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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grants for events

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Simulator to rescue

Grant Robinson

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

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.

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.

Saving water ‘critical’

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

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.

Bright future ahead for hockey ground

Lights

A 200,000 upgrade at Lindvart Park hockey grounds is underway and new floodlights will be switched on this month.

Unhealthy dishes taken off menu

Tracy Ayton

Poor eating habits are a real problem for many in the north, nutritionist says.

More to come: O'Sullivan

Lance O’Sullivan

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

Big pot bust in Taipa

Operation Lucy

A large Taipa marijuana growing operation led the way as Northland Police cracked down on cannabis in the north.

7-year-old conquers harbour

Josh Mitt

Joshua Mitt, 7, swam 1.4km across the Hokianga Harbour in what is now a 20-year tradition for Hokianga kids.

Economist to speak at party event

The Ken Rintoul-led political party Focus New Zealand is bringing Dr Oliver Hartwich to Kaikohe to debate New Zealand's centralised government structure.

Rare native duck numbers on the rise

Pateke

It's good news for New Zealand's rarest duck with recent flock counts showing the biggest population since surveys began in 1988.

Medal given posthumously

Pateke

The late Paddy Whiu is one of six New Zealand Police staff who have been honoured for outstanding service and commitment to police.

Dairy unit sets a trend

Dairy Unit

A model for the development of unproductive Maori land was unveiled on the weekend.

Students embrace chess

Pateke

Students at Northland College are keen to reignite chess at their school, after several years in recess.

Turmoil continues for Ngapuhi

An urgent hui has been called to elect new leadership of Te Kotahitanga at Parawhenua Marae this week.

Facebook post shows stolen goods

Stolen property

Northland Police have posted hundreds of photos of stolen property on its Facebook page to reconnect the items with their owners.

Mataitaua wharekai open again

Wharekai reopens

About 300 people braved the wet conditions for the opening of the wharekai at Mataitaua Marae.

Electricity price rise probe gets approval

Top Energy has welcomed a decision by the Electricity Authority to review claims being made by electricity retailers about the reasons for their price increases.

Farmers in the storm

Farmer comp

Despite the best efforts of Cyclone Lusi, the Kaikohe A&P Show carried on.

Head to waterfront for Last of the Summer Wine

This year's Mangonui Waterfront Festival will coincide with the last day of daylight saving on April 5.
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