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Tree removals anger residents

A listed Norfolk pine in One Tree Hill was removed on October 3.

Two trees in Auckland believed to be more than 100 years old have been removed in the same weekend, upsetting neighbours.

Lucky Lotto store has four big wins

Ronil Jogia may have the luckiest lotto store in Onehunga

Onehunga Office Supplies has sold four big winning tickets in a week.

Fatal fire damages two homes

Flowers have been left at the home of Valerie Gibson. She died in the blaze.

When their next-door neighbour's house burned down, a Ponsonby couple not only lost a friend but ended up in a tricky situation with their own house.

Insulation experiment looks to expand

Matthew Cutler-Welsh says healthy houses are insulated houses.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh has insulated the roof of a 1920s Auckland house using donated material that was bound for the rubbish tip.

Golden jubilee for GROW NZ

Grow NZ members Carolyn Foley and Annie Cripps have been through their own hardships to become better people.

Annie Cripps faced a lifetime of demons to become an inspirational figure at GROW New Zealand. The organisation deals with mental illness and is celebrating 50 years this week.

Love shines at Diwali fesitval

Shinsil Puthethu and Athy Raj got engaged in the middle of Diwali celebrations in 2014.

The Diwali festival of 2014 proved an extra special one, after a public marriage proposal by one of the performers.

Seymour's seat up for grabs

Epsom MP David Seymour is asking for applicants for next year's youth parliament.

Epsom MP David Seymour is on the hunt for a teen to be part of Youth Parliament 2016.

Colours come to life

Sam RB with her original paintings she plans to sell and display at the Toi Ora Gallery in Grey Lynn.

Three Kings creative Sam RB is proving her artistic skills are transferable.

Marist rise and then fall

Marist's Kirsty Lakay takes a swing.

Marist women's softball title defence got off to a fair start in the first two games of the Auckland Fastpitch season.

Man sought over assaults on women

Police are searching for a man who looks like this. He has allegedly assaulted six women in Mt Albert.

A man has been approaching women in Mt Albert and trying to kiss and touch them, police say.

Book commemorates Aucklander's tale of survival

Alma and Gordon Mar are now able to hold 90 years of history in their hands thanks to author Maria de Jong.

An elderly Auckland man has recorded his life story in print. It follows his incredible journey, from growing up in a war zone in China, escaping to Fiji and eventually coming to New Zealand.

Becky's final song

The Nacario family. From left: Ezra, 10, Abigail, 14, Joanna, 7, with their father Jeffrey.

Bringing people joy through music was Becky Nacario's way of giving. Her husband Jeffrey hopes to continue that legacy.

Williams' family ends estate fight

Susan Williams, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams attend the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in 2011.

Robin Williams' widow and his three children from previous marriages have reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor's estate.

The chequered history of Myers Park video

Children on the Myers Park playground in 1916. Above them stands the Myers Kindergarten building.

In the early 20th century, Auckland's Myers Park transformed from a slum rife with prostitution and opium dens into a model for modern urban living.

Auckland police seek ATM scammers

Police would like to identify two men seen in CCTV footage at a Dominion Rd Westpac ATM on July 4.

Auckland Police have released images of two men allegedly involved in a ATM skimming scam.

Free map for Auckland youth

Nurain Janah, Alex Johnston and Imogen Watt hope the map will allow young people to spend more time in the city.

The Waitemata Youth Collective have created a map to showcase what's on offer in the central city for young people.

Solo sailor loves time on the waves

Cory McLennan, 21, has the Atlantic in his sights.

Cory McLennan says sailing alone across vast seas is a thrill - and he's too busy to ever be lonely.

Growing up in an orphanage

Royce Elliott lived in a Mt Albert Methodist orphanage in the 1930s and 40s.

Royce Elliott has recorded his experiences of growing up in a Mt Albert Methodist orphanage in a new book.

Valley returned to former glory

Pat Northey, Martin Heffer, Carmel Claridge and Roy Clements have been working in Pourewa Valley for eight years.

Pourewa Valley is just one example of how the public can help preserve Auckland's natural habitats.

Feedback wanted on bus network

Under the new network not all suburbs will have direct services to the city.

Auckland's transport situation should look a lot different in 2017.

Young fencer's swift success

Epsom Girls Grammar student Jess Gracie, 17, lives and breathes fencing.

Jess Gracie holds one simple advantage over her fencing opponents, which has helped her rise through the junior ranks.

Rockquest experience motivates Mt Eden band

Joe Says No frontman Denzel Kelemete is an integral part of the band's energetic live performance.

A young Mt Eden band aren't getting too hung up on missing out on a Rockquest placing, with their live performances a real draw card.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Two goals by Three Kings' Harrison Nash earned his side a final win in their turbulent season.

Metro FC are denied promotion in the women's league while Three Kings finish bottom of the men's premiership.

Complaints stall dog access changes at Pt Chev

Pt Chevalier residents say there was no public consultation on changes to dog access rules between Eric Armishaw Park and St Michaels Ave.

A decision on dog access rules in Pt Chevalier has been delayed after residents complained they weren't consulted on last-minute changes.

Application for new Mangere bridge lodged

Recreational boats will be able to go under the new bridge - something that is not currently possible.

A new pedestrian bridge over Manukau Harbour is one step closer following an application by the NZ Transport Agency for resource consent.

Push for Auckland to be more age-friendly

Auckland Grey Power president Anne-Marie Coury says more needs to be done to make the city age-friendly.

As the International Day of Older Persons approaches, Grey Power says Auckland needs to do much more to cater for its ageing population.

Rise of the machines

The First Officials team from Maungawhau School finished third in the New Zealand First LEGO League Robotics Championships.

A group of brilliant young minds at Maungawhau school are putting LEGO to a higher cause.

Moon cake festival cooks up competition

Zhishan Li and Yao Wang took out the best home bakers category at the University of Auckland Moon Cake competition.

University of Auckland students gathered to make the Chinese pastries as part of competition to mark the moon cake festival.

Interchange exit lane gets new layout

Road works

Long term changes are coming to the Great North Rd Interchange.

Mystery surrounds bronze plaque

The Monte Cecilia Park plaque was found at Takapuna Beach Holiday Park during a working bee.

Uncovering the mystery of a long-lost plaque is leaving many stumped.

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