North Harbour News

Santa Paws is coming to town

Tiki and Santa Paws getting into the Christmas spirit.

Get your pooch into the festive spirit with a Santa Paws photo shoot this Christmas. 

Students swap camping for culture

Kaitlin Morris and Makayla Chipam Foster enjoy visiting Ayrlies Garden.

Going to the ballet as outdoor education? Why not?

Waitemata District's first female district commander

Tusha Penny became the first police national manager of child protection and sexual violence in 2015.

"I've got big shoes to fill but I'm up for the challenge," superintendent Tusha Penny says.

Church founder's legacy lives on

Hilda Griffin taught bible in schools for over 30 years.

Even at the age of 105, Hilda Griffin was still taking bible classes at home and reading on her iPad.

Drop gifts off to North Shore Times

Toys and gifts for older children still needed, Salvation Army centre manager Glenfield Community Ministries Claire ...

"It allows Christmas to be a special time for our families," - drop your gifts off to the North Shore Times.

In praise of the powerhoop

Wiebke Tolliday is starting up a powerhooping class in Whenuapai and Riverhead.

Move over hula-hoop, the powerhoop will get your mojo back.

Battery recycling a hit

Faye Jobbitt and Andrew White at the Paremoremo battery recycling bin.

 It's proof that if recycling's easy, then residents will do it.

Prison-grown vegetables donated to charity

During peak season three vegetable deliveries are made per week to charities.

"It perks them up to be able to put decent tucker into their kids," says a Salvation Army officer.

Breast cancer survivors wanted

Pink Dragons meet twice a week and compete over summer, but are desperate for new members to stay afloat.

"Here we are showing people there can be life after breast cancer."

Santa's Workshop never stops

Fanefjord has made 1500 toys this year.

Christmas preparation is a year-long event in Svend Fanefjord's Santa's Workshop.

Career coaching for skilled migrants

Ray Zhang participated in the Work Connect programme and says it's been really helpful.

North Harbour newcomers will now have the option of accessing career support closer to home.

Drone demonstration for Kristin School

Broadspectrum innovations engineer Matt De Bono with a Kristin pupil Won Kim at the Transpower drone demonstration.

Pupils were immersed in technology when they turned out to watch a special aerial demonstration.

Waitemata leads cancer treatment targets

Health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Waitemata DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley.

Waitemata DHB has surpassed latest health target results.

Greenhithe gets ready for parade

Brownies Libby Garner, Sienna Beale, and Caitlin Saint are looking forward to being in the Greenhithe Santa Parade.

Girl Guides are leading the way at one of the most popular community events of the year.

Serious injuries after 4WD roll

Motutara Rd, in Muriwai, was closed after a vehicle rolled seriously injuring one on Friday.

One person has been transported to hospital after serious crash in Muriwai.

Running with rainbows in Hobsonville

Molly Scott, Natasha De Jong, Yasmin Rawlinson, year 11 students at Hobsonville Point Secondary School are running a ...

Secondary school are hoping to put more put a splash of colour into community this Christmas with a bright fun run.

Making white ribbon real

Members of the RNZAF Auckland Base headquarters: Phil Webley, Adam O'Rourke, Sophie Rodie, Tim Walshe, and Jena Beldock.

A field at a West Auckland air base will be filled with people wearing white t-shirts come Friday.

The funkiest tree you'll ever see video

'Critters' line the tree branches.

Guerilla knitting group in Auckland gives a giant pohutukawa tree the makeover of a lifetime.

Mothers shave off long locks

Helen McMillan, left, and Adele Lusher shaved their hair off to support Cure Kids on Red Nose Day.

"People have been saying 'are you crazy', 'are you sure', 'do you realise how long your hair is and what you're doing?' "

Foot traffic the most fun

Mako Fraser, 6, is from Whenuapai but gets his mum to drop him to the walking school bus.

The Greenhithe Walking School Bus - It's low-cost, low-carbon and quite a bit of fun.

Kmart launches Wishing Appeal

From left: Salvation Army mascot "Shieldy", Salvation Army Albany captain Sarah Healey, Salvation Army Glenfield centre ...

A major retail chain is helping to make Kiwi Christmas a little bit brighter for families in need.

Prisoners upgrade bikes for children

Auckland Prison's David Grear and Nick Bosworth, show off some of the spruced-up bikes.

Paremoremo prisoners spent many hours getting the bikes shipshape for kids in need.

After school 'lounge' a success

Hanging out at The Lounge. From left: Josh Winter, youth facilitator Samantha Chong, and Mirae Han.

 It's only been a six-week trial run, but already this hang out is a success.

Underwater robot magic first for students

Padraig Ng, Darroch George-Bodle and Harrison Wills with their award-winning AquaBot at Hobsonville Point Primary School.

They didn't know much about building robots - let alone underwater ones - but came first anyway.

Student's engine gains traction in competition

James Thompson from Rangitoto College won the engineering category of the Toolbox Challenge.

A love of making things has led James Thompson, 18, to first place in an industry competition for students.

Pooling our resources

Laingholm Primary School teacher Audrey Crouth attempts to cross a makeshift bridge created by students in the school's pool.

Schools in west Auckland are working hard to keep their pools operating.

Bringing Santa to the Shore

Santa Claus is expected to make a visit to the Albany Christmas Carols event.

Musicians and performers are being invited to take part in a flagship Christmas Carols event this year.

Agency could put in orange markings to fix ghost lanes

Photo of ghost lanes on the Northwest Motorway in Auckland, taken on November 9. Remedial work has taken place since.

Government road builder responds to motorists' anger and will remove ghost lanes.

No more pong, just a fine farm

Farmer Alan Jones doesn't even notice a smell when he goes to work at Watercare's Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant ...

Alan Jones doesn't even notice a smell when he goes to work at a wastewater treatment plant.

Sculpture OnShore lights up for 20th birthday

Rebecca Rose, west Auckland, Nets, Sculpture OnShore 2016

Sculpture OnShore has a night time show this year

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