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Frugal living is possible

Sharon George

Learn How To Live Cheaper in Dargaville is a Facebook page featuring recipes, recycling tips, and ideas on how to make money stretch that little bit further.

Taranaki to the rescue

Haybales

Words couldn't express how grateful Rotu farmers Debbie and Mark Woodcock were when a truck-load of hay bales was delivered to their flood-ravaged farm just north of Dargaville last week.

Vandalism angers club members

vandalism

Faeces and mud have been smeared over the outside walls of the Northern Wairoa Club during the worst case of vandalism members have ever seen.

Flood misery not over

flood

The floodwaters have receded but some Kaipara residents still face the huge mess left behind.

Black spot bridges campaign heats up

crash

Official crash statistics for two notorious one-way bridges near Matakohe are wrong and delaying roading improvements, Northland MP Mike Sabin says.

Last bowls on the old green

Rita and Jim

Making the decision to resolve Te Kopuru's bowling club was a tough one for the remaining committee members of a once thriving and still much-loved facility.

Artemis crewman keen to go

Artemis

America's Cup action is calling Alister Herald over to San Francisco for a second time.

Unpaid rates 'must be paid'

Gavel

A High Court judge has ruled the Kaipara District Council breached the Local Government Act when it built and then expanded a wastewater sewerage system at Mangawhai, increasing the $35.6 million cost to almost $58m without public consultation.

Evidence of ancient forest

Johanthan Palmer

A team of national and international scientists working to unravel the secrets of pre-historic kauri in Northland hope to have its findings published by Christmas.

Area has everything we need

Vern Stevens

Vern Stevens, principal, Selwyn Park Primary School, shares what he loves about Dargaville.

Champion drifts away

 ‘Gaz’ Whiter

Car enthusiast "Gaz" Whiter scooped up his fourth D1NZ drifting championship title at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

Swamp kauri heads overseas

Swamp kauri

The practice of extracting kauri from peat swamps has made headlines, with talk of illegal digging and multimillion-dollar exports.

Temepara dreams of Silver Ferns

Maria Tutaia with young netballers Amy-Jay Lawson and Temepara Bristow and Southern Steel captain Jodi Brown

Being named after a famous New Zealand netball player gives Temepara Bristow an extra ounce of determination to one day become a Silver Fern.

Dead ducks dumped in waterway

Dead ducks

Dozens of duck carcasses are found dumped in Kaihu River just days into duck shooting season.

Feathers fly over excrement, stench

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers have arrived at Kelly's Bay for winter, but there is fear their long stay could pose health risks for residents.

Coastguard on board at north Kaipara

Coastguard

North Kaipara boaties could soon have the added assurances of a dedicated coastguard search and rescue vessel based out of Tinopai.

Is this Santa's last parade?

Bruce Crompton, Peter Flood, and Des Bickers

Christmas parades at Ruawai may be a thing of the past. 

Four-day circus in the forest

circus

The Waipoua Forest was home to around 100 happy campers taking part in the New Zealand Juggling Festival over Easter Weekend.

Island workers head home

Senopie James, Shem James, and Masling Lapenmal

After four seasons working in Kaipara's kumara crops Shem James and Masling Lapenmal have become quite accustomed to life between New Zealand and Vanuatu.

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.

Tough start to African venture

Shelley Friedrich

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

Protesting legal highs

protest

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.

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.

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.

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.

Refurbishing fundraiser tops target

Tebutt family

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

Kauri dieback alarms

Kauri

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Call to ban legal highs

Legal Highs

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

Author's asthma honour

Legal Highs

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

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.

Residents asked to conserve water

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

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.

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.

A change in attitude

Suicide Change

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

Relief as Luci heads south

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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

Lusi

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

Cows

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

A bit of Dargaville overseas

Signpost

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