Akld's 'unfashionable' suburbs 

Bayleys Real Estate agent Gary Wallace says Parnell has been a "little big forgotten" in recent years, but that it's becoming a cool place to live again.

Traditional affluent suburbs are becoming cool again, while some up-and-comers are improving rapidly.

Crane driver suffers shock 

A man was shocked by power lines in Auckland.

7:31 AM  Auckland crane driver recovers in hospital after being shocked by power lines.

Theft won't stop keen grower

The Joyces have taken out the first giant pumpkin growing competition in Red Hill, even though their largest pumpkin got stolen before they had a chance to show it off. From left: Riripeti Joyce, Brian Joyce and organiser Shelley Grieve

Nothing was stopping Brian Joyce from winning a giant pumpkin growing competition, not even the theft of his pumpkin.

Elderly target of scam

Sergeant Tim Lockwood is warning elderly to be cautious of schoolgirls pretending to be fundraising.

Girls as young as 10 have visited the homes of elderly pretending to fundraise and stealing, police warn.

Wardrobe's hidden treasure gallery

15042015 news photo. Sarah Roberts/FairfaxNZ. A photo of a man and woman on what appears to be their wedding day.

A TradeMe buy landed Net Warren with more than just a wardrobe, there was a bag of memories in there as well.

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Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

7:47 AM  Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Hitting the right note

7:46 AM  Grandparents often know what is best for the younger generation. And for Dyland Goodisson that meant learning to play the trumpet.

Students honour veterans at Mt Albert Grammar

Crane driver shocked by powerlines

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Ponsonby rugby taking time to reflect

Ponsonby`s  Morrison Siliko tackles Manukau Rovers` Calvary Fonoti.

Ponsonby have the bye over the long weekend

Steyn eager to team with Boult

World's best test bowler happy operating in the T20 shadow of Kiwi Trent Boult, but eager to play in tandem.

Lauren Boyle competes in the Womens 400m freestyle during the New Zealand Swimming Championships at West Wave Waitakere on April 14, 2015.

Swimming stars make waves gallery

The New Zealand swimming champs wrapped up on April 17 in Auckland and 10 swimmers are now destined for the world champs

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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