Nor-west News

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.

Funds push for Waimauku adventure playground

Practical and funding support will get the planned adventure playground in Waimauku off to a strong start.

A small service club is matching $1 for every $1 donated by the Waimauku community.

Taupaki resident John Peachey in awe of Tearfund projects

Tearfund-sponsored children from the Por Na Tah village in north west Thailand.

When a child becomes educated they have other choices rather than going into prostitution.

Portugal bound for Muriwai surfer Britt Kindred

It's third time lucky after hard work by Muriwai surfer Britt Kindred in making it into the New Zealand junior surfing team.

Riding waves in Portugal with top junior surfers

Waitakere stacks Tall Ferns

Tall Fern Chevannah Paalvast, 24, with Massey High School premier netballer Sylvia Wieczorek, 16.

Chevannah Paalvast is celebrating making the Tall Ferns again and come August is hoping to be playing in Rio.

Broiler farm's expansion plans worry South Kaipara residents

Helen Smyth and Dave Beattie live near a Parakai poultry farm which wants to increase production- but so will traffic ...

The push for intensive poultry development in South Head impacts everybody.

Lonergan's fleet feet secures hat trick for football win

A familiar scene with Lynn Avon United defenders chasing Norwest United player Cara Lonergan who scored a hat-trick in ...

The premier women's football team are hoping to get points on the board this weekend.

Happy place for campers at Muriwai

Many happy place memories can continue at the Muriwai Beach Motor Camp following a major makeover ready for next summer.

The camping experience will make Muriwai even more of a drawcard.

Seasprite pilot Taylor Berriman enjoying new role gallery

It's an exciting learning curve for new Seasprite pilot Taylor Berriman at the RNZAF Whenuapai airbase.

Flight Lieutenant Taylor Berriman is a Seasprite pilot in No 6 Squadron based at the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Whenuapai. The squadron works with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The 25-year-old Whenuapai resident enjoys fishing, golf, football, tennis, and playing the guitar.

School holidays could enhance Anzac Day events in the nor-west

Military vehicles will lead Anzac parades at Helensville and Waimauku.

A big turnout may show out for Anzac Day events, especially Helensville and Waimauku parades.

Waimauku teenager prepares for worlds

New Zealand Under 21 Solo Champion Jake Turner in racing action.

Teenager Jake Turner is preparing to hurtle at breakneck speeds along an international track.

Bethell's lifeguards to assist refugees

Six lifeguards from Bethells beach will travel to Greece in April to help in the refugee crisis. Some of the members are ...

The group of lifeguards from Bethell's Beach will be doing 24 hour shifts in Greece and face the arrival of a boat a day carrying at least 40 to 50 refugees.

Air liaison officer of Huapai reflects on Fijian experience after cyclone

Republic of Fiji Military Forces soldiers help unload NZ aid from an RNZAF C-130 Hercules at Nausori, Suva.

Tasking crews in Fiji during the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston still jolts Matt Tristram.

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