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Thieves take club's dream

boat club

Thieves have robbed the Hokianga Sailing Trust of its plans to revive the sport by stealing $15,000 worth of materials.

Prison nurse feels at home

Ella Smith

For prison nurse Ella Smith, the Northern Regional Corrections Facility in Ngawha is her "home away from home".

Pitching in to save pool

Swimming pool

Art, paint, a new roof, revamped gardens and lots of elbow grease are some of the changes the community is making to Kawakawa Pool in an effort to save it from the scrap heap.

Don't forget beautiful Northland!


In honour of his late friend, one Kaitaia man is determined to discover and claim the 10th great NZ walk in Northland.

Mayor's frantic first year

John Carter

John Carter had no idea what lay in store when he took up the Far North District mayoralty role.

Pups and prisoners' special bond


A trip to prison may end up being the best thing for dogs staying at the Bay of Islands SPCA.

Pooling resources


New swimming pools are wanted in Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Kaikohe - but who has the cash?

Scheme helps students 'crack' maths

Meremere Paitai

A Far North after-school tuition programme is helping students find success in maths and english.

'Wildboy' comes home

Brando Yelavich

He's faced near-death experiences, hospital and hunger on his 18-month walk, but Brando Yelavich is finally done.

Job cap a mixed bag

fruit packers

The Government's move to increase its cap on the number of overseas workers in horticulture is welcomed by some but questioned by others.

Greener pastures for school farm

Northland college farm

A new-look Northland College Farm is set to turn its first profit in five years.

Possum traps big risk

Kiwi in trap

An adult female Northland brown kiwi was caught in a leghold trap near Waipapa.

Northland police not equipped for refugees


No exercises have been held in Northland to train police in the skills they would need if a refugee boat arrived in Northland waters.

Statoil says any drilling years away

oil rig

Oil giant Statoil says it will not begin exploration in 2014 but will proceed with preliminary work.

Robbed farmer receives new bike

quad wheel

The Kaikohe farmer whose quad bike was stolen this month was stunned when Blue Wing Honda and Mid North Honda decided to surprise her with a new bike to replace her missing farm vehicle.

Multisport event makes final outing


Competing events and a static number of entries have combined to kill off the Northern Crossing coast-to-coast multisport challenge.

Hotel checks out

Kaikohe hotel

The Kaikohe Hotel is coming down piece by piece.

Thieves mean business


Petersen Motors at Kaikohe suffered its first break-in in 30 years.

Curtain bank set to open

Martha Latu

The opening of a curtain bank is set to improve the health of low income households in Northland.

Bay of Islands marine reserves proposed

Bay of Islands

A new proposal has identified two areas in the Bay of Islands as potential no-take marine reserves.

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