Rodney Times

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terminal diagnosis shock for young mum

Sterryn Roycroft and family

Sterryn Roycroft was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer despite having none of the usual symptoms.

Toheroa beds under threat

Oystercatcher

The sudden decline of toheroa in Dargaville is 'ecology in action' not oystercatchers, shorebird expert says.

Man burnt in cabin blaze

cabin fire orewa

A man suffered serious burns after his cabin at Orewa Backpackers in north Auckland caught fire.

Town progress raises fragmentation worries

Grange development

New subdivisions under way in Warkworth area are great but commercial expansion is also needed, councillor says.

Dead seal had possible bullet wound

Seal

A young fur seal has been found dead, possibly shot, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in Auckland.

Auckland's northern building boom

 Mark Mitchell

Houses, supermarkets, retirement homes and town centres are on the development cards for north Auckland.

Takahe heading to warmer north

takahe

Sixteen takahe chicks will have a winter in the snow before heading to the balmy Tawharanui Open Sanctuary.

Letterbox an ineffective car stop

Darag Rennie and Sally Cook

Oops, there goes another letter box - a $1200 one - on crash corner.

Tree crashes through house, misses teen

Storm roof kid

Mum was yelling, Trent was freaking out, and all was a blur of branches, dust and rain.

Big clean up ahead

scaffold on roof

A quick 'prayer session' was called for when a woman saw scaffolding from a church fly onto her roof this morning.

Van blaze slows traffic

Van fire

A burning van brought three lanes of traffic to a standstill on an Auckland motorway today.

Campaign calls for road fix

Stuck car

Many unsealed Rodney roads are a 'disgrace' with locals saying the situation is beyond critical.

Submissions dispute lifejacket wearing

lifejacket

Auckland boaties are continuing to push for an exemption to compulsory lifejacket wearing in boats under 6 metres long.

Plans for the bus go round and round

Bus

Warkworth should get a public transport service in about a year, as Auckland Transport opens consultation next month for what shape it will take.

Paddling with the pod

Orca

Andrea Hegan wasn't the only one eating breakfast in Bon Accord Harbour near Kawau Island.

Rodney honour roll

Judith Williams

Four Rodney people have been recognised for their community work in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Rams gutted by blaze

rams blaze

Fire has destroyed a northern Rodney sports clubrooms and community meeting place.

Grand old light gets a new life

lighthouse

One of the Hauraki Gulf's great lighthouse lenses is back in the light after nearly 20 years in a shed.

Timely visit saves man from fire

Fire

A caregiver noticed an elderly man's house was filled with smoke when he paid him a visit this morning.

Countdown to election: health our priority

face strap

Health is the top issue facing Rodney and Hibiscus Coast voters.

Vet sees Italy anew

Harry

Memories came flooding back for Richard "Dick" Maynard of Snells Beach during the 70th anniversary of the Battles of Monte Cassino in Italy.

No easy answer to suicide question

OPINION: The Helensville community has been rocked by the suicide of a well-known resident

Marine life protection should be priority

Barry Luckman

As Auckland's population swells, a regional strategy to protect coastal marine life is needed, lobby groups say.

Fishing celebrity enjoys the fame

Sue and Scott Tindale

The Tindales are the first New Zealanders to gain the International Game Fishers Association lifetime achievement award.

Hard-working Raiders' in league of their own

League 4 life

The Hiway Stabilizers Hibiscus Coast Raiders have set the standard for the nation's rugby league clubs.

Cracks in cliff-face concern

Cracked Cliff

A viewing platform on a cracked cliff overlooking Orewa beach has been assessed by geotechnical engineers.

Effects of fatal crash ongoing

Hayley Byron-Wood

Hayley Byron-Wood took more than five years to recover after surviving crash that killed her partner.

Decision soon on high-rises

Auckland Council Civic Administration Building

Whangaparaoa residents are waiting to hear the outcome of consultation for a proposed housing development.

Improved maps could save lives if a tsunami occurred

Tsunami map

If a big tsunami hit our northern coast, there would be pandemonium with mass evacuation and coastal roads under threat.

Song from dying mum

Sophie waller

Sophie Waller may not have her mum Vivian for much longer, but she will always hear her singing.

Firefighters walk from Waitangi to Auckland's Sky Tower

Firefighters' long walk for charity

Firefighter

Their boots weren't made for walking. They were made to withstand the blistering heat of fires. But that hasn't stopped a group of firefighters embarking on a walk from Waitangi to Auckland's Sky Tower.

Clock finds way back to owner

Stolen clock

Clockmaker turned detective reunites Geoff Foote with 144-year-old family heirloom stolen 11 years ago.
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