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Fundraising gala will help Amira get mobile

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

Cows taken in brazen theft

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

New hub plundered before opening

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

Kaipara's elusive great white sharks studied

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

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

Shark seen lurking in Kaipara Harbour

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

Waimauku ballet dancer to train with world renown director

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

RNZAF plane lands safety after malfunction

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

The 10 year old who does his family's grocery shopping

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

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

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

3 on the podium for family

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

Auckland boy's computer theft leaves him 'distraught'


Teen whose home was egged and vandalised 15 times in a year has had his laptop stolen.

Seeking budding birdwatchers


Volunteers are wanted to help keep tabs on Muriwai's gannet colony.

Kumeu bar robbed at gunpoint


A man armed with a pistol type firearm robbed a staff member at Paddys Bar in norwest Auckland.

'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


Rescue dog Ralphy overcame abuse to become the star of Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars.

Boy-racers go bush


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?


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


Tagging a rural fire station is an uncool thing to do when we're only here to help, fire officer says.

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.

Fishermen rescued from Kaipara sand bar

sea rescue search

Fishermen spent rough night as winds blew their boat towards dangerous sand bar.

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


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


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

Worker's hand trapped


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


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.

Burglaries top crime figures

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

Calling all scarecrows for festival


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.

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.

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.
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