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Burglaries top crime figures

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

BID successful for association

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

Calling all scarecrows for festival

Scarecrow

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

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.

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.

Norwest community briefs

Read some community notices for people in the norwest.

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".

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.

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.

Burglars hit single street

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

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.

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.

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.

All welcome for free family health checks

Sandra Connelly

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

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.

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.

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.

Housing on the agenda at meeting

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

Buoys monitor harbour's sediment

Soapbox

Two buoys with scientific instruments will help keep track of sediment entering the Kaipara Harbour.

Shot in the arm for health improvements

The Auckland North Localities Operational Group is scoping work programmes after feedback from workshops with interested groups which began last year.

Lusi's rain not enough

Red Sky

Drought-hit farms in the nor-west have gained little respite from cyclone Lusi.

Art for health's sake

Rene Demegilio

Art is a creative outlook for a community based mental health group meeting regularly at the Kumeu Arts Centre.

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.

Cat owner's pet plea

HArry

Harry the cat escaped from his cage when he was being picked up from the vet last week and is still on the loose.

Ideas wanted to use reserve

Parakai rec reserve

The new Parakai Recreation Reserve Board is looking for plenty of feedback on possible future activities and services.

Humble heroes sought

Humble Heroes Sought

A group of unknown heroes saved the life of a man suffering a heart attack at Westgate Shopping Centre.

Hi-tech cop op targets hotspots

Police have launched a major operation to break the ongoing tradition of increased crime this month.

Trust needs helping hand

A busy time for the NZ Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust means a volunteer is needed. The trust is currently training puppies to assist people with severe epilepsy.

Rest home for boomers

Rest Home

Elderly residents will net a new nursing home in Kumeu. Construction of the secure aged care facility has begun at 507 State Highway 16.

Baby first aid popular

Georgina Whitmore

There were a few "little incidents" when Georgina Whitmore introduced her daughter Madeline to solid food.

Farm scoops awards

Farm Award

Muriwai farmers Rob and Sandra Faulkner, and Bruce and Jo Graham have been voted supreme winners of the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

A bridge at last

Bridge

It’s taken more than 20 years to get a new footbridge over the river at Kumeu's southern entrance.

RSA check finds live shell

A veteran who specialised in explosives may have averted tragedy again at the Kaipara Memorial RSA.

Pair jailed for life after McMurdo murder

Two men who murdered Woodhill resident Lee McMurdo have been jailed for life.

Grower's gift gets apple kids back in business

Orchard Manager

An apple grower has donated 20 kilograms of apples to kids who had their apple tree stripped bare.

Children’s Day celebrations

Children's day is on this Sunday March 2, we've compiled a list of things to do to celebrate our kids.

Romance is in the air

War Bride

A handsome Kiwi soldier stirring a bowl of porridge catches a pretty Italian girl's attention. It's not your usual romantic meeting.

Water works nearly done

Work on extending Watercare's water supply to Kumeu, Huapai and Riverhead is about to pass another milestone.

Apple thieves cheat children

Apple theft cheats kids out of pocket money

Stolen Apples

Heartless thieves have cheated children out of potential pocket money by stripping their apple trees.

Affordable housing on the block

John Long

John Long is hoping some of his McWhirter Block houses on Westgate Drive will be snapped up by first-home buyers.

Computer glitch sees invalid tickets issued

Tens of thousands of people have been wrongly ticketed by police, who are apologising for a "temporary" error.

Old soldier a hard worker

Arthur ‘‘Artie’’ Campbell Jonkers

World War II veteran Arthur "Artie" Campbell Jonkers has died at home aged 91.

Grenade in cupboard

A veteran who specialised in explosives may have saved the lives of fellow servicemen.

Surf club gets funding for history book

Muriwai Beach

Do you have any stories, photos to share for a book being written about the history of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service?

Tourist's cycling trip ruined

Cycling trip marred by hit and run

Rodrigo Perez

A Spanish tourist visiting New Zealand for the first time has been knocked off his bike by a car which failed to stop.

Concerns aired over Special Housing Areas

Strong questions were put to the project planning head at a meeting about proposed housing in Huapai.

Western ring project moves to next stage

The next stage of the western ring route project is under way with the contract awarded to an Australian company.
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