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St Mary's is a family tradition

Catherine and Sarah Poulter

Seven generations of women from Sarah Poulter's family have attended St Mary's College over the last 150 years.

Lack of notice over St Lukes SHA

St Lukes

A block of land on one of Auckland's busiest roads has been fast-tracked by special housing development.

Three-level Bunnings approved

Bunnings

Court grants resource consent for controversial Bunnings store in Auckland's Arch Hill.

Parisian craze locks on to Auckland

Locks

Cupid's arrow has struck the hearts of Aucklanders if padlocks on a downtown fence are anything to go by.

Can a city church avoid demolition?

Church

St David's Presbyterian Church may go after failing to meet earthquake standards and a dwindling congregation.

True blue bikers support cause

blue bikers

Bikers are ditching their black leathers for wacky blue outfits on Sunday to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer.

Bonding over football

Ronald and Stephen

It was the international language of football that broke the ice between two new friends.

Curator stumbles across rare 300yr print

print

A stroke of luck has brought a rare 300-year-old artwork into Auckland Art Gallery's collection.

Concern cycleway will kill marine businesses

Lachlan Trembath

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

A weekend to trade with compost

compost

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

Cochlear implants open up the world

Lydia O’Connor and Finley Tutaka-Brown

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

Youth advisers pick their priority issues

youth advisors

Promoting sustainability, transport solutions and positive social behaviour are just a few of the important issues for under 25-year-olds, Youth Advisory Panel members say.

Fears for historic Grafton

development

A looming development spells the end for historic Grafton, residents say.

Swap your treasure for a stranger's

Claire Digneau

Departing backpacker Claire Digneau has organised an object-swap exhibition to help rid herself of some loot.

Local lager on the brew

Andrew Peacocke

Tucked away in an unassuming Auckland warehouse, brewer Andrew Peacocke is working his magic.

Raising funds wholeheartedly

Samara McKenzie,

Born with more than 12 holes in her heart, Samara McKenzie was affectionately dubbed the "Swiss cheese girl."

Puppetry and masks feature in witty storytelling

Jacob Rajan

Indian Ink, the theatre company known for its use of masks, has a production at Q Theatre later this month.

Rebuild delays frustrate Western Springs College community

Gordon Ikin

Building delays have angered parents at an Auckland college which currently sits on restored landfill.

Neighbours object to coffee shop

Little Grocer

Concerned residents are saying a big "no" to a proposed cafe at The Little Grocer site.

75th anniversary of sailing book celebrated

Ngataki

Sir Bob Harvey and Andrew Fagan were among attendees at the relaunch of the book South Sea Vagabonds.

Western Springs home to Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

The Fukuoka Friendship Garden controversially removed from Auckland Zoo will be reinstated at a cost of just over $1 million at Western Springs Park.

Stutter is no 'life sentence'

Sam Brooks and cast

A speech impediment may inhibit your ability to get a sentence out but it's no life sentence, playwright says.

Station halt gets mixed reactions

city rail

Several business owners on Upper Symonds St are critical of plans to take a City Rail Link station out of the area.

Significance of historic building recognised

Joan McKenzie

The earliest known surviving building on Queen St has made it to the heritage list.

Auckland's youth encouraged to vote

Enrol to vote

Rock Enrol is a non-partisan campaign designed to encourage more under-30 year-olds to vote.

Auckland food truck scene on a roll

food truck

There's a revolution of sorts going on in Auckland's dining scene and food trucks are in the middle of it.

Feathers fly over unholy mess

pigeon

Pigeons and their poo are threatening to destroy the stonework of a historic Auckland church.

Exhibition shines light on animal activism

Hen

Images of piglets taking their first steps outside are part of the Animal Exploitation and Liberation art exhibition.

Development looms over pensioners

Maureen Alexander and Brian Moss

HNZ has applied for 25-unit pensioner housing to be rezoned to allow six-storey buildings without character restrictions.

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

The Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau.

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

Club celebrates 25 years

western springs football

Western Springs Football Club is celebrating their 25th jubilee as the club goes from strength to strength.

Brighter future for Myers Park

Tina and Jasmine

Parents are "chuffed" to see construction under way on a new playground in historic Myers Park.

Events policy quashes unique Auckland rodeo ban

Rodeo

Revelations that a ban of rodeos on public land has been "wiped overnight'' upsets councillor.

Milestone at Anglican church

church members

Forty years of Tongan services are being celebrated at the St Columba Church in Grey Lynn.

Director wins by a Whisker

Whisker

A story of a homeless drifter trying to feed his dog won judges over at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.

High hopes for Greys Ave garden

family day

Residents hope a vegetable plot will mark the start of a new, positive era for a neighbourhood plagued by crime.

School to challenge ministry's kindy call

pt chev school

It's a case of kindy versus primary in one Auckland suburb where growing roll numbers are causing headaches.

Setting the scene with zines

Rachel Croft

The Auckland Zinefest kicks off on July 11 and will run over two weekends beginning with the 24-hour Zine Challenge.

Musicians help West Papua

SJD

A diverse line-up of local musicians will be playing at The Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar on Friday in a show of solidarity with West Papua's struggle.

Parking meters 'sensible'

kingsland parking

Paid parking is coming to Kingsland and with any luck it will free up parking spaces, business society manager says.

Arts plan looks to boost industry

Diwali

Reviving the heart of Auckland's film and television industry is being championed in a new arts plan.

Tiny houses Auckland's answer?

Cedric

What do you do if you can't afford a house in Auckland? Build a miniature one, tiny house advocates say.

Slow cars means more bikes

Cyclist

Car speeds of 30kmh or less in communities are essential to encourage more people to cycle, advocates say.

Old suits get charitable makeover

Suits

Students will be taking old suits and creating something fabulous not in the name of fashion, but charity instead.

How we breed covered in Seed

Seed

The play Seed follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant.

Book looks at journalist's career

David Robie

Veteran journalist Dr David Robie spent his career promoting issues pertinent to the Asia-Pacific region.

Unitec puts historic block up for sale

unitec

An ambitious new proposal could breathe fresh life into the former Carrington Psychiatric Hospital now owned by Unitec.

Drive for parking changes

parking

Can changes to parking make for a more liveable city? Auckland Transport's draft parking document outlines its plans.

Samoan plays head to Fringe

Fasitua Amosa,

A play about sexuality and culture is off to the Fringe Festival with The Factory, another Samoan work.
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