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No living wage for lifeguards

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town has said no to paying Mt Albert lifeguards the living wage.

Auckland Council's chief executive vetoes living wage plan for lifeguards.

War trip hits home

Epsom Girls Grammar year 12 student Hannah Knight places a cross next to her great, great uncle's name Charles Mac Sturges on a memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Finding out she had a personal connection to a young soldier brought the reality of war home to Hannah Knight.

Public to have say on art

Artist's impression of $1.5m Queens Wharf artwork

The public will now get a say on the controversial $1.5 million piece of art planned to grace Auckland's Queens Wharf.

School's doors were never closing

Wesley Intermediate acting principal Jason Murray and assistant principal Lou Reddy say the school is thriving and the doors will open for many years to come.

Widespread gossip has ensnared one Auckland school.

Anzac fallen inspires courage

Reginald Hughey Leach's great-uncle Lieutenant William Risk was killed at Gallipoli on August 28, 1915 at the age of 27.

Anzac Day is a time for Reginald Hughey Leach to remember a man who shaped his future.

Conversations we're dying to avoid

Natasha Edwards says Advance Care Planning challenged her family’s cultures and traditions.

It's a conversation many would rather skip, but planning for end-of-life care is one chat to have before it's too late.

Rent-free inner-city living in Auckland

Reverend Matt Bruns says housing is a bonus - but it's not forever.

Living rent-free a stone's throw from some of Auckland's hot spots is possible - if you change your job.

Clean up a fitting tribute

Auckland Normal Intermediate property manager Alan McKendry outside the school's restored World War I memorial gates.

An Epsom war memorial honouring teachers who lost their lives in World War I received a much needed clean-up in preparation for Anzac Day.  

What about tiny gardens?

Green fingered Unitec students Melissa Marjo, Trish Reynolds, Sally Trolove and Sam Jennings

Inner-city dwellers are beginning to realise that size is no limit when it comes to a green patch.

Split views on chopsticks sculpture

The new Dominion Road art installation, OnDo, by artist Seung Yul Oh.

Will a new sculpture on Dominion Rd change Aucklanders' opinion of public art, or make them hungry for a feed?

Letter holds mystery

Hazel Tarr and Lindsay Walden (descendants of Private Raymond John Baker) are trying to track down descendants of mystery man William Arthur Price.

Thirty years have passed since family members Lindsay Walden and Hazel Tarr have seen each other. They've been reunited by a letter written a century ago.

Chamberlain Park designs decided

Chamberlain Park Golf Course, Auckland.

Four design options for the future use of Chamberlain Park have been agreed upon, despite Albert-Eden board members being in the dark about its cost.

Auckland City through to Oceania final gallery

Auckland's Anthony Hobbs gets a head full of football.

Auckland City FC are into their fifth consecutive Oceania Champions League final after beating newcomers FC Gaitcha of New Caledonia 1-0 in Fiji on April 21t.

Apology after years of abuse

Foster child Daryl Brougham has received an apology for years of abuse and neglect at the hands of care givers.

As a boy Daryl Brougham was starved, forced to eat spiders and made to cut the lawn with scissors while in foster care.

Swimming champs make waves

Kyla Alexander from Roskill swimming club in action.

The four-day New Zealand swim champs wrapped up at West Wave Aquatic Centre on April 17.

'Soldier's church' art fundraiser

Friends of St David's Trust spokesman Paul Baragwanath with one of the thousands of brass quatrefoils being applied to St David’s Presbyterian Church for Anzac Day.

Artist Max Gimblett has joined forces with New Zealand's "soldiers' church" to create artworks of remembrance.

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Hitting the right note

The Lynfield College Jazz Combo picked up four awards at the National Jazz Festival Youth Competition. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Grandparents often know what is best for the younger generation. And for Dyland Goodisson that meant learning to play the trumpet.

Students honour vets

Mt Albert Grammar School students William McMaster and Samantha Brake will be sharing what ANZAC Day means to them, in light of their own family history, at the school's traditional ANZAC assembly. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Stories of past pupils' sacrifices inspire today's students.

Elderly targeted by schoolgirl scam

Sergeant Tim Lockwood is warning elderly to be cautious of schoolgirls pretending to be fundraising.

Girls as young as 10 have visited the homes of elderly pretending to fundraise and stealing, police warn.

Super-city youth thanked

Young Aucklanders making a difference in their communities are set to be recognised.

Chamberlain Park design options revealed

Chamberlain Park Golf Course's future design is under consultation.

Following months of public feedback, the Albert-Eden Local Board is set to consider four design options for the future use of Chamberlain Park.

Learning from the past

Three Kings resident Carol Mutch is headed to Gallipoli to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings.

It was meant to be an academic research project looking at the portrayal of the Anzac legend in New Zealand schools but soon became much more personal.

Mt Eden gates could cost $100k

Maunga Authority looks to ban vehicles from driving up Auckland's Mt Eden.

Auckland Council wants to spend $100,000 on gates to stop cars driving to the Mt Eden summit.

Auckland's links with ports scrutinised

View of the Ports of Auckland on March 23, 2015

Auckland's role in the Ports of Auckland business has been under review by city leaders

Hidden Auckland wilderness

Joseph Kowhai. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Just off busy Hillsborough Rd a pocket of forest known as Wattle Bay Reserve lines the Manukau Harbour. Joseph Kowhai sees it as a little piece of paradise.

Kiwi's Gallipoli surf boat adventure

The Muriwai Muzzies row along Puhoi River. Chris Deacon is sweep with rowers Emma Wilson, Andrea Gerrard, Sara Eivers and Ashley Timoko.

An Auckland paramedic and surf lifesaver is privileged to row as part of Anzac commemorations.

Fee freeze best wedding gift

PUT A RING ON IT: But not necessarily a super expensive one.

The decision not to increase hire fees for council-owned venues has come as a relief for one bride-to-be.

Teen takes to the skies alone

Lynfield College student Quinn Erikstad ,16, and his flying instructor Rob Utting, a Lynfield old boy.

Quinn Erikstad isn't old enough for a full driver's licence, but he's a dab hand at flying a plane.

Cautious approach from Three Kings coach

TKU's Jessie Mathews up against Suburbs Deven Jackson.

Three Kings United have set the pace in the NRFL women's premiership and the undefeated side will be wary of life at the top.

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