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Big improvements for sports grounds

Lindvart Park's netball courts are soon to be upgraded to meet New Zealand Netball standards.

Closed netball courts are the sign of big improvements for Lindvart Park.

Club for stroke survivors

Community advisor Lynelle Ngakuru and stroke survivor Tare Harris are excited about the support group.

A community stroke club is being set up in Kaikohe to support affected people and their families.

Winging it at the pigeon races

Max Orevich has been racing pigeons up and down the country for 15 years. Here he holds a bird whose mother holds his best record for flying from Timaru to Kawakawa in a day. She was subsequently found on an oil rig and cooked by a chef.

Racing pigeons is a peculiar hobby that can give you a “real buzz” say Far North enthusiasts.

MASSIVE protest at Boobs on Bikes

MASSIVE have rallied down Kaikohe's Broadway twice recently. The last time was to protest the death of childhood caused by sexual abuse.

Far North men will be chanting their anti-porn message at the Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland.

Domino donation for sick kids

Greg Fache wants to do something nice for the sick kids.

A Far North man is collecting supermarket dominos for sick kids - and he wants your help.

Asbestos found at Ngawha Spa

Alan Price doesn't think there's much danger of asbestos exposure.


Maori culture gets the limelight

Kaikohe East students get ready to perform.

Hundreds of students donned cultural dress and stomped out their best kapa haka at Kaikohe's annual cultural festival on September 17.

Students get creative

Shania Halliday, Aurora Payne and Eloise Drayton make colourful puppets to use in a production.

Children unleashed their creative streak at Oromahoe School's eighth annual art week.

Ewe will be surprised at the number of lambs

Susan-Jane Wilson was surprised her ewe had four lambs.

Pippi is a proud mum after giving birth to four healthy lambs earlier this month.

20/20 for every kid

Jayda Dalton, Portia Dalton and Puawai Woodman from Kaikohe East School get their eyes checked.

Over 1000 children from Kaikohe and surrounds had free eye testing from September 7 to 11.

Don't drink a drop when pregnant

Helen Christie with her children Mereana, 2, and Everlyse, 5 months.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is preventable - just don't consume alcohol while pregnant, experts warn.

Farmers killing stock worriers

Senior Constable Jeff Cramp is fed up with stray dogs causing problems for farmers.

Straying dogs are in danger of getting shot if they're found worrying stock.

Ex Kaitaia man ordered to pay $26,980

A former Kaitaia man has been charged with tax fraud.

A former Kaitaia man has been charged with tax fraud.

'We'll have no more shops left'

Lily Reihana is fed up with people breaking into Coin Save.

A small Kaikohe business is struggling to recover after being broken into for the fifth time in a year.

Talking it out to stop fights

Social worker David Silberstein and his partner Michelle Mayn practice The Dialogue regularly for a harmonious relationship.

After two painful divorces a Far North man has developed a communication technique to heal national family violence problems.

Protesting brothers not going to stop

Wikatana Popata says there will be no end to the protesting until they get their land back.

Protesters are planning to reoccupy Kaitaia Airport "sometime soon", Ngati Kahu activists say.

Man found dead in car named

A 61-year-old man's body was found in a car on Tokerau Beach, Whatuwhiwhi in the Far North.

Police say Kevin George Harding died of natural causes in his car on a Far North beach.

Graffiti wiped out by volunteer

Kaikohe community youth development officer Wally Te Huia spends his free time eradicating graffiti for Wipe Out.

When young rascals tag the streets, one Kaikohe man dutifully removes it.

Kaitaia Airport protesters arrested

Protesters occupying Kaitaia Airport since Tuesday have moved on.

Ngati Kahu occupiers leave Kaitaia Airport after being trespassed.

Body in car on Northland beach

A 62-year-old man's body was found at the beach about 10.30pm Tuesday night.

Police speak to a 61-year-old woman after the body of a man was found in a car.

Blaze didn't dampen airwaves

Radio Tautoko manager Cyril Chapman says they pretty much have all the equipment they need.

Three months on and Radio Tautoko have bounced back from the ashes and looking at building a new station.

Science win for saving waterways

Nathan Tarawa and Kiani Pou with their award winning science project.

Two Kaikohe kids took out the top young scientists prize for their project on protecting waterways in the Far North Science Fair.

Marae get help to clean up

A little girl uses the new recycling crates provided by Para Kore at Oturu Marae.

Far North marae's are jumping on the recycling bandwagon with the help of an environmental initiative.

Crash cuts power to hundreds

The driver was trapped inside for 25 minutes until the lines were no longer live.

Almost 500 homes lost power after a car crash flattened a power pole in Okaihau.

Weaving in two worlds

Mayn with a kete and tribal offering she wove.

Kohukohu and New York City might seem like two extremes. But for one Far North artist they're both home.

Chainsaw school a cut above

Around 15 correspondence students sliced and diced trees on August 26.

Chainsaw class isn't on every school's curriculum, but for kids around the Far North it can be.

Possum shanks can be tasty tucker

A slightly frightening possum dish presented at a Wild Food party.

Around 30 million possums inhabit New Zealand and, if they're without infection or poison, they can make a great free meal.

Sacred churches shouldn't be sold, residents say

St Stephen the Martyr's on Clifford St in Kaikohe, one of the churches that may be sold.

Two well-loved Far North churches have dubious futures as the The Anglican Diocese of Auckland discuss their sale.

Kapa haka transforms youth

The Okaihau College kapa haka team hard at practice.

Northland kapa haka teams work on their themes and performances to do Maoridom justice.

KFC worker wins landmark case

Sam Wilson couldn't pay her $100 dentist bill due to the erratic hours she was getting at KFC.

A Kaikohe teen has won back pay from a fast food giant by enforcing the new minimum hours clause in her contract.

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