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Mason Clinic to get new unit

A bulging prison population has prompted construction of a new medium-secure mental health unit.

K Rd ready for Mardi Gras

Auckland's most colourful strip is getting ready to party New Orleans style.

Sustainability at core of canoe mission

A traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe is due to arrive in Auckland as part of a worldwide trip.

Chance to run away with Circability

The Circability Trust is celebrating Diversity Week with circus, art, film and educational workshops for people of all abilities.

Tickets cheaper on Wynyard tram

Prices dropped on Wynyard Quarter's heritage tram service in a bid to get more bums on seats.

Loss hard for couple

Life hasn't been easy for Tom and Annie Cawood and the tragic loss of their granddaughter was a further blow.

Mystery cop writes crime novels

By day he's a cop, but after hours he is "Angus McLean - crime writer".

Central Auckland's future debated

New dining and open areas in Auckland's city centre could become a reality within five years.

Queer support group ready for reunion

Duncan Matthews

Rainbow Youth, a charity which supports queer and trans young people, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Students' ambitious trade project

School kids in trade up project

A group of kids looking to give a deserving family a house are bartering their way there, starting with a loaf of bread.

Gadget museum powers up

Katie and Mark

The Barlow's have exactly one month to bring their dream of a computing museum to life.

Auckland's St James Theatre to be renovated


It's been a long fight, but it looks as if St James Theatre's curtains will rise once more.

Bugs' woes inspire jeweller

Marie Erl

An Auckland jeweller is using her craft to draw attention to the plight of pollinator insects worldwide.

Campaign aims to start conversation

Allyson Hamblett

The I'm An Artist campaign aims to change attitudes towards people with a disability or experience of mental ill-health.

Mum gloves up for CanTeen

Sibyl and Dylan

Dylan Mandow will be hoping for a present of a different kind when his mum steps into the boxing ring to take part in a fight night for CanTeen.

Play explores life on streets


A man's home is his castle. But what if home is a K Rd underpass and your possessions fit in a shopping trolley?

RSA set sights on youth

Chris Moult

Old age, death and illness have seen a drop in RSA members so officials have gone online to grab the younger crowd.

Journo's book reveals abuse on fishing boats

The catch

A veteran journalist has helped expose the inner workings of foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand seas.

Opera breathes life into theatre

Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre may not be well-equipped but it is a "theatre for singers", opera legend says.

Stepping up for Tempo

Jasper Putt

Jasper Putt loves to tear around the rugby field but the stage is where he feels most at home.

Community spirit drives restaurant sisters

Coco's cantina

For the Coulter sisters it's not so much a case of doing it for themselves as it is about doing it for the community.

Mt Albert's revamp still on agenda

mt albert

The upgrade of Mt Albert town centre isn't off the cards just yet.

Love affair with trams

Alan Curtis

Motat is getting ready to celebrate 50 years and one long-time volunteer couldn't be more excited.

Raw facts on pet food

Mark Robson

Vet Dr Mark Robson sorts the kibble from the bits discussing a great diet for your pets.

Flat3's final chapter?

Ally Xue, JJ Fong and Perlina Lau

A lack of relatable women on screen prompted the creators of Flat3 to take matters into their own hands.

Light shines on city's dark past

heritage festival

Auckland's colourful history will be explored in the Heritage Festival. Even brothels and opium dens rate a mention.

Bunnings 'hard pill to swallow'


Disappointed residents who opposed a Bunnings development must now come to terms with the three-level store.

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


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

Parisian craze locks on to Auckland


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?


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


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


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


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


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.

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.

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.
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