Rodney Times

Crabbers a nuisance at Omaha

set net

Failure to take into account Auckland's booming population is partly blamed for growing concerns about set netting on northern beaches.

Militaria show attracts crowds as war feats marked

 Military Vehicles Collectors Club

The first Kumeu Militaria Show was such a success organisers are already planning another next year.

Artillery man won't forget

Forbes Greenfield

Forbes Greenfield, 94, is among the few World War II veterans taking part in this year's Anzac parades.

Anzac Day time to remember

Ken Wright

Big crowds are expected to mark the launch of World War I centenary commemorations on Anzac Day.

Rooster poses as hen, survives chop

Miri the rooster

Rescuers were surprised to discover a rooster living among hens they were saving from a battery farm.

Columbus' family coming for Easter

Ray Columbus

The family of terminally ill music legend Ray Columbus will be at his side for Easter.

Cockle beds still in perilous state

cockle beds

Whangateau Harbour cockle beds look to be in the grip of another die-off.

Tana Umaga encourages children to set goals

Tana Umaga

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has been visiting Auckland schools, inspiring a new generation of rugby players.

Artists take covert action

The Rodney contingent of the art abandonment movement has been leaving free artworks hidden in public places.

Conservatives aspire to get 10pc of vote

Colin Craig

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says his party could pull up to 10 per cent of voters at this year's election.

Surf boats steer for Anzac Cove

The Red Beach crew

Three teams of New Zealand  lifeguards will join their Australian and Turkish counterparts at Gallipoli next year for a special commemorative race marking the 100th anniversary of the bloody World War I campaign.

New kiwis given a right royal treatment

PM John Key with kiwi

The PM was among about 500 people, including school children, who welcomed kiwi to Mataia farm on the Kaipara Harbour.

El Nino weather system looks set to develop

el nino

For NZ, El Nino usually means stronger or more frequent winds and drought in the east.

Kaimanawa horse Yogy is wild no more

Yogy

He's pretty good at posing for photos, he approaches strangers for cuddles, is incredibly trusting - and he was once a wild horse.

Creepy critters find a haven

Weta

150 adult giant weta were released on Motuora Island, five kilometres off Mahurangi, last Thursday.

Moved to run marathon

Angela Hoffman

Angela Hoffman's marathon journey to raise $1000 for Hibiscus Hospice is on the home stretch.

Teen clings to cliff for two hours

Stranded teen

Repeat rescuer Theo Hoffman is a hero once more after plucking a teenager from a cliff shelf on a rising tide.

Hearings on $760m highway extension under way

The Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is up for debate this week and next.

Royals arrive amid security controversy

Prince william Kate Middleton royals

The royals are in town amid some controversy about security.

Adventure park aims to be on track

Colin Craig, Les Osbourne, Barry Larman

Resource Management Act requirements are slowing the progress of one man's adventure park dream.

Police pay parade tradition returns

Police parade

Heroic acts and serious saves will be saluted at the 2014 Rodney Police Pay Parade and Awards Ceremony.

Cockles found in a bad way

Dr Roger Grace

Cockle beds in Whangateau Harbour may be in trouble again as dead and dying shellfish have started turning up.

Dishonesty crimes up in Rodney district

Scott Webb

Crime has risen slightly in Rodney but police say it's still one of the safest places to live.

Dolphin lobby grows

Dolphin rally

Stop capturing and killing dolphins at Taiji Cove, a letter to Japan says after a rally organised by a Dairy Flat resident.

Starved stream raises a big stink

Fish

Dry conditions and a blocked river mouth have turned a stream black, killing fish and eels.

Concerns for shellfish

Cockle count

After an outcry about cockle overharvesting in Shakespear Regional Park, the Ministry of Primary Industries has now surveyed shellfish there.

Rain forecast will bring little relief

Dry farmland

Dry, parched conditions in Rodney are close to those experienced during last year's 100-year drought.

Young artist gets show

Tim Hackett

Hanging 12 paintings at the Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art in Auckland isn't too bad a break into the art world for a 12-year-old.

Crash closes road

Car crash

A serious crash that forced Whangaparaoa Rd to close created major traffic delays and highlights the dangers of single main road access.

Rodney road danger

Five intersections in Rodney have been identified as among some of the most dangerous in the country for crashes.

Students target waterways pollution

Anne frank play

Empty beer bottles, discarded cigarette butts and packages, and old pie-wrappers are an unsightly addition to the Warkworth stretch of the Mahurangi River.

Bride rides Clyde to wedding

Bride and horse

Blushing bride Alissa Gilmour arrived at her beach wedding on the back of a horse.

Orca calf refloated successfully

Orca

Locals worked for five hours to refloat an orca calf found stranded on a remote Te Arai beach last night.

Assessments slammed

Funding facilitators for "sites of value" has been slammed by Albany ward councillor John Watson.

Rat bait by death lake

Orewa Lake Rat Bait

Rat bait wrapped in bread may be responsible for the death of dozens of ducks around an Orewa pond.

Dog rally with a difference

Melissa Craft

The Mangawhai Domain went to the dogs as the Mangawhai Dog Training Club hosted its second annual Rally-O Championship.

Fairy tern breeding sets a record

Legal Highs

It has been a good breeding season this year for New Zealand's most endangered bird - the fairy tern.

Development a worry

Density Dilemma

A proposed housing development would see 56 two-storey and three-storey terraced and courtyard houses built on reserve land in Whangaparaoa.

Apiarists form club

Bees

A group of residents from around Rodney has launched a club for those keen on honey gathering.

Our Schools: Success for cellist

 Cellist Matthias Balzat

A 14-year-old university student, who attended Wentworth College last year, has come joint first in the 47th annual NZ National Concerto Competition final in Christchurch.

BizKids bakers settle dispute

Biz Kids

BizKids food stalls will be back up and running next month after settling a dispute with the council.

Big battle to break record

Fish

A swordfish catch and a marlin catch have produced a record and a winning Pacific island trip.

School crews in top gear

Rowing Mentors

Allan Tong is returning to the the inaugural Maadi Cup in Twizel with 20 students eager to follow in his footsteps.

Prosecution over animals

Calves, chickens and goats were left to starve to death after a couple abandoned their animals on a Helensville lifestyle block during the breakup of their marriage.

Prime ministers join for dinner

John Key

John Key was one of the few guests not of Croatian descent at an official dinner in Kumeu held in honour of the visiting Croatian Prime Minister.

Back to business for Mayor

Len Brown

Len Brown's upbeat and back on the job in Auckland with renewed enthusiasm.

Cat owner's pet plea

HArry

Harry the cat escaped from his cage when he was being picked up from the vet last week and is still on the loose.

BizKids make case for home baking

BizKids is heading to Auckland Council's Regulatory and Bylaws Committee tomorrow to try and get its baked goods back on the shelves.

Sirens to be tested

Tsunami sirens will be tested when daylight saving ends on April 6.

Kids gear up for derby time

Soapbox

The countdown is on and racers are practising for the 2014 Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Box Derby.
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