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Gnomes, flamingos disappear from estate

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A large family of around 20 gnomes, along with a flock of 12 pink flamingos, have disappeared, presumed kidnapped.

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horse and rider

Rebecca Watson only knows what others describe about the moment her horse slipped and landed on top of her.

Issues over Bible head to commission


A dispute over The Bible being used to teach children values is heading to the Human Rights Commission.

Dancing worth every blister

Harry Bartlett

He donned his first pair of Irish dancing shoes at 4-years-old, now 12 years later Harry Bartlett is dancing on a world stage.

Doubt over loud bangs


A number of Hibiscus Coast residents remain doubtful about the reason given for loud bangs last week which rocked houses there.

Hard workers nominated

Ben Sykes

The hard work and kindness of Hibiscus Coast and North Shore residents is being recognised with nominations for the Pride of New Zealand awards.

We need more 'heroes'

Fire fighter

Volunteering and donating are trending downwards, according to an Internal Affairs Department report. June 15 to 21 is National Volunteer Week.

Music lies beyond the veil

Pauline Grogan

An ex-nun, who re-entered the secular world after sexual abuse by a priest, has lofty hopes of a career in music.

Walking on the wild side

Brando Yelavich

An adventurer is on the last leg of his journey circumnavigating the NZ coastline.

Kiwis know little about lung cancer

Eileen Underwood-Clements

The 2014 Lung Cancer Health Report showed we know very little about lung cancer symptoms, or how common it is.

Students give input on playground design

Dairy flat school kids

You can forgive year 4 and 5 pupils at Dairy Flat School for lingering on the playground during class time, because it's their new class project.

Reflux: A reason to cry over spilt milk


Some days TJ would be in so much pain he would spend 22 out of 24 hours crying.

D-Day memories still strong

Brenda Finlay

70 years ago today the US 4th Infantry left Plymouth for Utah Beach in Normandy and for Brenda Finlay the memories remain.

Waterfront design wins student award

Dustin Parkinson

A former Long Bay College student has received a top scholar's award.

Holly's riding the dream

Holly on horse

A car accident left Holly Pretorius paralysed from the waist down but that hasn't stopped her from pursuing her horse riding dream.

Wet, windy road to Olympics

Finn Croft

Windsurfer Finn Croft has won a coveted spot to represent New Zealand at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China in August.

Up, up and away for school balloon

Weather balloon

Torbay School pupils gathered to watch the release of a weather balloon last Tuesday, courtesy of the MetService.

Hard-working Raiders' in league of their own

League 4 life

The Hiway Stabilizers Hibiscus Coast Raiders have set the standard for the nation's rugby league clubs.

Dogs make emergency call

Stella and stuart

French bulldogs got into their owner's pills then, perhaps thinking better of it, hit the panic button.

The craft of pouring the perfect beer

 Sam Cunningham

One young Kiwi lad will do his best to pour a perfect brew at the World Draught Masters competition in Cannes.

League star returns to school

Shaun Johnson

Warrior halfback Shaun Johnson always wanted to play for the franchise but was once told he was too small to even hold a spot in the Auckland Under 13s.  

Ashley's whopper wins

Ashley Jordan

Weighing in at an astonishing 124.4kg, Ashley Jordan's pumpkin was a whopper and a winner.

World Vision trip an eye-opener

Malawi trip

North Shore resident Cecilia Paredes, 19, visited Malawi as one of five World Vision youth ambassadors.

A chance for students to understand


The Passchendaele Society is partnering with education travel company Student Horizons to take a group of students to the old battleground in Belgium for the centenary of the campaign on October 12, 2017.

Vandals splash out in very worst sense

skate park

Vandals have flung red paint all over a new skate park just weeks before it is due to open.

Pupils really dig Roman lessons

pupils dig for artefacts

In a scene like that from TV's Time Team, Pinehurst School became an excavation site as pupils armed with small shovels and brushes discovered the remains of an ancient Roman civilisation.

Fire safety visit sparks fun times

Dean Olsen helps Beau Finch

Firefighters from Silverdale station visited Whangaparaoa Playcentre to give the children a hands-on lesson about fire safety.

North Harbour finds stars

Stephen Donald

North Harbour Rugby was asked to help recruit talent to be a part of the new made for TV movie called The Kick.

Adelaide to Brisbane by bike

Del and Cindy Henley

Del and Cindy are celebrating their golden anniversary by cycling 3000km across Australia.

Cancer sufferer rides for a cure

The Ride To Conquer Cancer

Cancer sufferer Katie Valentine is entering the Cancer Society Auckland's two-day, 200 kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer in November to raise funds for research.

Life of faith, love and happiness

Hans and Dorothy Gurau

Orewa couple Hans and Dorothy Gurau have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Teenage gamers needed for study

GO TIME: The PlayStation 4 flew off the shelves when it first hit New Zealand.

A masters student is on the look out for North Shore teens to help with a study on video games and aggression.

Audiologist teach teens about noise damage

Pinehurst students

A University of Auckland team visited Pinehurst School to teach the teenagers how to give hearing protection talks to younger children.

Role of Annie in production a chance of a lifetime

Zoe Fifield

Zoe Fifield was picked as one of three girls to share the role of Annie in the upcoming UK production.

Police await results


Police are "keeping an open mind" as they seek to establish the identity of the woman whose bones were discovered in a North Shore reserve.

Life of service ends


Community stalwart Barbara Griffin devoted her life to public service. The Hibiscus Coast identity died on March 18, aged 72, after doing more than 20 years voluntary work for the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

Forest sign mystery solved


An Orewa woman was the missing link in a year long search to find the person who erected a Dargaville sign among the other 80,000 in the Forest of Signs in Yukon, Canada.

Navy holds open day


Ever wondered what it's like piloting a multi-million dollar warship into Auckland harbour?

Smokefree speaker to visit campus

A 15-year-old British schoolgirl is coming to inspire Kiwi youth to start their own smokefree movement.

Sworn to secrecy


I'ts been 70 years since they worked in the top-secret Auckland Combined Military Headquarters during World War II.

Varsity marks 21st


A thousand cupcakes and a square metre chocolate cake helped launch Massey University's Albany campus 21st birthday celebrations.

Big eggs to aid Starship


A huge egg hunt is planned this Easter.

Little Toby - big dilemma


Toby Dale is a mini version of his 3-year-old identical twin brother Finn.

Inspiration from DJ


He's 1.89 metres and weighs in at around 103 kilograms - and that, he says, makes him pretty small for a forward on the rugby field.

Darn tootin' good country dance


Jean Holt and Ruby Nathan's creative juices and boot scooting skills helped them shimmy their way to the top of the New Zealand Beat Line Dance Awards.

Highway should start in September


The $58 million Albany Highway North upgrade is expected to start in September, taking about 2 years to complete.

Brigade's dog remembered in book


She provided friendship for those departing and comfort for those lucky to return from the horror of war.

Fears for friends in Ukraine


THE high level conflict in Ukraine has brought back memories for retired Red Beach school teacher David Walters.

Walk recalls brave battler


Kiara's Angel Walk was a party fit for a princess.

Course gives youth skills


Young people are getting some extra skills under their belts in preparation for entering the workforce.
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