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Motorists must take care

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fruit farmers troubled by latest arrival


Fruit farmers are feeling understandably vulnerable after the discovery of a Queensland fruit fly in Parihaka.

Fruit and vege movements restricted

Queensland fruit fly

The discovery of a Queensland fruit fly in Whangarei means fruit and vegetable movements will be restricted.

Take care in coastal areas, strong tidal surges

People along the Whangarei coast should take care near the water following the Chilean earthquake.

Another fruit fly found in Whangarei

A single male Queensland fruit fly has been discovered in a surveillance trap in Whangarei.

Police tribute to brave souls after assault

Three people who intervened in a vicious domestic assault on Kamo Rd have been honoured at a police awards ceremony.

Horses bring out best in children

Deb Williams

Grassroots hero and mentor Deb Williams has been sharing her life, horses and knowledge with children for more than 15 years.

Beware online puppy scam

Puppy scam

A couple duped out of $100 after trying to buy a puppy via Facebook is warning others to be wary.

Purple papermakers show how it's done

Purple Day

Workers at the Papermill did their bit for International Epilepsy Awareness Day by offering free purple papermaking lessons.

Top chef helps with school van

Simon Gault

Simon Gault is hosting a canapes-and-bubbles fundraising evening in support of Te Kura O Otangarei.

More accolades for star dairy farmer

Maungatapere dairy farmer and chartered accountant Charmaine O'Shea is Dairy Woman of the Year.

Welcome to mainly music


A unique music group for children with additional needs is inviting new members to join.

Eco consciousness - even after death

Eco Burials

The craze for environmentally friendly living is continuing on after death and changing the way some bodies are dealt with before burial.

Card better but some not convinced

Eco Burials

SuperGold Card users gave mixed reviews of their cards, and many were not sure where they could use them at a recent Age Concern meeting.

Stabbed dog bounces back

police dog

Police dog Gus is back in top form following his near-fatal stabbing last year.

Hands-on help for African kids

Ash Holwell

A young man facilitating an unlikely bond between Whangarei and an impoverished Kenyan school is calling on the community for help.

Dyslexia no barrier for Mikaela

Mikaela Alderton

Dyslexic university student Mikaela Alderton once struggled to learn her ABC. Now she's flying through papers in pharmacology and physiology.

Presentation on suicide

Northland's increasing suicide rate has spurred one university student into action to give a presentation on suicide prevention.

New event makes surfing accessible

Surfing WHL

Surfing is a sport traditionally reserved for the super-athletic, but anyone can have a go thanks to an event about to hit Whangarei.

Recycling habit takes root at Waitangi


A recycling and waste reduction partnership is proof education plays a major role in changing consumer habits.

Relief as Luci heads south


Civil Defence officials in Northland say it appears the worst of the effects of ex Tropical Cyclone Lusi may be over shortly – for their region at least – as the bad weather now bears down on other parts of New Zealand.

Heavy rain, strong winds likely for Northland


Northlanders and visitors to the region are being warned of potentially heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges tonight as the remains of Tropical Cyclone Lusi affect the region.

Stolen property recovered in search

Police have seized a large number of stolen items and cannabis plants, and found a methamphetamine lab, as a result of executing several search warrants.

Whangarei gets nod from Fifa


The world's third largest sporting event is set to hit Whangarei next year, and promises to bring not only excitement but a lasting legacy.

Honouring our war dead

Ian Reid

A dedicated volunteer has been working hard to ensure all Whangarei's war dead are honoured on the new Laurie Hall Park memorial.

Plans for war memorial forge ahead

Draft designs for a new war memorial in Laurie Hall Park are to be considered by the district council tomorrow.

It's a dog's life

Stone the Staffie

Think carefully before getting a pet - that's the advice from Whangarei SPCA after 118 unwanted animals were surrendered in January.

Meatless Mondays - Scrambled Tofu


Scrambled tofu can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a basic scrambled tofu recipe but can be jazzed up by adding other ingredients such as ground cumin, or finely chopped fresh herbs.

Scout is prepared for disaster

Sean Crichton

Northlanders are among the worst prepared for a natural disaster, Statistics New Zealand says. But for one young Scout, having an emergency plan for his family is a no-brainer.

Migrants make the most of English classes

More than 20 learners are taking part in English Language Partners' fulltime course, allaying fears that it would not be successful.

Birthday boy shows them who's Boss


Two police officers turned up to help farewell Tawhio "Boss" Maru on his last day at Raumanga Kohanga Reo.

Art centre funds on hold


A telephone survey to landlines in the district will determine the next step in the Hundertwasser Arts Centre saga.

Wandering Happy Feet


Burt the snares crested penguin has made a remarkable journey all the way to Whangarei and is taking some time to recuperate.

Council Arts Centre funding on hold

Whangarei District Council members have voted today to not provide any more funding for the proposed Hundertwasser Arts Centre until the results of a community survey are known.

Roasted Eggplant Pesto


This pesto can be used as a dip, a spread, or tossed through pasta. Unlike most pestos it contains no oil.

Shirley's exceptional deeds uncovered

Shirley Olney

Shirley Olney knits, crochets, sews and bakes for all of the charitable organisations supported by her husband Des.

Public intervene in assault

Three members of the public are being applauded for coming to the aid of a woman who was violently assaulted in Kamo Rd.

In charge of your health

Tech Savvy

A Whangarei GP is leading the charge towards a future that will give patients more control of their health, via the internet.

Beat cops reduce crime


Officer foot patrols in Northland have almost tripled since 2011, and Whangarei business owners and residents are feeling safer as a result.

Dust not settled on problem roads

Maungakaramea resident Robin Morgan has been waiting for his road to be sealed for almost a decade, and describes the dust problem as "horrendous".
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