North Harbour News

More chemical spraying

Albany Ward councillors John Watson, left, and Wayne Walker are concerned about the chemical control of weeds in Auckland.

The use of a controversial chemical to control weeds around Auckland has caused a spat among councillors.

Raising awareness about eye disease

Lois Grayburn is still able to enjoy things like overseas trips with her husband, Mark, despite having macular degeneration.

Lois Grayburn wants to help people realise that early detection is important when it comes to macular degeneration.

Herbal smokes store concerns school principal

Albany Junior High School principal Stephen Kendall-Jones wants to protect vulnerable students from drugs and smoking.

A high school principal is concerned about the opening of a nearby shop that stocks "herbal smokes".

'Warren Flaunty Bill' passes

Pharmacist Warren Flaunty says he will probably stand for the Henderson-Massey and not the Rodney local board this election.

People will no longer be able to serve on more than one Auckland local board.

Rugby referee breaks new ground

North Harbour rugby referee Natarsha Ganley has been developing her skills in Hong Kong.

Officiating overseas was an intense experience for an up and coming New Zealand rugby referee

School production gets professional Hairspray help

Makeup and wig artist Charlie Oswin, left, helps a character in the Kristin School senior production.

A hair and makeup artist helped with Hairspray on London's West End and now on a Kiwi school production.

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

New school for Hobsonville

School bags hang on hooks.

A site marked for a school will be taking over one of Hobsonville Pt's few green spaces.

Rates to rise 2.4 per cent

Aucklanders are set to pay a relatively modest 2.4 per cent more in rates in what officials are calling a "normal" year.

Homeowners in Auckland are set to get off lightly this year with a much smaller rates rise.

Northwest Two coming soon

A graphic drawing of what Northwest Two will look like once its completed.

The second stage of development for a $1.55 million shopping centre in Westgate is expected to be completed in October.

Titirangi rider is now an Elite

BMX rider Michael Bias of North Harbour BMX Club.

BMX rider Michael Bias will represent New Zealand in the world champs as an Elite rider.

Handy gift for households

The Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham says the tool kits will be handy for the odd jobs that crop up around the house.

Profits from alcohol sales and gambling machines are buying every West Auckland household a free toolkit.

The Runway Challenge is on again

The Hobsonville Pt Runway Challenge in full swing in 2015. This year it is expected to be bigger and better.

Entries are now open for the annual Hobsonville Pt Runway Challenge.

Leigh's bucket list

Making the most of limited time left is what Leigh Cartwright, 59, has set out to do.

A man with terminal lung cancer is pleased he's had the opportunity to live out some of his dreams before he dies.

Peace blooms through poppies

Hobsonville Point Secondary School students Ciara Bishop, Olivia Sanders and Ella McAneaney and Hobsonville Primary ...

Young and old have come together for an art project to help foster global peace.

Dog intimidation prompts reminder

Hobsonville Land Company facilities and safety development manager Paul Parker outside a fenced off-leash dog area at ...

Out of control dogs at a park in Hobsonville Point are jeopardising people's safety.

Friends awarded for their actions

Stephen Russell and James Kerrigan with their awards for stopping a drunk driver from from fleeing the scene of an ...

Two friends from Massey have been recognised by police for their efforts in stopping a drunk driver.

Hoping to make a difference

From left, Joshua Fuimaono, Lillian Porter, Vaotane Filemoni and Vee Lupo who are channelling their inner strength to ...

IceBreaker is a newly developed programme to help young people overcome bullying.

Expanding into new territory

Business North Harbour's Shirner Kenny, left, Janine Brinsdon and Sarah de Zwart are expecting a positive response from ...

Business North Harbour is hoping to engage with more businesses with a planned expansion of its area.

Snickers will make you go gooey

IF IT FITS, I SITS: Snickers makes himself comfortable in an officer's hat at the Whangaparaoa station.

Snickers is the new (furry) face of the Whangaparaoa police.

Water supply upgrade needed

Waitakere Dam supplies most of Auckland with its water.

The booming population is affecting housing, traffic as well as something a little less noticeable – water.

Te reo Maori 'on life support'

AUT history professor Paul Moon says the preservation of te reo Maori will come down to a societal shift.

Paul Moon has traced the tracks that lead to the decline of te reo Maori, unfortunately that decline is not over yet.

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.

Base Commander's house takes a ride

Craig Walker was honoured to move the Base Commander's house, where he lived as a child.

The Base Commander's house at Hobsonville Point has joined the other heritage homes on Sunderland Ave.

Thankful for rescue efforts

St John paramedic Joy Carter is pleased to see John Thompson is in better shape since the first time they met.

Paramedic Joy Carter was driving to work on a rainy afternoon when she came across a car accident on the side of the road.

Boost course ignites confidence

Tina Ngatai was one of the first participants in the Boost leadership programme for parents needing a self-confidence uplift.

Tina Ngatai used to look at the ground when speaking to a stranger. But now she is running community programmes and encountering new people daily without shyness.

Finding every opportunity to perform

Paula Daysh and her daughters Jaime Ham, left, and Maddie Ham are looking forward to impressing the world with their singing.

It's going to be an exciting year for Paula Daysh and her daughters Maddie and Jamie Ham.

Auckland's worst taggers

Auckland taggers are defacing property more than 100,000 times a year.

Council logs all tags - ready to use as evidence against each vandal when they are caught.

Past sponsored child shares story

Former World Vision sponsored child Hyromi Samuel is now working for the organisation.

Hyromi Samuel was sponsored by World Vision. He was the first student to graduate from his village.

Massey gets money-wise

Massey Primary School financial literacy students Sienna Henry, left and Rachel Kim, both 10, with their tutor Peter Norris.

Pupils at Massey Primary School are buzzing as they hold wads of cash. 

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