Rodney Times

Dry summer likely

Wet and wild  weather may be on the radar for this week but with El Nino kicking in summer is shaping up to be much drier

We may be facing some dry weather ahead with El Nino looking to ramp up during spring, but you wouldn't know it from this week's forecast.

Ten days to Bluff on a Honda 105cc

Read to ride 2000km on tiny bikes are, from left, Koen McGee, Adam Lane, Greg Jones, Rex Mills, and TJ, all of Matakana, with their support vehicles.

Fifteen big boys on small bikes are riding 2000km in 10 days for a youth cause.

Miniature master chefs gallery video

Matthew McLauglin, Emma Beachman and Jack Hamilton decorate their masterpiece.

Orewa North Primary has held a four week baking challenge, inspired by MasterChef.

Sailors claim bronze in Rio

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh came back from a bad start at the Rio test event to claim bronze.

A bad start to the Rio test event saw Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie scrambling for a comeback.

Orewa cyclist bound for Denmark world champs

Cameron Fisher heads to Denmark for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships on September 6.

Orewa amateur cyclist Cameron Fisher is heading to Denmark for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships.

Red Beach to Rio

Caitlin Ryan surged into qualification for the Rio Olympics with fellow K4 team members Jaimee Lovett, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie during the world championships in Milan.

New Zealand women's K4 crew make history qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Nominations open for Red Boats competition

Andrew and Dannielle Somers  from The Red Boats at Z Pier, Westhaven.

Fairfax Media, publisher of the Rodney Times, has teamed up with The Red Boats charter company to give 30 children and their caregivers a free three hour harbour cruise on November 22.

Te Muri Regional Park development could include a marine reserve

The marine reserve proposed off the Wenderholm, Te Muri and Mahurangi Regional Parks.

Supporters of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail want a marine reserve to be included in the future development of Te Muri Regional Park.

Act of kindness appreciated

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

UK students head for the Kaipara hills

Abingdon rugby tour students from left Adam Lilley, Dom Maclachlan, Christian Kirk, and James Knight with staff member Raj Ghosh.

As part of their New Zealand rugby trip, 45 Oxfordshire college students spent a day on a native forest restoration project in the Kaipara hills.

From gumboots to stiletto heels

Mei Barry is more used to wearing gumboots but she has passed through the Miss Universe New Zealand stiletto camps to reach the final 20.

Mei Barry has made the cut as one of the top 20 finalists for Miss Universe New Zealand.

The puzzle trail of the conquistadors

Winston Cowie will be in Dargaville launching his book Conquistador Puzzle Trail.

A new book seeks to puzzle together how Portuguese and Spanish ships may have been the first to discover New Zealand.

Kowhai Festival flower power

The countdown is on for the 2015 Kowhai Festival.

Flower Power will come alive at the 2015 Kowhai Festival in October.

Peti the wandering takahe safe from hunters.

Peti the wanderer wasn't among takahe shot on Motutapu Is.

The move to Motutapu Island was meant to protect Peti the wandering takahe but instead put her in harms way.

Sailors win big

Nick Egnot-Johnson and Jackson Keon took out the UK 29er National and placed 7th at the world championships.

High performance junior sailors Nick Egnot-Johnson and Jackson Keon took out the UK 29er Nationals and placed in the top 10 at the world championships.

Axford claims gold with Kiwi team

Forrest Axford took gold with New Zealand under-19 underwater hockey team at the World Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships.

Forrest Axford has taken gold with New Zealand under-19 underwater hockey team at the World Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships.

First hand help inspires Victim Support volunteer

Rodney Victim Support volunteer Claire Buckley.

Claire Buckley has her own story of how Victim Support helped her family and now the Kaukapakapa mum is returning the favour.

Zoe's trial sparks appeal

Zoe Hubbard in Starship children's hospital neuroservices ward.

Zoe Hubbard's first birthday was spent in the Starship children's hospital with what her parent's thought was a badly sprained left arm.

Millwater home goes for over $1 million

Cure Kids ambassadors Addison Kitching and Isabella Powell with the special drawings they created for the new owners of the Millwater home for auction with all profits going to Cure Kids.

A house built by Mike Greer Homes in Millwater sold on the weekend for just over $1 million, with the profit going to child health research charity Cure Kids.

One critical after serious crash

An elderly man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a three vehicle crash on State Highway 1 in North Auckland.

State Highway 1 near Puhoi, north of Auckland, reopens after serious crash.

Two men arrested for drug offences

Police have searched a motel and made arrests after complaints from the community concerning drugs.

Two men were arrested and charged with dealing Class A drugs after police searched a North Auckland motel on August 19.

Transport road blocks

Auckland Mayor Len Brown answers questions from the floor during a public transport meeting at Orewa Community Centre.

Funding is the number one road block to major transport projects getting underway in Hibiscus Coast.

Cycling for a cause

Gordon McCauley of Gulf Harbour is on his bike for the Poverty Cycle.

Elite cyclist Gordon McCauley is on his bike for a cause next week.

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.

Grand design wins renovation award

The cosy lounge inside Glover Homes’ rural Albany renovation project that won a top, gold and category award.

A "stunning new home" emerges, complete with eight bedrooms and five garages, after two years work and wins a top award.

Fire service call out for volunteers

Matakana firefighter volunteers, station officer Larry Patterson, volunteer Jennie Burt and senior station officer Barry.

It's an opportunity to be a hero that only a few are taking.

Auction fundraiser follows Red Nose Day

Cure Kids ambassador Isabella Powell.

Kiwis get REDiculous for Red Nose Day appeal.

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.

Abuse brings temporary closure of private pool facility

Karen Woolley hosts scores of swimmers and pool users a week in her private pool as a service to the community. But the bad behaviour of some has meant the doors will be closed until new rules have been made.

Karen Woolley's home is like an oasis to those living in North Rodney.

Bride fits dress 60 years on

Brian, left, and Gay Southey celebrate 60 years of marriage in the same clothes they wore on their wedding day.

Longtime Auckland sweethearts wear original wedding attire to celebrate their diamond anniversary.

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