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Games for girls - developed by mums

Ronel Schodt and Bridget Ellis-Pegler, with an early concept doll of Arabella.

Two Auckland mothers are developing a game and multimedia concept their kids can be proud of.

State house meth contamination rampant

A unit in a Panmure Housing New Zealand complex was one of the 113 Auckland state houses that had to be decontaminated for P last year.

The number of Housing New Zealand houses in Auckland testing positive for methamphetamine has skyrocketed in the last three years.

Shoplifting youths target Auckland dairy

Police are investigating numerous reports of theft at Woodward Dairy in Mt Albert.

Police are investigating a group who have been allegedly shoplifting from the Woodward Rd dairy over the last two months.

Devices essential for modern learning

The excitement is finally released as year 4 pupils at Hay Park School open their new Chromebooks.

Costs are weighed up as devices in schools are adding extra strain on finances for parents, while the technology is preparing children for the future.

Auckland Domain development

Auckland Domain's master plan for the next two decades is up for public consultation.

Roads will be closed but there will be increased access for pedestrians and cyclists in the Auckland Domain.

Round the Bays part 3: You are what you eat

Sophie Taylor, 10, and Lucy Taylor, 4, try out boxing at their weekly training session.

We catch up with the Taylor family as they put down their biscuits and continue training for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run.

Public transport fares are changing

Public transport fares are changing from February 28.

Auckland Transport is preparing for new simplified travel zones by increasing fares.

Councillor survives demolition derby

Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward councillor Denise Krum after her first demolition derby.

Denise Krum has come away unscathed from her first demolition derby.

East-West Connection gets push from Government

The East-West Connection  will improve transport issues between major hubs including Onehunga, Penrose and Sylvia Park.

The East-West Connection is heading for a streamlined consenting process after the Government pledged its support.

Archaeologist swaps spade for script

Beatrice Hudson on the stage of the historic Pah Homestead where she will perform in Henry V.

Beatrice Hudson will play a male character in Shakespeare's Henry V, in a homecoming of sorts.

Container village on Queens Wharf

The pop-up containers on Queens Wharf will be soon be filled with food distributors like the White Lady.

Pop-up village starts to take shape on Queens Wharf.

'Standover tactics' at Three Kings Quarry

Nick Smith announces the Government's plan to step into a local planning appeal in order to pave the way for a new 1.2 Billion dollar housing project in Three Kings, Auckland.

Government intervention in the $1.2 billion redevelopment in Auckland not welcomed by all.

Offerings pollute harbour

Hillsborough resident John White says he finds rubbish and cultural offerings in the Manukau Harbour almost every day.

Multi-million dollar foreshore redevelopments are becoming a dumping ground for cultural offerings and rubbish.

Government could save the St James

The St James Theatre could be saved by Government funding.

The St James Theatre has the backing of MP Maggie Barry who is investigating if the Government can help fund the theatre's restoration.

Principal opposes uniforms

A basic primary school uniform can cost upwards of $500 per child.

As education costs rise, is it time to free parents of the burden of costly school uniforms?

Family affair for musical sisters

Sisters Joanna, 19 (cello), and Joella, 21 (violin), are both members of the National Youth Orchestra.

National Youth Orchestra sisters Joella and Joanna Pinto have music in their blood.

Making the tough calls

Cricket umpire Grant Howlett has been making the tough calls for 10 years.

Grant Howlett is a man who makes sport run like clockwork but says high pressure situations put people off the important job of umpiring.

Doctors told Jack he would never walk again

Despite a debilitating injury Jack Ngametua has still pursued a career in sport.

After a rugby injury Jack Ngametua was told he might never walk again. He was determined to prove the doctors wrong.

CRL moves ahead through Green Party office

Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter (front right) and other Green Party and CRL representatives celebrate the Government's announcement that funding will be brought forward by 2 years.

Auckland's Mercury Lane is about to get a little less Green.

Round the Bays: Keep it simple

Personal trainer Mike Rickard measures Stephanie Taylor before her first training session.

The Taylor family continue on their quest to get fit in time for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Mt Albert overbridge land secured

Albert-Eden Local Board members Graeme Easte, Helga Arlington, Peter Haynes, councillor Cathy Casey, Glenda Fryer and Margi Watson outside the Mt Albert train station.

Albert-Eden Local Board has obtained land which will be used as a landing site for the new Mt Albert overbridge.

Neighbours at war over wall

Ellerslie business owners surround the controversial wall, which was recently knocked down for the third time.

Wall keeps appearing blocking footpath and diverting people into a nearby arcade.

Health funding decreases as population grows

Auckland District Health Board faces funding cuts as the area's population increases.

Auckland District Health Board's funding is taking a hit.

Small donations make lasting impact

ABC Epsom centre manager Charmaine Stuart was happy to donate old cots to Diana Swarbrick and Priscilla Dawson of Refugees As Survivors New Zealand.

Rosy Aung fled war-torn Myanmar for a better life in New Zealand where small donations are making a big difference.

New year, new principal for Epsom Girls

New Epsom Girls Grammar School Lorraine Pound.

Lorraine Pound is starting the new year in a new role as principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School.

Kansas comes calling for Bowen

Katie Bowen is barely in her 20s and has already made Kansas home.

There's no place like home for footballer Katie Bowen - unless it's Kansas.

Young shot put thrower breaks record

Sylvia Brunt is pursuing all track and field events with an equal level of focus.

Sylvia Brunt is only 11 and has broken a shot put record set by an international athlete.

Auckland DJ to perform at Laneway Festival

Auckland DJ Tom McGuinness.

Tom McGuinness will perform at the Silo Park event under the moniker Rein.

Future of the internet

Unitec cyber security student Brooke Davey has got some insight into the Internet of Things.

In the not too distant future your fridge will be sending a grocery list straight to your phone. Unitec student Brooke Davey got an inside look at the Internet of Things.

'I've got incurable cancer'

Erin Palmer is hoping to change people's perceptions of cancer.

She's young, fit and fighting cancer without chemotherapy.

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