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Further forgeries revealed in ‘Goldie’ book

Journalist, historian and author Ian Dougherty gained the trust of convicted art forger Karl Sim (aka Goldie) spending time interviewing him and going through his files in his caravan hideaway at Hatfields Beach. The information he uncovered is the...... Read More

Costs spiral for AT’s Brightside refurbishment

Costs for making the Auckland Transport-owned property at 1 Brightside Rd habitable are spiralling, with the discovery of “degraded structural items” under the building. The Stanmore Bay site was purchased by the former Rodney District Council...... Read More

New on-leash rule ‘confusing and expensive’

A dog lobby group says that an expensive and confusing change to signs has taken the shine off Auckland Council’s decision to keep the existing times when dogs are allowed on beaches and public parks. Hibiscus Coast dog owners breathed a sigh of...... Read More

Workshop all about scraps

Teacher Andrew Ellis making broccoli stalk pesto, a favourite amongst the Ōrewa Primary workshop’s attendees. Love Food, Hate Waste is spreading the environmental and money-saving benefits of cooking food scraps by hosting free workshops across...... Read More

Snap Dad to win this Father’s Day

It has been a tradition since 1929 for Kiwis to celebrate fathers on the first Sunday in September. The day recognises the contribution men make to their families as Dads, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles. The traditional view of fathers as the main...... Read More

Council considers freedom camping options

Auckland Council is considering three options as a way forward for its stalled Freedom Camping bylaw. The controversial bylaw aims to enable management and enforcement of freedom camping and define where it is allowed or prohibited. Council deferred...... Read More

Local folk: Matt Gumbrell

Vet Matt Gumbrell is well known in the community – whether people see him driving around in his little green Austin, volunteering his skills at community events or at work in his Orewa Beach clinic. His curiosity draws him to new experiences, interesting...... Read More

Buried railway tracks a big Little Manly mystery

Brian Alexander had to dig deep as he prepared his Little Manly site, on the corner of East Ave and East Point, ready to build a new home. Under the bach, which was removed, lay a sandwich of clay, topsoil and clay. Getting down to the original clay...... Read More

Introducing: PortuGrill

Perfecting Mozambique/Portuguese flavours with an added barbeque fusion has been the focus of the menu at Ōrewa’s new takeaway, PortuGrill, which opened in June. “We make all of the sauces and marinades – everything is created in-house,”...... Read More

Van needed for de-sexing services

Large numbers of unwanted animals are causing huge problems for local pet rescue organisations and one of them, the Saving Hope Foundation, believes that taking a free dog de-sexing service out to the people may be a way to get more owners to do the...... Read More