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Pedalling Prescotts are finally home

Katie and Steven Prescott are thrilled to be home, after their epic 15-month journey which has seen them cycle through 21 countries, before arriving in Waiuku. To their surprise, a large group of family and friends were awaiting their arrival.

As Steven Prescott and his wife Katie cycled into Waiuku on Friday after 15 months of pedalling around the world, a surprise gathering of friends and family were waiting to greet them.

Christmas tree ready to light up Onehunga

The evening finishes with the lighting of the Onehunga Christmas tree.

The Onehunga Christmas Lights will be turned on during an event for the whole family on December 4.

Cornwall Park’s 100-year plan revealed

Park director Michael Ayrton says the Cornwall Park Trust Board decided to start forward planning in 2012.

Landscape architects have unveiled a master plan for Auckland's Cornwall Park.

Disabled people increasingly housebound

wheelchair users Gerri Pomeroy and Roger Loveless, AND Transport researcher Bridget Burdett, agree with the majority of disabled people in Wellington and Auckland who say public transport is too difficult for them to use.

Disabled people are staying home because public transport in Wellington and Auckland is too hard.

Rainbow's End wins youth employer award

From left, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, Leanne Laloli and Nosheen Sahib of Rainbow's End, and Sir Stephen Tindall at the awards.

Rainbow's End has been named Auckland youth employer of the year. 

Green schools top of their class

Seven South Auckland schools have received awards at the annual Enviroschools celebrations.

International cyclist pops into hometown during epic journey

Cyclist Lauryn Therin stopped in Pukekohe on her New Zealand cycle challenge from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise awareness for cancer.

Lauryn Therin's weary bones had a moments reprieve when she cycled into Pukekohe.

Honeymoon crashed by flying skip

Grateful to be alive and having each other, newly-weds Maggie and Adrian Berkhout in their garden of wedding roses.

A close encounter with a flying skip bin delivered a near-death experience to a Northland couple at the start of their honeymoon.

Learner drivers on the road to employment

Outwest Youth Community Trust youth coach Naomi Bartley in one of the cars learner drivers will practise in.

Outwest Youth is launching a scheme that will help teenagers in rural areas get on the road to employment.

Incognito game powerful teaching tool

October winners of the Skoolbo Cup at St Joseph's Catholic School in Dargaville are students Sam Glover and Thomas McMillan.

Latest craze for learning appears as a game but teaches undercover.

Schoolgirl DJ plays the airwaves

Tatum Robinson receives her certificate for her slot as guest DJ from More FM DJ Lance Dunne.

Local schoolgirl spins the vinyl as guest DJ.

Doggy dress-up open to all

All sorts of dogs are welcome at the fun day, held at the New Zealand Kennel Club Showgrounds in Ardmore.

 Dogs will don their glad rags for a dress-up day with a difference.

Unsung hero of the breakfast club gets recognition

Unsung hero Aroha Robson has been recognised for her volunteer work running the breakfast programme at Glen Taylor School.

Aroha Robson is one of the many volunteers who run a breakfast programme that feeds Kiwi school kids.

Time out for carers

Age Concern Whangarei's Sharon MacLeod, Betty Smith, Annette Bradley and Richard Firth.

Age Concern Whangarei's dedicated carer relief service is providing local family carers with some time out.

Reminder to wear lifejackets

Family members and Police search for a crab fisherman missing at Uretiti.

The disappearance of a man crab fishing has prompted a reminder to always wear a lifejacket.

Theatre traces its history in This Is Your Life

Octagon Theatre members, from left, Trish Fowke, Wendy Sears and Cushla Allen during rehearsals for This Is Your LIfe.

The Octagon Theatre's end of year production celebrates, acknowledges and review's the theatre's origins which span back to 1948.

Penguin dies in set net

The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding people that set nets catch more than fish.

A little blue penguin found dead in an illegally set net in Tutukaka has prompted a reminder.

Christmas budget tips

Whangarei Budgeting Service's receptionist Kerry King, Senior budget advisers Anna King, Moana Kingi and service manager Maureen Gwillim.

Whangarei Budgeting Services has some tips for sticking to the budget around Christmas time.

Great lineup for annual concert

Troy Kingi performs with Stan Walker on back-up vocals during a fundraising concert earlier this year in Auckland.

Christmas in the Valley is on this weekend in Raumanga.

Santa's coming to Hikurangi

Hikurangi Lions Club member Lindsay Caley gets Santa's sleigh ready in preparation for the Hikurangi Christmas Carnival on Saturday December 5.

The Hikurangi Christmas Carnival is on Saturday.

Leave a gift to sport

Northland Foundation general manager Ros Martin and Sport Northland chief executive Brent Eastwood finalise the Sports Endowment Fund.

Organisations, families and individuals are now able to leave a gift to a sport close to their heart.

Skateboard ramp stolen

This skateboard ramp was stolen from Royal Road Primary School in Massey.

Playtime has come to a hault at Royal Rd Primary School.

iEnergy the focus of expos

Regional councillor John Bain lets an electric bike take him for a spin at the Enviroschools Expo in Whangarei.

The Northland Regional Council's Envroschools expos focused on renewable energy and technologies that go with it.

From mobile to permanent

Active Attitude members cut the ribbon at the organisation's official opening and 3rd birthday celebrations.

Active Attitude members celebrated their third birthday and officially opened their new premises in a double celebration.

Kindergarten a secret no more

Parihaka Kindergarten children Tynan Gent, Theo Hamilton, Layton Anderson and Prestyn Walker-Gardner have fun playing with the hose.

Situated halfway up Mt Parihaka, Parihaka Kindergarten wants everyone to know about it.

Auckland street becomes winter wonderland

Decorating houses has become a tradition for Franklin Rd residents.

Christmas cheer is about to take over Franklin Rd once more as residents get their festive displays ready.

Emergency housing inquiries "distressing"

Simon Nimmo, manager of Citizens Advice Bureau Auckland City, says more emergency accommodation is urgently needed.

A Citizens Advice Bureau report shows emergency accommodation inquiries have risen by 170 per cent in Auckland city.

Weta Workshop creations help stage Disney classic

Jocelyn Scott in the Mrs Potts costume designed by Weta Workshop.

Costumes by Weta Workshop will be the finishing touch for three teenage performers as they sing on stage for the first time in Beauty and the Beast.

Calling all presents and food

The Northern News/Bay Chronicle editorial team Sarah Harris, Jan Salmon and Jenny Ling organise a food and present drive to share Christmas cheer.

The Northern News and Bay Chronicle team is lending a hand for those in need this Christmas.

Project teaches kids about tui gallery

Primary school students are helping research the difference between country and urban tui songs.

School children are investigating if there's a difference between country and city tui songs.

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