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Katie's brave battle

Katie Reed

Despite 18 hospital admissions in two years, 10-year-old Katie Reed remains positive in the face of illness.

Dismissal over texts unjustified

cell phone

A man who had been dating his boss' daughter was found to be unjustifiably fired from his job.

Brother fights domestic violence

John McGrath and wife Kate McGrath

The brother of a Northland woman who was killed by her partner is stepping up as the region's first White Ribbon ambassador.

A problem as old as spray can


Taggers are taking to the streets of Whangarei and causing a headache for the council with their nozzle-happy ways.

Man flees with child in car


Police arrest man who led a high-speed car chase through Whangarei with a child in his car.

Losing puppy too much to Bear


Boy's heartache over his mum's death is made worse by loss of a puppy - his last gift from her.

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.

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