Nor-west News

Ready for a right royal dance off

Elise Samuels of RFV Mega Crew is happy to spend her time at the studio.

The World International Hip Hop Dance Championships is one of the world's biggest dance competitions with over three thousand participants, from 46 countries.

Dusting off the past

Tyl van Randow's memoir 'Red Dust Over Shanghai' details his extraordinary childhood.

World War II is in progress, in 1945 Germany collapses and three months later Japan surrenders, von Randow's family is directly affected.

Glyphosate review concern

The weed-killer glyphosate was first sold by Monsanto, as Roundup.

Campaigners against glyphosate are concerned a new review will justify the chemical's "extensive use" across Auckland.

Auckland motorway congestion

Traffic building up on the Upper Harbour Motorway on Thursday afternoon, following an accident where a concrete truck rolled.

If you live out west then it might be a good day to stay in the city after work.

Pioneering days over

Going it alone; from feft Nick Leach and Glenn Wheeler of Kumeu Rugby Club, Rex Keane and Nick Mulvaney of Hellensville ...

The Pioneers came fourth in their inaugural season and took out the North Harbour competition the following year in 2012.

Still John Hanlon

John Hanlon moved to Muriwai last year and calls it his slice of paradise.

He was New Zealand's most well-known singer-songwriter then around 40 years ago, John Hanlon just seemed to disappear.

Recycle bins working – for most

Brenda and Peter Mundy like their new recycle bin, but wish it was picked up on the day it was supposed to be.

Yellow-top recycle bins are now being collected out west, and the council is happy – although it hasn't been smooth for all.

More students battling it out with books

St Paul's Primary School in Massey came first in the year 6 category of the West Harbour Barfoot & Thompson Book Battle.

It was a battle for book suremacy at the West Harbour Barfoot & Thompson Book Battle.

Bethells best in the north

Northern region Surf Lifesaver of the year Ollie Irwin says Bethells is a great tight knit club.

Bethells and Muriwai Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs took away five awards.

High above Auckland's West Coast video

Chris Turner shares his amazing footage of the huge cliff faces and the Maori Partai of West Auckland.

Chris Turner shares his amazing footage of the huge cliff faces and the Maori Partai of West Auckland.

Bringing home the baton

Police women from the nor west taking part in anniversary baton relay west coast style

Policewomen from the Nor-west did their part last week on a stormy west coast Wednesday.

Best of the land

Richard and Dianne Kidd were announced 2016 national winners at a gala dinner in Northland on June 22.

A Helensville farm has won the national prize at the Farm Environment Awards.

Bittersweet exit for principal

Taupaki School principal Stephen Lethbridge is leaving the school after more than 10 years.

"He has put his heart and soul into the school unconditionally for the last ten years."

New builds attract burglars

New subdivisions in Huapai are wide open for burglars.

Police are warning builders, contractors and residents to take precautions with burglars targeting construction sites.

Plans afoot for new town centre

Clive Bench details a list of ideas held up by his wife Julie, during a town planning workshop for Huapai residents.

"People need to have a reason and the ability to stop and linger."

Confused customers pay for free parking

Ballentynes manager Cherry Whitfield says some of her customers have paid for parking when it is free for them for 180 ...

Retailers say the new policy of charging staff $5 per day for parking at Westgate shopping centre is having the opposite of the intended effect.

Crossing needles for community

Gail Sclanders, Jennifer Gooding, Hanna Klos and Eddie Charlett-Green of KumeuKnitty test out the knitted pedestrian ...

Frustrated by the lack of pedestrian crossings in their area, KumeuKnitty bought black wool and knitted their own. 

Perimeter path perfection

The new Huapai Domain perimeter path.

The path is wide and level, perfect for walkers of all abilities and also bikes and wheelchairs

Big chippie takes workmanship pride

Allan Wallace of Kumeu continues to aim for quality of workmanship in his nor-west building projects.

"I've still got all my fingers."

Taking the west to California

Zane Rademaker and Pia Goldsmith head to California this month as part of the 2016 Surf Life Saving Northern Region and ...

This lifeguard pair are preparing to take their Kiwi know how to California.

Renewed life for retired racehorses

An equine event features Erin Leighton of South Head and Darryll Cole of Waimauku and their retired racehorses.

Fancy names and skills of nor-west thoroughbreds will be showcased at Equidays.

Play to explore bus accident effect on South Kaipara community

Naomi Bartley, playwright of Te Waka Huia.

A touching story about friendship, belonging and the on-going effects of silent grief.

Signs of breeding for Pateke natives thriving out west

Pateke mother and ducklings show the release of the threatened native species as part of Waitakere Forest & Bird ...

The overall survival rate appears very high for the vulnerable species.

New book eyes up Muriwai gannets

One of Charlie Yang's favourite photos from his new self-published book about the gannets at Muriwai.

In adopting the gannets he felt a kinship and received healing from them.

Driver survives after car hit by train

A car has been hit by a train in Kumeu.

An Auckland Council car has been hit by a train in Kumeu on Wednesday. 

Waimauku mum in cloud nine as MOTAT volunteer

Vanessa Belton of Waimauku is a volunteer host of the MOTAT Aviation Display. The majestic Solent Flying Boat, the last ...

NZ aviation is fascinating- it's full of amazing pioneers who were ridiculously brave.

Survey by Muriwai mum on screen use by NZ pre-schoolers

Sarah Gerritsen of Muriwai with her daughters Elise and Samira.

The average 2 to 4-year-old in New Zealand already watches double the international recommendation of one hour of television a day at home.

Off-road racing is a family affair

Eleanor Buckley, 8, looks forward to being competitive in the Kiwi trucks enduro race as part of the Woodhill 100 over ...

Dale Buckley and his children prepare for the oldest running off-road racing event in New Zealand.

Helensville District Health Trust's building temporarily closed

Foundations of the Alison McKenzie House in Helensville need to be stabilised before staff and clients move back in.

Repairs and maintenance needed for building's foundations.

Sevens success for Kaipara College sporting star Rina Paraone

Training buddies Florida Fantanitavake and Kaipara College student Rina Paraone are helping each other with their goals ...

Nationals selection in just a year of picking up rugby.

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