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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.

Council dig into drainage

spade

Backyard diggers face Auckland Council intervention under proposed stormwater bylaws.

Green light for Christmas on Beach

Orewa Christmas

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

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.

Weightlifters tie the knot after Commonwealth Games

Weightlifters

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

MP considers legal action against Nicky Hager

 Mark Mitchell

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

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.
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