Auckland City Harbour News

Skilled volunteers donate brainpower

The Donating Brains project team. From left: Mark Tod, Ilana James, David King and Enrico Tronchin.

Finding skilled volunteers is an ongoing struggle for nonprofit organisations. Donating Brains can help.

Auckland United Softball Club remains without facilities

United's Bayley Hoani powers a pitch at Fowlds Park.

Despite their consistent success on the pitch Auckland United's softballers still don't have a place to call home.

Save the Outer Link bus

The Outer Link bus is a familiar sight around Auckland's central suburbs.

A group of central Auckland teenagers are speaking up on the proposed changes to the bus network.

Pocket park unveiled in Kingsland

Kingsland Business Society manager Christine Foley, NZ Fresh & Clean Gavin Smith and Alsco NZ general manager Mark Roberts at the opening of the new pocket park.

A new pocket park has been opened along a busy commercial road in Auckland.

Museum rallies to save last flying boat

Motat's senior aviation volunteer Norm McKelvey has overseen the restoration of more than 20 aircraft.

The world’s last remaining Solent Mark IV Flying Boat has fallen into disrepair, but the museum that owns it can't afford to fix it.

Shortland Street actor stars in new play

Cian Elyse White and Jayden Daniels perform in a revival of the Maori play Nga Puke.

Jayden Daniels has gone from the stage to Shortland Street and back again.

Residents react to St Lukes mall plans

An artist's impression of the proposed expansion of Westfield St Lukes. It will increase the mall's floor area by 70 per cent with the addition of around 1500 carparks.

A controversial move by council officials to keep the public out of plans to expand an Auckland mall has left neighbours “absolutely terrified” about the future of their neighborhood.

Homecoming for new MAGS principal

Incoming Mount Albert Grammar principal Patrick Drumm is excited to get back to the community of his childhood.

After 13 years at Mount Albert Grammar School Dale Burden is leaving and his replacement is raring to go.

Weta Workshop creations help stage Disney classic

Calum Davies as Beast and Prue Brown as Belle.

Costumes by Weta Workshop will be the finishing touch for three teenage performers as they sing on stage for the first time at the ASB Theatre, in Beauty and the Beast.

Next step for Grey Lynn pump track

The idea of a pump track in Grey Lynn has gained support from the Waitemata Local Board but still needs more funding.

The idea of building a pump track in Grey Lynn is moving forward with support from the Waitemata Local Board, but still needs more funding.

Oliver Curtis heading to Youth Olympics

Oliver Curtis' career on the ice has taken a big leap.

Oliver Curtis has made the New Zealand Youth Olympics winter team.

Donated pies help feed hungry families

The friendship between Taco the dog, Peter Irving and Mark Ward has helped feed thousands of people.

A tiny dog sparked an unlikely friendship between two men that led to a donation of a dozen pies. Two years later the pie donations are still coming, and they're helping Auckland food banks feed hungry families.

Historic hall up for sale

The Railway Lodge on Renall St has been a fraternal hall for more than a century.

The Railway Lodge, one of Ponsonby's last links to its working class roots, is up for sale after a century as a fraternal hall.

The adored tree of Albert Park

The ombu in Auckland's Albert Park has hosted many a party.

Loved by students, children and homeless for decades, Albert Park's ombu tree has many secrets.

Carpark becomes a nightly campground

On an average morning there are over 20 vans and tents parked up at Cox's Bay Reserve.

Freedom camping is still a problem in Westmere with tourists parking up for the night.

Festival celebrates cultural diversity

Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival will be held at Rocket Park on November 28.

More than 1000 students are set to take part in the Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival at Mt Albert's Rocket Park.

Cycleway proposed for Quay Street

Artists impression of Quay Street cycleway

Public consultation is now open for the Quay St cycleway.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

Be a tidy Kiwi or pay a hefty fine

MP Nikki Kaye and List MP Jono Naylor want to see an increase in the littering infringement fine to $1000.

A new bill proposes an increase in fines if you litter.

Auckland WINZ staff face daily abuse

Incidents between staff and clients at WINZ offices occur every day.

Incidents between WINZ clients and staff are occurring at a rate of more than one a day in Auckland's west and central WINZ offices.

Trust helps the vulnerable and homeless

The walls of Michelle Kidd's office are lined with photos and drawings from people she has helped as a social worker at the Auckland District Court.

Michelle Kidd worked as voluntary court attendant and social worker at Auckland District Court for 16 years before her role was disestablished.

Food brings Pt Chev community together

Julie Crocker, Mike Legge, Sophie Barclay, Guy Pringle, Sam Mannering and Maria Madill are gearing up for a Christmas feast in Pt Chevalier.

Pt Chevalier residents are getting to know their neighbours and learning to cook together, thanks to a community dining event.

Bone research gets funding boost

Prime Minister's Science Prize 2015 winner Professor Ian Reid.

Professor Ian Reid and his team have been granted $500,000 to continue their research into how to prevent osteoporosis.

Windscreen washers in turf wars

Police say the number of windscreen washers at the corner of Greenlane and Great South Roads has picked up in the past month.

Scuffles breaking out as Auckland windscreen washers chase competitors from their patch.

Wisdom with waste

Dorothy Fitzgerald, Ron Sperber, Shale Chambers and Noveno Pio with students Fletcher Williams and Iona Charlick.

An Auckland primary school has been awarded 'WasteWise' status for its efforts in sustainability.

'Put lame ducks and white elephants behind us'

OPINION: Send a message to Auckland ... it's time to step up and show some leadership.

Homeless man's family angry over death gallery video

A handwritten sign left on Auckland's K Rd by a relative of Teina Wharawhara in the wake of his death.

A sign left on K Road read: "My uncle is dead. Next time listen to cries of help".

Big money for Western Springs College

Western Springs College is set to receive a mammoth investment.

Government to invest price of two new schools into redevelopment of one Auckland college.

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