District economic plan outlined

Kaipara’s grant of $28.2 million from government coffers means the district’s needs have “reached the highest levels” of government and the funds will be stretched as far as possible to benefit the region, according to Mayor...... Read More

Drought impacting Kaipara kiwi

The Department of Conservation is issuing a public warning to be vigilant in areas of the Kaipara and Northland where kiwi inhabit. It suspects the hot summer is hardening the ground making it difficult for kiwi to forage. Kiwi use their bills to...... Read More

Meningococcal clinics set up in Northland high schools

The Northland district health board is setting up vaccination clinics in all of the region's high schools to ensure everyone eligible for meningococcal W jabs gets them. A mass vaccination campaign was launched in December, after three deaths in...... Read More

Firefighters battle large blaze in Northland

Fire and Emergency crews are battling a large scrub blaze at near Ahipara, west of Kaitaia in the Far North. Emergency services were called at about 1.23am overnight to a large scrub fire covering about five acres above Shipwreck Bay. Three houses...... Read More

New state houses for the elderly in Whangarei

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford today officially opened eleven new state homes in Whangarei designed to cater to the elderly and those with limited mobility. The one-bedroom homes on Maunu Road, in the suburb of Woodhill, are less...... Read More

Group protests landfill plan

Protests are continuing for a group opposed to plans for Chinese-owned Waste Management to create a landfill for Auckland rubbish on 1000 hectares in the Dome Valley. The group has now formed an incorporated society — Fight the Tip: Tiake te...... Read More

Warnings of extreme fire risks in North and South Islands

Northland's fire authority is warning locals not to light any outdoor fires because the land is tinder-dry. A local landowner could face prosecution and a fine of up to $300,000 for a fire that was deliberately set a few days ago. The landowner...... Read More

Northland crews battle latest fire breakout amid heatwave

Firefighters in Northland are working flat out to control the latest in a series of scrub fires, as the region bakes in the driest summer in years. There have been two fires in the Bay of Islands this week and crews are still damping down a fire that...... Read More