Northland

Comanchero gang associate arrested

A significant National Organised Crime Group (NOCG) operation in the Far North this morning has led to the arrest of a senior associate of the Comanchero gang. The arrest is in relation to Operation Gegenees, which was the seizure of 13.5 kilograms...... Read More

Cattle rustling alert

A Kaipara farmer made a grisly discovery when he returned from a holiday last week to discover one of his steers had been slaughtered and butchered on-site. Bruce Clare who has a farm in the Kai Iwi Lakes area was shifting stock and found one of his...... Read More

$20k win for Lotto players

Two Bay of Plenty Lotto players are celebrating a $21,973 win. The winners join five others who won Lotto’s second division prize last night. The winning tickets were sold at Western Heights Foodmarket in Rotorua and MyLotto Bay of Plenty. The...... Read More

Far North hotel scraps pokies after baby abandoned

A hotel in the Far North is packing away its pokie machines after a woman left her baby outside while she played the machines. The Rawene Masonic Hotel let punters know on its Facebook page that they would no longer be providing the gaming machines...... Read More

Pollution fines remain unpaid

Fines for ‘dirty dairying’ on two properties near Dargaville, totalling $225,000,  have gone unpaid after a court heard  the companies charged have no assets. Farmers David and Frances Webster and the companies Clear Ridge Station...... Read More

Sharing agricultural knowledge

Kiwi expertise has been revolutionising the Filipino agricultural sector through a multi-million dollar recovery programme with aid organisation Tearfund. The move comes after super typhoon Haiyan struck in 2013 and Tearfund CEO, Ian McInnes, will...... Read More

Pouto farmers win top title

Pouto farmers Dan and Gina Duncan have won the prestigious 2018 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year competition, bringing the cup back to Kaipara and Northland for the first time in 22 years. As well as the top New Zealand title they also collected...... Read More

Council fails to recover $50,000 in ’dirty dairy’ case

Northland ratepayers are out of pocket by at least $50,000 over a dirty dairy prosecution. Waiotira farmers David and Francis Webster were fined $225,000 in the Environment Court in 2016 for what the judge called one of the worst cases he had seen...... Read More

Man charged following double fatal Northland crash

Police investigating yesterday’s double fatal crash in Pukenui have today charged a person in relation to the incident. "A 28-year-old male is facing two charges of aggravated careless use causing death and one charge of aggravated careless...... Read More

Fatal crash in Northland

​​​​​​​Northland Police and emergency services are in attendance at a serious crash involving two vehicles on Houhora Heads Road in Pukenui. One person has sadly died at the scene. Two people are being transported to hospital with serious...... Read More