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A+ score for Grammar girls' season


The Mt Albert Grammar girls first XI season has been nothing short of perfect.

Big cheese shares secrets

Juliet Harbutt

The first time Juliet Harbutt sampled top quality European cheese was a life-changing moment.

Women to march on Parliament


Shakti NZ is joining a Women's Refuge-led domestic violence protest march in Wellington.

Out-of-zone boundaries set in stone


Two controversial new high school zones are now in place in Auckland.

Leanne's marathon effort

Leanne Byers

Leanne Byers tried to lose weight but nothing seemed to work. Then her niece simply said: "I don't want you to die."

Community day brings art to all

Ella Kumar

The third annual Pah Homestead Community Day is set for September 27.

Balancing ledger on the footy field

Saimon Lomaloma

Meet Saimon Lomaloma. Wellington accountant during the week, Auckland rugby league powerhouse on the weekend.

Mega crew flips out in Vegas

Id hip hop crew

Thirty dancers might sound like a logistical nightmare but an in-sync Auckland crew have walked away with second place on the world stage.

Prolific graffiti a sign of the times


Vandalism of election hoardings is nothing new but candidates say they're being hit harder this time around.

Loving Auckland's coastline

Rebecca Wadey

Rebecca Wadey is the founder of The Centre in Kingsland. She shares what she loves about Auckland.

Bright ideas unite Roskill Together

Joseph Rebello and board chair Brenda Vui-Talitu

Roskill Together is a Community Development Scheme pilot aiming to give communities access to funding for activities.

Loss of van a set back for refugee kids

stolen van

A stolen van means more than just the loss of transport for one man. It could affect an entire homework group.

JPs helping Kiwis for 200 years


Eighty-four-year-old Leo Stafford-Bush says its the lesser known services that have kept him interested in being a JP.

Pocket park coming to Kingsland

pocket park

A design competition for Unitec landscape architecture students looks to redevelop a lawn area on New North Rd.

Winning architecture sets the scene

Winning design

An apartment building is going up in Mt Eden - and the company behind the design is just around the corner.

Push for migrants to vote


Could a big turnout by migrant voters be a game changer on election day?

Rustlers target sheep in Cornwall Park


Rustlers are targeting Cornwall Park farm in suburban Auckland, setting leg traps and stealing sheep.

Investigation into child assault following fire


Police are investigating an assault on a child following a house fire in Auckland.

Carpenters Daughter focuses efforts online

Caroline Marr

It's the end of an era for a fashion label that's been catering for the fuller figured woman for 25 years.

Central plots will be retirement villages


Demand for senior living in central Auckland is creating a boom in retirement village construction.

Candidates not keen on co-operation over housing

Generic housing

Housing is a big deal in Auckland, particularly in an election year. But is co-operation?

Rogue postie gets sack


Thousands of letters never made it to mailboxes when a lazy postie started skipping streets.

Mixed thoughts on train revamp


A major revamp of the City Rail Link design has provoked mixed reactions from local government representatives.

Parking restrictions strangle businesses

parking woes

Parking limits are turning a bustling shopping strip into a ghost town, business owners say.

Auckland train power fault probed

Auckland trains

A faulty train or power surges may be why electric trains on the Onehunga Line were grounded for 10 days.

Tropical getaway all about robots


Most people visit Samoa for the sun and sand but Doug Bryan went there to show kids how to build robots.

Sacked high school coach still loves football

Kevin Fallon

Finding out he was no longer needed as football coach at MAGS was a kick in the guts for Kevin Fallon.

Auckland food truck scene on a roll

food truck

There's a revolution of sorts going on in Auckland's dining scene and food trucks are in the middle of it.

Thieves make off with jewellery

Kate Fraser

Kate Fraser left the house for half an hour. When she returned, precious heirlooms were gone.

Prisoners muck in to turn scraps into veges

John Moore

More than a million worms across 200 on-site farms are chewing their way through prison scraps in Mt Eden.

Fee hike hits hard

Ward Buckingham

Non-profit groups forced out of a community centre due to "huge" price rises, confusion and declined bookings.

All welcome to Eid Day

Naima Ali

When Naima Ali saw Auckland for the first time she thought she had arrived in Disneyland.

Ashley's Jiu-Jitsu journey

Ashley Nesbitt

8-year-old Ashley Nesbitt may be small, but she sure is tough. And now she has the medals to prove it.

Longer parking limits wanted

mt albert parking

Businesses fear a 30-minute parking restriction in Mt Albert is putting customers off.

Cutbacks may see plans fall away

Francis Mortimer

Fears Mt Albert town centre will miss out on long awaited upgrade as Auckland Council looks to make savings.

Olive is a great therapist


The generosity of a 96-year-old woman is helping get more mobility dogs into the disabled community.

Proposed school zones cause upset

school generic

Proposed zone overlap with lower decile schools has parents from two elite schools angry.

Bright pair head to US universities

Alix Boberg and Rebecca Gray

Rebecca Gray and Alix Boberg, two of 26 graduates across NZ to pick up Fulbright Awards, are off to US universities.

Smokers to blame for bin blazes

rubbish bin on fire

Public rubbish bins are catching on fire because smokers are being careless when throwing their cigarette butts away.

Study investigates face-to-face prams


The opportunity to engage with children and develop their language skills could be influenced by the type of buggy parents use, an education lecturer says.

Eclectic art on show

Laurence Couchman

An artist has to have a beard. That's what Laurence Couchman believed as child.

Police crackdown on scavenging


Quality donations left at the Salvation Army are being stolen by people who in turn leave their rubbish behind.

Drive to slow down traffic

Graeme Easte

Speeding drivers and "rat running" to avoid congestion has prompted the Albert-Eden Board to implement traffic calming measures.

Film based on street game

Joey De Guzman

A finalist in the Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival has made a film centered around a Filipino game.

Residents upset over Unitec plans


Homeowners in streets around Unitec have been "left in the dark" over plans to rezone land to allow mix of uses.

HNZ's grand designs on old hotel

old hotel

The redevelopment of a Housing New Zealand property in Mt Albert has put neighbours on edge.

Thieves shop at same time as victim

Credit cards

A woman whose credit cards were stolen before they reached her is wondering how thieves spent almost $6000.

Taking up the chocolate challenge

pastry chefs

18 kilograms of chocolate and eight hours is all two chefs will have to create a masterpiece in a Norwegian competition.

Gymnasts head to Commonwealth Games

Glasgow bound: Matt Palmer, Reid McGowan and David Bishop.

Tri-star Gymnastics has a knack for churning out NZ representative gymnasts and now three of them are off to Glasgow.

Council's unpleasant wedding gift


Two brides-to-be are 'frustrated and stressed' after trying to secure wedding venues with Auckland Council.
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