North Harbour News

Sophia is ready for school

Sophia Shore, 5, is gearing up to start school at Colwill School.

It's school time for Sophia Shore who started at Colwill School this week.

Woman and kids survive flipped car video

A woman and three children escaped this crash with minor injuries.

The car flipped after hitting the centre barrier on an Auckland motorway - with a woman and three children inside.

Eight-year-old helps save baby rhino

Eight-year-old Hunter Mitchell is fundraising to help save the life of an orphaned baby rhino at Aquila Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa.

Hunter Mitchell is starting the new year with a special goal, and a special new friend.

Prisoners benefit from programme video

Inmates learn valuable skills

Auckland prisoners are learning about relationships and values through Maori culture to ready them for life on the outside.

Home with ultimate sea views

Mark Thomas has been living aboard his 14-metre yacht at Hobsonville Marina for the last 15 years.

A novel way to beat Auckland house prices and see more of the country.

Hobsonville in top four up and coming suburbs

Brian Neeson and wife Vanessa lived in Hobsonville for 30 years and say it's the going place.

Hobsonville has been named as one of Auckland's up and coming suburbs.

Boyle up for a Halberg

Lauren Boyle with her silver medal in the women's 800m freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Lauren Boyle is New Zealand's most successful international swimmer.

Prompt timing for students

Hobsonville Primary School students with the clock prototype they designed. Also in this photo is teacher Brad Hill, back, and Beca engineer Michael Higham.

Some budding engineers have come up with a plan to keep their classmates on time.

Legs severed in mway crash

The accident happened on and overbridge over the Northwestern motorway.

A motorcyclist reportedly severed both legs in a crash with a truck on an Auckland motorway overbridge.

How to be a rescue helicopter paramedic

Rob Gemmell says being a paramedic for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is his dream job.

"You have to be empathetic. It's all about the people we rescue."

Construction site an unlikely but comfortable home for dotterel

Only about 1700 dotterels are left nationwide.

Two endangered dotterels have made a nest in what seems like the worst place to call home – a construction zone.

Mr Bean and the honey tree man gallery

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A 'number 8 wire' crop garden is helping Auckland prisoners make amends.

Builder dreams big

Brad Tinsley enjoys a bathtub sunset at Tom Bowling Bay, North Cape, at the beginning of his adventure of a lifetime.

Builder Brad Tinsley is leaving it all and heading off on an adventure of a lifetime.

Three local heroes chosen

From left Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock, Clare Montgomerie, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and MP Phil Goff.

The 2016 New Zealander of the Year Award recipients included three North Harbour residents this year.

Unexpected win for bodybuilder gallery

Winning the Ms Physique award in the Philippines was amazing and unexpected for bodybuilder Christine Henwood.

Bodybuilder Christine Henwood has spent the past month competing in international bodybuilding competitions.

Dolphin research around the coast

Massey University Masters student Blair Outhwaite.

A day on the water with dolphins is a typical day in the office for Blair Outhwaite.

Gift wrapping fundraiser

Massey High School students are wrapping gifts at NorthWest Shopping Centre. From left: Zarin Hussein, Hannah Wilson, Taylah Shannon.

A group of year nine and 10 students from Massey High School are cutting corners this Christmas.

Expert weighs in on kauri protests gallery

Graeme Platt was awarded a Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture gold medal for plant introduction in 2011.

An award-winning horticulturist says developers have every right to chop down native trees on private property.

Flying career ends after 50 years

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust pilot Alan Deal is retiring after a flying career of more than 50 years.

Taking to the skies and saving lives has been a reality for Alan Deal for nearly two decades.

Victims of peak hour crash stable

All victims of a crash that partially blocked SH16 just before 4pm on Tuesday afternoon are now said to be in a stable condition.

A four-year-old taken to hospital on Tuesday in a critical condition is recovering after the crash, which hurt five others.

Christmas lights for the kids gallery

Carolyn and Graham Brown have always enjoyed Christmas and have collected lights and decorations from around the world.

A snow machine and Christmas lights synchronised to festive music feature in a stunning backyard display.

Junk treasured at bus stop

A shelter pays tribute to George John Clarke. Pictured from left is his family Renee Caskey, Annette Clarke, Toni Clarke and Natalie Clarke.

A bus shelter has been renovated to honour the last man employed on the air base at Hobsonville Point.

Smoke pours from hay barn fire

Fire crews fight a hay barn fire at a strawberry farm in Massey.

About $20,000 worth of hay bales went up in flames at a Massey strawberry farm.

Hoping to bring her son home gallery

Auckland mum Heidi Collins just wants to bring her eldest son, Rhody Slattery, home from hospital.

At about $1800 a month, Heidi Collins can't afford the price tag on what could be a lifesaving drug for her son.

Joseph Parker inspiring words

Joseph Parker visited Royal Rd Primary School. He is pictured with Naliyah Bell and Shahil Subrailo, both 13, and promoter Dean Lonergan.

Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker visited Royal Rd Primary School.

School students become environmental caretakers

Hobsonville Point Secondary School students Jennifer Berry, 15, Josh Hardy, 14, and Keygan Kotze, 14, have made insect hotels out of bamboo and totara wood to encorage native weta, bees and other insect species to the area.

Schools are helping monitor the plant and animal life at Hobsonville Point.

Band ready to make waves gallery

Konrad Peters, left, and brothers Alex and Marcus Kacprzak play keyboards and help compose music for their electronic band, Madonic.

A Kiwi electronic band released their first album this month... and the members haven't even started high school yet.

Catering for school growth gallery

Greenhithe School principal Peter Marshall says the school has been waiting all year for construction to start on a new classroom block.

Students at Greenhithe School will be enjoying a new block of classrooms by early 2017.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

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