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Would a cake ...

The backlash against Kath’s Devine Cakes for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding has prompted a Warkworth man to seek to establish a new political party. Read more Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps...... Read More

Fears of second ‘Hill Street’ bottleneck

A suggestion that the proposed Matakana Link Road be reduced from four lanes down to two has alarmed local community groups, who fear it may create traffic snarl ups to rival Hill Street. Auckland Transport (AT) is under pressure from the New Zealand...... Read More

Bungled sewage repair job pollutes Kaipara Harbour

Tonnes of sewage was needlessly allowed to flow into the Kaipara Harbour for days after Watercare failed to properly attend to burst pipes. The Wellsford representative on the Rodney Local Board, Colin Smith, says the incident is symptomatic of more...... Read More

Te Arai sparks foreign ownership row

The Save Te Arai pressure group and Rodney MP Mark Mitchell have both cried foul over an amendment that would have allowed a Te Arai developer to escape the provisions of the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill. The amendment was inserted into the bill...... Read More

Octogenarian leads on rate revolt

A Wellsford superannuitant will refuse to pay a targeted rate to fix Rodney’s transport woes and is urging other ratepayers to do the same. James McNabb, 89, is wanting like-minded people to get in touch with him to better coordinate opposition...... Read More

Rodney principals frustrated over teacher shortage

Principals in Rodney say the current teaching shortage in Auckland is the worst in their careers and the education sector is reaching a crisis point. Auckland Secondary Schools Principals’ Association president James Thomas believes that if major...... Read More

Sorry folks, it's not a waka

Motorway uncertainty infuriates landowners A government failure to commit to the proposed Warkworth to Wellsford Road of National Significance (RoNS) has left scores of property owners sitting on heavily devalued land that they can neither sell nor...... Read More

Conflict over Council plan to kill wallabies

An Auckland Council plan to eradicate wallabies on Kawau Island has drawn both cheers and jeers from residents and property owners who are deeply divided over the issue. The wallabies were introduced to Kawau by former Governor of New Zealand Sir...... Read More

Speed reduction call as road toll carnage escalate

Transport planner Bevan Woodward, of Point Wells, is calling for speed limit reductions to reduce the road death toll. In the 12 months to April 12 this year, 395 people have been killed on New Zealand roads, 63 more than the same period 12 months...... Read More

Fix Hill Street Now fuming after petition no go

Fix Hill Street Now campaigners are fuming after pouring time and thousands of dollars into presenting a petition to Parliament, which they believe has got nowhere.      The petition sought to prioritise major improvements to the...... Read More