Northland

Crackdown on shellfish poaching

A call is being made for more to be done about the illegal collection of seafood at Maunganui Bluff, according to one community member who would like to see multilingual signs placed at the entrance to the beach. The Ministry of Primary Industries...... Read More

Chicken farm ‘divides community’

Stories of sadness and a rural community divided were heard at a recent hui called by Kapehu Marae at Arapohue. The gathering was held to raise contributions for a cultural impact assessment submission to the August 8 hearing of the Tegel Foods Ltd...... Read More

Victim named in homicide investigation

Enquiries are ongoing following the discovery of a body in Tauranga earlier this week. Police are now in a position to identify the victim. He was 26-year-old Mitchell Curtis Rehua Paterson of Ngaruawahia. Mitchell's body was found in the water...... Read More

Signs oppose chicken farm

Signs created by Te Kopuru artist David Sarich, opposing the Tegel broiler chicken farm, have been erected near the proposed site at Arapohue. The signs are Mr Sarich’s contribution to the Kaipara Community Association Incorporated’s fight...... Read More

Pig population boom around threatened kauri forest

A wild pig population boom is worrying the Māori guardians of Northland's Waipoua forest - home of Tāne Mahuta and other giant kauri. Scientists warned this week the pigs are spreading the fatal disease kauri dieback, that's creeping closer...... Read More

Ex-Māori land trustee sentenced on fraud charges

A former trustee of a Far North Māori land trust has been sentenced to 12 months' home detention for fraud. Margaret Dixon has been sentenced at the Auckland District Court, after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of theft by a person in...... Read More

Spate of car break-ins in Northland

Dargaville police are appealing for further information regarding eight car break-ins. Police believe the offending occurred in the early hours of June 29 and targeted vehicles parked on the road and in driveways. “This is an unusually high...... Read More

New lighting ‘a security threat’

Kaipara District Council’s roll-out of a $1.2 million energy-efficient LED street lighting programme has sparked community concerns over safety and security in public areas with the newly installed lights seen as inadequate replacements for the...... Read More