Knock on head turns out doubly good

An older man’s nasty fall has led to the Mahurangi community getting a surprise Christmas present. Retired Warkworth man Doug Good was heading to bed when he slipped and fell over, banging his head. His wife, Beryl, noticed that Doug appeared...... Read More

Eddie Law bows out after 100% effort

Eddie Law says he reckons he has ‘done his fair share’ after running his business on the Hibiscus Coast for more than 45 years. One of the best-known businesses on the Hibiscus Coast, Eddie Law 100%, will close its doors for the last time...... Read More

Local children to benefit from $20,000 gift

With mascot Harold are, from left, Life Education Trust Rodney educator Chris Turner, Hugo Charitable Trust’s donations manager Julia Hunter and donations officer Aoibheann Monaghan, and Life Education Trust Rodney chair John Davies. Celebrating...... Read More

Local school dogs leading emerging trend

When Gulf Harbour School teacher Karen Holleron first brought her dog George to school, a year ago, she says she “snuck him in” so he could spend the day at her side. She adopted George, a boxer, when he was nearly three years old from...... Read More

Have your say on freedom camping

The public can have a say on Auckland Council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw, with consultation open now until Monday, February 18. The draft bylaw defines the number of sites across Auckland where freedom camping is allowed. It...... Read More

Seven-year-old laps up off-road racing

Seven-year-old Reeve Giddy (right)has rolled his Kiwi Truck while racing a couple of times. He is pictured competing at the National Finals, which were held in Christchurch recently. Reeve Giddy, who recently turned seven, beat drivers twice his age...... Read More

Friendships form at Orewa cooking class

Peter Kendall of Gulf Harbour says the Justcook4 Healthy Ageing course will make ‘ready meals’ a thing of the past at his place. Liubov Radchemko, left, and Jetske Zijderweld help clean up after the final cooking class in Orewa. The group...... Read More

Red Beach school drops religious programme

Red Beach School will no longer offer the Values in Action (VIA) religious instruction programme at its school. The programme was controversial with one former Red Beach parent, Jeff McClintock, taking the school to court for not seeking his consent...... Read More

Jazz trombonist earns place in national orchestra

Six years after he played his first tentative note on a trombone, 17-year-old Connor Gentry has been selected for the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra. The Year 13 Whangaparaoa College student was inspired to take up trombone after a brass specialist music...... Read More

Instructor wins community’s votes

For the second year in a row, a Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre gym instructor has taken out the People’s Choice award in the NZ Exercise Industry Awards. This year’s winner, Julie Bish, says the fact that the People’s Choice award was...... Read More