Rodney Times

Weapon against wasps

X-stinguish fipronil bait trials have been successful at killing common and german wasps.

Wasps cost us about $130 million annually, but their days may be numbered following the success of poison bait trials.

Finding a way into the AKL market

Toni and Mark Limbeek outside their Arkles Bay relocatable home.

As the dream of buying a house in Auckland seemed further out of reach, one couple looked to relocation instead.

Woman trapped by boat

Ambulance staff, firefighters and police work to help a woman trapped between her yacht and the wharf.

A woman was trapped for about 30 minutes between a boat and wharf after stepping off her yacht and slipping.

Sea wall being considered

Waves at high tide following Cyclone Pam sweep away re-sanding near the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club at the beach's southern end.

A sea wall could be the best long-term solution to deal with erosion at a north Auckland beach.

Buoy makes life easier for surfers

Stephen Kitto and Mike Hudson check the buoy before deploying.

If you're a surfer or boatie, data from the new Hauraki Gulf buoy could make looking for the best break much easier.

'Sit in the queue, enjoy the scenery'

Auckland traffic

As traffic builds from midday onward, it becomes all too clear that Easter is here.

Real life homework on trip to Kermadecs

KERMADEC ADVENTURE: The Mahurangi College student had the trip of a lifetime.

Excuses for getting off school don't get much better than 14-year-old Riley Hathaway's from Snells Beach.

Police looking for teen runaway

Police are looking for Natasha Fielding who ran away from her caregiver's home in Palmerston North on January 14, 2015.

Police are seeking help from the public to locate a Palmerston North girl believed to be hiding in Auckland.

Cat's trip to park proves deadly

BELOVED PET: One-year-old cat Teddy was ‘‘the greatest cat ever’’, the Jensen family says.

Auckland family's horror after their cat was trapped,shot and stuck in the freezer.

Local relics may be lost

BYE GUM: John Perry with three items from the McLeod Collection of kauri gum, including a gum padlock. He fears more collections like the McLeod one will be lost to their regions and may even go overseas.

Unease is growing about the loss of national treasures overseas as kauri gum collections break up.

Bust up over bus stop

NO SPACE: A third of the cars parked at the Silverdale Park and Ride are on the grass. Northern commuters like Warkworth resident Brennan McKenzie are among those who compete for parking at the popular facility.

The people of Silverdale want to get on the bus, but threats of parking fines will make it difficult.

$10,000 offered to catch an arsonist

RICHARD DIDSBURY: The Sandspit businessman developed the Matakana Village complex.

Auckland businessman offers a reward to help find the arsonist who hit their home while the family slept.

American tourists in fiery car crash

SNARLING UP: Traffic in Warkworth during holiday tie-ups.

Two American tourists crashed their car which then burst into flames north of Auckland.

'Nasty' fractures after ladder fall

A ladder leading to a 10-metre-long tunnel  found in Toronto.

A woman who fell from a ladder yesterday is in a stable but serious condition.

Crackdown on north Auckland crims

LOCK UP:  Senior Sergeant Andy King is reminding residents to lock their homes and cars to help repel thieves.

A crime spike in the Rodney District has seen more homes burgled and cars stolen.

Former TVNZ sports broadcaster dies

051010 PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX MEDIA Security staff outside the TVNZ building in downtown Auckland after they  removed protesters from in front of the door. They were protesting - calling for the sacking of TVNZ morning host Paul Henry who made comments suggesting the Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand was not a real New Zealander...

Former TVNZ identity and Rodney District Council mayor Doug Armstrong has died aged 83.

Blast knocks out power video

NIGHT LIGHTS: "From the reserve I saw flashes of green, blue and red light, then complete darkness," photographer Lawrence Yang said.

A transformer which caught fire and exploded in Orewa, north of Auckland, caused a power cut to 5181 homes last night.

King tide shows signs of things to come

TRICKY ACCESS: Good weather is forecast for Saturday’s king tide so little flooding is expected. Low spots subject to flooding include parts of the Orewa Estuary pathway and the northwestern motorway’s cycleway between Waterview and Te Atatu, pictured being used by a stand-up paddleboard rider.

I's unlikely to be a high drama affair, but this week's king tide will be of particular interest for some.

Wandering no Peti problem

ESCAPE NINJA: Peti the takahe’s wandering days are over now that she’s living on an island.

Adventurous young takahe Peti's escapades have seen her sent off to predator-free Motutapu Island.

Postie fails to deliver

DELIVERY FAIL: An overwhelmed postie was keeping surplus mail at home.

Nearly 2000 letters and packages went undelivered after a postie struggled to cope with his round.

Work 'risk to harbour'

EARTHWORKS: Concerns were raised by residents over extensive earthworks done on a Ti Point property, some unconsented.

Earthworks on a property in Ti Point has angered residents concerned that the Whangateau Harbour is under threat.

Reality reno show tests families

DIY DILEMMA: Whangaparaoa’s Kathy and Mick Wardlaw, left, with son Tim and his girlfriend Robyn Marks. They are competing on TV One DIY reality show Our First Home.

Kathy and Mick are ready to battle it out on a new reality TV show to help their son and his girlfriend into a home.

Orphan returns to Romania

NEW FAMILY: Daniela, bottom right, with brother Jackson and parents Jeanette and Rod Brown just after she was adopted.

A young kiwi helping orphans was herself born in a Romanian prison and raised for a year in an orphanage.

Auckland man sets crutch racing record

WORLD RECORD: Runner Brad Luiten is claiming the Guinness World Record for a 10 kilometre run on crutches.

Brad Luiten has hopped his way to a probable Guinness World Record in a 10 kilometre run.

Nurse takes on mercy mission

MERCY MISSION: Torbay nurse Amanda Sewell is spending her summer volunteering aboard Africa Mercy off the coast of Madagascar.

Amanda Sewell, 26, has given up her summer to give free medical care to children living in poverty.

Millwater shopping centre nears opening

OPENING: Millwater Central shopping centre is due to open next month.

The ever-changing face of the Hibiscus Coast is under the knife again as developers make the most of the dry spell.

Westgate centre takes shape


Development of a $1.6 billion town centre development at Westgate is well underway.

Bring back Ginger and Lambie

TOY STORY: Of all the items stolen, Rachel Laycock just wants her sentimentally valuable soft toys Ginger and Lambie back.

Rachel Laycock lost nearly everything when her flat was burgled but it was the loss of her two soft toys that hurt the most.

Family hero invented Aero

SECRET FORMULA: Eileen’s grandfather helped invent the recipe to make the bubbles in the chocolate.

Her grandfather invented the bubbles in chocolate, but even she doesn't know how it gets to be so bubbly.

Underwater world just a dive away

DIVER: Reporter Caralise Trayes dons the gear and takes to the water.

The beautiful waters off the Tutukaka Coast are the playground for many a keen scuba diver. Reporter Caralise Trayes finds out why.

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