It was a proud day for Whangarei as thousands flocked to see the official opening of the new $32 million Te Matau a Pohe bridge.
Many properties around Whangarei are being bought by Aucklanders as house hunters look north because of high prices in the city.
Larger aircraft starting to operate from Whangarei Airport next month should reduce the risk of passengers being dumped off flights into the airport in wet weather.
The big plans are in progress for the two-storey old Farmer's Building at 58 Bank St. The new owners want to create hotel-style serviced apartments in a remodelling of the building.
A former high flier from the global film industry has been hired as the new champion of ultra-fast broadband in Northland.
The new $32million bridge across Whangarei Harbour has passed its first major test, its bascule (lifting platform) fully opening on the first try last week and the bridge is due to be officially opened on July 27.
Matariki celebrations were once popular, but stopped in the 1940s. In 2000, they were revived.
In recent years awareness of the Māori language and the wider cultural traditions of Māori has greatly increased among New Zealanders.
Young people in Whangarei have been given a new place to call their own.
The former Whangarei Art Museum in Cafler Park has been leased to the Whangarei Youth Space Steering Group, who are thrilled with the opportunity to create a youth-directed space filled with facilities to encourage young people to participate in healthy and productive activities.
It was a toss-up whether Badger or Huhana was the 100th kiwi raised on Matakohe/Limestone Island in Whangarei Harbour.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser might be giggling in his grave at the irony of New Zealand's national museum storing some of its irreplaceable collection in a building with his name on it in Whangarei.