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Mongolian horseback adventure

Michelle Jarvis

A lifetime of horsemanship will be put to the test in the longest, toughest horse race in the world.

Fee hike hits hard

Ward Buckingham Non-profit groups forced out of a community centre due to "huge" price rises, confusion and declined bookings.

Pedal police here to stay

Bike handover Cops will be staying on their bikes, thanks to a gift from Auckland Transport.

Swing bridge is a treasure

Martin Jones As you cross the bridge from Panmure to Pakuranga you pass by an engineering relic that historians say is well worth preserving.

Bump's gone, speed's on

speed bump sign Speeding traffic on Atkinson Rd in Titirangi is concerning residents after the removal of a speed bump.

Heritage buildings in firing line

Chris Hart HNZ made over 10,000 points in submission to proposed plan to delete heritage restrictions from its Auckland properties.

Carving a future

Rewi Spraggon was deeply troubled when he discovered a master carver selling his prized tools.

Club celebrates 25 years

Brighter future for Myers Park

All welcome to Eid Day

Naima Ali When Naima Ali saw Auckland for the first time she thought she had arrived in Disneyland.

Ashley's Jiu-Jitsu journey

8-year-old Ashley Nesbitt may be small, but she sure is tough. And now she has the medals to prove it.

Cutbacks may see plans fall away

Longer parking limits wanted

Jail birds catch the worms

More than a million worms across 200 on-site farms are chewing their way through prison scraps in Mt Eden.

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.

Zone proposal 'reeks of snobbery'

Carmela Hughes and Ardit Hoxha Fears for Auckland's Selwyn College if kids from lower socio-economic suburbs are excluded.

Ministry steps in to heated zone stoush

Selwyn College, One Tree Hill College's proposed zones amended so boundaries don't cross with two high decile schools.

Park ranger juggles many different jobs

Plea to save heritage building

Gymnast determined to qualify

Kelly MacDonald is on track to make it to the Commonwealth Games, but her strongest supporter won't be there.

Casting call for new 20-song musical

Don MacLeod The writers of a musical about life-changing choices are on the hunt for a cast.

Shedding light on Matariki

Uniting past and present with culture is what artist Allen "Onesian" Vili aims to do in his latest exhibition Mata Ariki.

New top dog takes over

Cleanup helps whitebait

Stress less at third age uni

Qualifications won't get you into this university but wisdom, life skills and a few grey hairs will.

Here today thanks to helmet

horse and rider Rebecca Watson only knows what others describe about the moment her horse slipped and landed on top of her.

Issues over Bible head to commission

A dispute over The Bible being used to teach children values is heading to the Human Rights Commission.

Hard workers nominated

Doubt over loud bangs

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.

Cyclists make better drivers

cycle good driver Cyclists are 'high-speed decision-makers' with good situational awareness making them better drivers, study says.

Timer, solar-powered signs for crossing

A dangerous school crossing is getting a makeover, to the relief of teachers, students, parents and police.

Damian's back on his bike

Mannequins help hone skills

4WD crashes into house

Vehicle takes out water mains, phone lines, fence and a house after driver loses control in wet conditions.

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.

Archie's tall order

Archie the dog It took the scent of a possum to get Archie 30-metres up a tree. It took a cherry picker to get the dog down.

Call for 24-hour service

Hibiscus Coast residents want a 24-hour medical service in place, but Health Board says current system working.

Mystery around light in sky

Library looks back on year

To bee or not to bee

A dispute between neighbours over bees has hobby keepers worried they will need resource consent to keep hives.

Dancers grace Scottish stage

Joash Tuugamusu’s Contemporary dance company Black Grace is in the lineup for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.

Saving Kauri Auckland's priority

Defending healthy kauri and classifying dieback disease as an official pest top the city's environmental to-do list.

'Live, laugh in limbo-land'

Report part of police transparency

Sir Bob spills the beans

Sir Bob Harvey's biography Wild Westie: The Incredible Life of Bob Harvey is released today.

Power to the people

Lights on Onetangi The lighting of an old pine tree at dusk will mark 60 years of mains power in Onetangi on Waiheke Island.

My, what big teeth you have

Imogen Johnston initially wanted to be a chiropractor and never thought she'd end up looking down the mouths of horses instead.

Checkup a lifesaver

No hard knocks for lucky star

Model opportunity

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

Taranaki to the rescue

Haybales Words couldn't express how grateful Rotu farmers Debbie and Mark Woodcock were when a truck-load of hay bales was delivered to their flood-ravaged farm just north of Dargaville last week.

Frugal living is possible

Learn How To Live Cheaper in Dargaville is a Facebook page featuring recipes, recycling tips, and ideas on how to make money stretch that little bit further.

Party host jailed

A problem as old as spray can

Job cap a mixed bag

The Government's move to increase its cap on the number of overseas workers in horticulture is welcomed by some but questioned by others.

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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