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Fireworks theory blow up mystery

Homemade fireworks may be the source of unexplained loud "bangs" puzzling Hillsborough and Onehunga residents

Hillsborough and Onehunga residents have been trying to find the source of mysterious loud "bangs" heard in the area last month.

Accelerating Auckland's transport projects

The East West Connections project will receive $1.5 million per annum as part of the Accelerated Transport Programme.

The contentious East West Connections project is one of the initiatives the interim transport levy will help fund.

Winning with the Warriors

Sir Peter Leitch and Awen Guttenbeil  with winners of the Warriors v Knights promotion in the Stacey Jones Lounge at Mt Smart Stadium.

A select group of rugby league fans had more than a Warriors win to celebrate on Saturday.

Leading by example

One Tree Hill College acting principal Mark Barlow, head boy Dallas Tagaloasa and head girl Aprille Lopez are pround of how far their school has come.

The Communities of Schools initiative has been met with its fair share of controversy but one school is convinced of its benefits.

Honour for arts advocate

Brian Stevenson has made a huge contribution to New Zealand's creative scene.

Brian Stevenson admits he is no artist but his contribution to the arts has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

Author inspires young talent

NZSA Youth Mentorship winner Amelia Kendall dives into a novel by one of her favorite authors, Marcus Zusak.

Learning's an open book for this budding author.

Parade in peril

Christmas parade scenes like this could soon be a thing of the past for Puketapapa.

Puketapapa's Christmas parade is on thin ice after just four years.

Advice from an Olympic champion

Excitement bubbles over at New Windsor School during question time for Olympic gold medal winning rower Joseph Sullivan.

"Don't let anything stop you," Olympic champion.Joseph Sullivan says.

Cup dream over, new goals for MAP

Mt Albert Ponsonby's Rory Kelly, right, swings his boot through the ball.

Avoiding relegation at all costs is the target for Mt Albert Ponsonby AFC.

Honoured for services to Pacific

Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop has been recognised for her work in the Pacific community.

Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop has received a Queen's Birthday honour for her services to education and the Pacific community.

Advocating for rights of the blind

Latoa Halatau is one of 188 people included in the Queen's Birthday 2015 New Zealand Royal Honours List.

Latoa Halatau has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the blind and the Pacific community.

Heatpump cause of medical centre blaze

Fire fighters dampen down the Four Kauri Family Medical Centre on New North Rd after fire ripped through it.

Doctors surgery severely damaged after a fire caused by an air conditioning unit that overheated.

New design chosen for bus shelters

Auckland's new bus shelter design for a major stop.

Bus shelters will gradually be replaced with a new design from the middle of the year.

Going shoeless for the homeless

Brodie Hoare is going barefoot this winter.

Brodie Hoare is going shoeless this winter in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness in Auckland.

What's going bang in the night?

Residents are curious to find the source of loud "bangs" heard in the Hillsborough-Onehunga area.

The cause of mysterious loud "bangs" heard around a normally quiet Auckland suburb is still puzzling residents.

Still acting at 80

Jocelyn McQuaid has been involved in the theatre for 70 years.

Actress, director and writer Jocelyn McQuaid is proof that age should be no barrier to doing the things you enjoy.

Roskill Eden hockey ready for next level

Roskill Eden's Lauren Van Rooyen, left, tackles Western's Anna Wetherall.

It's been a tough road but the Roskill Eden women have made it.

Band hope to get to the ball on time

Western Springs College rockers Host Club. From left: guitarist Frankie Busfield, bassist Jeremy MacDonnell, guitar/vocalist Finn Dalbeth and drummer Seb Rice-Walsh.

For these budding musicians, RockQuest takes precedence over the school ball.

City fringe suburbs next residential hot spots

Mt Wellington, Glen Innes and Three Kings are among those at the top of the list for up-and-coming suburbs.

Auckland's property boom is creating a domino effect, with city-fringe suburbs pegged to become the next big thing.

Oliver's keeping the Kiwi goal safe

New Zealand U-20's goalkeeper Oliver Sail in action for the Wellington Phoenix Reserves in 2014.

The past few years have been a whirlwind for budding footballer Oliver Sail.

CAB needs your help

Laurie Guy says no two days have been the same volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Citizen Advice Bureaus in Mt Roskill, Eden/Albert, Glen Innes, Panmure, Sylvia Park and Remuera are all in need of help.

A right royal celebration

Expect all things British to hit Queens Warf this Queens Birthday weekend.

A royal celebration is set to get under way this weekend at Queens Wharf.

Around the grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Western Spring's Dayna Manak is congratulated on her goal against Lynn Avon Utd.

The Northern Region Football League takes a break as the Chatham Cup heats up.

Mt Albert rockers through to next round

Mount Albert Grammar rockers Apollo. From left: guitarist James Venkatrao, drummer Connor Stockman, guitarist/vocalist Biku Adhikari and bassist James Luff.

Even high school bands can't escape the drama that comes with rock 'n' roll.

Art invites anyone to jam

There's always a bit of time to goof off for Haere Mai Taiko drummers Helen Au and Fumiko Goodhue

The sound of drums is something to wake people up on their way to work.

Lions get well-earned rest

Mt Albert's Dion Snell is caught in the Mangere East tackle.

Opposition proving lambs to the slaughter for Mt Albert's top rugby league side

"I don't want to be a hero."

From left, Edward Tsang and police minister Michael Woodhouse with Andrew Tsang, who was presented with a certificate from police for his actions helping victims of a crash.

Andrew Tsang was among four awardees the Auckland District police commander presented with a certificate of appreciation for their lifesaving actions.

An uneven playing field

Eastern Suburbs AFC chairman Chris Ruffell is wondering why some clubs get charged and others don't

Are central Auckland sports clubs being unfairly charged?

Kiwi musicians perform for music therapy fundraiser

Troy Kingi performs with Stan Walker on back-up vocals at last weekends WAIATA showcase.

Kiwi musicians are performing to help the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

Cigarettes blamed for Mt Roskill house fire

Fire investigators say the early morning house fire was sparked by carelessly discarded cigarettes.

A fire sparked by carelessly discarded cigarettes has caused extensive damage to a Mt Roskill house.

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