Stan Walker's surprise visit 

Stan Walker with Fifa U20 World Cup player escorts Matilda Lako and Kazitoa Farani.

X Factor judge Stan Walker dropped in on Sutton Park School to announce the player escorts for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup .

Easter bunny brings heavy traffic

Drive Briefs February 21

9:01 PM  Auckland’s motorways filled with eager Easter holidaymakers, slowing traffic to a crawl.

RSA looks forward as site sells

Avondale RSA president John Weller stands in front of the clubrooms which have just sold.

A suburban Auckland RSA has sold for $9 million, around $3 million more than its council valuation.

Legal highs ban plans firm up

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Plans to ban the sale of legal highs in significant chunks of Auckland pass the final hurdle.

Road changes worry principal

Auckland Transport’s proposed changes would prevent right turns in and out of Fenwick Ave.

Auckland Transport wants to change a road for cyclists but the local school is worried changes will do the opposite.

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Legal highs ban plans firm up

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Plans to ban the sale of legal highs in significant chunks of Auckland pass the final hurdle.

Football loving Stan checks in on kids

A group of Auckland school kids got an early Easter gift in the form of X Factor judge Stan Walker.

Auckland RSA sells for $9m

Fears for missing man

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As it happened: Black Caps vs Australia

Michael Clarke of Australia bats during the World Cup final against the Black Caps.

Aussies are world champions again after beating the Black Caps by seven wickets in the CWC final at the MCG.

Aces mop up Stags with ease

The Auckland Aces didn't need too long to wrap up their four-day Plunket Shield cricket match, beating the Central Stags by an innings and 64 runs with two sessions to spare at Nelson Park in Napier.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 24:  Fans watch the Cricket World Cup semi final between South Africa and New Zealand at Eden Park on March 24, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Win or lose, welcome home

Regardless of the outcome of the Cricket World Cup final, the Black Caps will be welcomed home in style.

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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