Local News

Banana throwing man warned not to do it again for six months

When a Wellington man didn’t find the shopkeeper’s prices appealing, he went for the bananas.

February 28, 2020

Small coastal aquifers seriously at risk after weekend rain provides little relief

Northland’s small coastal catchments may become the next victims of the region’s unrelenting drought as the Northland Regional Council prepares to issue water shortage directions in 23 communities.

February 26, 2020

Shiny Side Up Talk Series

A perfect opportunity for the local motorbike community to get together and pick up some new tips while also getting to ask those burning questions.

February 24, 2020

Far North warned to avoid Lake Rotopotaka due to toxic algal bloom

Far North residents and visitors are warned to stay clear of Lake Rotopotaka, also known as the Coca Cola Lake, on the Karikari Peninsula as toxic algal blooms are covering the lake.

February 21, 2020

This McDonald’s packet sauce is selling for $119 on eBay

Like the special sauce in Big Macs enough to pay over a hundred dollars for some?

February 20, 2020

Wannabe ‘spiderman’ moves used to steal tyres at Hamilton car yard

If another Spiderman movie is on the cards, a pair of Hamilton crooks could provide the stunt doubles.

February 13, 2020

Mayor: Current water situation likely to become normal

Whangārei’s almost 100,000 residents will likely soon need to cut their water use as the district moves to help desperate water-shortage-hit Far North and Kaipara communities.

February 12, 2020

Mixed feelings in Northland over proposal to hike teachers’ registration fees

A proposed hike in teachers’ registration fees has been met with mixed reactions from Northland educators with some saying the proposal makes them feel undervalued and others saying it’s necessary.

February 7, 2020

How not to drive a car over an inspection pi

Here’s an absolute masterclass in stupidity guaranteed to wind up your frustration levels.

February 6, 2020

Christine Fernyhough’s Antique Roadshow

Christine Fernyhough will talk about her amazing collection of 4000+ mid-century New Zealand objects, which is the subject of her latest book, Mid-Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection.

February 4, 2020

Coronavirus advice for returning Northland teachers and students

Northland teachers and students who have returned from China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Coronavirus are being advised to stay away from school for two weeks.

January 31, 2020

Jeep floors car with a one-two hit

If you think the bloke in the Jeep is having a bad day, keep watching this short video and you will realised the person in the generic white sedan is about to have a very bad one as well…

January 29, 2020

90 More Miles

Run, skip, hope or walk the equivalent of 90 Mile Beach. Held at the ever-popular Whangarei Loop, the challenge will require you to complete 21 loops over 29 days to help raise funds for local charity Kind Hands.

January 27, 2020

Jubilee the ‘funny looking’ husky finds a home in the US

A dog abandoned in the US because it was “weird looking” has now found a home.

January 24, 2020

Water restrictions Far North-wide as drought looms

Water restrictions are now in force in every part of the Far North as a full-blown drought draws ever closer.

January 23, 2020

NZ House & Garden Tours

Step inside the pages of your favourite magazine and experience some of the country’s most outstanding homes and gardens – all in support of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

January 21, 2020

Watch: London Tube tourists surprised by no pants passengers

Hundreds of people in central London have taken part in the No Trousers Tube Ride 2020.

January 17, 2020

Road workers put at risk by speeding and abusive drivers

Two “near-misses” involving road workers at sites on major Northland highways has senior officials warning motorists to slow down before someone is hit.

January 14, 2020

Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2020

CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week is the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, and one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier yachting events, attracting entries from around New Zealand and overseas.

January 13, 2020

A growing collection: How plants took over my house and did wonders for my mental health

It all started with a monstera deliciosa two years ago.

January 9, 2020

Orange sky in Northland caused by Australian bush fires unlikely to return this week

A vivid orange sky caused by the Australian bush fires has given Northlanders further appreciation of the devastation our transtasman neighbours are experiencing, but the colourful haze is not causing any health issues in the region, at this stage.

January 7, 2020

Northland to see effects of smoke from Aussie bushfires

Smoke from the Australian bushfires has already started having an impact in Northland, but the effects will be far more noticeable today.

January 3, 2020

Rare flower with aroma of rancid flesh set to bloom again in Auckland

The new decade may be off to a smelly start for those living in Auckland city as an infamous ‘corpse flower’ is set to bloom within the next few days.

January 2, 2020

Watch a dog accidentally drive a car into a pond in China

One car owner in China has learned the hard way that it is not usually a good idea to leave a dog in your car that is still running.

December 19, 2019

Northland councils seek NZTA dollars for local roads damage

Northland’s three district councils want money and support from the NZ Transport Agency to fix local roads when they are damaged during long-term state highway traffic diversions.

December 18, 2019

Tutukaka Twilight Market

Located at the Northern end of the Tutukaka Green with the beautiful Tutukaka Marina as a backdrop this twilight summer market will feature Northland artists, artisans, musicians, service providers and curators.

December 16, 2019

World’s least festive Christmas tree?

Never mind baubles, tinsel, and a Christmas fairy, how about switch (blading) it up for this year?

December 14, 2019

Christmas Gift Drive

Foster Hope Northland supports whangai families, children in foster care, grandparents caring for grandchildren and local social service groups. The children they support live in Dargaville, Whangarei, Kawakawa, Paihia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kaitaia and everywhere in between

December 12, 2019

Ports of Auckland has to move, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that her Cabinet is in agreement that it “is not viable” for the North Island’s main port to remain in Auckland.

December 9, 2019

This restaurant opened by an airline will cater to your secret love of plane food

Just what everyone thinks when they’re digging into an airline meal: Man, I wish I could order this even when I’m not flying.

December 6, 2019

Locals and businesses optimistic about Hikurangi’s future

A push to have more retail outlets in Hikurangi is already paying off and the business community is looking at ways to entice tourists to spend their dollars in the town.

December 1, 2019

Official: Experts name bird poo as the most likely reason for the Northland power cut

Bird poo is believed to be the reason power was cut to Northland, Transpower has said.

November 28, 2019

Greek journalist chased, bitten by pestering pig on air

Anything can happen on live television.

November 28, 2019

Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy set for university degree

Like many other nine-year-olds, Laurent Simons likes TV and his pet dog. But he also wants to make artificial organs, and is about to get the qualifications to set him on his way.

November 26, 2019

Creative Travellers Craft Faire

A variety of arts and crafts hand made by the folk selling them, live music, fun things for the kids, Warm and friendly atmosphere.

November 26, 2019

Stay in a Japanese hotel room for $1 per night – if you like being live-streamed

Want to stay in a hotel room for $1 per night? A hotel in Japan will let you do that – as long as you make your room available for a 24-hour live-stream.

November 22, 2019

Fastest tractor in the world hits 217kmh

British racer, mechanic, and TV presenter Guy Martin has beaten his own record for the fastest customised tractor.

November 20, 2019

Tastes of the North – Garden Party!

Tastes of the North Garden Party is a boutique day out with live music, cooking demonstrations, garden party attire, a fantastic selection of Northland craft beer and wine from our many vineyards and a big focus on delicious local produce.

November 18, 2019

Council to remove trees scorched during Whangārei fire

The Whangārei District Council will due to safety reasons remove almost all native regenerating trees destroyed by a suspicious fire about two weeks ago.

November 15, 2019

The ingenious smuggling of a fat cat on a plane

Mikhail Galin was distraught when Russian airline Aeroflot told him his cat, Viktor, was too heavy to fly in the cabin.

November 14, 2019

The Canopy Night Market

Returning for another season, The Canopy Night Market brings you a vibrant street food event with a focus on multicultural cuisine, prepared and cooked fresh on-site.

November 12, 2019

‘Typical Brits’: Passengers continue drinking as cruise ship hits rough sea

The British are known for their unflappable “Keep calm and carry on” mentality.

November 8, 2019

Whangarei Mind Body Spirit Expo

40 Amazing Stalls with treats for Mind, Body & Spirit. Talks/Demos running all weekend, On-Site Cafe open.

November 7, 2019

Guy Fawkes celebrations tinged with safety concerns

Guy Fawkes celebrations have returned for another year with a loud bang on Saturday night at Semenoff Stadium in Whangārei.

November 3, 2019

Google’s newest phone is a piece of paper

You can’t take a selfie on Google’s newest phone. It doesn’t even make calls.

November 3, 2019

Northland again top of the pops in population growth

Northland has again come out tops on population growth numbers, with an estimated 3600 people moving to the region in just one year.

October 30, 2019

Waipapa Rotary Book Fair

The Great Waipapa Rotary Annual Book Fair – Nov 1 & 2. For over ten years the members of the Waipapa Rotary Club have run what has now become a very popular annual event.

October 29, 2019

American man starts producing beer in his gut

An American man started producing beer in his own gut after a fungal growth produced high levels of yeast, a study has found.

October 25, 2019

Taipā bridge: Acknowledges Taipā as a landing place for Kupe

The $19m Taipā bridge, representing a significant event in New Zealand history, will officially be opened to two lanes of traffic ahead of a busy Labour weekend.

October 23, 2019

Waipu Street Market

Local and New Zealand Craft -Food – Produce – Fashion – Art – Jewellery and Bric a Brac – Entertainment, over 140 stalls “Something for everyone”.

October 21, 2019