Whangarei Leader

Children's hospital appeal under way in Northland

Tikipunga siblings Summer, 9, and Elijah, 6, Wynyard Palmer with the original painting and the finished shopping bag available in Countdown stores Northland-wide.

Six-year-old's artwork features on new shopping bags to benefit children in hospital.

Going smokefree the 'right decision'

Te Wananga o Aotearoa's Robyn Reihana, left, gave up smoking in April with the help of Ngati Hine Health Trust stop smoking practitioner Nelly Orupe.

A Northland woman's smokefree journey is getting added support this month from national stop smoking initiative Stoptober.

Hairy handyman's helping hand

Bernard van der Hulst's beard before it faced the razor.

Success for Whangarei man who shaved his beard for the first time since 1976 to raise money.

Police relay helps surf club

Andrew Forsythe, Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club chairman; Molly Thompson-Brine, front; Carey Clubley; Jess Andrews, front; Casey Clubley; John Kearney, back, club development officer; Paula Kearney, Alesha Ahrens and Tania Ahrens, club captain, at the Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving club following the cheque presentation.

The Andrew Clubley Memorial Relay, in memory of Detective Sergeant Andrew Clubley has raised $750 for the Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club.

Burglary rise brings police warning

Otangarei neighbourhood policing team Sergeant John Larkin and Tikipunga Countdown manager Paul Ah Chong talk about ways to prevent shoplifting in the store.

Since June this year there has been an increase in burglaries and vehicle crime in several Whangarei suburbs.

Beekeepers stung by thefts

Dozens of beehives have been stolen from Northland properties in recent months.

Police are launching a sting to track down the culprits behind a series of beehive heists in Northland.

Reed St residents want action

Palms Lifestyle Village residents Mike Simpkin, Shirley Whaley, Calvin Whaley and Ted Wheeler are raising access concerns as a result of traffic congestion on Reed St.

Residents want something done urgently about traffic congestion caused by parking on their street.

Trampolinist aiming for new heights

After winning the Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics trampoline coaches trophy in 2014, Tiana Tawha has picked up three silver medals in competitions this year.

Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics trampolinist Tiana Tawha is competing at her first nationals this week.

Relief hours limited for Loop walkers

Whangarei District Council field officer (waste) Grant Alsop in front of the district's newest stand alone toilet near the BMX track and dog park in Dave Culham Dr on Pohe Island.

Whangarei residents love the Hatea Loop Walkway but would like the toilets adjacent to the 4.2km circuit to stay open longer.

Short stories tell tall tales

Toben McDonald, 9, Ryan Murray, 11, and Harriet Spoelstra, 14, were named category winners in the 2015 Short Story Competition for Young Writers organised by Whangarei Friends of the Library.

Four young writers have been crowned the 2015 Short Story Competition for Young Writers winners.

Spotlight back on yacht biosecurity

One of the  Ministry for Primary Industries signs on Riverside Dr at Whangarei Town Basin near where the Queensland fruit fly was discovered in January 2014.

The Ministry for Primary Industries plans to turn the biosecurity spotlight on international yachts visiting Northland this season.

Tea and lamingtons to save kiwi

Kiwis for Kiwi says without management around 27 kiwi are lost each week.

Kiwis are encouraged to host a classic Kiwi morning tea in October to raise money towards saving our national bird.

Eagle eyes spot Whangarei’s oldest road

Mair's landing, where Whangarei's oldest road began.

A Heritage New Zealand inventory project has led to the discovery of an early piece of the city's infrastructure.

Korea trip to provide valuable knowledge

Whangarei Boys' High School head of social studies and geography Sandy Murphy will write teaching resources for other teachers following a professional development tour to Korea.

Whangarei Boys High teacher Sandy Murphy will bolster teaching resources on Korea following professional development trip.

For a beard-y good cause

Bernard van der Hulst has kept his formerly ginger beard reasonably well trimmed over the last 39 years.

A Whangarei resident is shaving his beard for the first time in 39 years to raise funds.

By gum! That's a huge haul

Police seized hundreds of kilograms of kauri gum from two Whangarei addresses.

Thousands of dollars worth of stolen kauri gum was found stashed at Whangarei massage parlour.

Dedicated service to veteran welfare honoured

Northland District RSA president Ian McDougall presents Marian Barclay with an award recognising her 25 years of service in Northland.

Whangarei RSA and Northern Districts RSA and their respective Trusts have recognised the dedicated work of a retiring member.

Cup fever hits Room 20

Kamo Intermediate School Room 20 students Kauri Beattie and Felix Tasker-Erceg drew South Africa for their research projects. Felix says he thinks New Zealand will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby is creeping into all corners of the curriculum in Room 20 at Kamo Intermediate.

Food forest to feed community gallery

Paul Doherty, Laura Walsh-Fisher, Carole Doherty, Gerry Parry, Bruce Fisher, Buck Cullen, Wendy Giffin, Leo Cummings, Sue Hickey and granddaughter Miya, and Ron Peake are all helping to get the food forest up and running.

A group of volunteers have started a food forest on vacant land with the help of donations from their community.

Queensland trip for teen farmers

Jake Cosson, 16, and Bradley Martin, 14, are ready to lend a hand at Ekka, the Royal Queensland Show, on their exchange with Nambour State High School.

An agricultural student exchange to Queensland has provided two students with a wealth of new knowledge.

Artist's 'whimsical' NZ flag sculpture

Local Whangarei artist Malcolm Ford with his 3D flag which incorporates the letters 'N' and 'Z'.

A local Whangarei artist, who doesn't support a flag change, designed a 3D one out of manuka anyway.

Civilian WW2 volunteers honoured

From left: Captain Corry Beentjies Royal NZ Navy, retired; Lieut Commander Mike Smith RNZ Navy, regional officer; David Gray; ex engineer Merchant Navy; John Griffin  ex MN serviceman WW2; Sheryl Mai mayor and Chris Harold president Whangarei RSA following the Merchant Navy Day commemoration in Whangarei.

Several thousand New Zealanders served in the Merchant Navy during World War 2.

Check this out mate? gallery

Chess players concentrate on their next move at Kamo High School.

An inter-school chess competition attracted 53 children from six Whangarei schools and one homestay.

Car crash blocks State Highway 1

The condition of the patients is unknown at the moment.

A car crash blocked both directions of State Highway 1 as the occupants were being removed from vehicles.

Police target distracted drivers

Police on the look out for motorists using mobile phones while driving in Port Rd, Whangarei. Road policing manager Inspector Wayne Ewers says during the 30 minutes police were there no one was spotted breaking the law.

A police operation targeting people "driven to distraction" is under way

Drone causes power outage

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating after a drone caused a power outage in Northland on Thursday morning.

A drone that flew into a power line sparked a power outage for 200 homes in Whangarei on Thursday.

Chile quake triggers tsunami warning

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People on Northland's east coast are urged to keep abreast of latest updates throughout the day after tsunami warnings were issued.

Help sought over assault in Northland

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Police are investigating a complaint of sexual assault in Northland on Monday.

Nesting petrels return to Heads reserve gallery

One of the grey faced petrels found nesting on the mainland Bream Head cliffs.

Grey faced petrels have established burrows again on the Northland mainland.

Kamo bypass to close this weekend

The Kamo bypass in Whangarei. Contractors will be removing and tidying vegetation and along the side of the state highway this weekend.

The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists to plan ahead to avoid delays through the Kamo bypass on SH1 through Whangarei this weekend.

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