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Flying fox tragedy takes third brother

The Tohu family are no strangers to tragedy and it was a tragic turn of events that took Jingle's brother.

Kaikohe community looks to limit alcohol

Kids going hungry because their parents have blown the budget on booze is an all too familiar reality for a Kaikohe church leader.

Lightning strike cuts power

More than 30,000 people in the Far North were left in the dark after a lightning strike this afternoon.

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.

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.

No car no jury duty excuse

Faith Maxwell

Being forced to hitchhike 40km to jury service isn't Faith Maxwell's idea of justice.

The hunt for the 10th great walk in Far North

walk

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

Beau

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

Being a vet 'best job ever'

Hilary Shaw

Hilary Shaw works with creatures great and small. And with 6 horses and 3 dogs of her own, she certainly walks the talk.

Pooling resources

Pool

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.

Statoil's drilling plans strongly opposed

Northland beach

Statoil has been asked to cancel seismic testing planned for summer to protect Te Reinga Basin's marine life.

Boost welcomed but hidden costs expected

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.

Flood victims hurting

flood

'Please don't forget us.' That is the simple message from a Northland storm victim to the rest of New Zealand.

Robin returns to Island

Robin

The North Island robin's call is being heard on Moturua Island for the first time in years.

Northland police not equipped for refugees

boat

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

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.

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 stunned to receive 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

Running

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.

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.

Resignation a surprise to new MP

Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis learned he had a new job along with the rest of the country on the 6pm news, on the day that Labour MP Shane Jones announced his resignation from Parliament.

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.

Grants for events

Festivals and fun days are the main recipients of community grants in the Far North.

Family ties span Pacific

Arthur Black Beren and Martha Taiono

Arthur Beren was one of about 60 babies left behind in the Cook Islands by American servicemen during World War II.

Thieves mean business

theft

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

In for a penny, in for a pound: Davis

kelvin davis

Shane Jones's replacement learned he had a new job at the same time as the rest of New Zealand.

Woman sentenced for starving dog to death

Court

A Northland mother of eight has been sentenced for starving a dog to death.

Cop car crash disqualifies driver for six months

car crash

A Kaitaia man who crashed into a police vehicle last year has been disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $550 reparation to the officer who suffered a knee injury as a result of the crash.

Member's death prompts by-election

A by-election will be held to fill a vacancy in the North Cape subdivision of Te Hiku Community Board.

Trapping expanded in Puketi Forest

Erica Whyte

A joint initiative between the Department of Conservation and the Puketi Forest Trust will allow a substantial expansion of possum control in the forest.

Youth plan goes to people

The Funky North

The Funky North played a set at an event delivering information about the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan to the community.

Do you know anything about this soldier?

unknown soldier

A photograph of a New Zealand World War I Medical Corps soldier is just one of several mysterious faces in the Kemp House collection.

Water wonders

snorkelling child

Pupils from Kaeo Primary visited Matauri Bay to see what kind of sea life lived in their home patch.

Gang member arrested in Moerewa

police car

A man who was on the run for over a month is in police custody.

Pluto-Louis learns about kiwi

Pluto Louis

Aversion training will mean West Highland white terrier Pluto-Louis will learn to avoid kiwi.

Saving water ‘critical’

Rawene residents must reduce water consumption now or face more austere water restrictions.

Simulator to rescue

Grant Robinson

Northland has a new $150,000 flight training device- Helimed 4.

Tribunal tours the Hokianga

Judge Craig Coxhead with Waitangi Tribunal panelists Anne Parsonson and Dr Robyn Anderson

A big crowd was at the Moria Marae in Whirinaki to welcome Judge Craig Coxhead and his panel from the Waitangi Tribunal.

Fitness centre appeals to community for help

Josh Edmonds

The Mill Gym, which aims to build self-esteem among Kaikohe's youth, is in desperate need of funding.

Big chance to ride for New Zealand

Danny Kopa

Seventeen-year-old Danny Kopa has been selected as the northern representative for the New Zealand Mounted Games team to take on Australia.

Much awaited walking guide back

Jackie and Lloyd Walker

Walk Hokianga is back on the shelves after what was a long wait for some.

Dishonesty crimes push Northland’s crime numbers up

POlice cars

An increase in dishonesty crimes saw the North buck national crime trends.

Ngati Rehia 'to be around the table'

Bay of Islands hapu Ngati Rehia has decided to participate in the election process to determine the board of Tuhoronuku, despite co-founding the group that opposes it.

More to come: O'Sullivan

Lance O’Sullivan

Kaitaia doctor Lance O'Sullivan has "a lot more to offer" he says.
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