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Extreme makeover for Te Aroha

Yolande Oversier and Tex McGoram

A couple who ditched creature comforts to live at sea are planning a TV series "like Grand Designs for boats".

Setting the sun to work

James Bellamy, Lydia Mair and baby Kaia

More people are tapping into the sunny north's power by "going solar", but is it the solid investment they say it is?

Blunt force killed man

death at whangarei home

Michael Patrick Griffin, 56, was killed by a severe blunt force to the head in an unprovoked attack at his house.

Man arrested over kidnapping

Police

A 50-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow for a kidnapping in Whangarei last month.

Driver trapped in rolled truck

Logging truck

A logging truck has crashed and rolled near Whangarei trapping a person inside.

Fundraising at a blistering pace

Vicky Bruce-Miller

Doctor Vicky Bruce-Miller has rowed Cook Strait, smashing the current record and raising nearly $3000 for a patient.

Councillor's addiction drives ban

 Brian McLachlan

A councillor has spoken out candidly about his smoking addiction in an attempt to get a Smokefree 2025 vision taken seriously.

Katie's brave battle

Katie Reed

Despite 18 hospital admissions in two years, 10-year-old Katie Reed remains positive in the face of illness.

Dismissal over texts unjustified

cell phone

A man who had been dating his boss' daughter was found to be unjustifiably fired from his job.

Brother fights domestic violence

John McGrath and wife Kate McGrath

The brother of a Northland woman who was killed by her partner is stepping up as the region's first White Ribbon ambassador.

A problem as old as spray can

Phil

Taggers are taking to the streets of Whangarei and causing a headache for the council with their nozzle-happy ways.

Man flees with child in car

Police

Police arrest man who led a high-speed car chase through Whangarei with a child in his car.

Losing puppy too much to Bear

Bear

Boy's heartache over his mum's death is made worse by loss of a puppy - his last gift from her.

Fight for Jade's health

Jessika Guest and Jade

A family is being torn apart in its bid to give a 6-year-old medicinal cannabis.

Offenders turn hand to help

Community service

More than 400 offenders are quietly righting their wrongs in the Whangarei community.

Kiwis dream big

Ray Avery

It's not everyday one of the country's leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs comes to town.

Old Boys Association in dire straits

Greg Weaver

A Whangarei institution is in danger of being consigned to history.

Loving the best of the North

Mylie

Mylie George, 36, chief executive Vintage Mafia, communications and event contractor. 

Abuse of elders is all too common

Heather Campbell

Age Concern's Abuse and Neglect Prevention services receive more than 2000 referrals each year, but the organisation's local social worker says the abuse looks different to how many people imagine.

Hard to beat Whangarei's beaches

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke has spent his life living in Whangarei and reckons the beaches are hard to beat.

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