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Green light for Christmas on Beach

Orewa Christmas

Christmas on the Beach will live to see another year in Orewa.

Vivian's battle ends

Yahn and Wendy Fittall

Yahn and Wendy Fittall have lost their daughter but they say heaven has gained a new star.

Council dig into drainage

spade

Backyard diggers face Auckland Council intervention under proposed stormwater bylaws.

Occupants lucky to escape house blaze

House fire

Police are treating a house fire in Snells Beach this morning as suspicious.

Compliance rules threaten festival

festival

Compliance issues and higher costs are putting a strain on volunteers organising community events.

Wasps may impact honey

wasps

An aphid that has slipped through biosecurity may mean wasps become a bigger pest regardless of the weather.

Brigade benefits from generosity

Tyler Dale

Little Tyler Dale must be one of the youngest donors to support a fire brigade.

Volunteer crews nab awards

firewomen

Nine women showed firefighting isn't just for the boys during the Silverdale and Manly Fire Service Awards night.

Hapu's gift saves Te Arai coast

Te Arai

The gifting of nearly 200 hectares of northern coastal land to the Auckland Council for a park is welcomed by many.

One Dollar Warriors picks first recipient

Shona

Shona Wilburn is about to benefit from a venture set up to help those with life-threatening illness.

Pod pushed orca to surface

Dian

Dian the orca survived being stuck in a cray pot line thanks to the remarkable actions of her pod.

'Band of brothers' pitch in for Cindy

cindy and dave

While cancer fighter Cindy McGoram was holidaying, firefighters were giving her home an extreme makeover.

Seals come ashore at Omaha

Seal

Residents were surprised when a seal poked its head out from under a house, and went for a wander.

Climate worries focus on melting ice

Car

Bigger storms and frequent king tides may change Auckland's coastline and affect how communities live.

Charity theft a 'disgusting act'

Thief

Two boxes belonging to Kidney Kids NZ are among charity boxes stolen from Orewa businesses.

Skeleton gatecrashes charity unveiling

Make a wish

100-year-old skeletal remains found on a nearby subdivision was a hot topic among people at the opening of a new home for auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Old bones unearthed in Gulf Harbour

old bones gulf

Archaeologists at a site in northern Auckland have excavated skeleton thought to be over 100 years old.

MP considers legal action against Nicky Hager

 Mark Mitchell

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is likely to take legal action over Nicky Hager's book.

Weightlifters tie the knot after Commonwealth Games

Weightlifters

The marriage of two NZ weightlifters in Glasgow was the icing on their Commonwealth Games cake.

Bakery hit by cheeky pie thief

pie thief

A thief with a hankering for steak and cheese swiped four pies off a bakery counter before running off.

Father-daughter team need help with plan

Riley Hathaway and Dad Steve

A father and daughter duo want to educate kids on coastal waters and hope to get their DVD into schools.

Kereopa to open surf school

paddle boarders

Surfing legend Daniel Kereopa has moved to Orewa and has big plans for the summer.

Will Aucklanders walk on water?

Auckland in future

Climate change adaption architect Bernd Gundermann has presented a very different vision for Auckland.

'Oddballs' in the kitchen

Neil Gussey and Tracey Allan

Tracey Allan had never seen an episode of MKR before close friend Neil Gussey asked her to audition with him.

Supporting victims is rewarding

Brenda

A bit of concern for your fellow neighbour is the essential element needed to become a Victim Support volunteer.

Focus on rail crossing risk

taupaki crash

A near miss with a train at a level crossing happens every three days on average. And the northern line through Rodney is one of the worst in the country.

Hazardous gum tree felled

gum tree

After eight years of campaigning, Manly residents are celebrating the axing of a giant gum tree.

Police probe impresses Booth

Pat Booth

Veteran journalist Pat Booth is pleased police admit, in part, that evidence may have been planted in Crewe murders.

Lucky rescue for Trevor

Firefighters

Trevor England knew he was having a bad day when he woke up in hospital with no recollection of how he got there.

Firefighters douse holy smoke

Cross

A Catholic priest's dinner went up in smoke while he was visiting a neighbour.

Dump extension a rubbish idea

redvale opponents

Moves to extend Redvale landfill's lifespan 26 years beyond its expiry date have got up the nose of locals.

Council prioritising 'unfair'

Auckland Council Civic Administration Building

The majority of Auckland could be left scrambling for "crumbs off the council table" for the next 10 years, councillors say.

Increased heater use brings risk

heater

Three heater fires in one week have the fire service reminding people to be vigilant as they ward off the cold.

Uncertain future for Auckland beekeeping

bee

A dispute between neighbours over bees has hobby keepers worried they will need resource consent to keep hives.

Dog rescued from tree by cherry picker

Archie the dog

It took the scent of a possum to get Archie 30-metres up a tree. It took a cherry picker to get the dog down.

Call for 24-hour service

Clark family

Hibiscus Coast residents want a 24-hour medical service in place, but Health Board says current system working.

Mystery around light in sky

	 Upper Hutt UFOs strap

A strange object spotted in the sky over Auckland last night still has residents scratching their heads.

Business park matching residential swell

Highgate Business Park

The lifestyle ideal of working and living in one area may become a reality for some thanks to Highgate Business Park.

Library looks back on year

Zade Allen

Mayor Len Brown helped the Wellsford War Memorial Library celebrate its first anniversary on Friday.

Help for rare disorder in US

Azaria and family

Four-year-old Azaria Allen's rare blood disorder has her family heading overseas for answers.

Water meters save cash

Wayne Walker and John Watson

People with rain tank meters have been paying less than those on fixed charges for unmetered tanks.

Rejection a drag for NAG

Bill Townson

North Auckland has to stick with the super-city after an application to create a new authority was declined.

Public backs club's push to rebuild

Destroyed league club

It will take more than a fire to extinguish the Rodney Rams Rugby League Club's passion.

Rocky roads in need of repair

tyre

A crumbling patch of State Highway 1 caused grief for motorists last week with many cars hit with tyre damage.

Hall hire fee hikes a mistake

Orewa community hall

Auckland community hall hire fees will not increase this year, with letters to users about big rises sent in error.

Yard gates close for final time

Kumeu yards

The changing nature of land use around Kumeu, north Auckland, has marked the end of the livestock yards.

Rates hike show no community spirit

Orewa community hall

Huge hall hire increases in Auckland are threatening to kill the very groups keeping the facilities alive.

Changing nature of contracting

COntracting

Since the super-city's advent, infrastructure and roading contracting has changed with Watercare, Auckland Transport and the Auckland Council now generally using outside contractors.

Hungry for the win

Eric Finau

Eric Finau has gone through "hell and back" to be named in the New Zealand Commonwealth Games boxing team.

Photographer's life in focus

Sayers

It's the second book he's written in his 90s, but retired photojournalist Alan Sayers, 98, isn't letting age stop him as he releases his autobiography, Deadline.
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