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Artie Rocks bring joy to sick boy

Vanessa Palmer said the painted rocks have bought her son Arthur joy.

An Auckland boy battling cancer is staying away from germs but still playing with his mates - using painted rocks.

Community buys back historic items

Riverhead Citizens Hall Society chairman Allan Maclean with the items purchased including a clock, gum scales and old cans.

About $1000 managed to buy back a dozen historic items from the Kauri Gum Store Cafe for display at the Riverhead Citizens Hall.

DHB's newborn death rate low

Babies born in North Shore and Waitakere hospitals have a lower rate of perinatal-related death than the national average.

North Auckland's Waitemata DHB has recorded a lower rate of perinatal deaths than the national average.

'Expanding' roll at Waimauku

Waimauku School principal Gary Pasfield said temporary classrooms often become permanent.

"I don't want a temporary situation, I want a permanent situation," this Auckland principal says.

'Beloved by many'

Joy Kaan died in a fire at her home in Helensville on August 10.

Police have released the name of woman who died in a house fire in Auckland.

Drug proposal 'premature and not thought through'

Sandra Coney was the only Waitemata DHB member to vote against making codeine-containing products prescription-only.

Sandra Coney against codeine-containing products becoming prescription-only as no-one could say how many people would be affected by the change.

Local board plans to be ready in December

Henderson-Massey Local Board chairman Shane Henderson said they had received great feedback which would help shape their ...

West Aucklanders have spoken, making more than a thousand submissions on local board plans.

Fantasy comedy with a hint of satire

Shaun Garea's web comic is taking shape.

Shaun Garea has created a free web comic with a character based off a well-known international politician - Donald Trump.

The Drents - part 26

We're all moved in - thanks to a good bunch of mates.

We've just built our first home...but already we are imagining the second.

The utes of hazard video

"Once you nail the technical side of [driving Muriwai Beach] it's an amazing experience," tour operator Sharon Stewart said

Quicksand, invisible fishing lines and "amazingly stupid" people - the dangers of driving on Muriwai Beach

'It's not like closing a sports field' video

Te Kawerau a Maki leader Te Warena Taua has suggested a rahui on the regional park, saying the trees are the backbone of ...

The forest covers 16,000 square kilometres and has the population of Auckland right next to it.

Wardens 'eyes and ears on the ground'

Henderson Police's Mandeep Kaur said ethnic wardens would work closely with police.

Ethnic wardens are making their return to west Auckland.

'Abstract view of a grapevine'

Land owner Ross Morley has invested more than $5m into the two-building, two-storey complex.

A new Huapai commercial complex has been designed to mirror the local scenery.

Elderly units for Henderson given the nod

A design concept of what the development at 33 Henderson Valley Rd would look like.

Resource consent for a council-led housing development in west Auckland's been granted.

Woman dies in house blaze video

A person is dead after a fire in a Helensville house overnight.

Horrified neighbours heard woman scream from inside house as it was engulfed in flames.

Busway or light rail for west Auckland?

An artist's visualisation of light rail proposed for Auckland by the Labour Party.

Major political parties are promising significant investment in public transport for west Auckland.

'Shambolic failure' on kauri dieback

A dead kauri in the Waitakere Ranges, killed by dieback disease.

The rampant spread of kauri dieback through an Auckland regional park has sparked calls to close it.

1963 Brynderwyn bus crash remembered

Sabrina Nathan-Kidwell was seven-years-old at the time of the accident.

Sabrina Nathan-Kidwell opens up for the first time about the bus crash that killed four members of her immediate family, as a new play based on the tragic accident is set to premiere.

Codeine wanted off shelves

The Waitemata DHB wants Panadeine and Nurofen Plus as prescription-only medications.

An Auckland DHB wants codeine-containing painkillers off pharmacy shelves.

Retail centre's 20-year fruition

The new Huapai retail centre adjacent to State Highway 16 may finish construction in late October.

Developer Ben Vallings says the north-west "required" a new retail service centre in Huapai.

Hopes for North Rodney split dashed

NAG chairman Bill Townson has long championed for a Unitary Authority for north Rodney.

A North Rodney unitary authority would have a deficit of $13.5 million a year, requiring a rates increase of 48 per cent.

Arson guts Parakai home video

The large blaze was deliberately lit, FENZ's Christine McGinty says.

Murray Keane was left in tears after his family's old homestead burned to the ground.

'Underslip' repair date set video

Resident Amanda Sweeney earlier said she feared the road may give way.

Repairs to a slip-damaged road in Kaukapakapa expected to be "over-engineered".

Daphne Stevens honoured at bedside ceremony

QSM Daphne Stevens of Orewa

There were smiles and tears as music tutor receives her Queens Service Medal at North Shore Hospital

A suit made out of coffee sacks

Chantelle Reilly's garment was made out of all sustainable products including coffee sacks.

Chantelle Reilly came away with a top award at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.

'We can win' trains to Huapai

Greg Sayers near the railway line in Kumeu that only freight trains currently travel along.

Rodney councillor Greg Sayers will meet with Auckland Transport's chief executive about getting trains to Huapai.

Kea crossing to get upgrade

Riverhead mothers Amberlea Rowledge and Jodi Stratful with Riverhead School travel wise teacher Sue Shields (middle) at ...

Riverhead residents will soon have a safe place to cross the road at all hours of the day.

Motorcyclist takes tumble

The accident occurred on February 6 in Glorit when Josh McEwan tried to overtake a campervan.

Josh McEwan, 18, came off his motorbike at speed on a country road and is lucky to be alive.

Locals worry for lead in water

Earth bunds surround ranges on three sides while  gravel covers the bottom of the ranges.

The possibility of lead from spent ammunition leaching into the ground water has locals concerned.

Beach snaps for driver crack-down

"Four-wheel-drivers are doing donuts, going up into sand dunes they're not allowed in and driving in an unsafe manner, ...

Auckland police will install hidden cameras on a popular west coast beach.

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