Local News

With four new Northland roundabouts, motorists urged to know rules

With three new roundabouts opened in the Far North – and one under construction – motorists are being urged to brush up on the road rules governing roundabouts to prevent accidents.

February 24, 2021

90 More Miles 2021

Following on from a hugely successful inaugural year, 90 More Miles is back on for 2021! Run, walk or skip the length of 90-mile beach and help raise funds for local charity Kind Hands.

February 22, 2021

Northland clear of Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease

The highly infectious cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been cleared from Northland.

February 18, 2021

Dog inherits millions

A dog in the US has inherited $6million after being named the beneficiary of her former owner.

February 16, 2021

Whangarei Mid Week Market

Featuring some of the best, fresh and sustainable produce and many authentic artisans at an affordable price.

February 15, 2021

Safety improvements save lives on dangerous stretch of Northland road

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has hailed safety improvements on SH1 black spots as lifesavers after a dramatic drop in fatalities on the busy stretch of Northland road.

February 11, 2021

Koala causes peak hour chaos on Australian motorway

A curious koala has been rescued after causing peak hour chaos on an Australian freeway.

February 9, 2021

Northland Home & Lifestyle Show

Held over three days, the Northland Home & Lifestyle Show brings together the very best in products and services for the home and lifestyle products.

February 8, 2021

Waitangi: Ngāti Hine leader Waihoroi Shortland calls on Ngāpuhi to step up

A leader of a Ngāpuhi hapū long seen to block progress on the collective iwi’s Treaty settlement process has delivered a stark message for his people to step up.

February 4, 2021

Thousands of dollars of ambergris, dog poo – or something else?

It was hoped a golf ball-sized lump found on a Dunedin beach could earn the lucky treasure hunter some hard cash.

February 2, 2021

Music In the Vines

Live music every Saturday afternoon over Summer. Come and enjoy a platter with a glass of wine or beer while listening to great local and Auckland-based musicians.

February 1, 2021

Why do men take longer to poo and are there harmful risks?

There’s a common assumption men take longer than women to poo. People say so on Twitter, in memes, and elsewhere online.

January 28, 2021

Covid 19 coronavirus: Northlanders denied tests after conflicting Healthline advice

The director general of health has today apologised for long queues that has dogged Covid-testing stations in Northland over the past two days.

January 27, 2021

Kamo Touch a Truck

Touch A Truck is a community fundraising initiative created by the members of the Kamo and Ngunguru Volunteer Fire Brigade.

January 25, 2021

The best selling car in (nearly) every country

The automotive industry is constantly changing, at least if you keep up with the news. But it seems that out there in the real world, things move a bit slower.

January 21, 2021

Far North Summer Sounds

Far North Summer Sounds is all about whanau, fun, great tunes and lots of dancing.

January 17, 2021

Covid 19 coronavirus: Tiny number using tracer app in public

A snap Herald survey suggests most shoppers have given up signing in with the Covid app – adding to concern over official figures that show the country would now struggle to trace contacts during an outbreak.

January 15, 2021

Scientists discover a bizarre new way snakes climb trees

Only four major types of snake locomotion have been recognized for nearly 100 years. And we’ve discovered a fifth.

January 14, 2021

Jazz Festival

Tahamoana Angora Goat farm overlooking Bream Bay is the perfect place for an outdoor concert. Set in Park like grounds with a natural amphitheater Debi and Dave invite you to join them for an afternoon and evening of Jazz.

January 11, 2021

Top 10 places on Earth where gravity is broken

In these places, what goes up, doesn’t always come down. For this list, we’ll feature locales all over the globe where gravity either appears to or actually does function differently than is usual.

January 7, 2021

Covid 19 coronavirus: Job scheme helps almost 270 Northlanders into work

A scheme designed to employ Northlanders who lost jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic has exceeded its target by getting just under 270 people into short-term work.

January 5, 2021

Bay of Islands Music Festival

The Bay of Islands Music Festival returns in January 2021 with a mega line-up that includes pop phenomenon BENEE, kiwi legend DAVE DOBBYN, urban poet MELODOWNZ, indie stars THE BETHS and the big-ballad songstress TAMI NEILSON.

January 3, 2021

Upgraded Northland rail line to reopen next month

The Auckland to Whangārei rail line upgraded from the nearly $165 million of taxpayers’ money is scheduled to reopen in just under three weeks.

December 28, 2020

Waipu Community Festival 2021

The Waipu Community Festival 2021 is a family event for the Waipu and Bream Bay communities to come together and enjoy a positive start to the New Year!

December 27, 2020

Lake Clearwater closed due to potentially toxic algae

Lake Clearwater in Ashburton is closed due to a potentially toxic algal bloom.

December 23, 2020

US Humane Society gets 250 guinea pigs from overwhelmed owner

A US humane society has taken in 250 guinea pigs from an inundated pet owner.

December 21, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”

– Reinhold Niebuhr

December 20, 2020

Northland drivers seriously hurt in avoidable road crashes

Two separate crashes that seriously injured motorists yesterday are the latest in a string of avoidable events on the region’s roads, Northland police say.

December 17, 2020

French court tells couple their mating frogs must hop it

A French couple have lost a nine-year legal battle over the croaking of frogs in their garden pond that had annoyed the neighbours.

December 16, 2020

The Ngunguru Gala

The Ngunguru Gala is back this year to see out 2020.

December 14, 2020

Northland news in brief: Volunteers needed, scholarships offered

More volunteers are wanted to help promote safety messages on beach patrols aimed at preventing drownings at a popular Northland surf destination.

December 10, 2020

Another mysterious monolith appears in Pittsburgh, has yet to vanish

Yet another mysterious monolith has randomly appeared in another corner of the world, this time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 8, 2020

Dargaville Twilight Market

Overlooking the historic Northern Wairoa River the Dargaville Twilight Market is a celebration of summer. Showcasing local food providers, artists and products in an iconic location.

December 6, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 3, 2020

Exploding population puts pressure on Mangawhai wastewater plant

An exploding population and an increase in mostly residential development in Mangawhai means the town’s wastewater treatment plant will need to be upgraded in the next five years to avoid overloading the system, according to a “confidential” report.

December 2, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

November 30, 2020

Calls for Whangārei to ban non self-contained freedom campers

Whangārei should be banning all freedom camping vehicles that aren’t self-contained, a local residents’ group leader says.

November 24, 2020

Christmas Market Day

We have Arts, crafts, pottery, plants food, food, food, local honey, Lotties Bloomers, Backyard Barber, The Coffee Guy, Jewellery, Filipino Breads and Pastries, AB Hair doing haircuts, Hangi, Steam Puds and Chowders, Handmade natural products including soap, bathbombs and beeswraps. And so so much more.

November 23, 2020

Demand for food parcels in Northland soars as Christmas nears

Social service providers in Northland are bracing for a huge increase in demand for food parcels and gifts this festive season as more people join the unemployment queue.

November 20, 2020

Northland driver admits causing death of pregnant young Moerewa woman while four times over alcohol limit

A Northland man has admitted causing the death of a pregnant young woman after crashing into a parked car while almost four times over the drink-drive limit.

November 20, 2020

President of Turkmenistan unveils giant golden statue of his favourite dog

The president of Turkmenistan, one of the most reclusive countries in the world, has unveiled a giant gilded statue of his favourite dog breed in the capital Ashgabat.

November 18, 2020

Kerikeri Vineyard Party

The Kerikeri Vineyard Party has been announced to replace this years Kerikeri Street Party. This free event will be held at Kainui Road Vineyard on Saturday 21 November.

November 17, 2020

SH1 through Mangamuka Gorge in Northland to reopen to traffic by Christmas

It will have taken around five months, but the massive slip that closed State Highway 1 through Mangamuka Gorge should be repaired and open for traffic by Christmas.

November 13, 2020

‘Not a restoration’: Bizzare restoration of Spanish statue attracts disbelief

A statue in Spain has had a questionable makeover.

November 11, 2020

Whangarei Garden Discovery

A Pop-Up Garden Art store will be on site at Whangarei Quarry Gardens as well as plant stalls and a sausage sizzle.

November 9, 2020

No-fly zone to protect Northland’s tara iti / fairy tern

A no-fly zone has been imposed over part of Mangawhai to protect the country’s most endangered birds, tara iti/fairy tern.

November 6, 2020

Gorilla-size creature causes panic in Texas

What has five legs, moves like a sloth and is the size of a gorilla? That’s what police in Arlington, Texas, wanted to know after getting a barrage of calls about a mysterious monster in town.

November 5, 2020

Gorilla-size creature causes panic in Texas

What has five legs, moves like a sloth and is the size of a gorilla? That’s what police in Arlington, Texas, wanted to know after getting a barrage of calls about a mysterious monster in town.

November 5, 2020

The Artisans Market

Boasting a fantastic range of local artisan products, fine art, handcrafts and gourmet food items and conveniently located in the Town Basin (Whangarei’s tourist hub), The Artisans Market is Whangarei Districts premium arts and crafts market.

November 3, 2020

Māngere locals unhappy at Pak n Save price discrepancies

It was the talk of the town in Māngere today – the local Pak n Save fined $78,000 for charging consumers higher prices for supposed promotional items.

October 30, 2020