Kaipara house values increase

House values in the Kaipara district rose by 24.3 per cent in the last 12 months to June meaning the average house price in the area is now $520,852 the highest in Northland. Quotable Value registered valuer James Steele says the strong growth...... Read More

Green light for emergency building

The Tinopai Volunteer Emergency Services now have a building consent for their emergency services centre to get underway but need help raising the extra funds to get started. Once the building is complete it will house the Tinopai rural fire truck, accident...... Read More

Dargaville meeting lifts lid on homeless

The mayor of Kaipara, Greg Gent, was unaware of the extent of homelessness in his town until a community meeting this afternoon, he says. Ministers serving the Tongan community called the meeting after discovering at least six families in their congregations...... Read More

Scouting success

Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scout Group members Hamish Ferguson, Jade Tornquist and Eliana-Rose Kerrigan were presented their ‘Chief Scout’ awards by retired Scout leader Tony Hargreaves JP, at a ceremony in Kaiwaka. “Chief Scout is a difficult...... Read More

The return of a treasure

A greenstone adze which was lost on the very day Captain James Cook’s Endeavour sailed New Zealand’s east coast in 1769, has found it’s way back to its owners after being ‘lost’ for 248 years. I was present at an emotional...... Read More

Students sleeping rough

Dargaville High School Students recently went to the ‘Create1World’ creative activism conference in Auckland and entered its competition, winning the social studies category for their project about homelessness. The students slept outside...... Read More

Pest free progress

Locals in Pahi and Paparoa are coming together to extend conservation efforts already made to make the Pahi peninsula pest free by 2020. “It all started with what locals such as Paul Smith, Jim Rowlands and the Lions club are doing and have done,“...... Read More

Clinic up for national award

Paparoa beauty clinic, Skin Image, has reached the finals of a national beauty industry award after just seven months of operation. The inaugural New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals has selected the business as a finalist in the...... Read More

Welcoming town’s newcomers

The Dargaville Community Development Board is holding a welcome event to all new business owners and residents during the last 12 months, on Thursday, July 20, 3pm–5pm in the Dargaville town hall. “We think it’s important for new...... Read More

Familiar face takes top role

Dargaville Museum has welcomed new manager Maree Saunders who has taken on the position after being contracted as weekend manager for the last six months. Born in Raglan, Maree has spent the last 35 years living in the Dargaville area where she settled...... Read More