Whangarei Leader

Community gets injection of hope

I Have A Dream alumni Ruth Kalati and Amelia Unufe from Auckland talk with the next generation of children to be involved in the long term mentoring programme.

A new initiative is aiming to guide at risk children through education to reach their potential.

Lack of emergency housing

A person sleeps rough on a park bench. A study into emergency housing nationally paints a picture of people living in precarious, insecure and unhealthy situations.

The lack of emergency housing available in Whangarei has the Citizens Advice Bureau worried.

Great day on the water for disabled gallery

25112015 About Town photos supplied by HALBERG DISABILITY SPORT FOUNDATION. Alex Dickson, 19, from Tikipunga High School participates in waka ama at the Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Sports Day November 21 on the Tutukaka Coast, north-east of Whangarei.

A Halberg Sports Day on the Tutukaka Coast has introduced water sports to physically disabled Northlanders.

Christmas donations sought

Whangarei Salvation Army corps officer Jenny Ratene-Koia and food bank manager Gay Matoe are seeking donations to help them through the busy Christmas period.

Increased pressure on the Whangarei Salvation Army throughout the year has depleted its Christmas stockpile.

Central city at risk if sea levels rise

Firefighters survey flooding in Commerce St, Whangarei during a storm in July 2008. Sea levels could rise by up 100cm by the end of the century.

Maps show areas of central Whangarei are less than a metre above the average high tide mark.

Daughter inspires mum and dad

Toni and Jade Bean are going to shave their heads to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Bean family Christmas photos will look different this year, but all for a good cause.

Virtual tours the future of learning

Kamo High School students Josh Tyler and Georgia Remo-Wetere explore a foreign location using virtual reality technology.

A Google programme touring the world stopped in at a Whangarei high school to showcase its virtual reality teaching tours.

Shoppers encounter mini mob of moustaches

Pak'nSave Whangarei Frozens deputy manager Carl Mansell and duty manager Jeremy King show off their moustache efforts part way through the month.

An army of moustache wielding staff members are appearing at a Whangarei supermarket this month.

Top Northland talent up for awards

Northland hockey representatives who won Team of the Year at the 2014 Northland Sports Awards.

The 2015 Northland Sports Awards finalists have been announced, with 28 sports codes nominating 127 finalists.

Dancers in step at national champs

Instep Dance Studio dancers, from left: Mike Jones and Kathy Wallace, Paul and Sonya Ellis and Taui Arona and Anna Lakajova.

Instep dancers came away with a haul of medals at the national Ballroom and Latin American championships.

Probe into Puhipuhi mercury mine on table

Photos provided to the Northland Regional Council by Puhipuhi Mining Action Group and Ngati Hau show the old mercury mine at Puhipuhi is deteriorating with large rusting tanks and other mine equipment in poor condition.

The Northland Regional Council is to consider investigating potential adverse environmental effects at an old mine site in Northland.

P contamination in state houses

Contractors decontaminate a property in Whangarei.

Housing New Zealand is leading the fight against the growing social concern of P contamination in homes.

Mayor signs White Ribbon pledge

Whangarei deputy mayor Sharon Morgan and mayor Sheryl Mai sign the White Ribbon Pledge to launch the 2015 White Ribbon campaign in Whangarei.

Whangarei's mayor and deputy mayor have signed the White Ribbon pledge to end violence against women.

Changes afoot at Quarry Gardens

Garden volunteer Jill Strong and operations manager David McDermott in front of the new visitors centre and cafe.

A new entrance and a small entry fee are two changes a new building brings to the gardens.

Fly tipping an 'ongoing battle'

Household items dumped at the Onerahi Lookout.

A camera and light are helping to reduce incidents of fly tipping at one notorious Onerahi site.

Whangarei commemorates Armistice Day gallery

Whangarei RSA president Chris Harold pays his respects during Whangarei Armistice Day commemorations.

Whangarei RSA president says more than expected turned out for armistice day commemorations.

Thieves hijack donated hospice shop items

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Signage at the Ellerslie Mercy Hospice Shop which sells donated goods and all profit goes to the Mercy Hospital.

Police are appealing to the public not to leave donated goods outside North Haven Hospice’s Whangarei shop during weekends.

Northland disability sports day

10112015 Out & About photos supplied Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Ellie Weight, 10, and Trinity Peua play wheelchair basketball. The Northland Junior Disability Sports Day was hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Parafed Northland on November 5 at the ASB Leisure Centre.

Forty athletes between the ages of 7-21 competed in a range of disability specific sports.

Students tackle NCEA exams

Pompallier Catholic College year 13 student Connor Teh-Hall scooped first in calculus at school prize-giving ahead of his final NCEA exams.

Almost 5000 Northland students are sitting NCEA exams from November 6 to December 4.

Whangarei schools dominate sports awards

Whangarei Boys' High School's swimmer Callum Prime won the 2015 Northland Secondary Schools Sportsman of the Year Award.

Northland secondary school students have been recognised for their sporting endeavours.

Collar embedded in dog's neck

The dog made a full recovery and was re-homed.

Two cases involving Whangarei residents made the SPCA List of Shame, with another case in Kaitaia making it three from Northland.

Retiring school caretaker says thanks

Keith Dickens says it is with sadness he retires from his role as caretaker at Kamo High School after 28 years.

Keith Dickens says he has enjoyed his time at Kamo High School and is sad to be leaving.

Dusty rural road gets some tar

A logging truck kicks up a dust cloud on Wright Rd, west of Whangarei.

Residents welcome the initiative but say they will keep fighting to have the entire route sealed.

Sci-fi musical hits the stage

Whangarei Theatre Company actors Richie Rewa, as Seymour, with Rachel Diamond (Audrey) in rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors.

Whangarei Theatre Company's latest production Little Shop of Horrors opens on Friday the 13th.

Sport Northland patron honoured

Former Sport Northland patron Matt Marshall with Sport Northland chief executive Brent Eastwood.

The impressive CV of doctor Matt Marshall has been recognised as he steps down as patron of Sport Northland.

No new bottle stores for six years

Under a new Auckland Council Policy supermarket liquor sale hours will change from 7am to 11pm to 9am to 9pm.

The Whangarei District local alcohol policy is a step closer to being brought into force.

Woman found in Waitangi Forest

Police are seeking help to find a missing woman.

Woman who went missing in Northland bush has been found.

Life sentence for vehicular murder

A Kaitaia man has been sentenced to life in jail for the murder of his girlfriend.

Tongan man "cruelly" ran over woman at high speed- twice.

Calves, goats and lambs galore

Hukerenui School's Hayley McSweeney and her calf Magnolia picked up a number of ribbons on their way to being named Supreme Champion Calf Overall.

The Whangarei calf club's annual central day was held at Barge Park Showgrounds on November 5. 

NZ On Air funding for ‘Te Reo Metal’

Shihad drummer and record producer Tom Larkin, Alien Weaponry singer and guitarist Lewis de Jong and Roundhead Studios recording engineer Scott Seabright in the studio.

Teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry are "set to take the heavy metal world by storm".

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