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Hidden Auckland wilderness

Joseph Kowhai. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Just off busy Hillsborough Rd a pocket of forest known as Wattle Bay Reserve lines the Manukau Harbour. Joseph Kowhai sees it as a little piece of paradise.

Kiwi's Gallipoli surf boat adventure

The Muriwai Muzzies row along Puhoi River. Chris Deacon is sweep with rowers Emma Wilson, Andrea Gerrard, Sara Eivers and Ashley Timoko.

An Auckland paramedic and surf lifesaver is privileged to row as part of Anzac commemorations.

Fee freeze best wedding gift

PUT A RING ON IT: But not necessarily a super expensive one.

The decision not to increase hire fees for council-owned venues has come as a relief for one bride-to-be.

Teen takes to the skies alone

Lynfield College student Quinn Erikstad ,16, and his flying instructor Rob Utting, a Lynfield old boy.

Quinn Erikstad isn't old enough for a full driver's licence, but he's a dab hand at flying a plane.

Cautious approach from Three Kings coach

TKU's Jessie Mathews up against Suburbs Deven Jackson.

Three Kings United have set the pace in the NRFL women's premiership and the undefeated side will be wary of life at the top.

Land swap on the cards

Do Three Kings residents want to give this land to Fletchers? Both resident Gary Bryant and Puketapapa Local Board deputy chairperson Harry Doig have their concerns over the proposed land exchange and are encouraging others to submit their thoughts on the matter.

The way Three Kings quarry is developed could hinge on a potential land swap between developers and council.

Wrestling legend Steve Rickard dies

New Zealand heavyweight champion Steve Rickard during his glory wrestling days.

Son pays tribute to "the best" dad after On The Mat star dies age 85 following two-year battle with dementia.

Doco Crystal Palace's chance to shine

NEW LIFE: Taylor MacGregor, Robin Gee and Karl Sheridan are working on Please Open a three-minute documentary about the Crystal Palace in Mt Eden.

A three-minute documentary might be just the thing to breathe new life into an old Auckland cinema.

A privilege to test the best for young net bowler

SPIN DOCTOR: Dane Watson is helping to keep the Black Caps batsmen in form.

Being a go-to bowler for visiting crickets teams needing time facing spin in the nets is a 'massive privilege'.

Knitter challenges thinking

THOUGHT-PROVOKING MESSAGE: Arielle Walker is exhibiting knitted artworks with a social message as part of White Night Remuera.

Artist's colourful knitted blankets are a comment on the throwaway nature of consumer culture.

Bowls club vows to fight its eviction

Lawn bowls generic

Mt Richmond Bowls Club members are defiant in the face of closure, despite news their lease is up.

Chinese garden in the green?

CHAMBERLAIN PARK: A golfer makes the most of the public course at Chamberlain Park.

A long-awaited Chinese garden could become part of plans for redevelopment of Chamberlain Park.

'First in, first served'

NEW LOOK: The Three Kings SHA development.

A special housing area in central Auckland will have eight affordable homes for sale next year.

Cricket club celebrates 60 years

PADDING UP: Dean Askew, Adrian Dale, David Storer and Martyn Sigley are looking forward to the commemorative match at Cornwall Cricket Club.

Head down to Cornwall Cricket Club to see some of the club's greats play against each other in a one-off twenty20 match.

'Heartfelt thanks' to mystery rescuers

THANKFUL: Philip Rawson wants to thank two men who helped him when his electric wheelchair broke down in Epsom.

An Auckland man had to crawl and push his broken wheelchair along the street until road workers saved the day.

Neighbours worried about new complex

DESIGN: An artist's impression of the new proposed Balmoral Warehouse.

The Warehouse gets go ahead to build a shopping and apartment complex in Balmoral.

Blowing the whistle at the NRL Nines

TRY TIME: Rochelle Tamarua on the spot as she referees the Women’s National Rugby League final.

Imagine having to boss around Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Dave Taylor or Issac Luke.

Rocks strand $1.7m rescue boat

Rescuer frustration: Earthquake-related rubble and fallen rocks are preventing the Sumner Lifeboat Institution from using its purpose-built rescue boat, Blue Arrow.

Earthquake-related rockfall is preventing a Sumner lifeboat from being used for sea-based rescues.

'All my hard work is gone'

WASTED EFFORT: The campervan Sally Williams spent months converting has been stolen.

The theft of a campervan has left a couple expecting a baby without a vehicle and heartbroken.

Neighbours lose development battle

NEW LOOK: A derelict Campbell Rd site will soon be home to a retirement village.

Plans for a $100 million retirement village in Auckland have been given the green light.

Heart troubles a mystery

HEART PROBLEM: Lizzie Scott is believed to be suffering from an undiagnosed heart problem.

Teenager Lizzie Scott had no idea the chest pain she'd been ignoring would see her carted off in an ambulance.

Vacant site a 'magnet' for crime

SECURITY CONCERNS: A resident speaks to Mt Albert MP David Shearer at the boundary of an empty state house complex on Asquith Ave.

Residents in a quiet Auckland suburb are concerned over vagrants living in an empty special housing site.

Nanny thankful for every day

FAMILY TIME: Moira Roberts, or Nanny Moises to granddaughters Maddison and Bella, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A grandmother of nine diagnosed with terminal lung cancer plans on making the most of the time she has left.

Kaiu Wright's Black Caps moment

BIG MOMENT: Kaiu Wright is excited to deliver the match ball to the umpire at tomorrow's one-day international.

Eyes will be on Kaiu Wright at tomorrow's Black Caps match.

Feathers fly over missing Elvis

MISSING:  Have you seen a grey cockatiel like this one around Woodward Rd in Mt Albert?

Elvis has left the building, leaving residents at an Auckland rest home all shook up.

Get to know your neighbours

ON GUARD: Onehunga community constable Don Allan is warning home owners to be vigilant this summer break.

Burglaries are on the rise in Onehunga and residents are not vigilant enough, police say.

Renters move their kids about

UP STICKS: One Tree Hill couple Preston Hatcher and Kiyoe Hirano moved twice before son Zen turned 2.

Stable housing an issue for families with many children under 2 moving at least once, new study says.

Finally something to splash about

UPGRADE DUE: Glenda Fryer stands beside the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre's main pool.

A $3.1 million upgrade is in store for the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre to bring the facility up to scratch.

Neighbours' Christmas spirit

CHRISTMAS SAVED: Gemma Stowers has been overwhelmed by the support the Mt Eden community has shown her. Tomorrow Cyrus, 8, and his siblings have presents under their new tree to open all because of goodwill.

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

Jockey born and bred for it

AT HOME: Danielle Johnson loves her fast-paced career.

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

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