Rodney Times

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.

Auckland regional park and holiday centre take Trip Advisor excellence

Tawharanui Regional Park has taken a 2015 Trip Advisor certificate of excellence.

Rodney has rated well on the global scale with Tawharanui Regional Park and Whangateau Holiday Park both receiving a 2015 Trip Advisor certificate of excellence.

Heavy rain forecast for Saturday football finals

Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic of celebrates victory over Mali at North Harbour Stadium last night and entry into the FIFA U-20 World Cup final against Brazil.

It could be a cold, wet finals day for Fifa Under-20 World Cup players and some spectators at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday with the MetService predicting heavy rain and northerlies.

Tawharanui takahe rounded up for booster shot

Tawharanui Open sanctuary senior ranger Matt Maitland holds a takahe while Auckland Zoo bird keeper Chris Steele vaccinates under the direction of Auckland Zoo senior vet An Pas.

After the death of a critically endangered Takahe at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary no chances are being taken with the remaining birds.

Warkworth Observatory hosts SKA heads

Up to one million low frequency antennae will be sited in Western Australia as part of the Square Kilometre Array with cheaper power costs making data storage in New Zealand a possibility.

Warkworth Radio Astronomy Observatory welcomes one of the world's leading radio telescope professors Phil Diamond during his visit to New Zealand.

Two World Cups in two years for Werthmann

Scott Werthmann at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Few Kiwi kids can claim bragging rights that they've been to two FIFA World Cup tournaments in two years but Scott Werthmann saw the action at the Fifa Wold Cup in Brazil last year and has been front and centre during the Under-20 World Cup in Auckland as a flag bearer.

North Rodney Blue Light turns 20

Shane Gould played a pivotal role in establishing North Rodney Blue Light 20 years ago.

North Rodney Blue Light celebrates 20 years as one of the organisation's pivotal groups.

New Auckland Council policy targets unconsented work

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A new policy will affect those wanting to get approval for any unconsented work on their homes.

Silverdale set to get overhaul with new plan

Julia Parfitt with draft Silverdale plan.

A massive makeover is on the cards for Silverdale and surrounds.

Musical comes after near death experience

Chris Wyatt teaches science at KingsWay School has written a musical and created theatre company Crossroads.

Chris Wyatt's musical The Prisoner shows good things can come from difficult circumstances.

Homes opened for House of the Year judges

Builder Simon Crawford and architect Keith Haye judge several houses in Millwater for the Master Builder's House of the Year competition.

Builders and home owners are welcoming eagle-eyed architect Keith Haye and builder Simon Crawford over their thresholds for the Registered Master Builder's House of the Year.

Paramedics save woman's arms

Stephanie Shaw says New Zealanders are lucky to have services like St John and the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Stephanie Shaw's left elbow snapped and was forced halfway up her upper arm after she fell off a ladder and she credits quick assistance from St John and the Westpac rescue helicopter for saving its movement.

Helensville down to one bank

ASB in Helensville will close its doors on July 17.

ASB Bank's Helensville branch will close on July 17 due to declining transaction numbers.

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