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Hold on to that rotten tomato or manky mandarin. You may soon be able to swap them for delectable goods.

Five ways to reduce your food waste Swiss restaurant adopts a food waste fee

Wrongly accused of shoplifting

 Irie Te Wehi-Takerei She walked into The Warehouse to buy some underwear and left hours later with a trespass order.

Waterways cleaned with mussel power

Tamaiti Tamaariki and Will Maihi Ngati Whatua Orakei has a mussel reef restoration programme to help clean the waterways feeding into Okahu Bay.

Prolific graffiti a sign of the times

Hoardings Vandalism of election hoardings is nothing new but candidates say they're being hit harder this time around.

Mega crew flips out in Vegas

Id hip hop crew Thirty dancers might sound like a logistical nightmare but an in-sync Auckland crew have walked away with second place on the world stage.

Cycleway a worry for business

Lachlan Trembath A cycleway in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter would reduce the number of car parks, concerning some business people.

Cochlear implants open up the world

About 93 per cent of deaf children who graduate from The Hearing House end up in mainstream schools.

Youth advisers pick their priority issues

Fears for historic Grafton

Loving Auckland's coastline

Rebecca Wadey Rebecca Wadey is the founder of The Centre in Kingsland. She shares what she loves about Auckland.

Bright ideas unite Roskill Together

Roskill Together is a Community Development Scheme pilot aiming to give communities access to funding for activities.

Refugee kids need wheels

Pocket park coming to Kingsland

Number cruncher's hard hitups

Meet Saimon Lomaloma. Wellington accountant during the week, Auckland rugby league powerhouse on the weekend.

Sisters saddle up, ride to success

Emelia Forsyth Equestrian expertise is a family trait for Georgina and Emelia Forsyth who are busy claiming titles in national competitions.

Opera singer's musical score

An internship with New Zealand Opera will help Filipe Manu's classical music career hit the right notes.

Mobility dog's mysterious death

General election's first step unfolds

Flu shots in demand at busy clinic

Demand for the winter flu vaccination has doubled at the Manukau SuperClinic this year, with more than 1000 doses used so far.

Teen keen to be a quitter

Jahmon Tawhai Jahmon Tawhai had his first cigarette when he was 7. Ten years later he's keen to stub the habit out.

Top table tennis skills on show

For the last 90 years ping pong balls have been flying left, right and centre at the Auckland Table Tennis Association.

Missing stormwater grates pose risks

Sculpture in 'poor taste'

Historic suburb readies itself for quake

Earthquake strengthening work is threatening to disrupt businesses in Auckland's oldest suburb.

Memorial money stolen

Cally Ruahe Ex-wife of slain policeman ''heartbroken'' after money for kids' commemorative outing swiped.

Hot in the kitchen

More than 600 fierce competitors from around the country battled it out over three days at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.

Ultra-mission in Tonga

Benefactor is in the good books

Outgoing girls seeking the good life

Three outgoing girls are seeking love, companionship and long walks on the beach.

Brando's back from wild adventure

Brando Yelavich Last weekend Brando Yelavich finished his 8000 kilometre solo trek around New Zealand's coast.

Lets talk about desexing

An initiative offering free desexing services for Auckland dogs has won praise from the council.

Gothic skull takes the cake

Working to get Maddy to US

Up, up and away for school balloon

Torbay School pupils gathered to watch the release of a weather balloon last Tuesday, courtesy of the MetService.

Police quick to nab thief

Police Woman has goods returned to her before she knows they're stolen thanks to speedy police work.

Library's terrific tree house

A treasured tree house at Takapuna Library has been refurbished thanks to a talented gran and granddaughter.

Road fix 'a mess'

Dads' kitchens rule

Student sews for Samoa

Kayla Gordine took 35 dresses in her luggage when she went to Samoa. But none were for her.

New life for defence force home

Kiri Powell The first stage of a project to help Ngati Whatua whanau plan for their own affordable, quality home is now a reality.

Bing's lucky Games break

Injury kept Portia Bing out of the heptathlon, but selection into women's relay team has kept her Games dream alive.

Vandals tag Bethells Valley station

Stormy night for stricken boat

Census will set future planning

Whanau from South Kaipara are encouraged to participate in what could be the first 2014 census in New Zealand run by an Auckland hapu. 

'Kiwi Katniss' shoots for Japan

Rachel Burge Rachel Burge first picked up a bow and arrow about three years ago and she's been shooting for gold ever since.

Special housing meets people's needs

A small Northland housing trust has built its first set of accessible rental properties in Takanini.

Vege patch feeds community

Canny kids help food bank

Beer could ease clubs' woes

A tasty ale dreamed up in Papakura could help rescue New Zealand's struggling RSA clubs.

From dumbbells to wedding bells

Weightlifters The marriage of two NZ weightlifters in Glasgow was the icing on their Commonwealth Games cake.

MP's anger over Dirty Politics

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is likely to take legal action over Nicky Hager's book.

Ocean explorers' ambitious plan

Who ate all the pies?

Bones found at Gulf Harbour

Archaeologists at a site in northern Auckland have excavated skeleton thought to be over 100 years old.

Emotional row at Anzac Cove

Gracey Monteith A Piha surf club member will travel to Gallipoli in April for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings.

Stop, in the name of lights

New Lynn has the highest concentration of traffic lights in Auckland and more signals are coming its way.

Thieves go for smokes

Big plans for boardwalk

Big Air event helps Starship

Massey kitesurfer Kent McNish is looking to go one better than last year's four-hour journey to Great Barrier Island for charity.

Wanna be a Wallaby

Rui Farrant Rui Farrant may play rugby for Waiheke's under 10 Sharks team but his long-term goal is a Wallabies jersey.

Headland artists announced

Veteran sculptors will be joined by some new faces in the 2015 Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition.

Pool on list but medium priority

Ex-cop's on The Block

Model opportunity

School drop-out Finn Andricksen is packing his bags and heading to Milan Fashion Week.

MP wades into wastewater mess

Mike Sabin MP Mike Sabin wants Office of the Auditor General to negotiate a settlement with Kaipara Council out of court.

Action against Auditor-General

Kaipara District Council is taking action against Audit New Zealand over botched wastewater scheme.

Scheme helps students 'crack' maths

Water feedback welcome

'Wildboy' comes home

He's faced near-death experiences, hospital and hunger on his 18-month walk, but Brando Yelavich is finally done.

Woo while you weed

Ecofest Chloe Waretini has organised weed dating as part of this year's EcoWest festival, allowing singles to 'make love and war on weeds'.

Cafe has right ingredients

Baking and patisserie students at MIT now have a real-life cafe to test their recipes in.

'Grumpies' find peace and flexibility

Win tickets to the Easter Show

Meet some V8 starpower

Motor racing fans are invited to hear V8 supercars drivers Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert, Will Davidson and Michael Caruso talk about life behind the wheel.

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