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Census will set future planning

Census 2013

Whanau from South Kaipara are encouraged to participate in what could be the first 2014 census in New Zealand run by an Auckland hapu. 

New life for defence force home

Kiri Powell

The first stage of a project to help Ngati Whatua whanau plan for their own affordable, quality home is now a reality.

Bing's lucky Games break

Portia Bing

Injury kept Portia Bing out of the heptathlon, but selection into women's relay team has kept her Games dream alive.

Vandals tag Bethells Valley station

Tag

Tagging a rural fire station is an uncool thing to do when we're only here to help, fire officer says.

Stormy night for stricken boat

sea rescue search

Fishermen spent rough night as winds blew their boat towards dangerous sand bar.

Bruce and Cookie are best buddies

Bruce and cookie

A fall from a truck and befriending a hunter are the escapades that brought two pigs together.

Air force appoints new chief

 Mike Yardley

Air Vice Marshal Mike Yardley has taken command as chief of the air force.

Smoke lingers due to light wind

Fire

A lack of wind and a large fire have caused smoke to blanket part of rural West Auckland this morning.

Fears of more dog mauling

Sheep

Farmer counts his losses after savage mauling of ewes weeks before they were due to lamb.

Storm nearly claims prize blooms

Rona and Graham Attwood

Battling stormy weather to protect flowers was worth it for one couple who went on to win a prestigious competition.

Worker's hand trapped

Hopper

A cellar worker at the centre of a dramatic rescue is waiting to see if there is any tendon damage to his hand.

Speeding frustrates police

Police

A mobile speed camera issued 1129 speeding tickets within six days between Easter and Anzac Day in Kumeu.

Scam doing the rounds

A scam letter from Hong Kong has been targeting nor-west Auckland.

Tractors, trail bikes and 4WDs stolen

Farmers in nor-west Auckland are being warned against leaving keys in the ignition after a spate of vehicle thefts.

Pound pooch's star turn

dog

Rescue dog Ralphy overcame abuse to become the star of Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars.

Boy-racers go bush

vandals

Early morning racing at a tourist spot has neighbours frustrated by noise and visitors confronted by mess.

Is it a golf ball? No, it's a plane

Light plane

Two golfers had just teed off when a light aircraft made an emergency landing behind them.

Eye-catching or eyesore?

gumboot

There's a kiwifruit at Te Puke; a carrot at Ohakune and a gumboot at Taihape. But should norwest towns follow suit?

Club hopes for positive spin-offs

Sam Kelsall

The Kumeu Cricket Club has signed English cricketer Sam Kelsall in a bid to regain premier grade status.

Locals front campaign

campaign poster

Identities from the nor-west are the faces of a campaign to reduce speed in their communities.

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