Rodney Times

Get snapping for this year's summer photo comp

Last year's Rodney Times Holiday Photo Competition winner Jacob Garner took this shot of his friend Taylor Abernethy Newman taking a dive near Tawharanui on his GoPro.

We are calling all budding photographers, families and friends to email us your best photo taken in Rodney or the Hibiscus Coast this summer.

Mortimer sets fastest race time at Manfield

Warwick Mortimer set the fastest time for a British built car and won the Erin O'Brien Trophy during the MG Classic at Manfeild in Warkworth based Mortimer Motorsport's McLaren 1971 M8FP Can-Am.

Mortimer Motorsport saw mixed results in the second round of Castrol BMW Race Driver Series at Manfield.

Community icebreaker's great effects

Gulf Harbour resident and Neighbourly lead Bill Girimonti is enjoying bringing his community together with the help of

Gulf Harbour has reached a major milestone, topping 500 local members this week.

Northern Arena stands out

Northern Arena staff celebrated the end of the year with a bang after winning top awards and breaking world records.

Northern Arena and its staff celebrated some big wins on the national and international stage this weekend.

Christmas trees for a good cause

Adam Harris from ComGro has been helping community groups fundraise in the weeks before Christmas by coordinating Christmas tree sales for eight years running.

Adam Harris takes time off every year from his position as St John North Shore group manager to help coordinate Christmas tree sales for community group fundraisers.

Whangaparaoa School principal retires

Whangaparaoa School principal Steve Collins is retiring after 50 years in education.

Reflecting on his 50 years in education, retiring Whangaparaoa School principal Steve Collins says his biggest job perk is unlike any other.

Division over Orewa sea wall proposal

Greg Shaw, with the help of beach visitors, shows how far the proposed Orewa sea wall could extend.

A $5 million sea wall proposed for Orewa beach is stirring up debate.

Retired firefighter dies

Former firefighter Trevor Capon's service is this Friday at the Silverdale rugby club, 1pm.

Silverdale retired firefighter Trevor Capon died last Friday at his home in Red Beach. The 81-year-old had retired from volunteering with the Silverdale Fire Brigade's operational support crew earlier this year.

Car stranded at Tindalls Bay

The car was left stranded in the rising tide after it stuck in sand while retrieving a boat.

A fisherman's car spent the night in Tindalls Bay after it stuck in sand.

Warkworth residents asked to help identify Auckland Museum photos

Three US servicemen outside what is possibly Tudor Collins' Warkworth home during World War II.

A mass of photographs by Warkworth photographer Tudor Collins of mostly US servicemen and women who stayed in camps during the war has gone on line through the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and people are invited to help identify them.

Teen rescues drowning women

Two women were saved from drowning when off-duty lifeguards sprang into action at Piha.

When an hysterical girl at Piha cried for help Jackson Smith didn't hesitate.

Hit, dragged and trapped under rolling ute

A ute rolled down a bank in Leigh, North Auckland, trapping a woman under it.

A woman has crush injuries after a ute rolled and dragged her underneath.

Santa's visit a hit

Silverdale School float bubbled the crowds.

Beaming faces and laughs of delight welcomed 68 floats around the streets for the Orewa New World Santa Parade.

Neighbours help subdue house fire

Firefighters dampened hot spots in windy conditions.

Neighbours helped contain a house fire in Stanmore Bay, North Auckland until emergency services arrived.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

Conservation volunteers are leading the restoration of a Kaipara gem

Volunteers out and about at Atiu Creek Regional Park.

A massive project aimed at growing and planting 2 million native trees and shrubs in the Atiu Creek Regional Park is underway, but overseas volunteers including students are doing most of the work and paying up to $365 a week to do it.

Posers with a purpose

Barbara Brown with Sam Gibson for the Evelyn Page calendar.

A fundraising calendar featuring ladies from Evelyn Page Retirement Village wearing costumes from Dancing with the Stars is set to impress.

Farewell to Bill Ballantine

Around 200 people attended the funeral of Dr Bill Ballantine at Leigh.

There were tears and much laughter in the Leigh Hall last Wednesday as marine conservation pioneer Bill Ballantine was farewelled.

2000km ride ends at Bluff

The riders spent 10 days on the road putting in hard yards with the odd stop to enjoy the view like here at National Park.

Ten big blokes on small bikes finish their 2000km charity ride in Bluff this week.

Drink drivers disappointing

The Traffic Alcohol Group pulled over 700 vehicles during the weekend. Checkpoints will ramp up in coming weeks, police say.

Police warn motorists that check points will be a regular event coming into the festive season.

Bluff-bound for foster kids

Gareth Owston-Doyle of Mahurangi is taking on the 3000km Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff for a cause.

Gareth Owston-Doyle's only tramping experience is "a four day walk at school", so he admits the Te Araroa Trail is a big step up.

Santa parade and festival fun coming

The Orewa New World Santa Parade starts at 4.30pm this Saturday.

The end of the road won't be the end of the party at this year's Orewa New World Santa Parade on Saturday.

Recovery on track for Orewa lifeguard after broken neck

Sylvie Mitchell is back on lifeguard duty and in the Orewa women's under-23 surf boat team after breaking her neck.

Breaking her neck after tripping while racing into the surf, Sylvie Mitchell is now back in action for her Orewa surf club.

Whangaparaoa windsurfer set for world champs

Lauren Mackenzie of Whangaparaoa will next month compete at the International Sailing Federation Youth World Sailing Championships in Malaysia.

Being a world class athlete and studying for NCEA is a balancing act for Whangaparaoa windsurfer Lauren Mackenzie.

Hume celebrated for medical excellence

Former Orewa College student Carl Hume who has just graduated from medical school has been awarded the Supreme award at the  North Harbour Club's 2015 AIMES Awards.

Carl Hume graduated The School of Medicine at University of Auckland on Monday.

Halberg sports days

Oscar Straker, 8, from Whangaparaoa Primary looks forward to playing boccia and football on the day.

Eight-year-old Oscar Straker from Whangaparaoa Primary School looks forward to playing boccia and football.

Firefighters want first call in Leigh

A Memorandum of Understanding between the NZ Fire Service and St John has Leigh volunteer fire fighters and the community concerned. INSET: Leigh volunteer fire fighter Tony Enderby meets with community members and NZ Fire Service Waitemata area manager Denis O'Donoghue to try and resolve concerns.

The Leigh community is calling for changes to an agreement which has prevented volunteer fire fighters from being alerted to certain medical emergencies in the area.

Man charged over deadly crash

A man will appear in Christchurch District Court next week after two men were killed in a car crash earlier this year.

Police have charged a man over a crash that killed two childhood friends earlier this year.

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