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Motorists must take care

With wet weather forecast this Easter holiday weekend Northland police are asking motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Storm cuts power throughout north

Northpower has deployed a helicopter to check for damage on its 33kV line from Maungaturoto to Kaiwaka following a major power outage affecting Maungaturoto, Brynderwyns, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai.

Great-gran Audrey still flying high at 88

Audrey Fry

An 88-year old great grandmother flies an aircraft for the first time - weeks after doing a tandem skydive.

Protesting legal highs


Around 30 people marched down the main street of Dargaville in protest to the sales of legal drugs.

Young cricketers in form

Hamish Kidd and Sean West

Northern Wairoa boys Sean West and Hamish Kidd capped off an amazing season of cricket by competing at the National Year 9/10 NZCT finals recently.

Tough start to African venture

Shelley Friedrich

Shelley and Ross Friedrich have just ticked the ‘KiliMAN' challenge off their bucket list.

Polo star's special game

John-Paul Clark

Australia's top-ranked polo player owes his existence to Tangiteroria - home to this year's annual Northland tournament and the place where his parents first met more than three decades ago.

Fun science roadshow rolls in

Zach Himiona

Six Kaipara schools were given the chance to explore the "fun behind science" last week as the Science Roadshow rolled into Dargaville.

Little change to Dargaville crime rate

Domestic violence has been the most regularly reported offence in Dargaville over the last year, but crime on the whole is on a par with the previous year.

More droughts likely minister tells farmers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy saw first hand the seriousness of the drought gripping Kaipara's west coast.

Palm kernel shortage biting

There is tension in the farming community over deliveries of supplementary feed which is increasingly in short supply.

Kauri dieback alarms


Discovery of kauri dieback has heightened fears over the serious situation in Kaipara.

Life's a breeze for students

Isiah Gray and Kaija Ruatara

There was no shortage of smiles among the Pouto kids who gave sailing a go at Kai Iwi Lakes last week.

Refurbishing fundraiser tops target

Tebutt family

Erica Tebbutt has blitzed her fundraising target to refurbish a room at Ronald McDonald House.

Tensions flare at meeting over proposed rates rise

The proposed 2014/15 Dargaville, Te Kopuru and Kaiwaka rates have risen more than the average 2.3 per cent.

Call to ban legal highs

Legal Highs

Frustrated mums are rallying support to ban the sale of synthetic cannabis in Dargaville.

Fairy tern breeding sets a record

Legal Highs

It has been a good breeding season this year for New Zealand's most endangered bird - the fairy tern.

Great idea could take Brooklyn far

Legal Highs

Brooklyn Wilson's vision to revamp Ruawai's wharf has already won national recognition and now she's hoping to put the concept on an international stage.

Author's asthma honour

Legal Highs

Carol Cooper-Taylor has been honoured as an Outstanding Achiever at the Asthma Foundation Achievers' Awards ceremony.

Hi-tech water monitoring stations set for Kaipara Harbour

Scientists are installing state-of-the-art equipment in the Kaipara Harbour next month to monitor water quality

Champ takes part in competition

Rowland Smith

Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith was among 19 competitors to take part in the Tokatoka Speed Shear a few weeks ago.

Quick action saves home from ruin

A house fire on Notorious West Road last week could have ended in tragedy had family members not been living only a short sprint away.

A change in attitude

Suicide Change

Cerise Selkirk didn't have any idea her best friend was contemplating suicide until it was too late.

Tyler needs another $19,000

Tyler Schultz

Four-year-old Tyler Schutz has battled the odds all his life and now needs help to raise $80,000 for life-changing surgery.

Residents asked to conserve water

Water restrictions in Kaipara are still in place as drought conditions continue to bite.

Relief as Luci heads south


Civil Defence officials in Northland say it appears the worst of the effects of ex Tropical Cyclone Lusi may be over shortly – for their region at least – as the bad weather now bears down on other parts of New Zealand.

Heavy rain, strong winds likely for Northland


Northlanders and visitors to the region are being warned of potentially heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges tonight as the remains of Tropical Cyclone Lusi affect the region.

Camera spots fire risk

Thermal detector

A potential fire which could have spelled disaster for one of the town's oldest businesses was averted thanks to thermal imagery technology, a helping of common sense and a visiting fireman.

World recognition for karate master

Ron Mason

Ron Mason was initially shocked when he found out he had been named the Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year 2013.

Drought a big concern as calving looms


With the big dry still biting hard and a new milking season approaching, feed is becoming even more scarce.

A bit of Dargaville overseas


Among more than 80,000 place name signs in the famous Sign Post Forest in Canada sits one for Dargaville.

Table Mountain beckons couple

Alan Stringer

Climbing Table Mountain - one of the proclaimed New Seven Wonders of Nature - was one of many highlights of a South African trip for well-known couple Maxine and Alan Stringer.

Dale resigns, takes new role

Commissioner Colin Dale has resigned from his position at Kaipara District Council. He is to take up the role as acting chief executive of Far North District Council.

Fine time at field days

Field days

It was smiles all round from organisers, exhibitors and patrons of this year's Northland Field Days.

Big hopes for big birds


Is it possible the pelicans which made their way to Dargaville in August 2012 might be settling in for the long haul?

Protectors of Kaipara Harbour hard at work


Cheerful chatter bounced around Dargaville Intermediate School's native plant nursery when international volunteers and students joined green-fingered forces.

Growth best it's been in nearly a decade

Northland business confidence has been improving for a while but the region is boasting its best economic performance in nine years.

New vicar welcomed

Brendon Wilkinson

The new Anglican vicar in Dargaville says he probably speaks Chinese better than English, which is interesting considering his full Maori heritage and South Auckland background.

Fundraiser close to family's heart

Jospeh and Sophia

Some families have a stint at hospital, the Tebbutts have a life at hospital.

Members pay the price for damage

Soccer breakin

Mindless vandalism has forced Northern Wairoa Soccer Club members to foot a hefty repair bill for the second time in two weeks.



Two cars were broken into last Thursday night outside the Greenhouse Backpackers, adding to the spate of vandalism cropping up around Dargaville.

Rates rises in line with inflation

The council has signalled rates are likely to go up again in July. Rates were on the agenda as part of its 2014-15 Annual Draft Plan to be considered for adoption at yesterday's Kaipara District Council's monthly meeting - the first for the year.

Treasure hunters take flight

Planes DDN

Always a popular event for recreational pilots, the Singer Trophy rally saw aircraft from the North Island swoop in for the annual aviation treasure hunt.

Volunteers needed urgently

Michael Ross

The Dargaville fire brigade is in desperate need of volunteers as its numbers have dipped alarmingly to just 20.

He's our man in Argentina

Michael Ross

The New Zealand ambassador to Argentina was right at home at the Arapohue show - after all, he grew up just down the road.

Couple goes to great heights for marathon

Shelley and Ross Friedrich are known in Dargaville for their active outdoor pursuits, but what they have planned next takes adventuring to a whole new level - literally.

$5m power bonus

About 55,000 Northpower consumers are to receive another cash injection - this time totalling more than $5 million.

Raft of new ideas in race


Ingenuity, a following wind, king tides and lots of enthusiastic muscle power produced record times in this year's Edgar Bradley Memorial Raft Race.

Cadets tackle big week

Cadets DDN

Waking up in a tent with your clothes frozen to the walls isn't the most pleasant way to begin the day.

Dargaville RSA says no to flag change

A poll taken at the RSA weekly social night showed most members are against the idea of a flag change.
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