Rates hike to get Auckland moving

Mayor Brown wants a new levy to help pay for transport improvements such as busways

3:31 PM  Auckland Council votes overwhelmingly in favour of a $99-a-year extra transport levy.

Is an extra transport levy fair?

Auckland in for a wet Friday

Heavy rain is expected in Auckland on Friday morning.

3:44 PM  A severe weather watch is already in place as Auckland braces itself for heavy rain on Friday.

Dummy passenger ruse fails

An expensive passenger in the T2 lane on an Auckland onramp.

2:57 PM  "Sheepish" driver busted trying to use mannequin as the front seat passenger in restricted lane.

Boy 'shocked' at teacher's act

Court generic NZ

A schoolboy who saw his maths teacher masturbating in a classroom said he was "shocked" by what he saw.

Who owns this kayak?

The kayak found on Rangitoto Island.

Auckland police are searching for the owner of a kayak and survival equipment that was left on Rangitoto Island.

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Great maori leader dies suddenly

Ngati Hine's Erima Henare was widely respected and held many positions of responsibility.

3:27 PM  One of New Zealand's great Maori leaders, originally from the Far North, died suddenly last week.

Dancers make Cameron St come alive

3:25 PM  "Because we can" is as good a reason as any for a spontaneous Tuesday morning dance in the street.

Shortland Street star attacked by dog

Performing for a King. gallery

Sport

Eden hockey hoping for improvement

Eden's Manesh Patel fights for the ball against a Southern defender.

Although they haven't won a game this season, there are plenty of positives coming out of Eden's premier men's hockey squad.

Playing with heart and soul

Losing a dozen players at the beginning of a season is incredibly tough for any football team to rebuild from.

Westerrn Springs College rugby league coach Peter McIntyre, captain Conrad Collins and assistant coach Dion Griffiths are keen to tackle the new season head on.

Tackling the new season

Giant killers Western Springs College know they beat anyone on a good day, the key is keep up that consistency.

Auckland Faces

Life off 'The Rock'

HAPPY HERE: Fou Alene-Tumataiki says New Zealand has ‘‘open arms’’ for Pacific migrants.

When Fou Alene-Tumataiki left Niue she forgot her native language. 40 years later, she's teaching it to kids.

'Make a life for yourself'

Better job opportunities and a better education were Elaine Iorive’s goals when she came to New Zealand.

BALANCING CULTURES: Linabel Hadlee with her husband Simon and children Mateo, 2, and Jessica, 6, celebrate a family occasion.

Mexican mum loves NZ

Living in Auckland is all about keeping her balance for Mexican mother of two Linabel Hadlee.

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