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Fight for Jade's health

Jessika Guest and Jade

A family is being torn apart in its bid to give a 6-year-old medicinal cannabis.

Offenders turn hand to help

Community service

More than 400 offenders are quietly righting their wrongs in the Whangarei community.

Kiwis dream big

Ray Avery

It's not everyday one of the country's leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs comes to town.

Old Boys Association in dire straits

Greg Weaver

A Whangarei institution is in danger of being consigned to history.

Loving the best of the North


Mylie George, 36, chief executive Vintage Mafia, communications and event contractor. 

Abuse of elders is all too common

Heather Campbell

Age Concern's Abuse and Neglect Prevention services receive more than 2000 referrals each year, but the organisation's local social worker says the abuse looks different to how many people imagine.

Hard to beat Whangarei's beaches

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke has spent his life living in Whangarei and reckons the beaches are hard to beat.

Bike ban opposed

bike story

Authorities are cracking down on nuisance behaviour in the CBD, but cycling enthusiasts say the move is "backwards" and want to see a more vibrant city centre.

Grandma Jenny a friend to many

Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson gives $100 a week to two people out of work because of illness. She wants this situation to highlight how desperate things get for people who lose their jobs.

Body found in Whangarei stream

Whangarei body

A resident alerted police after finding a body in a stream in an ordinarily peaceful neighbourhood.

King of monarchs

MOnarch Butterflies

Tikipunga resident Denis Poulson has been forced to pull out some of his swan plants after an overwhelming invasion of monarch caterpillars.

'WhangaReinbow' offers support

Rainbow youth

A new support group for young people questioning their sexual identity is being piloted in Whangarei.

Walk raises money for school

Billy Younger

Following in his father's philanthropic footsteps, Billy Younger has raised $1125 for his school through a sponsored 10-kilometre walk around Whangarei.

Medics enjoy visit

Dr Mareta Jacob and nurse Erenoa Rakanui

Two Cook Islands medical professionals on sabbatical at Whangarei Hospital say their only complaint is they would like to stay longer.

Quick electric top-ups

electric plug in for car

Whangarei is home to the country's first fast-charge station for electric vehicles.

Fast fibre keeps kids at school

Henare children

The introduction of ultra-fast broadband at Manaia View School has cut truancy rates, principal says.

Coastal development 'foolhardy'


A vocal opponent of the Ruakaka Racecourse housing development feels "vindicated" by results of an international report on climate change.

Book enables GE-free choices

 Zelka Grammer

A booklet informing consumers about what is really in their food will be "a wonderful tool for voting with your dollar".

Got funding - need people

Steering committee

A group of talented and enthusiastic youth has come together to plan this year's Northland Youth Summit but applications are slower than expected.

Baby alpaca the stars at open day


Lallybroch Alpacas have had a "bumper" breeding year and are holding an open day to introduce their 14 new babies to the community, and to mark National Alpaca Day.

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