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Kayakers stuck in mud

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter winches two kayakers stuck in the mud to safety.

Kayaking pair were winched from mud after their boat got stuck.

More young performers at Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu

Jack Bramah and son Ollie Bramah from the North Shore have folk music in the blood.

An impressive number of young people performing at this year's Auckland Folk Festival bodes well for the future.

Rainbow athletes Proud to Play

Proud to Play NZ organiser Craig Watson is excited for the start of the sports tournament, which will have events across Auckland including at West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre.

A new sports tournament aims to promote inclusion for all, regardless of gender identity or sexuality.

Accident hotspot under fire

A serious crash on accident hotspot State Highway 16.

Accident hotspot State Highway 16 is under fire.

Woman and kids survive flipped car video

A woman and three children escaped this crash with minor injuries.

The car flipped after hitting the centre barrier on an Auckland motorway - with a woman and three children inside.

Pop art amidst John Perry's collection in Helensville

Funky, left-of-centre and way out pop art collections by John Perry are on display at Art Centre Helensville.

John Perry is a self-confessed art-aholic.

Observations of life at Kumeu Arts Centre exhibition

Libby Patterson at the Undercurrents exhibition in the Kumeu Arts Centre which runs until February 6.

A roller coaster of emotions is expected from the latest display at Kumeu Arts Centre.

Improving winds of change for Kumeu Children's Art Club

Better workshop space is one of the changes for the Kumeu Children's Art Club in its 18th year.

Splashes of changes are coming for a long-time club producing creative and inspiring students.

Rare nocturnal ducks released to new home in Bethells

Pateke adjust quickly to their new home in Habitat te Henga wetland reserve near Bethells Beach.

A home safe home for rare nocturnal ducks in Bethells is being hailed a conservation success.

Old goods revived Helensville

Practical potential: Helensville residents can be shown how to repair their broken or run down belongings by qualified volunteers like David  and John (surnames withheld by request)

Repair shop Helensville

What’s on for Auckland’s birthday bash

St Jerome's Laneway Festival returns to Silo Park on February 1.

Auckland is throwing a party to mark its 176th birthday - and there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

Farm boy takes national tree title

National tree climbing champion Dale Thomas of Muriwai.

Tree climber Dale Thomas has braved dizzying heights to take out a national award.

Scrap-cat hot rod wins trophy

Andy Connor was "well chuffed" to take out the Kumeu Hot Rod Show's people's choice award on the weekend for his 'Volksrod V2'.

A sci fi-inspired 'Volksrod' was the most popular car at the Kumeu hot rod show.

Where in the world is Quentin Tarantino?

Quentin Tarantino is touring NZ - but where will he go?

He's here, he's ready to explore, he's got a Kiwi tour guide - but where will Quentin Tarantino go?

Festival prize package up for grabs

Thousands of people are expected to attend the Seeport Festival during Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

A helicopter ride, tugboat tour and much more could be yours to enjoy with four friends this anniversary weekend.

Creamy milk savours delicious memories

Life for Bob and Mary Simpson of Taupaki is flowing with interesting people enjoying raw milk from their novel vending machine.

Daily Grind Bob and Mary Simpson are retired and live in Taupaki. They talk to Rani Timoti about being farmers who supply raw milk and own one of the few vending machines in Auckland.

Upgraded trail in Kumeu provides all year round accessibility

Peta Hardley walks through the upgraded Kauri Crescent Track in Kumeu with her dog Toby.

A paper road community project is cobbling neighbours together.

Use the force, Darth

Darth and owner Kerry Cleverdon are delighted to be reunited.

The force is strong with Darth the purebreed English Staffordshire bull terrier.

Early pawprints

Darth and owner Kerry Cleverdon enjoy a special moment at home in Kumeu.

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Muriwai crash "very lucky" - police

A council permit system has done little to improve vehicle safety on Auckland's Muriwai Beach, lifeguards say.

Muriwai Beach is still seeing dangerous driving despite new rules, crashes and police concerns.

Auckland man stabbed in neck

The incident happened on Motutara Rd in Muriwai, West Auckland.

Man stabbed and left with deep wound, attacker fled but 20-year-old since taken into custody.

Chelsea Winter plays Santa

Chelsea Winter brought Christmas cheer to a family after a teen's hard-earned present for his mum was stolen.

Celebrity chef spreads Christmas cheer after a teen's present to his mum was stolen.

Supermarket locks up corned beef

Corned beef tins and mayonnaise jars locked up at a West Auckland Countdown supermarket.

A supermarket has resorted to locking up common grocery items to stop thieves from getting to them.

Biggest and best Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade

Sweet success for Waimauku School's Candyland themed float which won the supreme award at the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade.

The quality and variety of the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade stands out as a nice community event to end the year.

Much-maligned mangroves important for the eco-system

Orhan Er and Christy Reynolds believe mangroves are vital for supporting other life including a lichen species found in the Kaipara Harbour.

A lichen species has been discovered growing in Kaipara Harbour mangrove forests.

Lichen- vital organism for environment

Lichens are organisms made up from members of as many as three kingdoms with the dominant partner fungus.

A lichen is a composite organism which arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship.

World trip for $100,000 winner

New World Kumeu owner Harry Chawla, delighted winner Mary Flego and New World Banner manager, Foodstuffs North Island Merih Boz at the presentation of Flego's $100,000 prize.

A Waimauku flower grower is packing her bags to see the world after winning $100,000.

South Kaipara whanau successful in saying "NOPE" to smoke

Victory is as sweet as clear air for the Haranui waka team who won the national wero challenge in becoming smokefree.

The call for other South Kaipara marae to take up a smokefree challenge is ringing clear.

Gift wrapping fundraiser

Massey High School students are wrapping gifts at NorthWest Shopping Centre. From left: Zarin Hussein, Hannah Wilson, Taylah Shannon.

A group of year nine and 10 students from Massey High School are cutting corners this Christmas.

Finding balance is key to Woodhill Forest

Woodhill Mountain Bike Park is one of the popular and successful adventure businesses operating in Woodhill Forest.

Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara runs both the commercial and recreational/tourism sectors over the 12,500 hectares of Woodhill Forest.

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