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Hitting the halfway mark

Olga Martinez is inviting others to join her for a run around Gulf Harbour Marina wiith personal trainer son Aitor and her daughter Amaia.

Olga Martinez has hit the halfway mark in her training for the 8.4 kilometre Ports of Auckland Round the Bays and is looking for people to come and run with her to keep her motivated.

Summer heat makes training tough

Olga and Amaia Martinez have been training around Gulf Harbour under the watchful eye of personal trainer and son Aitor Martinez.

Hot, humid weather and a manic work schedule is making things tough for Olga Martinez as she prepares for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Running to achieve

Olga Martinez has signed on for this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, and daughter Amaia will be by her side.

Olga Martinez is tackling the Round the Bays fun run with her daughter Amaia to overcome ghosts from her past.

Upper Orewa growth explosion gets further boost

The growth boom in North Auckland will continue with a new Special Housing Area announced which will see residential development Millwater spread further west and introduce 2400 more homes.

The growth population explosion in North Auckland is set to continue after a new Special Housing Area for 2400 homes in Upper Orewa has been approved.

Events attract big crowds

The Orewa Boulevard Arts Fiesta on Saturday will again see thousands flocking to the main street and beach front. Inset: Laughton Kora is on the main stage at 4.15pm.

Thousands of people have been pouring into Orewa this summer, boosting the local economy.

Trans musical set for debut

Sandspit author Joanna Jayne St John's first musical People Like Us debuts at the Pride Festival next week.

After sailing around the world, living the folk movement of the 1960s and publishing five books, Joanna Jayne St John is now on her biggest adventure.

Truck show for helicopter charities

The Truck of the Show award is up for grabs again on February 28, won last year by an International Lone Star. At the presentation are, from left, Wellsford Lions past president Tony Marshall, Craig Silby of sponsors Truck Sure, winner Blair Shearer from NJ Wood and show coordinator Bruce Wilson.

A racing car transporter will be among more than 120 vehicles at the Wellsford Lions Roaring Truck Show on February 28.

Hibiscus Coast AFC launches four corners programme

Hibiscus Coast AFC technical director Mauricio Rojas is excited at the holistic approach the club is introducing for its players with the new four corners programme.

Football on the Coast is about to become a whole lot more sophisticated as Hibiscus Coast AFC launches its new "four corners" football development programme.

Cowboys welcome at Raiders

Gideon Gela-Mosby sign's Logan Brown's shirt while Cowboy's players Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo wait their turn.

The North Queensland Cowboys enjoyed a warm welcome when they dropped in at the Hibiscus Coast Raiders.

Lizard on a leash

Holly Sassen and her bearded dragon 'Komodo' enjoy a day at the beach.

Lizards have now joined dogs, horses and even cats on the beach this summer.

Cow tramples woman

A Rodney woman has been trampled by a cow.

Auckland woman is in hospital after her cow knocked her over and stepped on her.

Boy, 8, saves mum's life

Mylo, 8 (left) has been praised for saving his mother then comforting his younger brother, Leo, 4 (right).

A mother says her son is chuffed with the attention that's come after he helped save her life.

Accident hotspot under fire

A serious crash on accident hotspot State Highway 16.

Accident hotspot State Highway 16 is under fire.

Classroom costs

Kids' extra-curricular activities at school can really stretch the budget for parents.

Early alarm clocks may not be the only back to school struggle next week.

Health check for kauri on private land

Farmers are being asked to keep stock out of bush areas with kauri trees in them.

Farmers and lifestyle block owners are asked to check native bush on their properties for kauri dieback and to keep stock away

Separatism warning from Winston Peters

Winston Peters with Orewa Rotarian Bill Earwaker.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has launched a far-reaching attack on the Government and its economic management, accusing it of being "contemptuous of New Zealanders' real concerns and problems".

Volunteers needed for clean up

07092015 Garden photo: ROBERT CHARLES/FAIRFAX NZ. Jodie Roebuck and his farm and garden on Hurford Rd. Spade. Soil. Gumboot.

A working bee on Saturday is seeking volunteers to help clean up around the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre in Orewa.

4tradeit.co.nz hits first hiccup

4tradeit founder Tim Ameringen says he's had a positive response to his new website but is scrambling to upgrade its servers.

Popularity of new low-cost auction and classified site 4tradeit.co.nz sees its servers jammed by heavy traffic.

Russell drowning victim named

Police have named Russell drowning victim as Lino Costy Hellesoe, 53, of Auckland.

Northland police have released the name of the man who drowned in Russell at the weekend.

Monarch butterflies swamp first time breeder

Hundreds of monarch butterflies hatched at Penelope Rijaart-Berrington's Orewa home over the holiday break, including 59 in one day.

When hundreds of caterpillars hatched on her swan plants one Orewa woman decided to raise them all.

Auction site takes on Trade Me

Tim van Ameringen hopes New Zealand will embrace his new auction and classified website 4tradeit.co.nz, which will be free for most.

Web designer takes on the big boys with new low-cost auction and classified ad site.

Delays near Warkworth after serious crash

A Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended the scene of the motorcycle crash.

State Highway 1 reopened after a brief closure but long delays are expected to continue.

Scrap-cat hot rod wins trophy

Andy Connor was "well chuffed" to take out the Kumeu Hot Rod Show's people's choice award on the weekend for his 'Volksrod V2'.

A sci fi-inspired 'Volksrod' was the most popular car at the Kumeu hot rod show.

Million-dollar town

Grayson Furniss of Mike Pero Real Estate expects this single-level, three-bedroom Millwater house will sell for around $1 million.

The success of a housing development is now seeing its high-end homes fetching more than $1 million.

Jools Topp selling her equestrian property

Jools Topp is busy filming the next series of Topp Country, selling her Helensville home, and performing at an event welcoming refugees at Silo Park on January 23.

Jools Topp and American real estate agent Mary Massara are both well loved members of the Helensville community. 

Rubbish dumping dampens holidays

Rubbish dumped over the holidays outside the Hibiscus Dairy in Orewa.

Litter is exposing a dirtier side of the holiday season.

Policeman takes quick dip

The Eagle police helicopter dropped off a crew member to assist the amphibious officer in making the arrest.

An officer was forced to dive into the Orewa estuary to apprehend a fleeing driver.

Viking-style "raid" a first

"Raid" organiser Mike Mahoney, centre in dark cap, rows a St Ayles skiff with an all-Australian crew in Tasmania.

Seven Scottish skiffs are set for an adventurous 15 day sea voyage around Auckland.

Nick The Violin Guy

Busker Nick 'The Violin Guy' Jones performs in Orewa with son Caleb, 6.

Nick "The Violin Guy" loves bringing music to the streets.

Hot rod heaven here

Rosie Sykes of Muriwai Beach checks out a 1936 Ford Coupe at a previous Kumeu hot rod show. It's back this weekend for the 22nd time.

 Motor heads will have lots to drool over with at The Sound Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival

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