Avneesh Vincent is a Multimedia Journalist based in Whangārei for the Northern Advocate, reporting on crime and emergency issues regionally.
Avneesh strongly believes in giving a voice to people who feel unheard and writes stories that make a difference. He began his career as an environment and arts reporter at the Gisborne Herald in 2021 after graduating from Massey University in Wellington, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. During his two years there, he developed strong relationships with the local community, working to uncover the underlying issues and holding powerful institutions and people accountable. He hails from the bustling metropolitan city of Kolkata in India, where he completed his BSc in Mass Communication and Videography - and is an award-winning freelance filmmaker covering social issues. You can contact Avneesh at firstname.lastname@example.org
37-year-old farm worker dies after car crash into ditch
The man worked at a local avocado farm and was returning home when the crash occurred.
Tyre store completely destroyed in fire, health warnings issued
Fire and emergency has asked locals nearby to stay indoors.
54yo truckie dies after crashing into trees on State Highway 15
The logging truck went over the centre line, across the road and into the trees.
Youth unafraid of consequences: Calls for harsher penalties for fleeing drivers
Youths, aged between 12-17, are said to make up a significant portion of fleeing drivers.
Threatening behaviour force Kaipara school to initiate 'precautionary' lockdown
The principal says the school gates were closed as a precautionary measure.
Still-burning wetland fire forces residents to evacuate their homes
One mum says she and her children could barely breathe as they fled their home.
New fishing rules expected to tackle kina infestation in Northland
Northland would be the first region to see the changes.
A New Dawn: Whangārei's first cruise ship lands at Marsden Point, passengers get grand welcome
The welcome was a great experience which exceeded their expectation.
'We all thought we would die' Family grateful to swimmer who saved teen
The rescuer was only at the beach that day because his son asked him to go there.
Protesters block access as talks fall through over Far North fishing comp
The contest protesters have received strict scrutiny from tangata whenua hapū Matakairiri.
Fire investigator says Matauri Bay house fire deliberately lit
Someone reportedly broke into the lounge and started the fire.
Seven deaths in one month: Road safety messages not sinking in
Experts say people can't relate to messages about crashes - until they're affected by one.
Rescue Helicopter Service thanks Northlanders for generous donation
Northland Rescue Helicopter is said to have responded to over 28,000 callouts since 1988.
Mother and son killed after car hits tree, bursts into flames
Despite best efforts, emergency services on site were unable to save the pair.
Iwi plan to stop popular Far North fishing competition, slamming it as 'disrespectful'
However, Ngāti Kahu's chair says the views shared are not an official statement from iwi.
Fans proving popular as sales spike amid humid weather
Bad news - muggy overnight temperatures will continue until Sunday.
Safety changes at popular swimming lake upset some locals; changes made after death
Pole barriers and warning signs placed at the lake are only placed for safety reasons.
Quick action by the public helps foil burglary at sports shop
After calls from witnesses, police arrived on the scene only seconds later.
'Terrible tragedy': Whangārei roadworker dies after becoming trapped by roller
'Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the 'terrible tragedy''
Fall in suicide figures resembles a positive change, says Northland clinical therapist
Northland's falling suspected suicide rates and numbers are a positive for the region.