Whangarei Leader

Violin, cello and double bass talents on show gallery

Alex Powell receives his full licence from mayor Sheryl Mai and deputy mayor Sharon Morgan.

Children from Whangarei Sistema Toi Akorangi's holiday programme put on a concert for their families.

Junior throwers pick up medals

Clockwise from top left: Athletics Whangarei Colgate Games representatives Emma Hetaraka, Hokioramai Dunn, Nikolas Kini, Jordyn Hetaraka, Aimee-Leigh Scott, Braedon Hetaraka, Oscar Ruffel, Elliot Ruffel and Jaime Hetaraka.

Athletes from Athletics Whangarei have enjoyed some success in throwing events at this year's Colgate Games.

Clock builders having a ball video

Warren Thomas, Pete Romer and Graham Brice next to the ball clock 'mock up' sculpture they helped build.

A group of experienced craftsmen have built a working model of a ball clock to present to council.

Whangarei protesters join rally

Some of the group from Whangarei which travelled to the TPPA Auckland rally.

A 30-strong group of people from Whangarei took part in the TPPA protest rally in Auckland.

Beating to a creative drum gallery

Holly Barry gets creative at ArtBeat 2016.

Northlanders packed into Cafler Park to enjoy the sounds, sights and tastes of ArtBeat.

Arts centre gains government backing

An impression of what the Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Arts Centre will look like at the Whangarei Town Basin.

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti welcomes $4 million in tourism funding toward the Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Arts Centre.

Fairies, and an old lady who swallowed a fly gallery

Arielle gets into her fairy character.

Making A Scene drama and voice academy's ArtBeat performance had plenty of practice.

Vandals can't stop community piano

Creative Northland's Joshua Rawson and Emma Pearce with the new piano lent to them by Whangarei District Council.

Creative Northland has a new community piano outside the library thanks to the Whangarei District Council.

Volunteers keep cars safe

Community Patrols NZ Whangarei branch volunteer Barry Scown provides information to visitors at Abbey Caves car park.

Volunteers are keeping locals and tourist's cars safe at popular Whangarei locations this summer.

Ready to start school

Bailey Morris and his mum Alice Morris are ready for the challenges school will bring.

Five-year-old Bailey Morris is packing his lunchbox into his school bag for the very first time.

Friendly competition for a good cause

Some of the Persistent Pacers, clockwise from left, Bonnie, Mandy, Jenny, Phill, Karen and Wendy.

One of the teams entered in the 10th anniversary of Northland's Relay for Life is issuing a challenge.

Landmark memorial hospital buildings for sale

Nurse Cavell Memorial Hospital at Paparoa.

An historic hospital named after slaughtered war hero Edith Cavell is on the the market in Northland.

Tikipunga 'Muck in' day needs helpers

Volunteers give recently planted natives room to grow in the Waitaua Catchment Restoration Network.

Volunteers are needed to remove weeds and other invasive plants threatening recently planted natives on the banks of the Waitaua Stream.

Keeping children safe from chemicals

Chemicals such as cleaning products should be stored up high and out of sight of children.

The Environmental Protection Agency says 90 children under 5 are hospitalised every year after contact with chemicals at home.

Two Northland faces in awards shortlist

Peter Coates is a semi-finalist in the 2016 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award.

Peter Coates and Mataroria Lyndon are semifinalists in their respective New Zealander of the Year categories.

A growing success gallery

Fred Tito and Leo Cummings enjoy some of the corn grown in the food forest.

Over the past six months, volunteers have been working hard at the Wai A Ariki Food Forest Onerahirahi.

Tattoos for food

Barry Black is using his mobile tattooing setup to generate more food for food banks.

A Whangarei tattooist is helping local food banks by charging part money and part food items for a tattoo.

Complex stirs traffic concerns

Ranburn Rest Home Hospital and Village residents Dot and Dick look out at the site where the proposed commercial centre will be built.

Two residents at Ranburn Rest Home Hospital and Village have concerns over proposed shopping centre in Waipu.

Thunderstorm causes flash flood

A trailer needed to be rescued from the rising water.

Steve MacMillan's property was hit by unexpected flooding after a thunderstorm hit on Thursday.

Summer snorkel days under way

Jessica Gauntlett, 9, Elle Gibson, Amy Gauntlett, 7, and Rebekah Gauntlett, 5 at the Comunity Guided Snorkel Day in the Whangarei Harbour.

The snorkel days offer an opportunity to explore the waters inside the marine reserve at Reotahi with an experienced snorkel guide.

ArtBeat festival in its 20th year gallery

Younger children can head along to the fairy grotto for some magic, face painting, talk to fairies, make a wish or go on a treasure hunt  during Whangarei's ArtBeat festival on January 30.

Whangarei's annual interactive art festival is on next weekend.

Friends in lots of places

Whangarei Friendship Force members Pauline Schon, Dave Walters, Glenys Currie, Patsy Walters, Anne Bielby, Brian Currie, John Bielby, Margaret Munro, Keith Thomas and Don Munro.

Whangarei Friendship Force packed a lot of activity into the month of November.

Habitat seeks housing partner

Habitat for Humanity's Dargaville partner family Alma Futulan and her children Shanida and Joshua.

Housing charity Habitat for Humanity hopes to choose a partner family for a three-bedroom home to be located in Whangarei.

Relocated petrels leave home

A grey-faced petrel being fed on Matakohe-Limestone Island.

Forty-eight grey-faced petrels that were relocated to Matakohe-Limestone Island in December have now fledged.

A rare breed of dairy farmer

Minsu Choi and Susan Pryor are wanting to help New Zealand and Korea understand each other better.

A Korean dairy farmer in Whangarei can see potential in the free trade agreement between NZ and Korea.

Weed-growing teacher escapes suspension

A Northland relief teacher will not have his registration cancelled after being caught growing cannabis.

Caught with four cannabis plants, but teacher has "changed his ways".

Summer Do celebrates 30 years gallery

Pink and purple are Carol Peters colours of choice in the painting course run by Nick Nedaeff.

The Quarry Arts Centre's Summer Do has been giving people the chance to further their creativity for 30 years.

Man killed in Northland crash named

Whangarei resident Rae John Adams was killed when his car crashed head-on with a logging truck.

Police have released the name of a man who died in a car crash on Tuesday.

Service helps plug loneliness gap

Deb Abel visits Hilda Vyle once a week.

A visitor can make all the difference to on older person who may be suffering from loneliness or social isolation.

Digital learning on the go

800 Whangarei school students will receive a Chromebook to help their learning next year.

A Whangarei Trust is bringing digital learning to impoverished families, in a way that is affordable for them.

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