Dargaville & Districts

Paralympians' portraits on display

An art work of Emma Foy and Laura Thompson.

Dargaville Primary School is thrilled to be hosting the New Zealand Spirit of Gold Collection featuring portraits of New Zealand's high profile paralympians.

Bollards an aid against unwanted behaviour

Dargaville Museum manager Pene McKenzie shows where an attempt was made to jimmy the door before would be intruders broke the glass door.

Dargaville Museum custodians say the park the museum is located in has become a hot spot for snogging and boozing and other unsavoury and sometimes disruptive behaviour.

Simpkin to quick at Meremere drag races

ddn-Dargaville racer Ross Simpkin with his winning trophies.

For the love of speed, a Dargaville man has put his pedal to the metal.

Logging truck smashes into parked car

Seconds after the  driver of this car parked, and left it, the vehicle was hit and written off by a logging truck.

A woman had a lucky escape after her car was hit by a logging truck in Dargaville.

The life and times of the Kaihu people

Roger Mold and his daughter Johanna are continuing to research the life and times of the people living in the area stretching from Mangawhare to Omapere since 1300AD.

A new website offers a fascinating history about the people of the Kaihu Valley in the Kaipara District.

Landmark memorial hospital buildings for sale

Nurse Cavell Memorial Hospital at Paparoa.

An historic hospital named after slaughtered war hero Edith Cavell is on the the market in Northland.

Rabbit rissoles to lure the punters

Natasha Stubbing and her regional council colleagues expect to give away about 1500 free rabbit rissoles at this year's Northland Field Days.

Rabbit will be the wild food treat offered to Northland Field Days visitors in March.

Looking out for souls in Kaipara's surf

Maysha Ahrens, left, and Julian Pitman  have a bit of fun with UK exchange guard Pippa Inderwick during last year's patrol.

Kaipara's beach-goers were in safe hands throughout the festive season

End of era for Save the Children shop

Volunteers Veronica Simpkin and Clare Vodanovich in the Dargaville Save the Children Shop which will close on Friday.

Northland's only Save the Children shop is closing as part of a nationwide closure of the charity's retail outlets.

Healthy communities cultivated in the dirt

"Everyone should have access to a vegetable garden," says Helen Marsh.

Community gardens across the Kaipara distribute more than just food.

Local firefighter eager to take on the tower

Volunteer firefighter Saul Marinkovich is Dargaville Fire Brigade's first-time contender to take on the challenge of the Sky Tower.

A Dargaville firefighter has set his sights on the top of the Sky Tower.

Town shaken by tragedy

A mourner reflecting in the Urupa adjacent the Otamatea Marae, where friends and family are holding a tangi.

Tahu-Potiki Taituha, 5, died just 100m from home after being run over by a milk tanker.

Blaze in remote Kaipara

A large number of appliances were sent as a precaution as the fire was in a remote area.

Eight fire engines and two helicopters have been sent to the fire, which is burning on DOC land.

Free community day offers exciting activities

Eyes will be opened to an underwater world at the Kai Iwi Lakes Community Day.

Northland's Kai iwi lakes are often described by experts as the crown jewels of dune lakes.

French shipwreck visited by officer's descendant

Noel Hilliam, local shipwreck explorer and historian, takes Camillie Amet and Francois Breysse on a tour through the Dargaville Museum's L'Alcmene display.

A young French tourist is in New Zealand seeking her family links to the wreck of the L'Alcmene.  

New wheels for novice drivers

Northland Road Safety Education Programmes manager Gillian Archer hands over the keys to Te Roroa Centre manager Janet Te Rore, watched by mentors and road police.

A donated car will provide more time on the roads for learner drivers.

Bowl Jam rolls into Mangawhai

Skater Mike Bancroft shows the crowd how it is done in Mangawhai's 2015 Bowl Jam.

Bowl Jam promises tricks, skids and big air at Mangawhai's Activity Zone.

Anyone know where Gordon Brown's car is?

Gordon Brown turned 100 years old on December 28, 2015. He has just had his driver’s licence renewed. Among his many trophies is a picture of the car he built in 1947. He is now trying to find it. Can you help?

A centenarian "petrol head" is searching for his past, much-loved racing car.

Scrub fires potential arson

Firefighters used helicopters to put out a series of scrub fires in Northland.

Firefighters are investigating six Northland bush fires they believe were deliberately lit.

Scholarship boost for Kaipara student

A $7500 scholarship will help kick start Lewis Nichols' farming career. Whangarei A&P Society president Murray Jagger awarded Nichols' the society's prestigious agriculture scholarship to help with study at Massey University.

Lewis Nichols of Dargaville has been awarded the Whangarei Agricultural & Pastoral Society's agricultural scholarship. 

Trio's close shaves raise cancer funds gallery

Post shave, Paparoa teachers Julie Harper and Helen Taua with parent 'shavee' Jenny Longdon holding her lopped ponytail.

Kaipara teachers deliver on pledge to shave their heads for cancer research and support.

Christmas trading up in Dargaville

Snazzi Gifts owner Amanda Cole says Christmas 2015 was the "best year ever".

Retailers in Dargaville fared well in the boom-time of Christmas shopping.

Have your say on Northland lakes

The Kai iwi Lakes are a popular recreational destination. Public views on the draft management plan for the area are encouraged.

Interested parties are urged to make their opinions known on a new draft plan for the future of the Kai Iwi Lakes.

For the love of music...

Half a century ago Dargaville's Peter Martin (third from left) was a member of teenage band The Minors which was one of 10 finalists in New Zealand's inaugural  music awards - the Loxene Golden Disc -  the country's pre-eminent event on the pop music calendar at the time.

Recent celebrations marking 50 years of New Zealand music awards hold special memories for one Northland musician.

Powerboat ban mooted at Kai Iwi Lakes

A ban on motorised boats would end water skiing at Kai Iwi Lakes

Powerboats could be banned from the Kai Iwi Lakes near Dargaville by 2018.

Well-wisher helps keep swimmers safe

A generous community benefactor has made sure Baylys Beach will have a surf patrol at least over the Christmas-new year season.

Thanks to an anonymous donation lifeguards will be on patrol at Baylys Beach over the peak season holiday.

Last flight for United Travel

With 63 years of United Travel experience between them, spanning 1975-2015, is Noeline Andrews, Sue Crump and Helen Adams.

A long standing family business is closing the doors after more than 60 years of travel service.

Northland EV infrastructure almost complete

Electric car owner Andre van de Berg from Maungaturoto chats with ChargeNet director Steve West at the opening of the EV charger in  Dargaville. Van de Berg  says he is pleased with the both the performance and operating cost of his vehicle saying it costs him 8 cents a kilometre to run.

Dargaville now has a rapid electric vehicle charging station.

Stephen and Carolyn say "au revoir" to their home town

Carolyn and Stephen Soole will spend two years in Vanuatu as volunteers for Volunteer Services Abroad.

A Dargaville couple will help Vanuatu farmers strengthen their industry.

Volunteer lands Person of the Year title

Gary Murdoch, left, who has clocked up 50 years with the Dargaville Voluntary Fire Brigade congratulates  station officer Jason Campbell who achieved his long service and good conduct star (14 years) last month.

Another milestone for veteran Dargaville fire service volunteer.

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