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Residents upset over Unitec plans

neighbours

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

wedding

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

Future of Eden Park discussed

Eden Park

Eden Park Trust Board's unitary plan submission is now available for all to read. So, what do the locals think?

Game over for rowdy bowling club

Edendale bowling club

Complaints about drunken parties and damaged greens have seen the Edendale Bowling Club evicted.

Butchers keen to carve up rivals

BUtchers

Knives are being sharpened in anticipation of the upcoming Butchery Tri-Nations competition.

'Nothing but gold, that's the goal'

Paddy Leuii

Paddy Leuii wants to walk away from the Commonwealth Games with nothing less than a gold medal for his efforts.

School pupils buck national trend

Roskill students

Mt Roskill Grammar was one of seven schools looked at by ERO to find out why they have such strong academic results.

Taking aim at Rio games

Lee Warn

If you think you shouldn't take a man who does marathons dressed as a gorilla seriously, think again.

Debate over how to fill a gaping hole

Quarry

What to do with the Three Kings quarry has a company and community at odds.

Schoolboy rivals' milestone rugby match

Rob Harris

One of the longest running rivalries in schoolboy rugby will be revisited when two teams meet for the 202nd time.

Fire at women's hostel

Firemen

Neighbours heard screaming and saw distressed women on the road following a fire in central Auckland. 

Football club closes in on clubrooms goal

Steven Reid

New facilities at Keith Hay Park can't come fast enough for Three Kings United.

Money will miss most vulnerable

May Road school

Education policy is channelling money into pockets of individuals rather than helping most vulnerable students, principal says.

Payroll system still problematic

Ministry of Education logo

Nearly two years after the government's Novopay system was introduced, schools are still struggling with the payroll programme.

Father's story seals Fringe spot

Vela Manusaute

An immigrant's experience of working in a mattress factory in 1970s New Zealand has earned his son an invitation to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Education programme aims to reverse mental health stigma

Jason Chow

Chinese people experiencing mental illness are suffering in silence in fear of discrimination from their community.

Heptathlon's rising star

Natasha Eady

A 16-year-old St Cuthbert's College student has just been named as a silver level member of the Athletics NZ Performance Potential Squad for heptathlon.

Prize is student's cup of tea

Livne Ore

An essay on the tea drinking habits of the Irish has earned one student a dream trip to Ireland.

Incident at Mt Eden Corrections Facility

Mt Eden prison

Emergency services were called when a group of Mt Eden prisoners refused to comply with guards.

Kiwi song for Buddhist leader

Dalai Lama

Refuge, a song sung in English and Tibetan and featuring a mantra, was singer Junelle's gift to the Dalai Lama.

A career in disability and human rights

Robbie Francis

Robbie Francis' prosthetic leg hasn't held her back and she is passionate about advocating for the disabled.

Military technique proves popular

Donovan Ryan

A krav maga instructor has countless tales of students who can now protect themselves thanks to his class.

Medals given out to mark Everest Day

Tenzing Sherpa

Fifteen Kiwi mountaineers who've reached the top of Mt Everest will receive special medals.

Police arrest man with knife

Police

Police have arrested a man with a knife in Mount Eden following initial reports by public of a person with a firearm.

Jiu-jitsu kid tiny, but mighty

Ashley Nesbitt

Ashley Nesbitt is sure to put up a good fight at the 2014 Kids World International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champs.

Private Eye a 'human lie detector'

Julia Hartley Moore

Best-selling author Julia Hartley Moore is a private investigator with a talent for sniffing out cheating spouses.

Churches tackle issues together

Churches together

A dwindling number of worshippers has seen two churches band together to ensure their future.

Cat caught in outlawed trap

trap

SPCA renews calls to ban gin traps after a third Auckland cat had to have its leg amputated.

Kakapo chick going south after big storm

Heather One

Kakapo chick Heather One is heading to Invercargill after surviving a cyclone and pneumonia.

Demolished for access

Fergusson domain

A house bought and torn down by the Auckland Council has an Onehunga resident riled.

Hopes high for SHAs

SHA STRAP

Land earmarked for special housing areas means change is on the way for some state house tenants.

Wheel Black's big plans

Tainafi Lefono

Wheel Black Tainafi Lefono plans to be the first tetraplegic to complete a bachelor of physiotherapy in New Zealand.

Prayer room 'just good business'

Pak'n'save staff member

An Auckland supermarket's on site prayer room for staff has been in place for nearly a decade.

Companies start to embrace diversity

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie

Auckland businesses are slowly embracing ethnic diversity in the workplace.

Group for parents of gay youth starts

Amanda Aarons, with Josh

A lack of support for parents of gay children inspired one woman to form the Holding Our Own group.

NZ comics go back long way

Adrian Kinnaird

Cartoonist Adrian Kinnaird's love of comics started when he was a 5-year-old reading Winnie the Pooh.

Art career built on Kiwiana

Janice Napper

Janice Napper has been interested in art all her life.

Orphan's long journey of discovery

Jean Griffiths

From a shoebox to an orphanage and then to New Zealand. That was how life began for Jean Griffiths.

Cocoa's the go for fair trade

Rose Boatemaa Mensah

When African farmer Rose Boatemaa Mensah explains how fair trade has helped her, you can start to understand how making small changes in your life matters.

Lack of help for addiction a problem

synthetic cannabis

Lack of treatment services for addicted youth is the biggest issue surrounding legal highs, addiction centre says.

Artist in global quest

Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas hopes to meet the last medicinal carver from the Jah Het tribe when he goes to Malaysia.

UN meeting inspires Nive

Status of Women conference a dream for Nive

Nive Sharat Chandran

Working with the United Nations to improve the lives of women is a dream come true for Nive Sharat Chandran.

Junk shop finds furnish restored house

Doll house

Hours of cutting, pasting and using tweezers to put together tiny pieces of furniture has kept David Wood busy for several months.

Women urged to keep up breast screening

Kristelle Thomsen

Joy Ford mistakenly believed her age meant she was no longer at risk of getting breast cancer.

Survival story a finalist

Melinda Szymanik

A 12-year-old Polish boy's story of survival in labour camps during World War II has been immortalised in ink and nominated for a top book award.

Mentor's role is 'the most rewarding'

Kerry Penman

Kerry Penman has been a dairy farmer, a truck driver, a sales manager and now owns a media company. But his best role yet has been mentoring a high school student.
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