Rodney Times

Kumeu Rugby Club's prizegiving

Victory for the Western Pioneers premier two rugby team who won the North Harbour plate championship trophy.

Kumeu Rugby Club celebrated the season with its popular prizegiving event.

Undersize snapper releases cause confusion over dumping

Commercial fishers are required to throw back small snapper but this can also lead to confusion over dumping.

When keen fisherman Matt Mitchell came across snapper being thrown over the back of a commercial trawler off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula earlier this year, he was pretty angry.

World rankings for kickboxers

Hibiscus Coast MMA & Thai Kickboxing Gym fighters Ryhme Loto and Crystal Cook brought home medals for New Zealand from the 2015 IFMA Youth World Cup in Thailand.

Ryhme Loto and Crystal Cook overcame the world's best fighters at the 2015 IFMA Youth World Cup in Thailand to medal for New Zealand.

Animal management bylaw allows chooks in urban areas

A limited number of hens can be kept on urban properties, with guidelines and restrictions applying in a new bylaw introduced this week.

Urban animals provide a slice of the good life.

Bowler Las Vegas bound

Zane Carlson of Orewa is heading to Las Vegas to bowl against the world's best at the Bowling World Cup.

Cerebral palsy means Zane Carlson can't use the same technique as most ten-pin bowlers, but that hasn't stopped him for qualifying for the Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas.

Fond farewell to labour of love

Earth house owned by Anne Marrie and Ian Hardy at Tindalls Bay, North Auckland.

Earth house pioneers Ian Chapman and Anne Marie Hardy are ready to let go of their biggest project.

Four-wheel-drivers dish up the dirt gallery video

Four wheel driver making the most of the Mosh Pit on Saturday at Woodhill Forest.

A health and safety snag cancels mud-lovers' 4x4 competition but they still manage to dish up the dirt on a fun day.

TRYathlon moves to Manly

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathalon will be at Manly next year on April 3, with entries opening on September 21.

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon has moved from Narrowneck on the North Shore to Manly Beach on April 3.

Sporting excellence nominations open

Lydia Ko's latest victory is taking the trophy at the Canadian Open, which could see her in the running again at the Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.

Nominations open for North Harbour sporting excellence.

Low level living sought to keep Orewa's character

A three-seater couch is craned in to the Ocean Point Beach Residences apartment complex top floor while Orewa Beachfront Apartments director Ian Inglis, left, and building manager Jim Morrogh make like they're going for the ride. The couch could have been carried up the four levels but would have taken much longer and risked damage.

A newly completed luxury 28 apartment development is being hailed as the way Orewa beach living could look.

Dry summer likely

Wet and wild weather may be on the radar for this week but with El Nino kicking in summer is shaping up to be much drier.

We may be facing some dry weather ahead with El Nino looking to ramp up during spring, but you wouldn't know it from this week's forecast.

Ten days to Bluff on a Honda 105cc

Read to ride 2000km on tiny bikes are, from left, Koen McGee, Adam Lane, Greg Jones, Rex Mills, and TJ, all of Matakana, with their support vehicles.

Fifteen big boys on small bikes are riding 2000km in 10 days for a youth cause.

Miniature master chefs gallery video

Matthew McLauglin, Emma Beachman and Jack Hamilton decorate their masterpiece.

Orewa North Primary has held a four week baking challenge, inspired by MasterChef.

Sailors claim bronze in Rio

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh came back from a bad start at the Rio test event to claim bronze.

A bad start to the Rio test event saw Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie scrambling for a comeback.

Orewa cyclist bound for Denmark world champs

Cameron Fisher heads to Denmark for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships on September 6.

Orewa amateur cyclist Cameron Fisher is heading to Denmark for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships.

Red Beach to Rio

Caitlin Ryan surged into qualification for the Rio Olympics with fellow K4 team members Jaimee Lovett, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie during the world championships in Milan.

New Zealand women's K4 crew make history qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Nominations open for Red Boats competition

Andrew and Dannielle Somers  from The Red Boats at Z Pier, Westhaven.

Fairfax Media, publisher of the Rodney Times, has teamed up with The Red Boats charter company to give 30 children and their caregivers a free three hour harbour cruise on November 22.

Te Muri Regional Park development could include a marine reserve

The marine reserve proposed off the Wenderholm, Te Muri and Mahurangi Regional Parks.

Supporters of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail want a marine reserve to be included in the future development of Te Muri Regional Park.

Act of kindness appreciated

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

UK students head for the Kaipara hills

Abingdon rugby tour students from left Adam Lilley, Dom Maclachlan, Christian Kirk, and James Knight with staff member Raj Ghosh.

As part of their New Zealand rugby trip, 45 Oxfordshire college students spent a day on a native forest restoration project in the Kaipara hills.

From gumboots to stiletto heels

Mei Barry is more used to wearing gumboots but she has passed through the Miss Universe New Zealand stiletto camps to reach the final 20.

Mei Barry has made the cut as one of the top 20 finalists for Miss Universe New Zealand.

The puzzle trail of the conquistadors

Winston Cowie will be in Dargaville launching his book Conquistador Puzzle Trail.

A new book seeks to puzzle together how Portuguese and Spanish ships may have been the first to discover New Zealand.

Kowhai Festival flower power

The countdown is on for the 2015 Kowhai Festival.

Flower Power will come alive at the 2015 Kowhai Festival in October.

Peti the wandering takahe safe from hunters.

Peti the wanderer wasn't among takahe shot on Motutapu Is.

The move to Motutapu Island was meant to protect Peti the wandering takahe but instead put her in harms way.

Sailors win big

Nick Egnot-Johnson and Jackson Keon took out the UK 29er National and placed 7th at the world championships.

High performance junior sailors Nick Egnot-Johnson and Jackson Keon took out the UK 29er Nationals and placed in the top 10 at the world championships.

Axford claims gold with Kiwi team

Forrest Axford took gold with New Zealand under-19 underwater hockey team at the World Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships.

Forrest Axford has taken gold with New Zealand under-19 underwater hockey team at the World Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships.

First hand help inspires Victim Support volunteer

Rodney Victim Support volunteer Claire Buckley.

Claire Buckley has her own story of how Victim Support helped her family and now the Kaukapakapa mum is returning the favour.

Zoe's trial sparks appeal

Zoe Hubbard in Starship children's hospital neuroservices ward.

Zoe Hubbard's first birthday was spent in the Starship children's hospital with what her parent's thought was a badly sprained left arm.

Millwater home goes for over $1 million

Cure Kids ambassadors Addison Kitching and Isabella Powell with the special drawings they created for the new owners of the Millwater home for auction with all profits going to Cure Kids.

A house built by Mike Greer Homes in Millwater sold on the weekend for just over $1 million, with the profit going to child health research charity Cure Kids.

One critical after serious crash

An elderly man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a three vehicle crash on State Highway 1 in North Auckland.

State Highway 1 near Puhoi, north of Auckland, reopens after serious crash.

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