Whangarei Leader

Holocaust survivors to share their story

Jewish couple Shmuel and Fredja Rothbard are sharing their war stories in Whangarei this weekend.

Shmuel Rothbard was just a child when World War II started.

They've got the region covered

The unveiling of Volunteering Northland with, from left, community and voluntary services minister Jo Goodhew, Volunteering Northland manager Bart van der Meer, trustee Fiona Morgan, Far North deputy mayor Tania McInnes, Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai, Northland MP Winston Peters and Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti.

Volunteering Whangarei's job just got a lot bigger.

Roadshow aims to encourage debate

One of the suggested replacements for the New Zealand flag.

Should New Zealand's flag be changed?

Immunisation rates low up north

Vaccinating on time is extremely important a Northland doctor says.

Nearly 80 vaccine-preventable diseases have been reported for infants in the last year in Northland

Reti to the rescue

Corrections community garden manager Laura Aspden, left, and local branch manager Victoria Bell with Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti and Whangarei District Council parks and recreations manager Paul McDonald at the community gardens site which reopens on Wednesday.

Shane Reti has helped reopen a once vibrant community garden Corrections offenders tended for the benefit of the community and themselves.

Kermadec Islands exhibition

The deepest fish found in the southern hemisphere at 7561 metres in the Kermadec Trench, photographed in 2009 by scientists using an ultra deep free-falling camera system deployed from the NIWA research vessel Kaharoa.

Artists' impressions of the Kermadec Islands will be on show at Whangarei Art Museum from July 5.

Sooty dies unexpectedly

John Alloway and Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre manager Robert Webb with the sooty albatross found at Pakotai in Northland on July 18.

A young albatross that took up temporary residence at Whangarei's Native Bird Recovery Centre last weekend has died.

Rates to rise 9 pc

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Fifa Under-20 teams from Myanmar and the USA are welcomed to Whangarei via a powhiri at Kaka Porowini Marae.
27-whl-fifa-F: Dick Shepherd, Benjamin Pittman and Pereri Tito.
27-whl-fifa-G: Mayor Sheryl Mai

Whangarei District Council has adopted its 2015-2025 Long Term Plan which includes a residential rates increase at an average of 9 per cent in 2015-16 followed by an average of 4.8 per cent in following years.

Mountains to Sea founder honoured

Samara Nicholas receives the special recognition award from Tindall Foundation founders Margaret and Stephen Tindall, left, and Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, right.

Changing people's lives while protecting the ocean has earned Samara Nicholas and the Mountains to Sea Trust a huge accolade.

Desperate boatie holds out against disaster

Coastguard Waiuku's NZ Steel Rescue boat.

Boatie jumps in cold, dark water to try and hold a dinghy carrying five people off rocks.

They helped us now we can help them, says Mayor Mai

A state of local emergency was declared in Whanganui on June 20 following torrential rain over the two previous days.

Mayor Sheryl Mai is calling on Whangarei residents to help the flood victims of Whanganui in the same way they helped us in 2007 – by donating to their Mayoral Relief Fund.

Sooty settles far from home

John Alloway and Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre manager Robert Webb with the sooty albatross found at Pakotai in Northland on Thursday.

A young albatross has taken up temporary residence at a bird recovery centre in Whangarei.

Whangarei football community all smiles

Thumbs up all around from those involved with the FIFA U20 World Cup in Whangarei including, clockwise from back left: Curtis and Aaron Sawford, Ella Jerez and Jayden Hudson-Owen.

The football world cup has left its mark on the minds and the fields of the Whangarei football community.

Onerahi bottle store appeal is lost

Members of the Onerahi community during a hikoi in November last year opposing the new liquor outlet in the Whangarei harbourside community.

Appeal against new bottle store fails.

Biscuits help fund RSA book project

New World's Todd and Lillian Leathem, with the RSA's Archie Dixon, are keen to contribute to something tangible in the community.

Anzac biscuit sales donated to help fund RSA's latest project.

Hatea Loop trail a finalist

A rainbow greets Hatea Loop walkers in Whangarei's Town Basin area. The 4.2 kilometre walkway is among finalists in the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards.

The Hatea Loop trail project, which has more than doubled the number of people using Whangarei's Town Basin area, is among finalists in the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards.

Youth Space Whangarei takes aim at bullying

Youth Space Stand Tall Whangarei project leader Jesse Anderson.

Tu Toa Whangarei (Stand Tall Whangarei) is on the lookout for our next music star.

Hungry giants eat the world

Whangarei Girls' High School year 12 drama class during rehearsals for Rainbows Ending being performed this week at the school.

A story about two giants who decide to eat the world is being performed this week by Whangarei Girls' High School's year 12 drama class.

Six-year-old to campaign for hospital

Six-year-old Arkeles Mafi-Komene, with mum Teawhi Hepi, is the new face of a campaign that funds some of the hospital equipment he relies on.

There are many children in Northland who have benefited from the Countdown Kids Hospital appeal but none more so than six-year-old Arkeles Mafi-Komene. 

Land access laws slow UFB rollout to rural areas

Northpower Fibre fibre jointer Cam Boyd works on Whangarei's ultrafast broadband network. Northpower wants to extend UFB to rural areas of the district but land access costs are a problem.

Law changes could help speed up the rollout of ultrafast broadband to rural and urban fringe communities.

Regional council rates to rise 5 per cent

Northland Regional Council chairman Bill Shepherd.

Regional council adopts 10-year plan.

Arts Centre will draw cruise ship tourists

In the 2013/14 season, 68,000 cruise ship passengers visited the Bay of Islands.

Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Arts Centre could bring thousands of cruise ship tourists to Whangarei every year.

Whangarei knifepoint home invasion

Police are seeking sightings of a stolen car, taken in a home invasion in Kamo, Whangarei.

Householders tied up and threatened with knife in home invasion.

Soul Food feeds a need

John Albert, centre, was homeless when he started using the Soul Food Service, but now has a job as a caregiver and his own accommodation. He is pictured with Soul Food founders Chris Youens and Rochelle Hedges.

Rochelle Hedges is helping keep empty bellies full in Whangarei.

Kapa haka champs at it again

Te Amohaere Tapene, member of the champion but unconventional kapa haka group Whangarei Mai Tawhiti.

Mimicking puppets and wind-up dolls, reinterpreting the national anthem and a "waka haka" are not traditional kapa haka moves.

Hundertwasser decision turns spotlight on future

It's back to business as usual at the district council, with Councillors Crichton Christie and John Williamson among those "over the moon" at the referendum outcome.

While the mouldy old Harbour Board building awaits its distant makeover the conciliatory mood at council is abundantly clear.

Director loves creating in Whangarei

In Whangarei you've just got to muck in and make it happen, says director Laurel Devenie.

Whangarei's perceived lack of imagination is lamented by many - but for a brilliant young director the city's fledgling theatre scene is part of its charm.

Pink shirts show solidarity

Teegan Clapperton and Joey Nathan run an inclusive student support group and are spreading the message that bullying isn't OK.

Groups that encourage diversity in schools can help put a stop to bullying, students say.

Crown to contribute $500k to airport upgrade

Whangarei Airport at Onerahi is expected to operate for about 10 more years.

Crown funding has been approved for the development of Whangarei Airport, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

Tartan spectacle promises to be better than ever

Highland McTea, one of the winners at last year's Art N' Tartan Wearable Art Awards in Waipu.

Organisers of Waipu's renowned Art N' Tartan Wearable Arts event are looking forward to using the newly-built Celtic Barn for the first time.

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