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Traffic trial to ease Auckland congestion

Traffic congestion like this on the Hibiscus Coast's Whangaparaoa Rd may get some relief during a peak hour "dynamic ...

Three lanes for peak hour traffic using LED road lighting and electronic signs will be trialed on the Hibiscus Coast.

Toy train gets royal seal of approval

Murray Bamfield of Orewa is pleased to learn via a letter from Kensington Palace that Prince George and Princess ...

The Duke and Duchess and Cambridge were "touched" and gratefully accepted a wooden train made by the Orewa Men's Shed for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

End likely to hall fight

The Whangaparaoa community hall has been the subject of an 11 year battle.

A n 11 year fight over the Whangaparaoa community hall looks to be over after the High Court refuse a judicial review.

Fire brigades seek lifesaving recruits

Fighting raging fires is just one of a range of things recruits do to protect communities.

Manly and Silverdale fire brigades are seeking volunteers up to the challenge of protecting people, places and communties.

Donation helps deliver dog safety message

Red Beach School pupils Asante Shoo and Ethan Carnell refresh their dog safety skills with dog instructor Jill Parsons ...

Donations from Whangaparaoa Rotary will see young kids taught new tricks on dog safety.

Pupils injured in school bus crash

Five of the 14 students on board suffered minor injuries.

Children were getting onto the bus when its brakes failed and it rolled down a hill into bamboo bushes.

Pilot pulls off daring rescue

The helicopter's initial landing site before the daring rescue over the steep forest valley.

A man was airlifted 35m out of a forest valley in turbulent conditions after being injured by a tree he was felling.

Off-road racing is a family affair

Eleanor Buckley, 8, looks forward to being competitive in the Kiwi trucks enduro race as part of the Woodhill 100 over ...

Dale Buckley and his children prepare for the oldest running off-road racing event in New Zealand.

Orewa evacuates for tsunami drill video

Over 2000 students and staff members from Orewa College walked to higher ground in the tsunami evacuation drill.

Waves of residents headed for the hills for Orewa's tsunami evacuation walk.

Helensville District Health Trust's building temporarily closed

Foundations of the Alison McKenzie House in Helensville need to be stabilised before staff and clients move back in.

Repairs and maintenance needed for building's foundations.

Li shoots for PGA

Michael Li is off to California State University to study finance and pursue his dream of becoming a top 20 ranked golfer.

Michael Li spent a year deciding what school would support both his academic and golf ambitions. Now he's bound for California State University and hopes to be ranked in the top 20 in the PGA and study finance and graduate with first class honours.

Sevens success for Kaipara College sporting star Rina Paraone

Training buddies Florida Fantanitavake and Kaipara College student Rina Paraone are helping each other with their goals ...

Nationals selection in just a year of picking up rugby.

Coastguard may 'miss the boat' as volunteers caught in traffic

Traffic delays can holdup the Kawau Coastguard boat at Sandspit.

Everything takes longer on the water and coastguard say volunteers struggling to get to the boat on time could potentially put boaties and Kawau Islanders at risk

Property worth thousands recovered by police

Sergeant Bede Haughey is hoping owners will recognise their property on the shelf at the Warkworth police staton and ...

Police are looking to reunite burglary victims with their property after busting thieves who took everything but the kitchen sink.

Daylight robbery attempt foiled

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A bold daylight robbery attempt at an Orewa jewellers was foiled by the owner's quick reflexes, now police searching for clues as to the identity of the wannabe robbers.

Rouse looks to Commonwealth Games

Emma Rouse with her Oceania silver.

Emma Rouse is 50 per cent deaf and losing her eyesight but she came "damn close" to taking Gold at the Oceania Judo Championships and is now eyeing up the Commonwealth Games.

Firefighters: 'We can't wait'

Volunteer fire fighters  in the Warkworth and Matakana brigades are struggling to get to their stations.

Emergency services say lives could potentially be at risk thanks to gridlocked roads.

Property market's woolly victim

Coco the sheep was given to The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana after falling victim to Auckland's housing market.

Coco the visually impaired sheep is the latest casualty of the soaring Auckland housing market.

Farmers eye golden opportunity

Bees are seasonal on the farm producing from November to March.

More eye bee-keeping as a means to supplement incomes.

Head for the hills in tsunami drill

Orewa is at low risk of being hit by a tsunami but its topography and estuary system could spell disaster in a worst ...

Thousands of school kids and residents will rush to higher ground as part of tsunami drill in Orewa on May 25.

Rates to rise 2.4 per cent

Aucklanders are set to pay a relatively modest 2.4 per cent more in rates in what officials are calling a "normal" year.

Homeowners in Auckland are set to get off lightly this year with a much smaller rates rise.

A furry hearing helper

Hearing dog Lace alerts her hearing impaired owner Jan Miller to important sounds in day-to-day life.

Lace is lending a helping paw to hearing impaired Millwater resident Jan Miller.

Four marathons at 44

Andy Connor of Red Beach crosses the line at the  Rotorua Marathon.  He's got three more to go in his aim to reach a ...

When Andy Connor's two daughters called him out on his "man boobs", he decided it was time for a change.

Woman tattoo mystery video

The woman found on the side of a road with serious injuries had this tattoo on her lower left leg.

A mystery woman found critically injured at the side of the road. Police want to see if anyone recognises this tattoo.

Broiler farm's expansion plans worry South Kaipara residents

Helen Smyth and Dave Beattie live near a Parakai poultry farm which wants to increase production- but so will traffic ...

The push for intensive poultry development in South Head impacts everybody.

Paddler followed by shark

The friendly motivator is believed to have been a bronze whaler.

The bronze whaler was as big as Louise Aitken's three metre board but she "wasn't over the top scared".

Rescue chopper kept busy

A woman was left with serious neck and chest injuries after a car hit a power pole in Tauhoa.

Explosions and car crashes kept Westpac Auckland rescue helicopter crews busy over the weekend.

Warm autumn ahead but wetter weather on the horizon

Temperatures across much of the country were about 1.2 degrees higher than normal in April.

 Beach goers can expect a few more warm weeks of balmy weather before wet, mild climes set in.

Pets avoid fiery death

Three fire appliances scrambled to the scene of the burning pot fire.

Dog and tortoise escape with minor smoke inhalation after smoke alarm alerts neighbours to stove fire.

Happy place for campers at Muriwai

Many happy place memories can continue at the Muriwai Beach Motor Camp following a major makeover ready for next summer.

The camping experience will make Muriwai even more of a drawcard.

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