Whangarei Leader

Hora Hora School building for the future

Pupils in Room 19 at Hora Hora Primary School are excited about their school getting a new two storey building.

A Whangarei Primary school is getting 10 new classrooms as part of a $6.5 million project at the school.

From Whangarei to Las Vegas

Whangarei Hair stylist Daniel Matene will represent NZ in Las Vegas.

Hair stylist Daniel Matene is heading to the US to take on the world's best.

Mayor opens purpose-built jetty

Whangarei Cruising Club commodore Doug Smeal invites Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai to open the new jetty on Riverside Drive.

Four organisations joined forces to get a new jetty built on Riverside Dr in Whangarei

45 years as a frontline volunteer

Trevor Vaile and brother Alan with the cake decorated by Whangarei Cake Decorators Guild member Elaine Goldthorpe.

Trevor Vaile is this month's "official" Good Sorts Cake recipient

Fingerlings released into Whangarei dams

Fish & Game's Rudi Hoetjes releases fish into the Opouteke River helped by his dog Jack. The river flows generally east reaching the Mangakahia River 30 kilometres north of Dargaville.

Winter fishing reservoirs restocked

Taniwha challenge helps community

Taniwha players Tyler Lansdowne, Matias Narvaez, Dan Hawkins, Isimeli Taqea, Jaycob Matiu, Warren Dunn and Shane Neville with their winning raised garden bed.

The Northland Taniwha built garden beds to be donated to local groups, while also discovering potential study options.

Talented designers put to the test gallery

27082015 Out and About photos supplied by ?? Sarah Marshall Photography. Northland Bernina Fashion Awards 2015. Bernina Northland Fashion Awards 2015 Northland designer of the year Aimee Tomes, left, with her creation Liquid Courage, modelled by Zeralda Pirini.

It was a challenging time for the judges in this year's Bernina Northland Fashion Awards.

Help needed for river planting

Some of the group of 30 volunteers from the Waitaua Catchment Restoration Network at the Matariki planting day along the Waitaua River in June.

Want to help protect our streams and waterways?

Whangarei stabbing victim released from hospital

The man received multiple stab wounds in the Whangarei stabbing

The 69-year-old man was stabbed twice in a Whangarei park on Saturday.

Fan gets chance to perform for hero

The Avenues - Kara Britton (front) and Jess Dowlman (back) - are rehearsing hard for their performance at The Old Stone Butter Factory, supporting Anika Moa.

Waiheke resident and singer/songwriter Kara Britton can't wait to open for Anika Moa on September 4.

Sweet treats for 'good cause'

Dale Tweedie dedicated her weekend to baking and icing cupcakes to sell as part of the SPCA's Cupcake Day.

Whangarei woman Dale Tweedie combined her love of baking with the SPCA's Cupcake Day.

Main route north fully operational again gallery

The rebuilt section of the state highway south of Kawakawa.

$3.25m rebuild of state highway south of Kawakawa now complete

Students art on display

Clockwise from top left: Glenbervie year 1, 2 and 6 pupils Sam, Blake, Cameron, Sakura, Will and Ruby-June, with some of the 544 pieces of art on display in the school hall.

Students at Glenbervie school have two pieces of art on display at their once in three year exhibition.

Grief support group for local community

Beth Henderson is looking to provide support and understanding to those experiencing loss or grief.

A Parua Bay counsellor is offering a five week grief support group to those in need in her community.

Battleground awaits hip hop dancers

Northland Hip Hop Dance crews Future Crew and Kani Krew performing their World of Dance set at the Hardcore Dance Company concert earlier this year.

Northland Hip Hop crews, Future Crew and Kani Krew have organised a dance fit party fundraiser to help get them to Australia.

Ethan riding to help Nepal

Ethan Worthington is planning to ride 20km to raise funds for people in Nepal.

An eight-year-old Whangarei boy is tackling 20km on his bike to raise funds for people in Nepal.

Clothes to help make ends meet

Volunteers Dee Morgan and Kathy Lorenz, Plunket community support co-ordinator Karen Hale, volunteers Gail Panoutsos and Annesha Bloomfield with daughter Imogen Olsen, and Plunket community support co-ordinator team leader Shar Lovina with the clothes and kits for families in need.

Northland Plunket is assembling kits of clothing for children and they need more donations.

Pizza delivery ends badly

Police need our help to solve two robberies in Whangarei on Wednesday.

Police seek public's assistance in identifying two men involved in separate robberies.

Excellent effort by cast and crew

Mike Tor, as Gary, and Sonja Jelsma, Julia, in a scene from the play Dead Guilty on at the Octagon Theatre until August 30.

Richard Worth reviews Octagon Theatre's latest production - Dead Guilty

Move roadkill to side of road if possible

Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre manager Robert Webb with a young hawk he nursed back to health at the centre.

Keep an eagle eye on the road to avoid hawks.

Mayoral welcome for international students

A bumper group of new international students received an official mayoral welcome to Whangarei from mayor Sheryl Mai.

Whangarei's newest international students where welcomed to the region by the mayor on August 10.

Blue Light inspires city clean up

Constable Joe Te Ao with Cole Miller and Aengus Ordner.

Several streets in Whangarei have had a tidy up from some thanks to the police Blue Light initiative.

Foot and cycle bridge wins praise

Whangarei residents wait for the official opening of Kotuitui Whitinga in September 2014.

The Waiarohia Stream foot and cycle bridge, Kotuitui Whitinga, has added to Whangarei's reputation for great bridge building.

Anne 'wouldn't do without' Bill

Nonagenarians Anne and Bill Martin have surpassed the platinum wedding anniversary milestone.

A Whangarei couple in their 90s celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in March this year.

'Is three seconds worth dying for?'

Locomotive Engineer John Paku says people need to be aware around rail crossings as trains can come from either direction, and at anytime of the day.

A train driver with 50 years experience is urging people to take more care around rail passageways.

Gang member at 200kph charged

A Head Hunters gang member has appeared in the Whangarei District Court after fleeing police but two more alleged offenders are outstanding.

Challenging season opener for Northland's Taniwha

Northland's mascot Tane the Taniwha.

Hopes high in north as the region's Taniwha set sights on lifting the Ranfurly Shield off Hawkes Bay

Funding boost for medical maestro

Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta presents Mataroria Lyndon with a 2015 Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Maori Scholarship.

Northland man Mataroria Lyndon has received one of three 2015 Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Maori Scholarships.

Support from parents who can relate

Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism Northland celebrates its awareness week from August 10 to 16.Tyler and mum Emma Watson are one of many Northland families who benefit from their support.

A Whangarei mum says network of mums of children with disabilities or impairments is a huge support.

Slow down, belt up and don't drink and drive

Northland road policing manager Inspector Murray Hodson is asking Northlanders to take care on the road after an increase in fatal and serious injury crashes.

An increase in fatal road crashes this year has police urging Northland road users to stick to the rules.

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