Dargaville & Districts
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.
Cheerful chatter bounced around Dargaville Intermediate School's native plant nursery when international volunteers and students joined green-fingered forces.
Is it possible the pelicans which made their way to Dargaville in August 2012 might be settling in for the long haul?
It was smiles all round from organisers, exhibitors and patrons of this year's Northland Field Days.
Northland business confidence has been improving for a while but the region is boasting its best economic performance in nine years.
Mindless vandalism has forced Northern Wairoa Soccer Club members to foot a hefty repair bill for the second time in two weeks.
Some families have a stint at hospital, the Tebbutts have a life at hospital.
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.
Two cars were broken into last Thursday night outside the Greenhouse Backpackers, adding to the spate of vandalism cropping up around Dargaville.
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.
About 55,000 Northpower consumers are to receive another cash injection - this time totalling more than $5 million.
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.
The New Zealand ambassador to Argentina was right at home at the Arapohue show - after all, he grew up just down the road.
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.
The Dargaville fire brigade is in desperate need of volunteers as its numbers have dipped alarmingly to just 20.
A mash up of television shows The Amazing Race and Survivor will unfold on Kaipara's doorstep this weekend.
Ingenuity, a following wind, king tides and lots of enthusiastic muscle power produced record times in this year's Edgar Bradley Memorial Raft Race.
Waking up in a tent with your clothes frozen to the walls isn't the most pleasant way to begin the day.
A poll taken at the RSA weekly social night showed most members are against the idea of a flag change.
It's "onwards and upwards" for St Joseph's new principal Richard Trutor, who was welcomed on to the school grounds with a "humbling powhiri" last week.
Adventures involving long mountain treks, gorillas, lions and elephants are calling Robyn Preston back to the African wilderness.
Tina Ball and her four children, aged 3, 5, 13 and 16, lost almost all their possessions when their rented home was destroyed.
The weather isn't the only problem Kaipara farmers are having to deal with, a Northland farming advocate says.
Kaipara's coastal farms will need a good drenching of more than 100 millimetres to bring soils moisture back to normal.
Regular beach patroller Noel Hilliam says he saw 12 dead albatross washed up along about five kilometres of beach.
Fire authorities were called to a blaze in the Waipoua Forest early this morning to battle a fire which had spread over two hectares of native forest and scrub land.
Three budding young swimmers from Dargaville will compete at the New Zealand junior national swimming championships in a few weeks time.
‘The edge of heaven" is how artist and musician Sarah Tittleton describes her Baylys Beach surroundings.
Dargaville Volunteer Fire Brigade have averaged almost one callout a day in the first three weeks of the year.
Ten thousand viewings in six months have vindicated those who pushed so hard for a community cinema in Dargaville.
The judicial review of Kaipara District Council rates sought by the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association will begin in the Whangarei High Court on February 3.
Falling from a fast-moving horse is all part of the sport Morgana Nathan loves.
An appeal for the people of Tonga's cyclone-hit islands is spreading through Kaipara, and Dargaville's Tongan community is leading the charge.
The Baylys Beach clifftop walk is undergoing a makeover, with new signs and an upgraded trail giving the well-trodden path a sharp new look.
Sponsors were lined up, prizes were organised, dates were set - Miss Kauri Coast 2014 was shaping up to be bigger and better than last year.
An exhausted albatross found covered in sand and unable to fly on a Northland beach is recovering well at the Whangarei Bird Recovery Centre.
Proposed changes to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act if enacted will see pools, including inflatable pools with water deeper than 30 centimetres, required to be fenced.
The Waipoua forest played host to about 100 Circus Kumarani festival goers on the weekend.
Although seven people died in crashes nationally, Dargaville Senior Sergeant Rob Nordstrom reports "a very quiet time here".
The fact Dargaville was once a bustling logging town is, for many, remembered purely through stories and photos.
After a few tough trading years Dargaville retailers are once again feeling positive after a steady Christmas and New Year's trade.
The council is drafting a Freedom Camping bylaw which will regulate and manage the effects of freedom camping in the district.
Janet Froggatt says learning she was to receive a Queen's Service Medal for her services to the community came as a big surprise.
While the costs of burial will rise in Kaipara next year, the good news is the option for pre-paid reserved plots will be included in next year's draft annual plan.
Three close calls this summer are being taken as sign more people need to get behind the Baylys Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
It took Wendy Salter two weeks to pack up her house, leave her job, and set off on a new adventure after 16 years in Kaipara.
Beach-goers are being warned to take care when swimming on west coast beaches after three swimmers at Northland's Ripiro Beach were caught in rips and required assistance.
A social worker working in Kaipara schools says it's sad to see children coming to school hungry, tired and without enough clothing.
An American couple travelled more than 19,000 kilometres to tie the knot in a tiny chapel in Kaipara.
Dargaville High School officially farewelled 50 senior students last week, making way for the soon-to-be year 9s who will be juniors next year.