North Shore Times

Swimmable river 'caused rash'

Green party members kayak Lucas Creek as a part of raising awareness for the Swimmable Rivers campaign.

Albany's Lucas Creek is not swimmable, regardless of government guidelines, says Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

Foster parents keep doors open

David and Jackie say the hardest part of being a foster parent is having to say goodbye.

"If you bury your head in the sand and say 'I couldn't do it', well the children would still be out there."

On the start line again

Steve Barbant is ready to run Round the Bays for the 40th time.

Every March for the last 40 years Steve Barbant has been running around the waterfront.

Auckland congestion relief crawls ahead

The busy Upper Harbour Highway/Constellation Drive intersection will have 12,000 fewer cars a day with the improvements.

Consents for the $700 million Northern Corridor Improvement project on Auckland's North Shore will be decided by a Board of Inquiry.

Volunteer sets example for grandchildren

Tricia Clarkson, volunteers at The Grief Centre in Birkenhead one day a week.

"You're part of something bigger than yourself," says Auckland volunteer.

Dog skin found on beach

The foreshore between Takapuna Beach playground and the Takapuna Boating Club where the dog flesh was found.

Brent McCarty found the skin on an Auckland beach. And he says there is no doubt it was a dog's.

Close calls: Navy vet, 99, shares stories

Norman Batterham at Narrow Neck in the late 40s.

"We were bloody starving" - Norman Batterham cooked on naval ships for 15 of his 99 years.

Trio to be deported for working without visas

Immigration officials detained, and plan to deport, three men for allegedly working without visas.

Immigration officials detained three men at 6.30am for allegedly working without visas and they will be deported in the next few days.

Headache over for headache sufferers

Helen Tufui is looking forward to bringing The Headache Clinic north, as she checks out a neck vertebrae example.

A headache clinic, which successfully treats 94 per cent of patients, is expanding to the North Island.

Fairburn Rocks Devonport

Fairburn raised four children in Devonport with his wife before his death in 1957.

"You can tell a lot of a person by their friends," Dinah Holman says.

Have a plan for Round the Bays

Round the Bays Running Club trainer Johnathan Tait from Glenfield Pool and Leisure Centre.

Have a race plan - fitness instructor's tips for Round the Bays.

Teen strives to make NZ water polo team

Morgan McDowall trials for the New Zealand senior water polo team.

Youngest ever qualifying teen strives to meet senior standards.

Pest plants suffocating Auckland Council budget

Blue morning glory is strangling native plant's in Auckland's Torbay.

A new infestation of pest plants in Torbay has highlighted a heavy reliance on local volunteer groups for pest control as Auckland Council struggles for funding.

Poison laid on rat-infested mountain

The pest control program on Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland, will now add rat bait to the existing possum and rabbit ...

"Hopefully we've been poisoning rats, but I haven't seen any dead ones or dopey ones yet," Auckland volunteer said.

Celebrate cultural sharing

The Folklore Chileno Latino will perform dances from South America at Lakeside Festival.

An influx of more cultures arriving in New Zealand is even more of a reason to share them, president of Auckland Multicultural Society Thuten Kesang says.

Young artists exhibit works for Auckland festival

Budding photographers discuss with professionals photographer the best choices to be exhibited.

Seven North Shore children will express what is most precious to them as professional artists working as a part of the Auckland Arts Festival. 

Council takes lead on new hub

The new Albany Community Hub is being built next to the Albany Community-run Albany House.

Auckland Council will manage the new Albany Community Hub for at least a year while the community gets up to speed.

Shore thing for real estate

Property on the North Shore is hot, hot, hot.

The North Shore dominates a list of the top 20 real estate sales hot sopts.

Yachting NZ declined $3m

The site of Takapuna Waka Ama Yachting New Zealand wanted land owner consent for, but gave up on last year, after ...

Auckland Council defers Yachting New Zealand's application for $3 million, citing lack of information.

5000km show tour comes to close

David Klein performed Tour de Science at Rosmini College with hopes of sparking curiosity.

David Klein has performed Tour de Science all over the country, cycling between towns.

Not all building consents equal

Multi-unit developments being built at the moment include Apollo Square on Rosedale Rd.

It looked like home building on Auckland's North Shore nosedived, but the figures didn't show the whole picture.

Provisional NCEA results praised, roll rises

Vanguard Military School was established in 2014 and has grown its roll by 76 per cent since then.

One of the nation's first partnership schools has been lauded for its provisional NCEA results.

Parents fed up with school bus overcrowding

School bus overcrowding has been an issue for a number of years.

"This is a service they are paying for. If you pay for a service it should be safe and it should be reliable," said mum, Sue Claridge.

Principal reaches out after college deaths

From left, Peyo Crus, Kim Gray and Rachael de Jong are all members of the Long Bay College community who have died since ...

"Peyo and Rachael deserved a life. Kim deserved a retirement" - principal's newsletter after four college deaths in past two months.

Big lunch for Big Buddy

Lance Campbell, from The Merchant Bar and Kitchen in Albany, is looking forward to the degustation lunch for Big Buddy, ...

Bar and restaurant owner Lance Campbell is passionate about charity Big Buddy, after seeing what it is like to not have a father.

Building industry can't cope: Goff video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, right, is keen to fix Auckland's housing supply problems.

Auckland won't make up its housing shortfall unless there are changes in construction, the city's mayor says.

Why do New Zealanders play sport?

Birkenhead College first XV player Timothy Webster-Vidiri says rugby is his first love.

Sports-mad Kiwis offer their thoughts.

Pupils praised for action

The incident near Northcote Intermediate School was a good test run of the school's systems, principal Ben Kelsey says.

An innocuous offer of a ride to school raised fears it was an attempted abduction.

Auckland train crossing derailed video

The eastern side of Auckland Harbour Bridge where the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing tunnel is planned to be built.

Phil Goff's preference for buses over rail in Auckland's $4b harbour tunnel labelled "crazy", "impractical".

Pollution claims more eel lives

A pukeko eats an eel that was killed by sewerage pollution in a Torbay stream.

Eels were here longer than the development, says concerned resident.

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