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Man charged over Whangarei kidnapping


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

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.

Council calls on govt to ban tobacco

 Brian McLachlan

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

City comes to life in photo collection

Lou Redwood

A businessman with a passion for Whangarei has amassed a remarkable collection of images documenting its history.

Delivering a ramp for Rueben

Rueben's ramp

Rueben Leslie's life will be a little bit easier from next week, as locals pitch in to make his house safer and more accessible.

Lack of cash forces charities to get creative


Our increasingly cashless society is causing a headache for bucket-shaking charities.

Woman threatened with knife, kidnapped


A woman kidnapped at knifepoint in Whangarei has emerged from her ordeal shaken but unhurt.

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.

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.

Dismissal over texts unjustified

cell phone

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

Man flees with child in car


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

Final gift to son goes missing


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

A problem as old as spray can


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

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.

Old Boys Association in dire straits

Greg Weaver

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

Kiwis dream big

Ray Avery

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

Loving the best of the North


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.

Bike ban opposed

bike story

Authorities are cracking down on nuisance behaviour in the CBD, but cycling enthusiasts say the move is "backwards" and want to see a more vibrant city centre.

Grandma Jenny a friend to many

Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson gives $100 a week to two people out of work because of illness. She wants this situation to highlight how desperate things get for people who lose their jobs.

Body found in Whangarei stream

Whangarei body

A resident alerted police after finding a body in a stream in an ordinarily peaceful neighbourhood.

King of monarchs

MOnarch Butterflies

Tikipunga resident Denis Poulson has been forced to pull out some of his swan plants after an overwhelming invasion of monarch caterpillars.

Walk raises money for school

Billy Younger

Following in his father's philanthropic footsteps, Billy Younger has raised $1125 for his school through a sponsored 10-kilometre walk around Whangarei.

'WhangaReinbow' offers support

Rainbow youth

A new support group for young people questioning their sexual identity is being piloted in Whangarei.

Medics enjoy visit

Dr Mareta Jacob and nurse Erenoa Rakanui

Two Cook Islands medical professionals on sabbatical at Whangarei Hospital say their only complaint is they would like to stay longer.

Quick top-ups for electric cars

electric plug in for car

Whangarei is home to the country's first fast-charge station for electric vehicles.

Fast fibre keeps kids at school

Henare children

The introduction of ultra-fast broadband at Manaia View School has cut truancy rates, principal says.

Coastal development 'foolhardy'


A vocal opponent of the Ruakaka Racecourse housing development feels "vindicated" by results of an international report on climate change.

Book enables GE-free choices

 Zelka Grammer

A booklet informing consumers about what is really in their food will be "a wonderful tool for voting with your dollar".

Got funding - need people

Steering committee

A group of talented and enthusiastic youth has come together to plan this year's Northland Youth Summit but applications are slower than expected.

Remembering sacrifice

locke family

This year's Anzac celebrations were special, and especially for members of the Locke family, who crossed the ditch to be together for the day.

Students turn IT teachers

it gurus

A group of tech-savvy youngsters have been given the tough job of spending their holidays on the latest laptops and smartphones.

Baby alpaca the stars at open day


Lallybroch Alpacas have had a "bumper" breeding year and are holding an open day to introduce their 14 new babies to the community, and to mark National Alpaca Day.

Fruit fly restrictions lifted

Restrictions imposed on fruit and vegetable movements in Whangarei have been lifted, with no further discoveries of Queensland fruit flies in the area.

Motorists must take care

With wet weather forecast this Easter holiday weekend Northland police are asking motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Workshops make good dads

A series of free workshops at The Pulse will help new dads "get the right tools for the job".

Laughs with mates helps

 Ben Smith

One of Whangarei's few remaining World War II veterans says humour got him through the war.

Sistema scheme expands

Sistema Whangarei's free orchestra programme is extending its reach thanks to public support and donations.

Storm cuts power throughout north

Northpower has deployed a helicopter to check for damage on its 33kV line from Maungaturoto to Kaiwaka following a major power outage affecting Maungaturoto, Brynderwyns, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai.

Lawnmower race keeps crisis at bay

lawnmower race

A group of friends has weathered a self-proclaimed mid-life crisis by racing one another on old lawnmowers.

Misspelt name goes back a long way

Scott Pothan

A high profile community member has acquired an accidental alias through the perpetual misspelling of his name.

Legal high hands tied

Legal high protest

You have the power to stop the sale of legal highs in practice, if not in law. That's the message to councils from Northland MP Mike Sabin.

Eel's the model of good behaviour

Eel McPherson

A former celebrity is still going strong thanks to a healthy diet of worms, crickets and mussels.

Kumara and Peanut Soup

Kumara and peanut soup

Kumara and Peanut Soup

Bank St sealing job expected to take two months

Bank St is to be resealed over the next two months from The Grand Hotel to the KFC in Regent.

Movie goes to school

old Parua Bay

Filmmakers have featured a dilapidated but historic Parua Bay building in their latest piece, which they hope is bound for the international circuit.

March against trade agreement

TPPA protest

An estimated 150 people gathered in Whangarei as part of a day of action that included thousands more across the country.

When the chips are down

Microchip cat

The SPCA says microchipping means it is becoming more common for the shelter to be able to return cats to their owners immediately.
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