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Decorating undies is just an artistic antic Noeleen Healey, 82, is renowned for

Noeleen Healey is literally in the middle of knitting a river on her woollen item- a project she has been working on for over a decade.

Helensville artist Noeleen Healey continues to bring out the laughs and smiles with her pieces.

Research of Gallipoli will turn to reality for Keith Cowper of Helensville

Keith Cowper of Helensville will be amidst a contingent of about 10,000 New Zealanders and Australians selected in a ballot to access Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair.

Full preparation to walk the emotional Gallipoli trek for Helensville pensioner researching for the once-in-a-lifetime event. ‘‘I’ve got ideas in my head but won’t know what the terrain is until I get there.’’

Surf boat will be donated in Turkey by Muriwai paddlers

The Muriwai Muzzies surf boat will be donated to a Turkish university or rowing club to continue its legacy following its race in Gallipoli.

A Muriwai team will be amidst surf boat rowers carrying the Anzac spirit to Europe for Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

On the hunt

Come riders one and all and try a new equestrian event hosted by Waitemata Hunt.

Equestrian riders can try the traditional sport of hunting to hounds.

Two sisters share podium in horse arena

Sisters Megan and Stephie Joustra have both won title classes at Horse of the Year.

Two sisters are sharing the spotlight in a national horse riding competition.

Busy projects at Te Whare Oranga o Parakai

South Kaipara Food Revolution's first market day in Parakai.

The new House of Wellbeing in Parakai will host its next South Kaipara Food Revolution’s Harvest Market on April 26.

Ideas keep coming from diverse students for Whenuapai art teacher Amber Emm

Watercolour paintings are just some of the techniques Amber Emm teaches at Kumeu Arts Centre.

A nonchalant suggestion to teach art 15 years ago is still swirling up learning curves for Amber Emm.

Former Riverhead resident reckons It’s Not Easy Being Brendon.

Former Riverhead resident Brendon Green performs in the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival which runs from April 25 to May 17.

Growing up in the nor-west is helping comedian Brendon Green share his talent.

Toot and wave for Mel

Mel London loves waving to passersby and gets a huge response. He sits on the Don Buck Rd verge near Westgate for about two hours daily.

Mel London is a roadside celebrity, Yet few know much about the friendly wheelchair guy who greets passing traffic.

Nor-west calls for better transport

An electric train waits at Newmarket station.

More than 120 residents attended a public meeting calling to improve public transport in the nor-west.

Gala gets Amira moving

FAMILY TIES: Andrea Norton with her precious daughter Amira Said at home in Waimauku.

The sign on Amira Said's pram reads, "We're the proud parents of a T9 M miracle."

Cows lose 'good mates'

FRIENDLY LIVESTOCK: The remaining cows, with Sheila Mandeno, look very similar to the two stolen heifers.

Cattle rustlers have stolen two of four heifers raised together from birth.

Theft knocks community

CRIME SCENE: Helensville District Health Trust manager Charm Torrance and builder Barry Wilson survey the site of the break in after builders have tidied up.

Social enterprise hub the House of Wellbeing has been left with very little after it was robbed.

Elusive great whites seen in Kaipara

THRASHING WORK: Clinton Duffy is amidst a crew on Dairy Flat resident Scott Tindale's boat Red October placing a PAT tag on a 1.8 m male white shark in 2012.

One day of fishing has turned up a wealth of new information for shark researchers on the Kaipara Harbour.

Be part of the Food Revolution

EARLY PLANS: The former Parakai Tavern was officially handed over to the community in 2013 for future projects. Residents were asked to help turn the old pub into a community hub.

Chefs and keen cooks are being called to share their skills at a new teaching kitchen in an old pub.

Shark spotted in Kaipara Harbour

The great white shark lurks behind a jet skiier off Merewether.

A shark, believed to be a great white, has been spotted in shallow waters in Auckland's nor-west.

Ballet dancer to train with the best video

STEPPING UP: Dancer Libby-Rose Niederer of Waimauku is heading to Brisbane this month to start her fulltime ballet training.

Libby-Rose Niederer has been handpicked for training by world renowned ballet great Li Cunxin.

Emergency landing for RNZAF plane

RNZAF Boeing 757 at Whenuapai airbase.

An RNZAF aircraft made an emergency landing at Whenuapai airbase after it suffered an hydraulic malfunction during a training flight.

He does the weekly grocery shop

STAR SHOPPER: Trent Hammond-Hutchison, aged 10, does the family grocery shopping all by himself.

He reads the labels, sticks to a $200 budget and is even savvy enough to buy in bulk. He's 10.

Huapai train dream derailed

USE RAIL: The first public meeting of the Public Transport Users Association rolls out a good turnout at the Huapai railway station.

The tracks are laid down and the local population is booming, but there will be no train to Huapai anytime soon.

Skydivers' snowflake sets record

HISTORIC JUMP: Skydivers link up above Lake Taupo to make the record-breaking formation.

35 parachutists from around NZ made history when they linked together over Lake Taupo.

3 on the podium for family

FAMILY AFFAIR: Scott, Lawrence and Ryan Baker take first, second and third at the Auckland championship.

A father and his two sons have made history by sharing the podium at the TQ midget Auckland championship.

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