North Shore Times

"Unsung hero" rewarded by community

Sylvia Durrant says it's wonderful the community wants to buy her a new gate to replace the makeshift one she's using.

When Diane O'Connor dropped an injured bird off to Sylvia Durrant, she felt she had to do something to give back.

Golf courses safe says council

Julia Parfitt and Richard Hursthouse say golf courses like Pupuke are vital assets.

Rumours the Auckland Council will sell golf courses to make way for housing aren't true, says a North Shore councillor.

No concrete plans for boardwalk

The Browns Bay boardwalk gets a lot of use, even in winter.

Plans for concrete or new timber on a Browns Bay boardwalk have failed to meet funding criteria.

Orders now unnecessary for sailor self-help gallery

Comedian and mental health campaigner Mike King, left, shared his experiences overcoming adversity with hundreds of sailors and their families.

Talking about problems won't sink sailors' careers assures the navy's deputy chief.

Nautical thief gets just desserts

Florence was designed and built in 1910.

A bumbling thief tried to steal two boats from a marina before making a futile attempt to swim away.

Devonport landmark celebrates milestone gallery

Devonport's 103-year-old Victoria Theatre is believed to be New Zealand's oldest purpose-built theatre still standing.

In 2010 yet to be popstar Lorde wasn't the only Devonport personality with stars in their eyes.

Playground fight continues gallery

Jackie Kerridge says she and partner Chris Reeve will "personally guarantee" any cost overuns on their charitable trust's playground.

Accusations of playground bullying are keeping tensions simmering between supporters and skeptics of a playground charitable trust.

Running to add "meaning to the miles"

Kiri Price will keep on running even after her 100th marathon.

Kiri Price has plans to run two marathons within one week to make it to the New Zealand 100 Marathon Club.

Streets left out for inorganic collection

Kaipatiki Local Board member Richard Hills stands in Northcote, an area that won't receive an inorganic collection in 2015.

Multiple changes to Auckland Council's new inorganic collection on the North Shore has left residents frustrated.

North Harbour Gymnastics victim of theft gallery

North Harbour Gymnastics chief executive Oscar Paulich's says a wheel clamp didn't stop the theft of a trailer with equipment on board.

A stolen trailer full of gym gear means a North Shore gymnastics club can't hold classes for the community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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