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Cracking day for Leigh race

Glorious weather and a slightly altered course at Whangateau Reserve combined to make this year’s Leigh Community Raft Race a winner with crowds and participants alike.

Hectic start for Rodney rep

Despite owning a business, being a local politician, sportsperson and a member of several community groups, Tessa Berger is ready to take on more.

Grass grief on local bowling greens

Both Warkworth Bowls Club and Mahurangi East Bowling Club had problems with their grass bowling greens this season.

SaddleSore cracked in just 22 hours

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Ahuroa motorcyclist Chris Wiltshire and his friend Jon Mitchell have successfully completed a 1621km bike ride in 22 hours and are awaiting their award from the Iron Butt Association.

Win win for TRYathlon

Manly's population swelled by several thousand last weekend when the Weet-bix TRYathlon came to town.

World Masters Games athlete profile: Hatfields hammer thrower aims high

Masters athletes are able to enter a maximum of six events at the World Masters Games and Orewa College maths teacher Anne Goulter is taking it to the limit.

Bowler makes a century

George Shadbolt of Stanmore Bay turns 100 this week, on March 31, and says he expects a bit more than just a telegram from the Queen.

Surf Masters strike gold in Christchurch

Three Red Beach Surf lifesaving Masters are sporting a golden glow after collectively winning nine gold medals at the NZ Masters Surf Life Saving Saving Championships at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch on March 16.

Mud bonding families together

A muddy, technology-free camp entitled ‘Date with Dad – Rewilding the Child’ was the latest fundraiser for Stella Maris primary school in Silverdale.

Keen cricketer rewarded

Aspiring cricketer Connor MacCarthy-Morrogh, aged 10, is more determined than ever to reach his dream of one day playing for the Blackcaps after the team’s sponsor ANZ dropped by last week with a special delivery.


Sea monster takes on spear fisherman at Mokohinau

A Snells Beach fishing charter operator is dining out on a close encounter with a giant ray.

Swimmer smashes six records

Rodney College student Rosa Ewing has re-written the school’s history books after breaking six records at the swimming sports day last month.

Warkworth cyclists tackle North Island

Fourteen Warkworth cyclists competed in this year’s Wellington to Auckland bike race, winning nine stages between them despite being in the oldest team in the competition.

Matakana table tennis numbers on decline

One of Matakana’s longest serving sports and recreation clubs could fold if it can’t attract more members.

Masters take titles at Omaha

Omaha Surf Life Saving Club had 20 members compete at this year’s Northern Region Championships held at Omaha Beach.

Leigh Fishing contest casts wide for rescue helicopter

Behind the fun at the annual Leigh Fishing Contest on March 25 are some sobering facts and figures.

NZ SUP National Championships 2017

New Zealand's elite distance and race paddlers came together for the national championships of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at Orewa Beach this weekend.

Record breaking Cook Strait crossing

There has been no shortage of media attention since Caitlin O’Reilly of Waitoki became the youngest female to swim across Cook Strait.

TRYathlon brings out Olympians

Hundreds of children will get up close and personal with some of New Zealand’s top athletes at the upcoming Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.

World Masters Games athlete profile: Barbarian team stacked with quality players

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The over 50s rugby team that Grant Straker put together for the World Masters Games contains a handful of ex-international players and is expected to be highly competitive.

Paddleboard yoga balances fun and fitness on the waves

This summer, SUP boards have replaced yoga mats for those taking SUP Yoga classes at Hatfields Beach.

Ex-All Black’s record tumbles at school meet

A total of nine records were broken at Mahurangi and Rodney College athletics days.

Jump in funds for Ahuroa Hall renovations

The Ahuroa Pony Group held its annual show jumping event at the Matakana Country Park on February 26, raising $700 for the Ahuroa Hall renovation.

Table champs reunite at masters

 Former table tennis rivals, Robbie Blair and Kerry Palmer, are teaming up for the World Masters Games in Auckland next month.

Fire brigade fishing fundraiser

Get your rods at the ready – Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding its annual Beach, Boat & Kontiki Fishing Tournament on Good Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15.

Cycleway closure

The Matakana Cycle way, between Jones and Takatu Roads will be closed for tree felling.

Help design a skatepark

The Mahu Bike and Skate Group is hosting a workshop at the Mahurangi Rugby Football Club on March 19, offering people a chance to help design the proposed skatepark.


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