Rodney Times

Sale of mansion heartbreaking

Paseo del Mar in Red Beach, North Auckland has a French provincial style.

John Harden has lost part of his heart with the sale of his 803 square-metre clifftop home.

Baking challenge for keen cook

Allie Birt of Stanmore Bay is going to bake 365 recipes in 365 days and has added a Jelly Tip cheesecake to her list.

The 23-year-old Stanmore Bay mother of one is taking on a challenge that would intimidate any keen cook – 365 different recipes in 365 days.

Body found beneath lookout

Police have cordoned off the northern end of Orewa beach while investigating the discovery of a body.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body below cliffs at Orewa beach.

Urban spread in the planning

Wainui, Silverdale and Dairy Flat are proposed for huge growth, as shown by Rodney Local Board chairwoman Brenda Steele.

The urban growth plan is open for public feedback in preparation for up to 30,000 new homes in the Rodney district.

Wellsford take premier title

The Wharehine Wellsford Premier rugby team won the 2015 Joe Morgan Trophy for the Northland Southern Districts premiership title when they defeated Mid Northern 29-12 at Toll Stadium on July 25.

The Wharehine Wellsford Premier rugby team the toast of the town after taking the Northland Southern Districts premiership title.

Kilday's place in history books

Andrea Kilday is looking toward the Rio Olympics after taking gold at the Pacific Games.

Andrea Kilday has fought her way into the New Zealand history books by becoming the first Kiwi to win gold at the Pacific Games.

Jack's legacy is still training dogs

Bridget Martin with Auckland Land Search and Rescue new recruit Vader.

Money donated to help a rescue dog get back on his paws eight years ago is still being used to train life-saving pooches.

Northern beaches get seal of approval

A young seal near the Omaha boat ramp.

With haul out season in full swing young seals are being spotted in bays and around beaches from Omaha to Mahurangi.

Look Who's Talking: Trudi Nelson

Trudi Nelson said goodbye to her long hair to raise funds at the end of the Sky Tower stair climb.

Trudi Nelson, 43, media personality and TV3 voice-over specialist, Red Beach.

Daffodil Day lead up bloomin' great

The ANZ Bank team, pictured at a previous Trivia Night in Warkworth, hopes to exceed its $10,000 fundraising target for the Cancer Society.

Daffodil Day celebrates the 25th year of the ANZ Bank's partnership with the Cancer Society.

Puhoi River bridge part of planned Mahurangi Coastal walkway

Mahurangi Action spokesman Cimino Cole close to the Te Muri estuary bridge site.

A coastal trail connecting three regional parks including a bridge spanning the Puhoi River has been proposed.

Morning glory

The Spirit of New Zealand and the background mystery ship seen from Orewa beach on July 20.

Ships on the dawn horizon got plenty of attention at Orewa beach early this week.

Regional council's rating resolutions will be questioned in court

Mangawhai ratepayers protesting the Mangawhai EcoCare wastewater scheme are now questioning rates set by the Northland Regional Council.

Northland region rates are being questioned by Mangawhai residents.

Professional dancer's big career change

Rebecca Nicholson loves her career change at Meraki Montessori in Silverdale, Auckland.

Professional dancer Rebecca Nicholson has hung up her Dancing with the Stars shoes for a different challenge.

Big funding boost for popular skate park

An artist's impression of the new and improved skate park in Orewa should prove popular to families and youth this summer.

The popular Western Reserve Skate Park in Orewa has received approval for a grant of $302,000 from Hibiscus and Bays Local Board to re-develop the grounds, but community investment is still needed.

Industrial wasteland could be art space

Centre front, North Rodney Community Art Council chairwoman Joy Bell and member Jake Kennedy with some of the council's artists, musicians and thespians who want to transform the Warkworth Atlas site into a community arts space.

An industrial wasteland could be transformed into a bustling arts hub for North Auckland in just two months.

North Harbour second at Futsal nationals

North Harbour Under 12 futsal team placed runner-up at the Futsal Nationals.
Back: Dexter DeWinter, Riley Hughes, Karl Wallace and Max DeWinter.
Front: James Gollogly, Oliver Keuning and Curtis Hughes.

North Harbour's 12th grade futsal team came runner-up at the Futsal Nationals in Wellington.

Matt McGahan and David Bason named in ITM squad

Matt McGahan, seen here kicking off for the Western Pioneers against North Shore, has been selected with team mate David Bason to play in the North harbour ITM Cup squad.

Western Pioneers players David Bason and Matt McGahan have been named in North Harbour Rugby's ITM Cup squad.

Liam Maguire brings home silver

Liam Maguire of Waitoki won silver at the World Taekwondo Federation Australian Open in the under 37 kg division.
Liam, left, with other podium winners in his division.

Liam Maguire of Waitoki bought home silver from the World Taekwondo Federation Australian Open.

Drivers warned to be vigilant

Mistakes happen on the road and speed makes the outcome worse so drivers should be on their game at all times, Acting Road Policing Manager for Waitemata Todd Moore-Carter says.

A spate of serious and deadly crashes has police warning drivers to take care.

WDHB fundraising arm celebrates first birthday

From left: Waitemata DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Brant, Well Foundation CEO Andrew Young and Waitemata DHB Chief Executive Dr Dale Bramley celebrate the foundation's 1st birthday.

Remote and poorer suburbs from west Auckland to Helensville and Kaukapakapa will benefit from a planned new mobile health service initiative.

Serious crash in Dairy Flat

Emergency services helped free a woman trapped in her car after a crash in Dairy Flat.

A woman in her 20s was taken to hospital after a serious crash in Dairy Flat on Monday.

Chatty little popokatea welcomed back to Whangaparaoa

The gregarious little popokatea has found a new home on Defence Force land in the Shakespear Open Sanctuary.

The release of 40 tiny popokatea or whitehead behind the predator fence on Defence Force land is a milestone for the Shakespear Open Sanctuary.

One person taken to hospital

State Highway One closed for a short time after a serious crash near Warkworth, North Auckland.

Families squeezed out of Auckland

Tanya Martin and Jason Carlyle and their children have moved from Wainui in North Auckland to Taumarunui because of rising rental prices.

Stung by soaring rental prices, the Martin family are among the growing number being forced out of Auckland.

New life injected into your favourite community read

Rodney Times editor Geoff Dobson with a framed copy of The Rodney and Otamatea Times from March 29, 1901.

As the Bob Dylan song says, the Times are indeed a-changin'.

Lifeguards recognised at awards

Orewa lifeguard Lucy Makaea is up against fellow Orewa club member Bernadette Doyle and Tania Denvir of Red Beach for U14 Sportswoman of the Year.

Northern Region to celebrate members' success

More beach time for dogs under proposed changes

Two northern beaches will become off-leash all year round for dogs under proposed new rules.

Beach goers and wildlife could be sharing the beaches more with dogs this summer including on two all year off-leash beaches.

No option but to move as house prices soar

Ben and Rosie Pnifasio are moving from Red Beach to Whangarei as they can't get a foot on the Hibiscus Coast property ladder on one income.

Rental prices through the roof and impossible starting bids on houses under the hammer have left some residents with no option but to move out of their community.

MPs pay tribute to stalwart

Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae congratulates Edward "John" Evans on becoming an officer of the New Zealand Order of Mert in 2012 for services to the community.

Long-time National Party member and Sir Lockwood Smith's campaign manager Edward Evans has died.

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