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Dead possums send warning about bridge safety

Dead possums nailed on road safety signs near Northland bridges is no prank, residents say.

Tuatua boom could put toheroa at risk

People gathering the bountiful tuatua this season may accidentally be picking up the rare and treasured toheroa shellfish instead. 

Study looks at Kaipara's great whites

A marine conservationist looking at the decline of great whites is exploring where the Kaipara population may have come from.

Bush fire scorches valuable Northland ecosystem

A scrub fire has damaged more than 14 hectares of DOC land and almost 1.5 hectares of a pine plantation.

Guillain-Barre syndrome paralyses man

The last thing Alec Melville expected for his 46th birthday was to be hospitalised, paralysed and fighting for his life.

Opportunist thieves target fire victims

Burglars disgust victims who fled massive factory blaze.

Large factory fire destroys building in Dargaville


The owner of a plastics business that burnt down in Northland says fire destroyed everything including steel beams.

Community rallies round courageous Ellie


Active 9-year-old Ellie Weight is now immobile and in isolation after contracting a superbug.

Granddad 'close to death' when rescued

Adam Slade

Man stuck under 300kg slab of wood all night was pale as a ghost when rescued, his grandson says.

'Miracle' visit saves grandfather's life

northland wood

A chance family visit is credited with saving the life of a man trapped under timber for over 18 hours.

Holy cow! Bovine birth record set with calf 23?

White 10

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Dargaville loses optometrist


A family-run business is closing down, leaving Dargaville without any optometry services.

MP wades into wastewater mess

Mike Sabin

MP Mike Sabin wants Office of the Auditor General to negotiate a settlement with Kaipara Council out of court.

Legal action taken against Auditor-General


Kaipara District Council is taking action against Audit New Zealand over botched wastewater scheme.

Water management feedback welcome


Northland dairy farmers may soon find they need to apply for resource consents to take water for stock.

Experience expands student's horizons

Nico Zwaans

Meet Nico Zwaans - television star and Te Kopuru resident. The 12-year-old is among six youngsters appearing on the TV2 Saturday morning show Operation Hero.

Taranaki to the rescue


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.

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.

Vandalism angers club members


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


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

Black spot bridges campaign heats up


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


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

Unpaid rates 'must be paid'


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.

Champion drifts away

 ‘Gaz’ Whiter

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

Area has everything we need

Vern Stevens

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

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

Four-day circus in the forest


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

Coastguard on board at north Kaipara


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. 

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.

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.

Protesting legal highs


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

Tough start to African venture

Shelley Friedrich

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

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.

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.

Refurbishing fundraiser tops target

Tebutt family

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

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.

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.
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