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"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.

Rugby skills from the best

One Tree Hill College First XV player Xavier Petelo looks to weave around  number 19 Revin Storey.

It's not every day an All Blacks coach shows up to your First XV training.

Carrington building gets film tribute

Filmmaker Bertie Plaatsman has made a documentary on the history of Unitec's Building One.

Unitec's Building One, the old Carrington Hospital, gets a visual tribute from a film maker.

Ratepayers Alliance reaches 5000 members

Rate rises

A recently formed group challenging Auckland Council's rate hikes and transport levy has reached more than 5000 members.

Last chapter for book fairs

Epsom Rotary Club member David Taylor says the club's book fair wasn't getting enough sales to sustain the annual event.

Organisers are closing two of Auckland's largest book fairs.

Youth have say in new playground upgrades

Local board member Brett Clark says the new Commissariat Reserve playground will cater for all ages.

Upgrades are coming for four playgrounds in the Maugakiekie-Tamaki area.

"Moral support" not enough to fund the arts

Documentary Edge Film Festival organiser Dan Shanan wants more money invested into the arts.

It's a tough time for the Documentary Edge Film Festival.

Palm tree causes money troubles

The protected phoenix palm tree is in the middle of the lawn outside the Pah Homestead.

More council money is being funnelled into the Pah Homestead after a protected palm tree put the breaks on creating a new income source.

Neighbours watch out for neighbours

Taki Tuhaka, Merril Bourne, National MP Parmjeet Parmar and Glenn Cleaver following the launch of the Mount Roskill Community Patrol.

Vandals, thieves and brawlers have been put on notice in Auckland's Mt Roskill.

No more love for mountain

Malcolm Kerehoma, kaiputatara/conch blower on Maungawhau summit, sounds out the putatara at Love Your Mountain Day 2014.

The annual Mt Eden Love Your Mountain Day has grown too large for volunteers to run so it has been called off.

MPs make good start to the rugby season

Parliamentarians' Billy Weepu takes on the Waitemata defense.

Auckland MPs have kicked off their rugby world cup year in style.

Doing their part for Nepal

Ananda Marga Grey Lynn members Da'da' Shuddha' Tma'nanda and Victor Filbry are raising funds for Nepal.

A Grey Lynn group is helping Nepal any way they can.

Lynn-Avon triumph

Ellerslie's Conor Tracey takes a goal kick.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane.

Big Sing requires big practice

St Mary's conductor Carmel Carrol is excited to get her two choirs on stage at the Big Sing secondary schools choirs festival in June.

With just over a month of rehearsals left, Auckland's secondary school choirs are practicing hard for the annual Big Sing competition.

Young orienteerer blitzes comp

Orienteering prodigy Rebecca Greenwood is making winning times all over New Zealand.

Finishing in first place is a common occurrence for young orienteerer Rebecca Greenwood.

A simple celebration to mark 100th birthday

Mt Albert resident Louvain Nolan will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 19.

 After 99 birthdays, Louvain Nolan✓ doesn't want to kick up a fuss about reaching her next one. Instead she has simply requested a fruit cake to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Sold! For 77 per cent above its valuation

More than 25 registered bidders were at the auction for this Mt Albert unit, which sold for a price 77 per cent over its CV.

A modest two-bedroom unit in Auckland has sold for a whopping $797k.

A chance encounter with history

A woman holds a newspaper that reads: Berlin is once again Berlin, on the night Checkpoint Charlie opened.

Tony Forster was one of the first people to cross the Berlin Wall when it came down in 1989 - and he didn't even realise it.

Auckland councillor rethinking support of rates rise

Councillor Cathy Casey

An unpopular rate rise has left Albert-Eden residents angry and an Auckland councillor doubting her vote of support.

Rates increase riles in Puketapapa

Rates are on the rise and Puketapapa is one of the worst-affected wards.

Councillor Christine Fletcher fears Auckland could face a rates revolt.

Getting off the beaten track

Aditi Kumar and Carishma Yeleswaram will spend a week in November volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Argentina.

The trip of a lifetime awaits two students who are heading to Argentina.

Rates hikes frustrate Maungakiekie-Tamaki residents

Rates rises are coming to Auckland on July 1, 2015.

Residents of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board area say public consultation has gone unheard on the latest rates hikes.

Stones keep on rolling

Jake Blundell, 16, of Sacred Heart College, Grace Wood, 17, of Saint Kentigern College and Bella Spratt, 17, of Diocesan School for Girls are exited to rub shoulders with Kiwi music legend Mike Chunn at A Strange Day's Night in June.

A concert featuring Rolling Stones music, Kiwi performers and high school talent is going to "be out of this world".

Bros conquer worlds bots

Brothers Jack and Steven Barker have made a name for themselves in the robotics world.

Two Auckland brothers dominate at robotics world championships.

Life's a beach for dogs?

Dog owners Angela Beer and Sarah Kings say the Albert-Eden local board's proposed dog access rules don't recognise the value in off-leash exercise all year round.

Changes to dog access rules at an Auckland beach can't come soon enough for an actor recovering from a dog attack.

Best bartender? Cheers to that

Mixology guru Sai Hamsala has been crowned World's Best Bartender in Diplomatico's World tournament.

He works in a small suburban bar in Auckland but when it comes to bartending, he's the world's best.

Zones to replace stages on buses, trains

New zone system to replace stages on Auckland buses and trains.

Travel zones are set to replace stages on Auckland buses and trains in a move to simplify the system and encourage people to pay by AT HOP card.

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