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Huge boost for Kidz First

Kidz First Children's Hospital has received a whopping $224,250 thanks to Countdown appeal.

Push for safer driveways

HNZ spending $30m to improve 13,000 state-owned properties to reduce child driveway fatalities.

'The nature of the job'

Being on 24-hour call means you can't plan anything on Christmas Day, including a social drink.

Great season for good giving

Auckland charitable organisation Loyal is an online gift store sourcing Fair Trade items.

Councillors blast 'corporate welfare'

Auckland ratepayers should not have to pay for a blow-out in the cost of the Sky City National Convention Centre, councillors say.

Nothing much, something special

Four Shakespeare lovers have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage web series.

'Win-win' for kindy and school

A lengthy battle to find some common ground between two Auckland education providers has come to an end.

Celebrate summer in Auckland or beyond

No public input on waterfront sculpture

Jockey born and bred for it

Horse riding is a family affair for jockey Danielle Johnson, so it's no surprise she was learning to ride before she could walk.

Mayor feels heat on quarry plans

Mayor Len Brown is wading into debate around Fletcher Building's plans for the Three Kings Quarry.

Car-free Mt Eden?

Decile 1 school thriving

Neighbours' Christmas spirit

When a single mum reached out for help, what she got in return was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

Young talent makes the cut

Clara Wigmore Clara Wigmore has gone from making pillows and trackpants to high fashion garments out of old bed sheets.

Dangerous trees choppered out

A jogger's close call with a falling branch has resulted in four large trees being removed from a park.

Hospice needs nurse

Theatre debut a dream come true

New club man rolls up sleeves

Gary Parker-Nance is getting stuck into grass roots level sport after two decades running international stadiums.

Lawn makes way for veg

Seeds of change are being sown in a humble vegetable plot in an Auckland suburb.

'Anything he can do, she can do'

Friendly competition with her big brother has helped 8-year-old Sacha on her way to two BMX titles.

Major storm hits California

State house demo bill climbs

Local boy at the helm

Peter Fa'afiu has gone from "the hood to the boardroom" in a few short years.

Taking it to the streets

Steven Adams Basketball may be coming to a street near you with Spark's plans for courts in several Auckland suburbs.

School to be rebuilt due to leaks

It's only 13 years old, but The Gardens School will be torn down and rebuilt because of leaky building issues.

Driven to achieve more

Boards get say in liquor outlets

Short films share Pasifika stories

Pollywood is the only show of its kind in the world but receives no major funding.

Teen's training stunt goes wrong

corey Auckland teen needed multiple surgeries after parkour training took a tragic turn.

Cat-killers horrify neighbourhood

An Auckland neighbourhood is in shock after a cat was killed by two dogs on the loose.

Passion for penguins rewarded

Oscar's fun in the mud

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.

Homes for postwar boomers

Bill Atkinson Retirement homes are expanding facilities to meet looming demand on Auckland's North Shore.

Supermarket supports bag-snatch hero

The supermarket where Good Samaritan Lucy Knight was injured is supporting her family with food packages.

Fears for Shore bus users

Shops desperate for extra parks

Cornetto's comeback

Playing tunes from 400 years ago links cornetto player Peter Reid to a distinct musical era.

Free spirits inspire young designer

Madison Jarvie Watching her silk dress sashay down the catwalk is something one budding fashion designer will never forget.

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. 

New life for defence force home

Bing's lucky Games break

Block couple focus on end game

Block NZ couple Alex and Corban Walls are using their innovative ideas to compete in the current series.

Signing on for duty

Luke Ronaki One of the country's newest police recruits was born to deaf parents and says signing is his first language.

From milk trucks to movies

When Richard Frances-Moore was a milk truck driver he never dreamed he'd be working in the glitzy movie world.

Paralysed 'due to stress'

Food bank still filling a need

Beer could ease clubs' woes

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

Water-related deaths worrying

Boaties are urged to get their act together as the number of boat-related deaths and injuries rise.

Teen mountain biker hospitalised

Teen knocked out after losing control and crashing his mountain bike into a tree in Dome Valley.

Injured boatie finds way home

Use of NZ trail growing rapidly

'I felt hopeless watching it burn'

A couple have lost nearly all their possessions in a house fire that ripped through their North Auckland home.

Ben's life-changing decision

Ben Transgender child Ben Brockwell-Jones finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

Tipene 'respectful to everyone'

Emotional hakas shook the Glenora club rooms today as hundreds farewell Luke Tipene.

Mourners pack service

Concern worldwide as families flee ISIS

Keen to wig out on dance floor

21-year-old Amy-Rose Lynch is hoping a special wig will help her feel confident enough to dance again.

Dream trip in sight

Kavanna Jade Kavanna Jade, 15, has been granted one of the items on her bucket list by Make a Wish - to go on holiday to the Gold Coast.

Struggling to find a home

A shortage of long-term Waiheke rentals is forcing families to look for new accommodation regularly as tourism grows.

Nine operations to fight necrosis

Hope for marina opposition

Earth moves for Waiheke

A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was felt by some residents on Waiheke Island this morning.

Guard injured in wrestle over cash

Security guard punched by man trying to wrestle cash from him outside a Northland supermarket.

Take care on the roads

Wet weather in Northland is making the roads hazardous and police urge motorists to take care.

Weather to calm in north

Teen injured in three-car crash

Millions seized in drug raids

Police sting on Headhunters gang nets over $17m in cash, drugs and assets.

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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