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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.

Longer parking limits wanted

mt albert parking

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Butchers keen to carve up rivals


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

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.

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


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

Fire at women's hostel


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.

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.

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.

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.

Medals given out to mark Everest Day

Tenzing Sherpa

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

Military technique proves popular

Donovan Ryan

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

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.

Police arrest man with knife


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


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


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.
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