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On 5th January 2018 at Hibiscus Coast Hospice, Red Beach, Orewa; aged 55 years. Dearly loved partner of Sharon. Loved father of Kirsty, Ashley, and Jemma. Loved step-father of Ilona and Taylor, Kareen and Brad, Harley and Liz. Loved Grand-dad of Ryder,...... Read More

Eight contest Kaipara mayoralty

Eight candidates have lined up to contest the forthcoming election to the Kaipara mayoralty, after an extraordinary vacancy created by the resignation of former mayor Greg Gent, which has led to a by-election on Saturday, February 17. Nominations closed...... Read More

A lifetime of dedication

Well-known Dargaville identity Gary Murdoch says he is ‘blown away’ to receive the Queens Service Medal for his services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and to the community. Gary, also known as ‘Maggot’ to his friends, has...... Read More

Appreciating our lakes

The Kai Iwi Lakes Free Open Day is set to hit the shores of Lake Waikare once again and organisers hope it will increase the community’s appreciation for this unique environment. Whitebait Connection Northland Regional Manager Natalie Blandford...... Read More

Done and dusted

The Dargaville High School building academy has finished constructing its first house from scratch. This years eight students, under the guidance of tutor Tim Pratt, have been working on the three bedroom Huia Crescent house since May. It’s owned...... Read More

Rare hatch

One of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the New Zealand fairy tern has been boosted by a chick successfully hatching at Mangawhai and the first chick of the 2017/18 breeding season. With a total population of approximately 40 birds, the New Zealand...... Read More

Fishing contest boosts school funds

The 18th annual Tinopai Fishing Competition lived up to its reputation as a family day out ‘par excellence’ last Saturday, both out on the harbour and later in the Tinopai School grounds, where plenty of fish were weighed in and prizes handed...... Read More

Residents left with bad taste

Kaipara District Council has issued Insanitary Building notices to 15 properties connected to the Kaihu Raw Water Line and are calling a public meeting to discuss ways to rectify the issue. The notices were issued after the council was advised by the...... Read More

Rescue pilot farewelled

Family, friends and colleagues have farewelled rescue helicopter pilot Dean Voelkerling, who was killed in the crash of a light plane into farmland near Te Kopuru on New Year’s Day. Mr Voelkerling’s funeral was held last week at Toll Stadium,...... Read More