North Shore Times

Lightning rod house

Auckland was struck by 1300 lightning bolts in Saturday's electrical storm.

Struck by lightning twice last week, now trapped by arcing power line.

Club's boats block path gallery

Brian Greig is unhappy these boats are blocking a public accessway.

Boats stored for a secondary schools yachting programme are creating a hurdle for walkers.

Bridge over Milford waters gallery


Residents will enjoy a brand new pedestrian footbridge in Milford by Christmas.

Bystanders rush to help injured woman

When Audrey Bowden, second from left, slipped boarding a bus the community flocked to help her.

When Audrey Bowden, 86, injured herself boarding a bus, bystanders flocked to help her.

Repairing paradise has a price gallery

Adding Takapuna Beach stormwater filtering will limit grease and foam spills but not e-coli contamination.

An Auckland Council fund helping keep beaches clean and beautiful only has $3.2 million in it.

Blaze in historic building gallery

Fire damaged the historic Takapuna post office building in Hurstmere Rd.

The old Takapuna post office is over 100 years old, but its long history almost disappeared in seconds.

Cruisy day brings happiness

Boston Thatcher gets ready to hit the harbour for a Christmas cruise with brother Jahmaine and father Jay.

Youngsters enjoy a trip of a lifetime on the Auckland harbour.

Schools come together for student success gallery

Belmont Intermediate School shares a border with Takapuna Grammar School. The schools are part of the Devonport Community of Learning.

Groups of schools around New Zealand are working alongside each other through a government supported initiative.

He's 94 going on 16 gallery

Neville Clarke after his tandem skydive with an instructor.

Neville Clarke surprised his family with his 94th birthday present request.

Inspiring students with opera gallery

Glenfield musician Gemma Lee first fell in love with opera in high school, furthering her love for it as a university music student.

A classical musician is introducing primary school students to opera through a six-week programme.

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.

Fire at historic Takapuna building

The fire service was called to a Takapuna address on Saturday morning.

One person was injured in a fire at Takapuna's historic former Post Office building.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

More Maori objects found in Long Bay

Since 2013, multiple Maori objects and bones have been found on the Long Bay Restaurant site.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is looking for the owners of Maori objects found on the site of the Long Bay Restaurant in Auckland.

Plenty to gas about gallery

Discretely tucked next to the Northern Motorway, Rosedale Rd waste gas generation plant helped power up to 1000 homes.

For years a North Shore plant turned trash into treasure - of the electric kind.

Blaze costs thousands gallery


Playground vandalism hurts residents in the heart and pocket.

Teen lands dream role

Jess Rogers plays the role of Belle in the National Youth Theatre Company's performance of Beauty and the Beast.

The National Youth Theatre Company's latest performance is Beauty and the Beast. One of the lead characters has been waiting two years to play Belle.

National Poetry Slam winner announced

Mohamed Hassan is excited to see youth driving spoken word poetry's growth.

Random audience members have chosen a national competition winner.

Park service standards drop

Sunnynook Park is one of 810 North Shore parks affected by dropping service standards.

Reducing garden maintenance in parks and introducing chemical spraying of edging is angering some local boards.

Dispute punches pulled for now gallery


The country's largest union is confident health worker employment mediation will work but Auckland DHBs are crying foul.

Pacific festival comes to Northcote gallery

Members from 10-piece reggae band Three Houses Down, from left, Robert Pome'e, Charlie Pome'e, Sione Pome'e, and Josh Iotu, are looking forward to bringing their music to North Shore audiences.

Three Houses Down, a 10-piece reggae outfit, will headline Northcote Town Centre as part of Urbanesia this month.

Toasting marshmallows causes fire

A Browns Bay home went up in flames after a weekend barbecue went very wrong.

In the time it took to go to the car to get the marshmallows, disaster struck.

Milford mall plans lodged gallery

New Zealand Retail Property Group's new10 storey Milford mall and apartment development proposal.

It's a matter of perspective how people view a controversial Milford development.

'Put lame ducks and white elephants behind us'

OPINION: Send a message to Auckland ... it's time to step up and show some leadership.

Review: NZ's first cat cafe video

Cats lounging in The Cat Lounge.

Auckland's Cat Lounge has only been open four days but has already had 580 customers through its doors.

North Shore’s ecological treasure trove

Several community initiatives have been implemented at Le Roys Reserve, including weed control programmes and revegetation planting days.

Le Roys Bush Reserve on the North Shore is a treasure trove for botany enthusiasts.

Students hope world record stacks up gallery video

Joel Potter, left, races classmate Robert Eaglestone during the Bayswater School's effort in the world's largest sport stacking record attempt.

About 400 students from North Island schools are taking part in a worldwide cup stacking world record challenge.

Car dumped a second time gallery

This car has been moved again to Powrie St in Glenfield but still faces against the flow of traffic.

An abandoned car that has broken multiple laws in Auckland is making its way around a North Shore suburb.

Tampa refugee shares story gallery video

Sakina Ewazi with the shipping container in which she'll screen the film about her life.

Tampa refugee Saikina Ewazi will use a shipping container to help give Kiwis a taste of her family’s survival story.

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