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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.

War memorial mystery for school

Year 5 students from Mt Eden Normal Primary School investigate the names of the soldiers listed on the school war memorial gates with Ben Mercer from Ancestry.com.

Mt Eden Normal Primary School children were surprised to discover a conundrum behind their school gate.

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.

Would you live inside a church? gallery

Plans for the church turned housing complex, and the proposed apartment building behind it.

Historic Auckland church divided up into apartments which are selling for some ungodly prices.

New life for historic farmhouse

The 143 dilapidated White Swan Rd property has been a sore sight for Lynfield residents.

Turret House has been a blight on the Lynfield landscape for far too long, but things are about to change.

Blind singer needs help to record her work

Marie Jayet is looking for someone to help put her music on paper and get it recorded.

Music has always been a big part of Marie Jayet's life but there's one box she's still yet to tick.

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.

New format for Christmas festivities

This year's Christmas festival aims to bring the crowds back to Puketapapa.

Only 600 people turned up to the Santa Parade in Mt Roskill last year, so this Christmas they're trying something different in Puketapapa.

Living with HIV is not a death sentence

Sophie Jayawardene is an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

 Sophie Jayawardene has dedicated her life to people living with HIV to break down the stigma and discrimination.

Girl walks away from this smash

Naadja Hofmans Allan age 8 from Mangere Bridge crashes in spectacular fashion.

A young girl escaped with just bruises after a dramatic face plant in a trolley derby.

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.

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.

Principals urge parents to have their say

Auckland principals say changes to the  Education Act will affect generations of school children.

Auckland principals are urging parents to have their say on what changes should be made to the education system. 

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.

Artist pays homage to arts in education

Janet Mansfield and one of her pieces from exhibition Resisting Rites.

Mt Eden artist Janet Mansfield has expressed her belief in the importance of educating children in the arts.

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.

Less weeding and planting for local parks

More than $100,000 is being cut from the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board's parks maintenance budget.

Council funding cuts to the service and maintenance of parks means locals will soon start to notice more weeds and less planting in public gardens.

Top award for young scientist

Diocesan School year 13 student Georgia Lala has won the 2015 Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize.

A fish tank and lettuce is just the beginning for one young innovator.

Housing NZ tester savaged by dogs

A Housing New Zealand contractor was shut in a kitchen and attacked by two vicious dogs.

A man testing a Housing New Zealand property for methamphetamine was trapped in a kitchen while the tenant's dogs attacked him. 

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.

Stand against Family violence

One Tree Hill College students Jemimah Fifita, Daisy Boon, Ika Heleta and Liam George have made a point to say no to family violence.

Every five minutes someone in New Zealand becomes a victim of family violence.

Dhadwals' double take

Cricket playing twins Adi and Amit Dhadwal don't make the scorekeeper's job easy.

The perfect competition has always been at home for the University cricket twins.

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