Whangarei Leader

Fishhooks found at playground

Whangarei District Council parks officers Spencer Jellyman, right, and Paul McDonald are condemning the potentially-deliberate placing of hundreds of fish hooks in the bark at Onerahi playground.

Hundreds of fishhooks found mixed into bark at a Whangarei play area.

Views sought in bid to gain share of $360m communications funding

Northpower technician Steve Sorenson works on the rollout of fibre to homes in Kensington and the CBD in 2010. Whangarei was New Zealand's first fully-fibre town last year, courtesy of Northpower.

Northlanders are being asked to provide their ideas and insights to assist the region's bid for a share of up to $360 million in Government funding to extend high-speed broadband and improve cellphone coverage.

Overnight detours in place for SH1 through Whangarei

The road works on State Highway 1 between Fourth and Wilson Avenues will take place overnight beginning Sunday until May 27.

Major road works at night are to start from this Sunday.

Search for reliable workers

Sharon Lyne, Merle McKenzie and Leanne McLiver from Home Support North say the trust desperately needs more workers to help its 1100 elderly or disabled clients.

A move to pay home support workers for the time it takes them to move between jobs will be a blessing for a Northland charitable trust facing a staffing crisis.

Vanuatu trip an eye-opener

Andrew Epskamp with Kamo Intermediate students who will experience first-hand the devastation caused by Vanuatu's Cyclone Pam.

Returning to Vanuatu post-cyclone was a "devastating" experience for teacher Andrew Epskamp.

Seasonal workers factor in Northland 9.9 per cent jobless rate, says Reti

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti.

Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti says he is "thinking and hoping" that last quarter's 9.9 per cent unemployment rate in Northland can be partially put down to an increase in seasonal workers in the region.

Benevolent 'mafia' gather

Kaari Schebach, Matt Keene, Penny Keene, Andrea Beazley, Carol Peters and Tracey Willms Deane put their money where their mouth is when it comes to good outcomes for the city.

They meet over glasses of red wine under the cloak of darkness and work to make the city just that little bit more "awesome".

Online business buzzing

Maungatapere businesswoman Rachael Chester was noticed by Google for her DIY search engine optimisation.

The tools for growing a business from a smaller city are right at your fingertips, say two Whangarei women with expanding online ventures.

Diamond anniversary for Pat and Decima

Pat and Decima Severinsen celebrate their Diamond (60 year) wedding anniversary.

The old adage of never going to bed angry is part of the success of Pat and Decima Severinsen's 60-year marriage.

Hunt begins for civil defence volunteers

Nancy Kareroa-Yorke, Northland community services manager, NZ Red Cross.

When disaster strikes, everyone wants to know help is on the way.

Death by golf at the Octagon Theatre

Terry O'Grady (Ashley), Nick Green (grandpa) and Lila Lusher (Muriel) during rehearsals for the Octagon Theatre's latest production Death by Golf.

Death by Golf tees off at the Octagon Theatre this week.

Victory for precautionary GE approch

Zelka Grammer, Dr Benjamin Pittman and Ngati Hine Forestry Trust's Tui Shortland outside Whangarei Courts at the start of the Environment Court proceedings earlier this year. They were among those opposing an appeal designed to lessen the restrictions on GMOs in the region.

Control over the release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) will remain with councils, because of an Environment Court ruling in Whangarei.

The sign and the return of the chairs

Sharron Nichols with the sign that brought her chairs back home.

Stolen chairs returned to owners.

Shoulder-tapped by Shihad

They worry about not being taken seriously, but the risk of that is diminishing for teenage metallers Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong and Ethan Trembath.

A shoulder-tap from Shihad is a sign of things to come for teenage rockers Alien Weaponry.

Cleo bachelor's dream date

He wants to take you on a picnic to the Waka and Wave, ladies.

Clio Bachelor of the Year finalist and Shorty star Reuben Milner dreams of blindfolding a girl and taking her to Waka and Wave in true Whangarei style.

Safety fears shut down Whangarei Corrections community garden

Compost donor Jeremy Busck is disappointed that a community gardening project for offenders has been shut down due to health and safety rules.

A community garden that helps offenders right their wrongs while contributing to charity has been shut down due to health and safety concerns.

Kittens flying out the door

Pet Essentials owner Mike Tasker and Whangarei SPCA manager Francine Shields with two of the centre's cutest specimens.

The head of Whangarei SPCA says she has to have chuckle when people turn their noses up at the centre's vast selection of kittens.

Chance to join a kiddies pirate sail

Todd and Roberta Welling and family aboard the  R.Tucker Thompson during a previous Kiddies Pirate Sail.

Tall ship the R.Tucker Thompson is planning a short stay in Whangarei from Friday

Camera obscura in early stages

Diane Stoppard clutches the camera obscura she uses in her work as a photographer, with collaborators Trish Clark, left, and Felicity Christian.

Old and new collide stylishly in a new interactive sculpture planned for Hihiaua peninsula.

Onerahi park to host Maori themed playground

Locals bless the site for a new Ki O Rahi-themed playground at Onerahi.

Bringing Maori games back into the community is the thinking behind a natural playscape planned for Onerahi.

Toy library on the lookout for new members

Volunteers Sheila Clayton and Maybeth Roberts serve homemade morning tea.

Apart from the occasional tantrum when a particularly wondrous plaything has to be returned, it's all smiles at Whangarei's 20-year-old toy library.

Father's death spurs exhibition idea

Photographer Janine Worthington's upcoming exhibition celebrates the history behind people's treasured items.

An aspiring photographer has used a deeply personal and traumatising experience as inspiration for her upcoming exhibition.

Table tennis not just for youngsters

Edna Alison, Julie Butel, Yvonne Yovich, and Elizabeth McBeth played their first national tournament over Easter.

This year's New Zealand Open Table Tennis Championships proved that table tennis is not just a young man's game.

Twenty slides of sign

Audience members applaud in sign language.

An evening dedicated to raising the profile of the country's third official language provided insights into life as a member of the Deaf community.

Dancers make Cameron St come alive

06052015 News photo: Alexandra Newlove/Fairfax NZ Staff and clients of IHC dance in Whangarei's Cameron St mall.

"Because we can" is as good a reason as any for a spontaneous Tuesday morning dance in the street.

Women carrying burden of sexual violence, says Davis

Kelvin Davis says he is speaking out against sexual violence, knowing all too well what can happen when those in power stay silent.

MP Kelvin Davis says he knows all-too-well the consequences when those in power fail to take a stand.

Local refuges overworked and underfunded

Women's Refuges work to raise public awareness of violence against women and children, promoting the prevention and elimination of violence, and the rights of women and children to care and protection.

Artists are being called on to support Whangarei's Women's Refuges, which are under increasing strain.

Basin architect backs Hundertwasser

A concept drawing of Harbourside, one of three options in the upcoming referendum.

A man who was involved in the original design of the Town Basin has thrown his full support behind the Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Arts Centre, saying he believes it would "seamlessly" into the area.

Phillipa reaches peak Rod Stewart mania

Phillipa Monteith, Whangarei's biggest Rod Stewart fan.

Many women would be disgusted to receive a soccer ball as a present from their husband, but not Phillipa Monteith - a level-headed charge nurse by day and 70s rock God fanatic by night.

Desperate for a cure

Anton Kuraia, the Whangarei policeman whose cancer was sent into remission by "alternative" cancer treatment, after being told by his doctors he had only weeks to live.

"I don't want to advocate the fact that this should replace conventional treatment. But I do want people who are like me, who have know other choices, to know there is some hope."

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