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Take care on the roads

Wet weather in Northland is making the roads hazardous and police urge motorists to take care.

Police drug raids on gang nets millions

Police sting on Headhunters gang nets over $17m in cash, drugs and assets.

Chair shortage leads to long-lasting love

Mutual respect and the phrase "yes dear" are crucial ingredients in a love story spanning more than 60 years.

Speedy way to employment

Music, socialising and a wisecracking MC - not what the average job interview is made of.

Whangarei lock down following gunfire

Police catch three men after reports of gunfire sent Whangarei into lockdown.

Hailing cab hard in Whangarei

A long wait for a taxi after a night of drinking encourages disorderly behaviour, bar managers say.

Drivers must slow down to protect kiwi

The kiwi population around Whangarei Heads is booming, but more of the birds are winding up as road kill.

Facility has cancer in sights

cancer centre

A new oncology facility at Whangarei Hospital is part of a wider plan to keep pace with growing cancer rates.

Mates reunited after 60 years

Des and Trev

A conversation in a rest home corridor resulted in two friends reuniting after more than six decades apart.

Message in a booze bottle

Bottle sculptors

A trip to the tip was the first step in a project that aims to make heavy drinkers reconsider their habits.

Thankful Tank gets over grass thanks to HUHA

Tank

Tank is living a playful dog's worst nightmare all because of his allergy to grass.

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?

Chance for sex lures moths

Male guava moth

Northland Regional Council is using sex as a weapon in the fight against the guava moth.

The art of undertaking

John Gwillim

It may not be everybody's idea of a dream job, but funeral directors will certainly never be out of work.

Blow to head killed man

tapeST

Whangarei man who died in an attack on Sunday was killed by a severe blow to the head.

Man dead after attack at house

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.

Driver trapped in rolled truck

Logging truck

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

Life is Bearable again

Bear

Kind-hearted vets and nurses have spared a young boy more grief by saving the life of his puppy.

Dangerous footpath under scrutiny

Jaki and Kassidy

A baby has suffered a concussion after her mother fell on slippery inner-city pavers.

Horses on beaches OK but no bikes in mall

horse

Vehement community opposition has seen the council scrap a bylaw that would have restricted horse riding on beaches.

Man charged over Whangarei kidnapping

Police

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

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.

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.

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

Charity

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

Woman threatened with knife, kidnapped

Police

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

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

Final gift to son goes missing

Bear

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

Phil

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

Offenders turn hand to help

Community service

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

'WhangaReinbow' offers support

Rainbow youth

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

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.

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.
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