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Can't sustain the pain: Businesses hike costs to cope with 'disgusting' petrol hikes
Northlanders are feeling pain at the petrol pump as fuel prices reach record highs.
Paul Ego's happy place: Comedy veteran talks gigs and laughs on eve of 7 Days Live tour
Comedian Paul Ego is keen on pushing the boundaries during the current 7 Days Live tour.
Renowned Māori astrologer Rereata Makiha reveals best spots to see Matariki
Northlanders gearing up to see the Matariki star cluster may have to adjust their sights.
Delighted but wary: Why Northland businesses aren't quite rejoicing over border reopening
The international borders are flying open in July but global issues will impact Northland.
Lifting the burden: Decluttering helps clear household spaces and minds
Northland decluttering guru Deb Shepherd is changing lives one messy room at a time.
Whina film screening raises funds for vulnerable Far North youth
The Kerikeri screening of Whina is shaping up to be a star-studded whanau affair.
Assuming the worst: Residents near controversial state housing estate put homes on market
For sale signs are springing up on Puriri Park Rd as a contentious housing project starts.
Queen's Birthday Honours: Nursing career spans more than three decades
Margareth Broodkoorn has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Part of his wairua: Dad says autistic teen misses his equine friend
A Far North dad needs help finding his autistic son's horse, who went missing last week.
No consistency: Northland retailers fed up with conflicting mask rules
Northland retailers are tired of trying to police confusing mask mandates.
Concern grows for elderly Northlanders as winter bills soar
Freezing pensioners are staying in bed all day to stay warm as the cost of living soars.
Kerikeri retirees dig deep to help a 'great humanitarian cause'
Village holds dinner and raffle to raise funds for Red Cross work to help Ukraine.
Absolute shambles: Whangārei resident raises alarm over state of historic cemetery
Whangārei's Mission Ground Cemetery is overgrown and neglected, a resident says.
Families distraught after two dogs found mutilated in suspected dog fighting ring
A Far North community believes a dogfighting ring is operating after dead dogs were found.
Northland writer pens book about the Hikurangi Swamp scheme.
Northland writer Diana Menefy has penned a new book about the Hikurangi Swamp scheme.
From big city to small town: Coffee-meeting project a hit with Far North locals
A Kerikeri newbie has created a caffeine-fuelled project in a bid to meet new people.
Best way to see the country: Parents brave New Zealand's longest trail with young kids
A Kerikeri couple tells their experience of hiking the Te Araroa Trail with young kids.
Buyer beware: Expert warns always do your research when buying a cheap house
More houses mixed with a cooling market means Northlanders can grab a property bargain.
'It's unbearable': Dog owners won't give up search for four-legged friend
$5000 reward and no questions asked for safe return of dog missing in Waipapa.
'It's important to understand them': Training wild Kaimanawa horses
Northland horsewoman Chloe Phillips-Harris is gearing up to take on wild horses.
Popular GP hangs up stethoscope after nearly 40 years
Kaikohe GP Shane Cross was touched at tears shed by staff and patients on his last day.
Pharmacies struggling to recruit staff due to pandemic burnout
A Bay of Islands pharmacist has come up with a creative way to boost staff numbers.
Acclaimed muso sets sights on top acts for Northland
Musician and programmer Gerry Paul wants to bring big acts to Northland audiences
Plenty to do in Northland for Easter holiday weekend
Northland residents have heaps of fun activities to get involved in this Easter weekend.
Scared tourism operators and empty rooms: Northland businesses struggling to cope
Auckland's ongoing lockdown is starting to take a toll on frayed Northland businesses.
No excuse Northland: Drive to push up our poor vaccination rates
Northland leaders put out the call to get vaccinated in the lead up to Super Saturday.
How these Northlanders recycled building materials to create unique homes
Two Northlanders reveal how they created interesting homes from recycled building items.
They've created a nightmare service: Why a Northland charity is scathing of NZ Post
A Northland charity is seeking compensation for a "nightmare" experience with NZ Post.
I want to see my grandad alive: Level 2 border closures put Northland residents plans in disarray
Northlanders hurting as Government looks to keep region isolated.
Beyond beautiful: Northland photographer Rachel Jordan thanks friends and community
Rachel Jordan, who survived a helicopter crash, talks about rehab, goals, and friendship.
All in this together: Getting vaccinated about caring for others, immunologist says
Clinical immunologist Dr Maia Brewerton has advice on how to talk to the vaccine-hesitant.
The 90% Project: Northland couple who had Covid explain why vaccination is vital
A Northland couple who got Covid-19 18 months ago still experience adverse side effects.
We thought someone would be killed: Northland activists describe divisive time in NZ history
Northland activists Sue Bradford and Tim Howard recall the 1981 Springbok tour protests.
Northlanders' concerns about shoddy state highways finally heard
The Transport Minister has acknowledged Northland's plea for boosted road maintenance.
The 90% Project: 'If you can't do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones'
NZ actress Rena Owen urges Northlanders to get vaccinated to protect our most vulnerable.
How Northland residents managed to hurt themselves in lockdown
Taking up running during lockdown ended in tears for many Northlanders.
I love how it unlocks our culture: Moko Tepania's te reo journey explained
A doting grandmother and a full belly motivated Moko Tepania's te reo Māori journey.
It's a waiting game: Tradies held up by huge delays due to Covid-19
Northland builders are reporting frustrating delays in materials amid a building boom.
There's no end date: Covid toll on Northland tourism operators revealed
Repeated Covid lockdowns are taking a toll on stressed out Northland tourism operators.
Revamped church building to house artists in the Hokianga
The historic Methodist church in Rawene will soon be transformed into an artist's retreat.
Help us bounce back: Business owners urge people to shop local
Northland businesses "back in business" under level 3 urge customers to buy local.
How a Northland mum is dealing with level 4 lockdown in hospital
Northland mum Kelly Potatau is locked down in a unique bubble with three of her children.
We've got to manage demand: How Northland food banks are preparing for a surge in demand
Food banks are preparing for a surge in demand for food parcels as Northlanders seek help.
Northlanders share quirky tips for keeping boredom at bay
Northlanders share their tips for keeping boredom at bay during level 4 lockdown.
Packing a punch: What drives Kaitaia boxer Mea Motu
Kaitaia-born Mea 'The Nightmea' Motu is gearing up for the biggest fight of her career.
Police called to Kaitaia supermarket after man refuses to wear mask
Northland supermarkets clamp down on customers not wearing mandatory masks in public.
How locals can support small businesses in lockdown
Northlanders are urged to think outside the box to support local businesses in lockdown.
Like Animal from the Muppets: School bus drivers reveal dangers of Northland roads
Two school bus drivers highlight the dangers they deal with travelling on Northland roads.
Women's work: How three women have shaken up male-dominated funeral industry
Three Northlanders have an unconventional outlook on life's ultimate certainty - death.
Portia Woodman reveals what's next in life, love, family and rugby
Northland rugby powerhouse Portia Woodman is still adjusting to winning Olympic gold.
Northlanders are loud and clear about importance of urgent road repairs
Northlanders have responded to a call for the worst stretches of state highways and roads.
Northland restaurants are dealing with severe staffing shortages - so what's the answer?
Restaurateurs have welcomed a hospitality training programme to be expanded to Northland.
What's cooking: Interview with new Waitangi Treaty Grounds chef Aaron Stott
Waitangi Treaty Grounds executive chef Aaron Stott reveals what will soon be on the menu.
It's going to be frickin amazing: Troy Kingi's upcoming album tour
Troy Kingi will kick off his Black Sea Golden Ladder album release tour in Kerikeri.
Government U-turns on funding for resealing dangerous Northland road
Kaipara community disappointed the Government U-turned on a road resealing project.
Sisters' blooming big plans for dahlia farm in the Far North
Youngsters got their idea growing following a homeschooling project.
Now's your chance Northland: List of worst roads to be sent to the PM
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked the Northern Advocate to list our worst roads.
'Transformative' dance heads to Forum North Whangārei
The NZ Dance Company is bringing Night Light - an evening of earthy contrast to Whangārei.
Burst transtasman travel bubble frustrates Northland businesses
The impact of the transtasman bubble pause has started to impact Northland businesses.
Why pushing the reset button at a Northland retreat is good for you
Northland is home to a number of retreats offering time-out, meditation and yoga.
Extreme and irresponsible: Dad says expelled son should have received more support
Far North father claims his son was the victim of cyber bullying at school.
What top Northland chefs are cooking at home this winter
Top Northland chefs offer tips on how to make practical, nourishing winter food
Improvements made to 'absolute dog of an intersection' in the Far North
A new roundabout at the dangerous Puketona intersection was officially opened yesterday.
Fundraising machines: How the Hokianga raised over $30,000 for their rescue helicopter
Hokianga residents have raised over $30,000 for Northland's rescue helicopter service.
Why the Northland hospitality sector is struggling with severe staff shortages
Northland restaurants are concerned about ongoing staff shortages.
Ngāpuhi Northland Age editor excited about homecoming and new role
Myjanne Jensen is looking forward to her new role as editor of the Northland Age.
Dog owner wonders why SPCA couldn't shut down alleged puppy farm
An Auckland man who bought a puppy from an alleged puppy farm in Northland wants answers.
Why a game of hide and seek with rocks is so much fun
A game of rock painting and hide and seek has taken off in parts of Northland.
Ardern: Large-scale projects 'came at expense of local roading'
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on roading in Northland.
Open at last: SH1 works restore Far North's link to rest of NZ
It's taken nearly a year, but SH1 through Mangamuka Gorge opens to motorists today.