Whangarei Leader

Trial over 90-mile Beach drug bust

Drugs seized during the mega meth bust on 90 mile beach.

Group charged over $494 million methamphetamine seizure pleads not guilty.

Councillors sworn in for next three years

Mayor Sheryl Mai at the swearing in ceremony at Whangarei.
Behind her is the Whangarei District Council's chief ...

Elected representatives from across the Northland region have taken up their official posts.

Te Kakano opens in Town Basin

Te Kakano is officially open to the public.

The 'test bed' for the Hundertwasser Arts Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery has been officially opened.

Plan to reduce Northland's meth problem welcomed

Police made a mega methamphetamine bust on Northland's 90 Mile Beach.

A joint initiative aimed at tackling Northland's meth problem has been welcomed.

New water sampling programme for Mangawhai Harbour

Environmental Monitoring Officers Oliver Bone and Sophia Clark with the first sample  as part of the regional council's ...

A new water quality sampling programme is in place at Mangawahi Harbour.

Gymnast wins silver at first nationals

Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics' Ryan Townsend, Pippa Benton, Zoe Espie, Sophia Cosson, Kyla MacKenzie and Brendan Marias.

Brendan Marias' silver medal on the vault "a really nice surprise".

Fast track for sexual violence cases

A pilot programme is being introduced to judges at Auckland and Whangarei courts.

District courts are aiming to improve waiting times for victims of sexual violence.

Police amp up presence

The St John Ambulance station was cordoned off on Tuesday when a man was dropped at the station in a critical condition.

A slain gang member's tangi is expected to draw a large number of other gang members.

Dumped man was shot

A police cordon in place at the St John Ambulance station in Whangarei.

Man who died after being left at Whangarei ambulance station was a gang member who had been shot.

Community build skate park

Coco, 7, Poppy, 5, and Mania Bates think the new skate park is awesome.

The Ruakaka community built themselves a skate park, and they absolutely love it.

54-year medal mystery solved

Thomas James Cummins' WWI service medal survived a fire and spent over 50 years as part of Richard Howitt's coin collection.

Richard Howitt found the medal in ashes of a fire in 1962. He's just returned it to the soldier's family.

Support for rethink on cannabis laws

Advocates call for medicinal cannabis to be accessible and affordable for people who need it.

Polls suggest some changes to cannabis laws are needed.

Man suffers serious burns

A man was air lifted to Whangarei Hospital after suffering first and second degree burns near Tinopai, north of Auckland.

Radiator hose explodes showering man with boiling water.

96-year-old reaquainted with former love

Current owner John Wilson, former owner Laurie Le Grice and his son Bob Le Grice.

It was beige when Laurie Le Grice owned the Alfa Romeo, but the new red version has paid him a visit.

Sleep out raises awareness of homelessness

Tai Tokerau Emergency Housing Trust chairman Adrian Whale receives his free soup and bread from Soul Food's Tom Lay.

Tai Tokerau Emergency Housing Trust are receiving 15 enquires a week.

Statoil pulls out of Northland

Protesters made their presence known outside the Northland Regional Council last year.

Oil giant Statoil signals retreat from Northland exploration.

NZ's best sausage revealed gallery video

Chicken Lime and Lemongrass Sausage from Mangawhai Meat shop.

It's thin, it has Thai flavours and it's chicken - this is the best sausage in the land. Officially. 

Anaesthetist shares 30 years of experience

Anaesthetist Dr Fred Muller says he dealt with an average of six to 10 patients a day over the years.

Dr Fred Muller credits Bob Dylan in part for his move from South Africa to Whangarei.

Northland junior doctors join national strike

The Northland District Health Board warns services will be affected by the junior doctors strike.

The majority of Northland's junior doctors will strike over long shift work.

Lotto player scoops $1m

The winning Lotto First Division ticket for Wednesday night's draw was sold at MyLotto.

A lucky Lotto player from Whangarei is $1 million richer as Powerball rolls over to $20m.

The new faces at Whangarei District Council

How do the three newly elected Whangarei councillors see their time on council?

New market draws creatives

New owner of the  Whangarei Artisans' Fair Market, Jodie Hannam.

Drive to boost Whangarei's artisan market.

Local literature an enjoyable read

Dr Aroha Harris will be talking about her book, Tangata Whenua at a literary day in Kawakawa.

Northland's talented writers celebrate a growing interest in New Zealand Literature.

Unsung hero wins award

Cerebral Palsy Society partnership manager Martin Pepperell and Unsung Hero award winner Max Cole.

Max Cole, who has mild cerebral palsy, is a caregiver for people with more significant disabilities.

58 years service to youth hostels

Gilbert Whalley's 58 years of service to Youth Hostels was recognised with dinner and a presentation.

Gilbert Whalley is proud of what he achieved during 58 years service to Youth Hostels in Northland.

Aerobic gymnasts claim 15 medals at nationals

The Northland aerobic gymnastics team who produced 'incredible' results at nationals.

The Northland aerobics team spent part of their school holidays in the deep south, winning medals.

Bird breeding bonanza thrills conservationists

A burrow scope reveals a grey-faced petrel chick.

Bream Head's long lost birds are back, and they're breeding.

House ablaze in Kamo

A fire service spokesman said the blaze was mainly located in the roof of the house.

Several fire crews attended a house fire in Northland.

Pak 'n Save admits mispricing

Pak 'n Save Kaitaia staff have been incorrectly changing tickets for the weekly specials, which meant some prices ...

Staff in the supermarket's Kaitaia store were advertising specials a day before the prices dropped.

Mai celebrates her mayoralty win

Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai with the taiaha which will be award to the winner of the clash between the NZ provincial ...

Whangarei's sitting mayor Sheryl Mai romps home to any easy win.

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