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Neighbours' Christmas spirit

When a single mum reached out for help, what she got in return was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

Jockey born and bred for it

Horse riding is a family affair for jockey Danielle Johnson, so it's no surprise she was learning to ride before she could walk.

Mayor feels heat on quarry plans

Mayor Len Brown is wading into debate around Fletcher Building's plans for the Three Kings Quarry.

Car-free Mt Eden?

Mt Eden's summit may soon be car-free. What does that mean for those who can't walk to the top?

Decile 1 school thriving

Auckland's Hay Park School will not be defined by stereotypes, principal says.

Celebration for inmates' kids

Growing up with a parent in prison means Christmas isn't always a cheerful occasion.

Clooney joins Downton Abbey

As if Downton Abbey were somehow running low on suave men, George Clooney is gracing the period drama with his silver fox presence this Christmas.

Community-driven cafe closes

After a bittersweet year of trade the doors of a fair trade, social enterprise cafe are permanently closing.

Young composer's Christmas miracle

A teen composer will have his original composition played at the New Zealand Concerto Orchestra Christmas concert.

Exploring 150 years of Mt Albert

A book celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mt Albert is in production and the creators need some help putting it together.

High costs force church to sell

Selling old churches is the new norm thanks to dwindling congregations and hefty strengthening bills, estate agents say .

Brewing up a near perfect pint

John Golics had no idea how good is homebrewed bock rauchbier would turn out to be.

Nervous excitement for Imogen

Imogen can't wait to try out a range of different sports at the Saint Kentigern Halberg Junior Disability Sports Day .

Case of 'demolition by neglect'

It's been there for 100 years, but the historic turret house in Lynfield could soon be gone.

Aucklanders waiting for a home

Bulging state house waiting lists are leaving Auckland families in crisis for months on end.

Strong support for opening wharf

New numbers are stacking up behind overwhelming calls to open up Onehunga Wharf to the public.

Have your say on CBD's future

New dining and open areas in Auckland's city centre could become a reality within five years.

A flute ninja and her orchestra

Miho Wada

Miho's Jazz Orchestra was formed to raise money for the Christchurch's recovery but their sound proved so popular they're touring nationally.

Kiosk fire 'soul destroying'

burnt cafe

Cornwall Park's newly built cafe , originally due to open on Friday, has been demolished after a suspicious blaze.

Concerns raised over quarry fill level

Quarry

Fletcher Building has fronted up over two options for the Three Kings Quarry.

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