play troublesome teens in the play Bassett  which won the youth award at regional drama competition.

New and talented acting performances shine in conflict drama

Top park in the country

Chris and Jane McComb chat over a glass of wine with a young visitor to the park.

A Kauri Coast park wins the top award for the best holiday park in New Zealand.

Olga celebrates 102 years of memories

Holding the famous racing trophy is one of  102-year-old Olga Franich's fondest memories. She is pictured three years ago with Wendy Green, owner of Rogan Josh the winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

At age 102 Olga Franich has many happy memories of the Kaipara District and a life lived to the fullest.

Duncan cycles along our coastline

Duncan Wilson on the Ripiro Beach leg of  his circumnavigation  by bike around NZ

Duncan Wilson is on the last leg of his 10,000 kilometre ride to raise funds for St John.

Dairy owner robbed at gunpoint

The Dargaville Hiiltop dairy that was the scene of an aggravated robbery.

Hunt is on for man who committed an aggravated robbery at a Dargaville dairy.

He waded in and grabbed the fish

A  tuna caught off  Ripiro Beach, Dargaville by a man with his hands and a knife.

A man brought a monster tuna to shore with his bare hands and a hunting knife.

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

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