North Shore Times

Restored army barracks march on video

Antony Matthews says the Fort Takapuna barracks are "good for at least another 50 years".

Ramshackle wartime era huts have been resurrected as precious community facilities.

Re-routing rat-runners problematic gallery

Blocking Napier Ave's popular shortcut to Lake Rd's morning traffic congestion has shifted the problem to adjacent Harley Rd.

Trialling a solution to one Auckland street's traffic problem has put pressure on another.

Shore families trapped in quake-zone

New Zealander Richard Curtis and his girlfriend Ali Thorpe posted this photo on Monday night to prove to their loved ones they were truly safe.

Daya Gautam had just sat down to eat with Nepalese families when news broke about an earthquake in their homeland.

Challenging water rescue honoured gallery video

Constable Paul Watts and Constable Simon Russell have been honoured for their bravery after they rescued a woman trapped in her car in Waitemata Harbour.

The bravery of two Auckland officers who pulled a woman from a sinking car has been formally recognised.

Good Samaritan's bravery recognised video

RECOVERING: Lucy Knight.

Bag-snatch hero Lucy Knight received a standing ovation as she accepted an award for her "selfless bravery".

Street lights resolution a quick fix

Old street lamp in Canberra

Not all street lighting on Auckland's North Shore is up to standard, Auckland Transport says.

'Putrid scum' offends beachgoers

Globules of oily muck have pooled in stormwater lagoons along scenic Takapuna Beach

Sections of a popular Auckland beach are turning into oily catchment ponds and nobody knows why.

Book a 'waste of effort'

Ted Dawe's book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and also the Young Adult Fiction category in 2013.

A "wonderful" book for teenagers is going to waste due to censorship, a former teacher says.

Stand-up comedy a 'buzz'

Louise Beuvink, 24, will appear in three different shows in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Most people would hate being on a stage trying to make people laugh but it's Louise Beuvink's "happy place".

Dark suburbs are 'poor relatives'

Not so pretty: Glasgow has enough culture and personality to make it a worthy contender as Scotland's most enjoyable destination.

Inadequate street lighting in parts of Auckland has a woman so anxious, she refuses to let her daughter walk home.

Campground gets another chance

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park offers a rare beach side camping experience in the middle of Auckand.

A big crowd gathered at a meeting where a vote was cast concerning the future of an Auckland campground.

Kristiane's a woman of taste

Kristiane McGregor of Takapuna, Auckland is off to Sweden to compete in a world coffee tasting competition.

Kristiane McGregor's impressive palate will be tested at the World Cup Tasters Championship in Sweden.

89 & delivering hot meals

Heather Broadbent has been delivering meals on wheels around Castor Bay for 16 years.

She's nearly 90, but Meals on Wheels volunteer Heather Broadbent doesn't think twice about delivering dinner and a smile to those in need.

Cat owners warned of killer lilies

Some varieties of lily can be extremely toxic for cats.

They look good and smell great but a vet says lilies can be fatal for curious cats.

Red river a red flag

A stream turned red as a result of careless contracting work on a nearby property.

A stream that turned red due to residential waterblasting highlights a common pollution problem, council says.

Power lost to 139 homes

Many Birkdale residents would have struggled to make a cup of tea this morning after a power outage in the North Shore suburb.

Homes on Auckland's North Shore lose power after Birkdale residents report a "big bang".

A'Court turns hit comedy into a book

Michele A'Court is performing a solo comedy show, which is now a novel, at the Bruce Mason Theatre on April 15.

Comedian Michele A'Court has turned her last solo comedy show into a novel.

Pooing pigeons pose problem

Browns Bay Village Green is overrun with pigeons.

Auckland's pensioners are coming under attack from a flying menace.

Right-turn ban slammed

Auckland Transport’s proposed changes would prevent right turns in and out of Fenwick Ave.

Auckland Transport wants to make a road safer for cyclists but the local school and residents worry changes will do the opposite.

'She was just so small'

EARLY ARRIVAL: Wei Zhou is sharing the traumatic story of her daughter Jenny Zhou’s first few weeks of life in an effort to get readers supporting a Well Foundation fundraising initiative.

Wei Zhou says she was scared to touch her baby girl in the months after her premature birth.

The 'most horrific' ten minutes

SPECIAL BOND: John Morgan, who was the victim of a home invasion in Birkenhead, and Victim Support volunteer Bronwen.

A family were traumatised after a home invader smashed his way into their home and attacked the son.

Race kicks off Leathen's new life

LIFE CHANGING: Leathan Beasley is marking milestones following surgery to help him walk.

Six months ago everything changed for the Beasleys who ventured to St Louis Childrens Hospital for life-changing surgery.

North Shore pond in 'terrible state'

SICKLY: The sight and stench of the pond is hard to avoid, say neighbouring residents.

The pond in Onepoto Domain remains toxic despite Auckland Council's plan to control the issue last winter.

IHC volunteer rewarded with a smile

FRIENDS: Stevie Higham, left and Regan Hardie met through the IHC volunteering programme and have been great mates since.

They've only known each other for six months, but already their friendship is special.

Hearings called over SkyPath

CROSSING GUARD: SkyPath plans are on hold until hearings are heard.

The consent process has gone on hold for Auckland Harbour Bridge's controversial SkyPath.

Water shortage keeps shoppers away

NO WATER: A burst water pipe has shut down many Albany businesses for the day including  Euro Deli in North Ridge Plaza.

Shoppers and staff are being turned away from Westfield Albany which closed after burst pipes cut-off the water supply.

Red Cross cash in online

KEY SALE: The brass motorbike which sold on trademe for $286 after being priced at two dollars in a Red Cross store.

A lightbulb moment for volunteers when a $2 item in the charity shop sold for $286 online.

Special wheelchair gets Finlay outside

FREE TO EXPLORE: Finlay Butcher tries out his all-terrain wheelchair on Narrow Neck beach.

There was no better birthday present for Finlay Butcher than being able to play with his siblings again.

Volunteering offers real reward

HELPING OUT: Kent Beasley in a cow shed, keeping the animals hydrated to increase milk production.

The milk chilling centres and military checkpoints of Sri Lanka are a far cry from office work in Auckland.

Triathlon triggers trading slump

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: Triathlon NZ chief executive Craig Waugh says the triathlon series has a hugely positive impact on Takapuna.

Valentines Day didn't come up roses for retailers trading in the midst of a popular triathlon on Auckland’s North Shore.

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