Rodney Times

Campground hosts needed

The Schischka Campground at Wenderholm is among those needing a volunteer camp host for summer, who can stay there free.

Volunteer camp hosts sought for regional parks this summer.

Calls for care follow orca calf death

A female orca carries her calf, believed to have been killed by a boat strike off Tiritiri Matangi Island.

The death of an orca calf attributed to boat strike, and the harassment which saw its mother driven off, has prompted a call for boaties to stick to the rules around marine mammals.

Putting the heat into US training

Firefighter Scott Marchant surveys the aftermath of one of the three huge US forest fires he was involved with.

Five weeks helping battle major US forest fires an experience for an Auckland rural firefighter.

Coast plumber's viral OE

Logan Dodds paraponts over the Turkey coastline - a long way from his home in Whangaparaoa.

Logan Dodds was out having a beer with the boys in a London pub when he realised his homemade holiday video had been viewed 300,000 times.

Phone scam warning

Steve Sadowitz is warning people not to get sucked in by phone scams.

Steve Sadowitz isn't stupid enough to believe the New Zealand Government would give him a free $9000.

Bees buzz off to new home

Beekeeper Greg Dawson-Sheehan with his hives.

Living next to bee hives when you are allergic isn't ideal.

Tall challenge for road cone fan

The fresh road cone appeared up a Norfolk pine in Stillwater overnight.

New type of "pine cone" appearing on trees overnight.

Super Black at Bathurst then V8 festival

Super Black Falcon drivers Anthony Pedersen, left, and Andre Heimgartner.

Super Black Racing in Wellsford is back at Bathurst from October 8-11.

Charity Christmas event in doubt unless funds found

The sweet sound of local and national singers at Christmas on the Beach in Orewa is in jeopardy.

 A lifesaver is needed for Christmas on the Beach.

Helensville supporters behind kickboxing show

Helensville Thai Boxing fighters and national title holders Mike Fotheringhame, Mikaera Povey and Jake Crane gear up for the Lethal Combination event on October 10.

Strong Helensville support is behind the striking success of Thai boxing.

Muriwai gannets nesting

Visitors to the ever-popular gannet colony in Muriwai will see the birds nesting.

The Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust project began with a sample size of 67 and then 100 and now 150 nests.

Fifth year study starts on Muriwai gannet colony

Auckland Council seabird expert and MEACT trust member Todd Landers with his dedicated volunteer Andrew Brockie on familiar turf observing the gannets at Maori Bay, Muriwai.

One of Auckland’s top three tourist sites is ruffling feathers.

Rare little battler proven to be a real survivor

A new breeding programme for stormy petrel on Hauturu/Little Barrier is under way, thanks to a bequest by Dinah Gavin.

Rare stormy petrels are proving hardier than expected, a study shows.

Building site burglars back

Community Constable Mike Brown is warning residents to be aware of building site burglars, car thieves and scammers.

Rodney police are concerned about a re-emerging trend of burglaries and thefts from local building sites.

Bonnie and Clyde wannabes arrested

Tamzen Bush and Brandon Wong have been caught after three months on the run from police.

"Bonnie and Clyde wannabes" arrested in Waikato after months long crime spree.

Old Times recalled

A transistor radio and glass milk bottles are among items Whangaparaoa library assistant Melissa Kraaykamp has compiled for display of Hibiscus Coast entertainment during the 1970s and 80s.

Beauty contests, Sir Rob Muldoon and motorsports are among memories displayed from the Hibiscus Coast in the '70s and '80s in the "Entertaining the Hibiscus Coast: Leisure Activities Then and Now" display at the Whangaparaoa Library.

Warkworth radio telescope involved in comet project

The Rosetta space probe is currently orbiting the 'rubber duck' Comet 67P/Churyumov-Garasimenko.

AUT's Warkworth Observatory has joined with radio telescopes around the world in efforts to figure out what the Rosetta missions 'rubber duck' comet is made of.

Giving dogs refuge from death.

Five-year-old Bute has been waiting at the centre for 21 months.

A nightmare of unwanted dogs in cells awaiting their turn for death turned into a dream for Graham and Theresa Elizabeth Fitzpatrick.

Family could have to pay hundreds more than expected for burial

Avis and Grahame Edmonds at Avis' father's Puhoi grave site.

Avis Edmonds expected to be buried at Puhoi "free".

Fletcher Living development shaping up

Peninsula Golf Course in Red Beach being developed by Fletcher Living.

The transformation of the Peninsula Golf Course in Red Beach into residential housing is well underway with earthmovers, road works and a fair share of mud on the go.

Firefighters mark 50 years at Muriwai

Muriwai firefighters Lia Nielson, Anna Watt and Christine Jones have spent months planning a family friendly party to celebrate the brigade's 50th anniversary.

Muriwai Beach volunteer firefighters will celebrate 50 years of service to the community the same way they started - with a fire party.

Huge Wenderholm slip draws crowds

Darren Smith was putting rubbish on the Waiwera kerb at around 6.30am when part of the Wenderholm headland crashed down.

People are being warned to stay away from a huge slip at Wenderholm Regional Park.

Albany councillors say insufficient time for set-net comment

Opponents of set-nets at popular swimming beaches include, from left, Albany ward councillor John Watson, Neil Henson of Hatfields Beach, Albany ward councillor Wayne Walker and Rodney Local Board member Greg Sayers.

Late release of set-net document causes stir.

Nautilus repairs under way

The Nautilus apartment building in Orewa is being repaired, but plans by the firm doing the job to use the nearby library carpark may have hit a snag.

Orewa Library is battling to keep its carpark while the Nautilus building is repaired.

Firefighters 'phenomenal' service

Member's choice for fire fighter of the year went to Roland Spencer as operational support, Shaun Bester of Manly and Giovanni Comuzzo of Silverdale.

Firefighters given big honours at celebration ceremony.

First pageant a success for teen

Miss North Harbour NZ 2015, Brooke Houia.

Brooke Houia is the newly crowned Miss North Harbour pageant winner.

Muriwai youth surfers selected for Auckland team

Kelly Haven, Britt Kindred and Taylor O'Leary at their home patch of Maori Bay, Muriwai. The trio are in the Auckland junior surf team.

Surfie dads of Muriwai are behind the swell for success in their next generation.

From state housing to $10 million Omaha home

Bill and Sharron Abraham are selling their $10million Omaha house.

A $10 million mansion sits high above Omaha's elite.

The Marilyn gives icecream vintage twist

Kaz Wallace and her father Norm stand beside The Marilyn, before renovation.

A refurbished 1970s caravan named "The Marilyn" is preparing to sell icecreams this summer.

Booze-hounds target club

Teenagers are believed to be responsible for a late night break-in at Hibiscus Coast AFC.

Thieves pull late night heist at Hibiscus Coast AFC for booze, lollies and chicken nuggets, then braved tsunami warnings.

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