Rodney Times

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

Pakiri lagoon unblocked

Sand blocked the Pakiri lagoon ocean outlet during the holidays. People tried to dig channels but rain and a digger finished the job.

Trenches dug by locals were not enough to get the waters flowing at the Pakiri River mouth so Auckland Council brought in a digger.

Bike thief nabbed

Constable Andrew McKimmey with a 2014 Merida 27 speed mountain bike and a rear Merida wheel that police are still trying to find the owners for after nabbing the bike thief.

Police have tracked down a bike thief who stole nearly 50 bikes from Orewa to sell on to second-hand dealers.

Art exhibition for hospice

Martakana supporters Angela Wain and Andrew Steens, of Mike Pero Real Estate Matakana, in front of a Virginia Leonard painting which is part of Angela’s extensive and varied art collection.

Two hundred artworks by Auckland artists will be on show and for sale at Martakana with proceeds helping Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.

Guide to outdoor fires

Don't worry - cooking fires such as barbecues are unaffected by summer fire bans.

Senior firefighter Ted Fuller on the dos and don'ts of summer fires.

More storms to come

Fire crew have been called to flooded homes in Omaha.

Homes at Omaha, north of Auckland,were flooded, and more storms are forecast.

Mum to miss son's funeral

Troy Spiers, 11, died in a tragic accident at his grandfather's Auckland home on Wednesday.

Troy Spiers' mother was put on life support after the 11-year-old's tragic death.

Whangaparaoa fire under control video

Firefighters are battling a 10 hectare pine and scrub on fire near Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland.

Fire crews battled overnight to bring a large bush fire north of Auckland under control.

Much-maligned mangroves important for the eco-system

Orhan Er and Christy Reynolds believe mangroves are vital for supporting other life including a lichen species found in the Kaipara Harbour.

A lichen species has been discovered growing in Kaipara Harbour mangrove forests.

Lichen- vital organism for environment

Lichens are organisms made up from members of as many as three kingdoms with the dominant partner fungus.

A lichen is a composite organism which arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship.

Truck crash blocks Auckland motorway

The truck hit a barrier on the Auckland-Waiwera toll road, blocking the southbound lanes.

A truck crash has blocked State Highway 1 southbound near Orewa, Auckland.

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