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Brigades battle Snells Beach house fire

Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade is still on the scene of a house fire on Rangimaarie Crescent in Snells Beach. Four appliances attended from Mahurangi East, Warkworth, Leigh, and Matakana stations. Fire and Emergency says about 60 per cent of...... Read More

Stream bears brunt of Orewa development

Soil brought down from nearby developments by heavy rain turned the waters of Nukumea Stream brown, in what residents describe as the worst release of sediment in years. Photo, Bob Rodgers The once pristine waters of Nukumea Stream flowed brown, carrying...... Read More

Cancellations leave one ANZAC service

The cancellation of five of the six local Anzac services is expected to swell numbers at the one remaining parade, at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA in Whangaparaoa. Smaller, local parades at Puhoi, Silverdale Cenotaph, Remembrance Reserve in Orewa...... Read More

Microchip no silver bullet for cats in regional park

The need for residents living near Shakespear Regional Park to keep domestic cats away from the park, as well as the Open Sanctuary within it, was highlighted this month. Their cat’s life could depend on it. Recently there have been a number...... Read More

Silverdale fire takes entire day to extinguish

A fire that started on April 3 in the Silverdale industrial area was only officially declared extinguished a day later. The blaze and explosion was in a 15m tall structure at timber manufacturer Herman Pacific’s north yard, which firefighters...... Read More

Council retracts felling plan

Auckland Council will no longer require Albert Kinnell to fell around 150 trees because some of them breach the allowable height on the approach path of Dairy Flat Aero Club (HM April 3). Council has been pursuing the Silverdale resident for three...... Read More

Celebration rekindles Wellsford kindy memories

Memories of Wellsford Kindergarten’s early years were shared at a celebration last week, which marked the centre’s 50th year. Pictured are long-time kindergarten supporters, from left, Sue Crockett, Wendy Palmer and Delwyn Cramond, with...... Read More

Mixed reaction to Warkworth Structure Plan

Auckland Council has received more than 200 submissions on its controversial draft Warkworth Structure Plan. The plan will shape what Warkworth will look like in 30 years when its population is expected to swell to more than 25,000 people. The plan...... Read More

Post-Christchurch security prompts Anzac re-think

Organisers of Anzac Day services across the Rodney district are in flux after police last week recommended consolidating smaller services in the interests of public safety. Several services have been cancelled and many of those that are going ahead...... Read More