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$10,000 offered to catch an arsonist

Auckland businessman offers a reward to help find the arsonist who hit their home while the family slept.

American tourists escape burning car wreck

Two American tourists crashed their car which then burst into flames north of Auckland.

Woman falls from ladder onto concrete

A woman who fell from a ladder yesterday is in a stable but serious condition.

Police crack down on north Auckland criminals

A crime spike in the Rodney District has seen more homes burgled and cars stolen.

Former TVNZ sports broadcaster Doug Armstrong dies

Former TVNZ identity and Rodney District Council mayor Doug Armstrong has died aged 83.

Transformer blast knocks out Orewa power

A transformer which caught fire and exploded in Orewa, north of Auckland, caused a power cut to 5181 homes last night.

King tide shows signs of things to come

I's unlikely to be a high drama affair, but this week's king tide will be of particular interest for some.

Peti's wandering no petty problem

Adventurous young takahe Peti's escapades have seen her sent off to predator-free Motutapu Island.

Undelivered mail uncovered at house

Nearly 2000 letters and packages went undelivered after a postie struggled to cope with his round.

Work 'risk to harbour'

Earthworks on a property in Ti Point has angered residents concerned that the Whangateau Harbour is under threat.

Parents join reality show to help kids into houses

Kathy and Mick are ready to battle it out on a new reality TV show to help their son and his girlfriend into a home.

Orphan returns to Romania

A young kiwi helping orphans was herself born in a Romanian prison and raised for a year in an orphanage.

Man hops 10km on crutches, sets Guinness World Record

Brad Luiten has hopped his way to a probable Guinness World Record in a 10 kilometre run.

Young Kiwi nurse spends summer on volunteering aboard hospital ship

Amanda Sewell, 26, has given up her summer to give free medical care to children living in poverty.

Millwater shopping centre to open next month

The ever-changing face of the Hibiscus Coast is under the knife again as developers make the most of the dry spell.

$1.6 billion Westgate town centre takes shape

Development of a $1.6 billion town centre development at Westgate is well underway.

Bring back Ginger and Lambie

Rachel Laycock lost nearly everything when her flat was burgled but it was the loss of her two soft toys that hurt the most.

The man who invented the bubbles in Aero chocolate

Her grandfather invented the bubbles in chocolate, but even she doesn't know how it gets to be so bubbly.

Underwater world just a dive away

The beautiful waters off the Tutukaka Coast are the playground for many a keen scuba diver. Reporter Caralise Trayes finds out why.

Fair Trade focus of online store

Auckland charitable organisation Loyal is an online gift store sourcing Fair Trade items.

Amazing Peter Jackson tribute cake: District 9

Ooh, is that an alien from District 9? Indeed. But it's crafted from choc and rice crispies.

Beach-goers told to hide treasures

Thieves are casing parked cars for easy takings at regional parks and beaches, police say.

Laundry fire destroys house

A couple have lost nearly all their possessions in a house fire that ripped through their North Auckland home.

Spate of water-related deaths a worry

Boaties are urged to get their act together as the number of boat-related deaths and injuries rise.

Teen hospitalised with compound fractures

Teen knocked out after losing control and crashing his mountain bike into a tree in Dome Valley.

Injured Kawau boatie finds way home

A man injured after falling from his boat made it home to safety, but suffered a seizure.

Use of NZ trail growing rapidly

The Mt Tamahunga walk offers Auckland walkers a taste of "New Zealand's Trail" within easy reach of home.

Christmas comes early to Helensville

Luger Boa front man Jimmy Christmas is looking forward to performing at his local next week.

Drones to be given their own rules

A draft proposal for drones comes out soon and covers privacy and civil aviation rules.

Dolphin pod delight onlookers

Dozens of people entered chilly north Auckland waters this morning to swim with a pod of dolphins.

Mixed response to lower alcohol limits

Overindulge this festive season and you may well pay the price - even if it's a day after a binge.

Katie conquers ride to fight cancer

Cancer sufferer Katie Valentine joined about 500 other riders on an epic ride from Auckland to Pukekohe.

A case of 'when' for Penlink

The Whangaparaoa Peninsula arterial route isn't on Auckland Transport's books for at least another decade.

Toy tester gives commonsense critique

Six-year-old Ella Garlick has won a coveted role for The Warehouse as a toy tester.

Kawau Boating Club opens doors

boating club

The Kawau Boating Club is set to open to the genera public as well as becoming a place for community use.

Help on way for endangered petrel

Black petrel

One of the most endangered Hauraki Gulf seabirds will get more protection thanks to a surprising collaboration.

Tuataras' fleeting visit

Tuatara

Twenty three inquisitive young tuatara stopped over in Warkworth a few days before returning to Little Barrier Island.

Touch and go for rescued turtle

Turtle

An endangered sea turtle is lucky to be alive after being found stranded by children in the Puhoi River estuary.

Close call for girl with dangerous stakes

poles

It was a lucky miss for one girl who entered Whangateau Harbour's waters near one of five hidden metal stakes.

Kiwi millionaire's death in Bali shocks family

The family of a man found dead in a Bali ditch are gathering in Auckland to mourn his shocking death as his wife faces charges.

US marrow gives Tania hope

Tania

Tania Sherlock has been given a chance of life with the donation of bone marrow from a sympathetic American.

Going into bat for native species

Bat

Researchers are hoping to successfully translocate a group of short-tailed bats, a feat never achieved before.

Sam's heroic river snatch

Sam Adkin

Sam Adkin says he was full of adrenaline when he rescued toddler washed into culvert.

Blankets stolen off rescue horses' backs

Golden Phoenix

Alan was recovering from a virus when thieves stole his blankets and left him for dead in the paddock.

Termites chomp through Omaha

termites

It's one of the swankiest neighbourhoods north of Auckland, but it turns out termites don't discriminate.

Berry pretty beauty queen

Berry Queen

An international beauty queen got down and dirty in a Waitoki strawberry fields this week.

Plans to enforce 1.5m rule

Car and Bike

Proposed law change could see drivers fined for not giving cyclists up to 1.5m of space when overtaking.

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.

Green light for Christmas on Beach

Orewa Christmas

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

Council dig into drainage

spade

Backyard diggers face Auckland Council intervention under proposed stormwater bylaws.
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