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Festive Auckland tradition

This year's finale float has a Kiwiana theme for the Farmers Santa Parade.

Auckland City's largest annual community event- the Farmers Santa Parade- starts at a new time of 1pm on November 29.

Float designer reins in closer to Farmers Santa Parade

Peter Taylor of Muriwai stands next to one of his favourite floats he built for the Farmers Santa Parade on November 29.

An Auckland festive favourite shimmers in a detailed tinsel light for Peter Taylor.

Girl injures spine after fall from horse

The Auckland rescue helicopter landed on Muriwai beach to transport a girl who had sustained spinal injuries after falling from her horse.

A 10-year-old girl was rushed to hospital with spinal injuries after falling from her horse.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

Patient critical after north Auckland crash video

Emergency services at the site of a crash near Kumeu, north nof Auckland.

A state highway north of Auckland is closed following a serious crash involving four vehicles.

Privilege to film Keyes work

Brooke Williams will play Alice the heroine in the short film based on  the book  "A Woman's Right to Shoes" by international author Marian Keyes.

Robyn Grace acknowledges the importance in portraying the film. 

Woodhill director steps into her first short film

Robyn Grace of Woodhill, pictured on the set of Deathgasm as assistant director and associate producer, is fundraising to direct her first film.

A Woodhill woman is directing her first film after obtaining the rights from a worldwide best-selling author.

Beach safety focus at Muriwai Beach

The deaths of four people while driving in a 4WD on Muriwai Beach has highlighted the risks and  will be reminded to beach users during a joint safety operation on November 22.

The crack-down on dangerous driving and rule reminders on Muriwai Beach is gaining momentum.

Parents must have their say

Teacher Caroline Bartley talking to children at Rangikura School about what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Changes are expected to be made for the first time in nearly three decades to New Zealand's Education Act. What do you want to see?

Don't be a scam victim

"Never reply to any email asking you to confirm your bank or credit card details," says Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin.

Bogus scratch-to-win cards routinely claim the recipient has won US$165,000 in a lottery.

'Put lame ducks and white elephants behind us'

OPINION: Send a message to Auckland ... it's time to step up and show some leadership.

Huapai family have new links to beloved World War 11 relative

Howard Hugill, a bomber pilot who died in World War 11, was born and bred in Huapai.

Family connections to a bomber pilot who died in World War 11 continue with the French village where he is buried.

Post shop at Taupaki School improves writing and communication

New eco-delivery bikes from New Zealand Post are displayed to Taupaki School room 4 students and their teacher Shannon Andrews by New Zealand Post's Chief Customer Officer Paul Trotman.

The trail of snail mail is popular at Taupaki School.

Carving is the first treasure from Haranui Marae to Helensville Museum

Helensville Museum committee members and Ngati Whatua representatives with an old carving gifted to the museum by Haranui Marae.

An old carving is a new treasure for the Helensville Museum

Flying dream turns to reality for Taupaki resident

Nathan Manktelow clocks up valuable training time in a Diamond aircraft during his studies at Massey University's School of Aviation.

Ever since Nathan Manktelow ✓ looked up into the skies at the Whenuapai Air Show as a kid, he’s been hooked on flying.

Kumeu Huapai resident fights housing development

Bunty Condon points to her Kumeu property's tree lined boundary, which could border the proposed Special Housing Area.

Bunty Condon is fighting a planned housing development near her Kumeu property.

Cannabis crop warning

Police destroyed more than 2000 cannabis plants found with help from the community in 2014.

Green thumbed criminals are getting their cannabis crops in and police are asking residents to be on the lookout.

John Grant calls time at Kaipara College

Seeing the increasing success of students is a big highlight for Kaipara College principal John Grant who retires on December 11.

John Grant finds some irony in Rosmini College associate headmaster Patrick Gale taking over his Kaipara College principal's role next year.

Check out Kaipara Classic Car Club's gleaming event

A great family day out is promised at the Kaipara Classic Car Club Show on November 8.

It’s time to vroom.

Community invited to Armistice Day in Waimauku

Waimauku RSA president Dave Chisholm, a Vietnam veteran, left, encourages the community to attend the Armistice Day ceremony on November 11 following his pivotal role in the ANZAC event.

A traditional tribute remembering eight Waimauku residents who lost their lives for their country will be held on November 11. 

Let the festivities begin

Fairy tale characters will be back spreading good cheer at this year's Kumeu Christmas Parade.

The Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade starts from Huapai Domain in Tapu Rd, proceeding through Huapai and Kumeu, finishing in the Kumeu Showgrounds, Access Rd.

Brokenwood Mysteries to film Christmas parade

Pana Hema-Taylor, who plays Jared Morehu on The Brokenwood Mysteries, is one of the actors being filmed at the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade.

Discreet filming at this year’s Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade will be for a thriller reason.

Long-time school mates reveal Whenuapai antics

The younger days of former school mates Jack Hanham and Rosemarie Askew, nee Brown, at the debutante's ball at Hobsonville Hall in 1953.

Childhood antics in Whenuapai still bring a smile to Rosemarie Askew.

Driving permits yet to improve beach safety

Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service president Tim Jago says behaviours haven't changed following free permits being issued for drivers at Muriwai Beach.

Only weeks after a four-wheel-drive crashed and killed four men, people are still "hooning" up and down Muriwai beach.

Best Wines is Latin for Vinoptima

Growing grapes and making wine for 54 years is still inspiring and a learning curve for Nick Nobilo.

Vinoptima is Nick Nobilo's passion.

Nick Nobilo behind new club to support aspiring viticulturists

Master winemaker Nick Nobilo is starting an Urban Winemakers Club for aspiring viticulturists.

Oh fill your cup with wine made from your backyard bounty of grapes.

Tanker falls through bridge video

The driver was lucky the cab did not fall into the creek below.

A crane removed a sewage tanker on Thursday afternoon that had fallen through a private bridge.

Funds needed for mobile health clinic

Nurse Racheal Perry swabs the throat of Henry-Paul in a mobile clinic parked up at Pomaria Primary School, as his sister Wikitoria Ririnui watches.

A dedicated nurse is asking the community to help her to get a new mobile health clinic for children in need.

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