Nor-west News

Daughter 'saw me catch on fire'

Burns victim Paul Robinson recovers from his injuries.

An airforce veteran who dodged scud missiles in the Gulf War has survived an explosion back home in Auckland.

Breakfast meeting brand launch

The new North West Country brand will be unveiled on May 26 by the North West Business Improvement District.

Family celebrates milestone birthday

Irene May Brittain opens her card from Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest daughter May Radford,80.

Irene May Brittain just wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday with her children.

Len Brown supports John Banks

Brothers in strife - then former Auckland City mayor John Banks and Manukau City mayor Len Brown, later competitors for the super city mayoralty.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he "understands what Banks has been through".

Off road racer back behind the wheel

Dale Buckley's ProLite truck, imported from America, will be in action in the Woodhill 100.

Dale Buckley wonders why he persists on returning to the unpredictable terrain and toughness of the Woodhill 100.

Ratepayers will do their own town plan

Kumeu-Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Pete Sinton  with mayor Len Brown at a Special Housing Area announcement in Huapai.

A Rodney ratepayer group intends doing its own town vision plan.

Finding comfort in Hospice

Virginia Budd,67, has a more positive outlook on life since joining up to a West Auckland Hospice social group.

When Virginia Budd found out she had lung cancer and the outlook wasn't good she didn't know where to turn.

Pink Shirt Day teams up with New Zealand Defence Force

Schools will be wearing pink on May 22 as a sign of their commitment to stop bullying, embrace diversity and create positive relationships.

Competition winners will celebrate Pink Shirt Day with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Ambulance fits into plane for Ebola trial gallery

The Royal New Zealand Air Force have successfully loaded a St John ambulance into a C-130 Hercules aircraft in Whenuapai as part of an Ebola response trial.

It's not everyday you see an ambulance parked in a plane. 

Extra help for Defence families

Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, addresses families at Whenuapai during the Force 4 Families launch.

There’s now an extra tool supporting defence families while their loved ones are deployed.

Smokefree stall for Helensville

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Te Ha Oranga will host a stall outside Countdown Helensville on May 22 leading up World Smokefree Day.

Lunch with league's finest to celebrate a Kiwis win

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Sir Peter Leitch, aka The Mad Butcher, is turning on a special luncheon to honour the Kiwis after their Anzac test win in Brisbane

Girls plant garden for patients

Pearl Si and the rest of the Westlake Girls High School envirogroup planting the first season of vegetables.

A free vegetable garden specifically for diabetes patients is being driven by a group of teenage girls.

Accident in Huapai

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A woman was injured following a car vs powerpole incident in Huapai on May 19.

Pointer box for May 21 edition

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Community Voice

Community Voice Rodney Local Board column by chairwoman Brenda Steele

Waimauku winery employees support nor-west groups

There will be more than 200 helping hands from a Waimauku winery involved in community projects.

The Villain on rugby

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Westerm Pioneers host the high-flying Glenfield team in a top of the table clash.

Viewfinder for May 21 issue

Quirky Muriwai Beach shadow holding a seaweed balloon.

We can all vouch that the nor-west boasts a great outdoor playground. Residents, tourists and many travellers outside of our region enjoy our rural/coastal outlook featuring the wild West Coast beaches of Bethells and Muriwai, Kaipara Harbour, Riverhead and Woodhill forests and many more scenic attractions to chill out, play in or enjoy.

Challenging win for Waimauku runner Kat Reynolds

Men: 1: Hywel Dinnick, 2:45:27; 2: Grant Guise, of Wanaka, 2:49:32; 3: Stafford Thompson, of Dunedin, 2:52:10.

Kapa Haka event highlight of Matariki

Kapa haka performers are once again being given creative licence ahead of this year's Kapa Haka Super 12s.

Art display for all in Helensville

Check out artistic flair this month at an ingenious exhibition in Helensville Art Centre.

In brief- May 21 edition

Feathered friends

Helensville resident experiences deeper sense of appreciation for Kiwi soldiers at Chunuk Bair

Keith Cowper is at the Twelve Tree Copse memorial in Gallipoli where the name of Lieutenant Thomas Gerald Norman Screaton is engraved. The Screaton family comes from the Helensville district.

Walking in the steps of soldiers at Chunuk Bair has given Keith Cowper a renewed appreciation for his personal research into World War 1.

Look Who's Talking

Amber Emm, longtime Whenuapai resident, professional artist and art teacher at Kumeu Arts Centre. 

Moderation the key to longevity

Jean Narbey will celebrate her 105th birthday on May 18.

One of Helensville's oldest residents Jean Narbey is soon to celebrate her 105th birthday.

Teenager nets student coach of the year

Harbour Sport coaching manager Dave Keelty with Kaipara College student coaches Caitlyn Cox, Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru, Kaipara College coach leader Sue Lusty, student coaches Luke Brewer and Isaac Olsen, Helensville athletics club's student coach of the year.

Isaac Olsen has volunteered to coach his first netball team even though he is a newcomer to the sport.

Helensville township has the Christians Against Poverty Debt counselling charity to help residents

A combination of advice, financial education, expert budgeting, insolvency services and ongoing support will be provided by the new Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre in Helensville.

A national debt counselling charity is now available in Helensville.

Look Who's Talking

Angela Nobilo, events co-ordinator at the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre

New skate ramp opens Riverhead

Henry Davis jumps the new skate ramp in Riverhead while Jerome Soole waits his turn.

Jerome Soole, 12, wrote to Auckland Council three years ago pleading for skate facilities in Riverhead.

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