Efforts by commercial fresh tomato growers to introduce a bug they hope will reduce their use of pesticides in hot houses have hit some strong opposition.
Ben Dalton of Takapuna, who has a holiday home at Algies Bay, blitzed the 700-person field in the 7km run with a time of 36 minutes.
Drivers will be under the gun and pushing for the fastest times at the Warkworth Trolley Derby on Sunday.
Behind the scenes at Morris and James Pottery the finishing touches are being made to ceramic pillars that will grace a rural walkway between Point Wells and Matakana.
A possible scam involving unauthorised sales of a new transport card has prompted Auckland Transport to warn customers to be careful.
A man crushed by a silage bale hopes to be able to learn to walk again in several weeks.
Police fear a dangerous cocktail of youth, alcohol and poor decision making may have been major contributors to a serious crash on State Highway 16 south of Wellsford on Friday night.
There's no flying pig yet but just about every other creature seems to be airborne at the Hibiscus Coast Radio Flyers annual free model aircraft open day on March 23.
Hopes for a cycleway connecting Point Wells to Matakana have come unstuck over the safety of a second-hand bridge.
Firefighter returns from Aussie bushfires
Mike Donovan has returned from fighting bush blazes in Australia with a 22-strong force made up of rural Kiwi firemen.
McKenzie Joyce-Quinn is exposed to an exciting new world of sound and opportunity as she plays in the garden of her Massey home.
Excitement is building around preparations for next year's ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Criminals are about to go into overdrive and police are working to sweep them from the streets.
Monarch butterflies were slow starting this year but Isabel Harris of Warkworth - dubbed the "butterfly lady" - intends that to change next spring.
Draft terms of a review of Council-Controlled Organisations may be approved by councillors in today's meeting.
Gearing up for a day watching swimmers at Omaha beach is second nature to Matt Nugent. Even though he's only 17, he's been doing it for years.
Seven-year-old Gage Laughton has featured in North America's biggest online kayak magazine Rapid.
$14 million will be invested in sealing several rural roads but Rodney Local Board say it's not enough.
It seems like just yesterday that Rex Lawler tripped up and landed on Irene's feet in the middle of dance floor in northern Wales.
Tree Adventures in Woodhill Forest has recieved a fine after a man fell to his death there in March 2013.
After "amazing" community support for their wedding on Saturday, Vivian Fittall and Jack Waller are planning their week around Vivian's chemotherapy treatment.
A young mother facing an uphill battle with cancer aims to walk down the aisle tomorrow.
Police are investigating a serious incident at the Wellsford Headhunters' gang pad.
An average 2.4 per cent rates rise is among a range of fees and charges proposed in the Auckland Council's draft annual plan, for which public submissions close on Monday.
A student from Snells Beach is about to make a splash on TV this weekend when she appears live on What Now to introduce her mini marine environment series.
A DIY project turned to near disaster for an Orewa home owner after a window sill caught fire.
Two warm dry springs are among reasons for a big increase in wasps this summer.
Matt Thetford claimed his fourth consecutive Ironman title at the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Championships at Ruakaka last weekend.
And the Rodney Holiday Photo Competition winner is . . . Teresa Russell of Silverdale with her photo of daughter Millie.
Scores of kids have been learning to surf at Orewa beach.
Take a bunch of top performers, fantastic weather and invite thousands of people - the result is a new fixture on the calendar for Rodney Times readers to look forward to each year.
Foodstuffs has lodged a resource consent application with the Auckland Council for a New World on the PlaceMakers site at Whangaparaoa Rd.
The thrill of watching dolphins streaking along on the bow wave, then a feeding frenzy with seabirds dive bombing fish in the Hauraki Gulf is not a usual school trip.
A large block of land for sale south of Warkworth re-zoned future residential has some neighbours worried it may become a Special Housing Area.
The Gold Coast Titans were treated to a rock star's welcome during a visit to the Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League club.
Two brothers who braved rough seas to rescue a couple of students have this week been officially recognised for their heroics.
The Orewa Boulevard Arts Fiesta will see the Hibiscus Coast Highway closed for the day from Moenui Ave to Florence Ave.
Ryan Herbert is partially blind and suffers developmental delays. But there is one thing he enjoys more than anything and that is making music.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship and 10cc played in Matakana on Sunday in front of a sea of deckchairs and beanbags.
Yolanda Bartram and Alex Heydenrijk are the mystery chalk artists who have been brightening up the Te Ara Tahuna Estuary walkway.
Residents and business people will get the chance to meet face-to-face with Rodney Local Board members and Auckland Council staff during the Rodney in the Spotlight Expo.
Train drivers have reported 19 "near collision" incidents this year at level crossings where motorists ignored safety measures.
A propeller slicing a dolphin almost in half is just one incident highlighting the need for boaties to take care.
On the hunt for a pavement Picasso
A $100 reward is on offer to find a mystery artist.
A modern version of the message in a bottle has sparked interest around the world.
When guitarist Rickey Medlocke and the rest of Florida southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd walk on stage at the Matakana Country Park Summer Concert, it'll be their first New Zealand tour.
Chris Collins has been in the business of early childhood teaching for 27 years and is now deciding to retire.
Like them or loathe them, cyclists are growing in numbers. It's national Bike Wise Month and February 12 is Go By Bike Day.
Working on a deep-sea research vessel in rough seas was the experience of a lifetime for Rebecca Gibson, who grew up on the Hibiscus Coast.
A series of guided walks showcasing the Leigh area and a fire brigade open day are planned during the Anzac holiday weekend, April 25-27.
Are you excited about next month's Royal visit?