Susan Botting is the Local Democracy Reporter for Northland
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Rates due on Monday, but Northlanders are struggling
Northland council rates are due on Monday, but many are struggling to pay.
'You’ve come too far not to go further': The young mayor sparking change in the Far North
Moko Tepania said it has been a "hell of a year" but there's plenty more to do.
Four outstanding women receive Whangārei civic honours
Four influential women have been honoured for their services to the community.
Govt unveils new measures to protect native biodiversity
The associate minister chose Kerikeri for the announcement after a 2021 hīkoi in Kaikohe.
Fears Northland will become voiceless as first Three Waters entity announced
Northland and Auckland will form the country's first Three Waters inter-regional entity.
Caulerpa eradication in Bay of Islands could take decade, regional council says
The NRC push comes despite the lack of international success in caulerpa eradication.
NRC divers get to work in a bid to control caulerpa
A Caulerpa trial treatment tool has been put in place in the Bay of Islands.
Anchoring ban, rāhui now in place on caulerpa-infested areas in BOI
Mana whenua and the Government move to fight invasive seaweed.
Ex-Māori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels praises impact of North's Māori wards
Māori ward representation is 'shaping up positively,' Samuels says.
Council: Whangārei Civic Centre safe for staff to move in
The WDC says the discovery of toxic black mould has not delayed about 500 staff moving in.
'Forever chemicals': Kaipara waste-to-energy plant plans slated as bad for environment
Kaipara's plans for waste-to-energy plant a bad idea, say environmentalists.
Last two meetings about extending Kensington rescue heli base lease coming up
Whangārei council to hold last two meetings over rescue chopper base in Kensington.
Kaipara's waste to energy push backed by other Mayors
The major new infrastructure would incinerate Northland and Auckland councils’ waste.
Whangārei Civic Centre update: Lab results show toxic black mould no longer present
Toxic black mould in Whangārei Civic Centre no danger to workers, the council says.
Council slams Govt for lack of action on invasive marine pest
There are fears not enough's being done to prevent invasive seaweed arriving in Northland.
More injuries feared as wait for removal of trees drags on
The saga over the trees went public last year after fed-up residents hit the headlines.
Whangārei District Councillor Jayne Golightly apologises for breaching council confidentiality
Jayne Golightly apologises to fellow Whangārei councillors, public over conduct breach
Public to have say as rescue chopper shift delayed
Series of meetings to discuss Northland Rescue Helicopter base lease extension.
Northland Rescue helicopter base shift could take 'another year or two'
Some residents are unhappy with news the lease has been extended.
Whangārei councillor to apologise for breaching code of conduct
Whangārei councillor to make public apology for revealing confidential information.
$10m of Kaipra works cut to help pay for cyclone, storm damage
Cyclone Gabrielle damage to Kaipara leads to $10m of works being deferred.
Tūtūkākā Marina repair job started after devastating tsunami surge
Tūtūkākā Marina getting $2.5m repair job after tsunami surge damage.
Kaipara council defers more than $10m worth of projects to pay for cyclone repairs
Kaipara District Council (KDC) ratepayers would otherwise be facing a 10.14 per cent rate.
KDC spearheads $68m upgrade for troubled Mangawhai wastewater scheme
$68m upgrade planned for Mangawhai's sewerage scheme