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'Tinnyvision' takes aim at stoners

In a world first the NZTA has used Snapchat to deter young people from driving under the influence of drugs.

Block NZ couple focuses on the end game

Alex and Corban Walls

Block NZ couple Alex and Corban Walls are using their innovative ideas to compete in the current series.

Free spirits inspire young designer

Madison Jarvie

Watching her silk dress sashay down the catwalk is something one budding fashion designer will never forget.

Desperate need for roundabout outside school

Susie Cropper and Sarah Ballance

Any delay in getting roundabout installed outside school "unacceptable", parent says.

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.

Light plane makes emergency landing

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?

Hopes import has positive spin-offs for club

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.

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.

Emergency workers' free feed

Kohlen Naidoo

An Auckland bakery is coming to the rescue of paramedics who forego a hot dinner to save lives.

Rider pinned by horse

Injured woman

A woman sustained pelvic and abdominal injuries during an annual hunt when her horse rolled on top of her.

How to trap a poacher

 Roger Winslade

Police are catching illegal deer hunters with the sting of a man-made scorpion.

Portia Bing's lucky break for Comm Games

Portia Bing

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

Millionaires are made in Kumeu

Darsh Patel and Ashika Patel and manager Warren Mitchell

An Auckland couple is $13.2 million better off after buying a Lotto Powerball ticket from Kumeu Four Square.

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.

Fishermen rescued from Kaipara sand bar

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.

Breeding ewes attacked by dogs

Sheep

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

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.

Scam doing the rounds

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

Police exasperated

Police

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

Warning over farm vehicle thefts

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

Close call for prize chrysanthemums

Rona and Graham Attwood

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

Calling all scarecrows for festival

Scarecrow

They may be scary, but most likely they will be quirky, fun and real show-stoppers.

BID successful for association

It's all go to create a business improvement district (BID) in Riverhead, Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku, Helensville, Parakai and Kaukapakapa.

Burglaries top crime figures

Breaking and entering, burglary and theft remain the hardest crimes to solve in Waitemata, figures show.

Golfer lands dream Augusta job for US Masters

Sara Jasmat

Sara Jasmat is still in golfing heaven after spending two weeks at the famed Augusta National course.

Precious photos among goods lost in burglary

Missing watch

A heartbroken mother is appealing to thieves to return the hard drive with all the photographs of her son.

Norwest community briefs

Read some community notices for people in the norwest.

Road accident victims sought

Accident

Road safety charity Brake is looking for people around Auckland who have been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash.

Animal antics galore at popular Easter Show

Farm animals

A massive boar and his three plump girlfriends as well as "candy floss" chickens are some of the traditional farm animals expected at the 171st Auckland A&P Show at Easter Weekend.

Hot stuff from bakery

Hot cross buns

Felinto D'Souza's hot cross buns were judged best tasting out of Countdown hot cross bun bakers from the Far North/West Auckland region.

Chance to view our military history

At this time of year our military past comes much into focus, and this year sees the launch of a new event with the aim of "supporting those that serve our country and promoting an interest in our military history".

Dog rescued after 14 days underground

Sally and Ryan Lewis

A dog is thought to have survived on lizards and dripping water for a fortnight before being rescued.

Loveable Peanut takes flight

Beloved cockatiel flies the coop

Peanut

Peanut has been missing for a week but his owner says he knows his flying limits and won't go beyond the neighbourhood.

Tourist victims of theft revisit favourite spots

Roger and Daniela Christinger

A Swiss couple have revisited their favourite kiwi spots after their campervan was broken into and their photos lost.

Burglars hit single street

Police are appealing to the public for help after two burglaries in Taupaki Rd within a fortnight.

Moana to play Sydney Homegrown

Cultural collaboration

Moana Maniapoto is part of a new 21 member collaborative booked to play in the Homegrown Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Anger at towies in Kumeu village

Tow sign

A retired couple was forced to spend a week's pension to get their car back after it was towed from Kumeu.

Make a bid for BIDS

NRN Business

More jobs and a booming economy could be on their way to the norwest if a new partnership with the Auckland City Council gets off the ground.

Hospitality guru wins award

JAckie Grant

Diocesan School for Girls' old girl, Jackie Grant, was honoured on Monday for her achievements in the hospitality industry.

Sign of the times

Kumeu Lights

A second set of traffic lights is now operating in Kumeu. The lights were installed to provide access to New World Kumeu which opens on April 1.

All welcome for free family health checks

Sandra Connelly

Free mobile health checks are just some of services provided in the South Kaipara district.

Housing on the agenda at meeting

Interest and anxiety is growing around the intended Special Housing Area in the nor-west districts.

Let's have a hillbilly hoedown

Hoedown

Yeehah! It's time to dust off your cowboy hat and shine your dancing shoes. Plans are afoot for the Kumeu volunteer fire brigade hillbilly hoedown next month.
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