North Shore Times

Lusitania legend's Te Awamutu link

Mary Macky's last letter, a hurried note penned to her daughter-in-law Jo Macky as the Lusitania was loading: "May you all be kept very well and calm and happy."

Joe Macky died because his only thought was to help others. Mary Macky died because she chose to die with her husband.

Richlister pens entrepreneur masterclass gallery

Despite its "perceived isolation", Takapuna is a great place to do business multi-millonaire entrepreneur Diane Foreman says.

Multi-millionaire businesswoman Diane Foreman has plenty to say in her first book.

Doing it for Maya gallery

Rebecca Gourlay’s daughter Maya has spent 221 nights in hospital, reflected in her beads of courage necklace.

Rebecca Gourlay has spent five years in and out of Starship with her daughter and now she wants to give back.

Eighties band back to make noise

Eighties band No Tag is playing a one-off reunion show at the Kings Arms. From left, Mark Sullivan, Carl Van Wetering, Paul Van Wetering, Andrew Boak.

Eighties band back to make noise

Pageant a jewel in cultural crown

Jordarn Ratu, left, and Ronita Lal head to the Philippines in September for a Miss Universe New Zealand finalists' retreat.

Culture is key for two of the 20 finalists in the Miss Universe New Zealand competition.

Caught on the HOP gallery

Accrued errors on incorrectly tapped on and off HOP cards can see account top ups gobbled-up.

Look after the cents and the dollars will look after themselves - are commuters racking-up incorrect HOP card charges?

Spinal surgery success for Malloch

Hillcrest's Debbie Malloch wants to skydive to raise awareness about tarlov cysts.

After 10 years of pain, Debbie Malloch has finally had surgery to treat rare disease tarlov cysts.

Falling rocks prompt call for care

Falling rocks near the walkway between Murrays and Mairangi bays are not a safety concern, says Julia Parfitt.

The biggest rockfall in memory on a popular coastal walkway shouldn't cause concern according to geotechnical experts.

Retired librarian not slowing down

Ann Hill has read more than 14,000 books in less than a decade.

A now retired librarian of 40 years says it's the least boring job in the world.

Money secured for community hub gallery

From left, Ann Hartley, Sarah McKinlay, Carla Van Walen and Richard Hills all played a part in ensuring Birkdale had their say.

Plans are ready for stage one of a residents-led design for a new Birkdale community space.

Free test not an option gallery

Beach Haven's Colin Frankham says it was upsetting to lose four close friends to bowel cancer.

Colin Frankham was shocked to learn he's too old to participate in the bowel cancer screening programme.

End of year deadline for Hato Petera

The Ministry of Education has given Hato Petera College in Northcote until December to improve its hostel conditions.

Hato Petera College has been given until the end of the year to address hostel maintenance issues.

Hunter full of heart gallery

Angie Porter is pleased her five-year-old son, Hunter, is no longer in and out of hospital for his heart defect any more.

Angie Porter is grateful her son Hunter is now doing well after heart surgery three years ago.

New technology just the ticket

Roving ticket issuing number plate recognition cameras could be coming to a street near you.

Motorists, you'd better watch out, you'd better not try... Auckland Transport is trialling mobile parking ticket cameras.

Roundabout upgrade backed

This roundabout in Beach Haven could be upgraded to improve pedestrian safety.

A busy roundabout upgrade is vital, a residents association vice-president says.

Farewell to children's doctor gallery

Family and friends have said farewell to Dr David Becroft, who was a long time Takapuna resident.

Husband, father, grandfather, David Becroft, will be remembered for his work as a pathologist.

Conservation new tactic for campground pressure group gallery

Devonport -Takapuna Local Board chairman Joseph Bergin says giving the holiday park Auckland Council protected status could undo holiday park supporters aims.

Be careful what you ask for, you might regret it, a local board chairman warns a pressure group.

DHB to honour Gair gallery

Former North Shore MP George Gair served eight terms in Parliament as a National Party minister.

The late George Gair is honoured by Waitemata DHB for his work in getting North Shore Hospital built.

Rescue prompts smashing new tool gallery

Police Constables Paul Watts (holding rock) and Simon Russell about to rescue woman trapped in car on rising tide in Waitemata Harbour.

Dramatic rescue from a sinking car in Waitemata Harbour leads police to introduce changes.

Drivers warned of wandering swan

The large black swan was spotted walking on an Auckland motorway.

A swan has gone for a stroll on an Auckland motorway.

'Consumate' North Shore politician remembered gallery

At 83, George Gair added a masters degree in philosophy to his list of achievements, including several Queen's Honours.

Articulate, with 'the gift of the gab', family, friends and colleagues remember a political champion for the North Shore.

Man 'ran out' onto road

Ambulance staff arrived minutes after bystanders called for help.

Bystanders have rushed to the aid of a pedestrian hit by a car on Auckland's North Shore.

Seaside suburban boating club's SOS gallery

Browns Bay Boating Club commodore Warren King on one of the club's two boat hauling tractors.

A boat club says it would rather tractors keep pulling boats rather than get pulled from service by noise complaints.

Women's rugby players look to next step

Members of the North Harbour Rugby women's 15-a-side team that will play on Saturday.

North Harbour Rugby is pushing its women's team towards the top tier of national competition.

Espresso explosion like "a bomb" gallery

Katrina Shaw, pictured with her children and husband Mike, got a nasty surprise after she tried to make coffee.

A Torbay family of six say they are lucky they weren't seriously injured when their espresso maker exploded one Sunday morning.

Takapuna Beach - between a rock wall and a hard place gallery

Cole Arnott says erosion in front of his Takapuna Beach home forced him into building a bigger, deeper rock wall.

Who owns and controls what on Takapuna Beach may surprise you and a local board member wants to change that.

Xander's a hero in his own way

Xander tests out some of the Kaukapakapa fire brigade's equipment.

Xander Craw can't join the fire service himself but that hasn't stopped him from encouraging others to do so.

Help in store for kids like CJ

Christopher Jarden is now a healthy wee man.

Billie and Steve Jarden didn't know if their precious first-born son would make it.

Stadium traffic set to flow

Upper Harbour Local Board wants a fix to traffic congestion getting to and from QBE Stadium for big events.

Albany's QBE Stadium is looking into improvements for parking and transport for its big events.

Degrading cable affecting business

Andy Waterworth has been told five times in two weeks his phone line is working but he still can't get a dial tone.

Some Rothesay Bay residents have been without internet or phone access for two weeks causing problems for home businesses.

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