Rodney Times

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.

More marine reserves unlikely

Old fish like this snapper at Tawharanui Marine Reserve are bigger breeders.

Fishing and iwi interests make approval of more marines reserves in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park unlikely says marine reserve expert.

Projects go green after budget approved

Stoney Homestead improvements are among those approved for funding with the new Auckland Council budget. From left, Stoney Homestead trustee John Clements, Keith Stoney who grew up on the Homestead, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt, and local boards member Greg Sayers will be celebrating.

It's all go for a list of community projects waiting in limbo for funding approval.

Stay away from seals

Young seals will be hauling out and resting up around the coast during winter

Winter is hauling-out time for seals around the coast and people need to give them room. 

Bus network a 'game changer'

New Hibiscus Coast bus network revealed by Auckland Transport

Streamlined Hibiscus Coast bus services will be a game changer for passengers, Auckland Transport says.

Vote to convert a bus shelter into a community hub

An old converted bus shed at Wellsford School needs funding to get it up and going as a school and community facility.

Your vote is needed to help turn Wellsford School's large former bus shed into a working community and school facility.

Northern beaches attracting more spoonbills

Royal Spoonbills are regularly turning up on northern beaches like Snells Beach.

They're one of the strangest looking birds you'll see at the beach, and more are heading north for the winter.

Film archives of soldier's stories underway

David Blyth and Patricia Stroud with a picture of David's grandfather Lt Col 'Curly' Lawrence Blyth. This started their joint project to record Silverdale & Districts RSA people who served in various conflicts.

David Blyth's film about his grandfather's World War I experiences has spawned a project to record similar tales.

Gumboots given the boot this winter

Umbrellas won't get as much of a work out this winter with drier weather expected

With El Nino in full swing umbrellas and gumboots won't be as much in demand this winter.

Old air force house sells for $1.6m

The first 1930s refurbished air force bungalow at 2 Sunderland Ave sold for $1.6 million.

The first of 10 refurbished 1930s Hobsonville air force houses has sold for a whopping $1.6 million.

Collection for flood afflicted Whanganui

Taupo Quay in Whanganui after the Whanganui River burst its banks

Watching images of flood ravaged people in Whanganui and South Taranaki on television last week spurred Lleon Downes to action.

Shocking donation could save lives

Worshipful Master, brother Henri-Noel Venturini of the Orewa Freemasons Lodge, Orewa North Primary School principal Bruce Tilby, Most Wise Sovereign, brother David Wilding of the Orewa Rose Croix Chapter and Immediate Pass Master, brother George Lloyd of the Freemasons Rodney Lodge with Orewa North's new defibrillator.

A shocking donation by the Freemason community will see a school and neighbouring residents with access to life saving equipment in case of emergency.

Silverdale RSA expects to overcome its issues

Silverdale RSA president Frank Coggan says members will decide in about September whether to sell some club land to improve its finances and to allow the building of a new club house.

Downhill slides are being arrested at the Silverdale & Districts RSA.

Community support for Courtney

Kowhai Coast Youth Trust chairman Ken Bogue presents Courtney Winterbottom with $1000 to help her get to the Netherlands with the Future Black Sticks.

Courtney Winterbottom will represent New Zealand in the Netherlands with Future Black Sticks, thanks to help from the community.

Coast churns out top players for NZ

Morgan McDowall of Hibiscus Coast Water Polo represents New Zealand next week with the under-15 cadets in Sydney.

Morgan McDowall is among three players from Hibiscus Coast Water Polo selected to represent New Zealand.

Counting feathered visitors

A kereru or native wood pigeon feeds on dragon tree seeds in an Army Bay garden, Whangaparaoa.

Keep an eye on what birds turn up in your garden for the Landcare Research Garden Bird Survey.

Bill Smith has a lifetime of quips, jokes and one-liners

Bill and Mary Smith celebrate Bill's 102nd birthday at the Silverdale & Districts RSA.

Bill Smith reckons humour has helped him achieve 102 years.

Wanted: New faces for Christmas favourite

Cherie Mathieson is looking for fresh new talent to entertain crowds at this year's Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park shows

Calling all budding entertainers - here is your chance for a moment in the spotlight.

School knifeman scare

Police scrambled to Whangaparaoa in a manhunt for the man said to be armed with a knife.

A mentally ill man who sent schools north of Auckland into lockdown has been found by police.

Eviction from garage home video

Cindy Matthews and son Zion outside their Wainui garage home.

A mother and son could soon be homeless after Auckland Council ruled their garage home unsanitary.

Rodney designs win majority of architecture awards

Residential Interiors: The Bach by David Maurice of LTD Architectural on The Esplanade, Manly.

Architectural master minds are aplenty in Rodney with the majority of wins at the Auckland and Northland 2015 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards on Friday night going to local designs.

Police crackdown on illegal driving

Orewa Constable Richard Bryne with Joint Transport Operations Centre traffic signals engineer Rogan Parker.

School patrollers are encouraged to note licence plate details of drivers running red and late orange lights at a notorious Millwater intersection.

Positive look in the mirror

Girls are divided into groups with a mentor. Last year Meghan Read, Eilish Jones, and Grace Stratton were mentored by Alysha Lewis and Rebekah Lilly.

Teenage girls are at risk, and passionate You Are Conference founder Vanessa Gatman is doing something about it.

Four authors offer their own experience

Crime writer Ben Sanders received an AIMES Award for Excellence in Arts last year and is one of four authors at the Hibiscus Writers Open Day.

Four authors who have broken through the bonds of obscurity are sharing their tips at the Hibiscus Coast Writers Open Day.

No injury after "spectacular" crash

A 64-year-old woman rolled her car after hitting a parked van in Manly.

Bystanders rushed to the aid of a woman who rolled her car in Manly.

Rockquest winner scoops three awards

Mollie Harvey of Rodney College is the winner of the Northland Smokefree Rockquest regional finals 2015 in the solo/duo category.

Mollie Harvey wins best solo, People's Choice, and Lowdown Best Song awards at Smokefree Rockquest regional finals.

NZ walk of fame relocating

Gary Brown, dressed as Austin Powers, tries to remove Sir Howard Morrison's star from the Orewa Walk of Fame.

A "New Zealand Walk of Fame" is on the run.

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