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First home buyers must be quick

A special housing area in central Auckland will have eight affordable homes for sale next year.

Cricket club celebrates 60 years

Head down to Cornwall Cricket Club to see some of the club's greats play against each other in a one-off twenty20 match.

Road workers rescue man pushing own wheelchair

An Auckland man had to crawl and push his broken wheelchair along the street until road workers saved the day.

Auckland Warehouse complex gets consent

The Warehouse gets go ahead to build a shopping and apartment complex in Balmoral.

Blowing the whistle at the NRL Nines

Imagine having to boss around Shaun Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Dave Taylor or Issac Luke.

Rocks strand $1.7m rescue boat

Earthquake-related rockfall is preventing a Sumner lifeboat from being used for sea-based rescues.

Campervan theft devastates pregnant woman

The theft of a campervan has left a couple expecting a baby without a vehicle and heartbroken.

Neighbours lose development battle

Plans for a $100 million retirement village in Auckland have been given the green light.

Teen copes with mystery heart problem

Teenager Lizzie Scott had no idea the chest pain she'd been ignoring would see her carted off in an ambulance.

Empty Mt Albert site a 'magnet' for crime

Residents in a quiet Auckland suburb are concerned over vagrants living in an empty special housing site.

Cancer makes gran thankful for time left

A grandmother of nine diagnosed with terminal lung cancer plans on making the most of the time she has left.

7-year-old Kaiu Wright's big Black Caps moment

Eyes will be on Kaiu Wright at tomorrow's Black Caps match.

Rest home cockatiel flies the coop

Elvis has left the building, leaving residents at an Auckland rest home all shook up.

Summer the season for opportunistic theft

Burglaries are on the rise in Onehunga and residents are not vigilant enough, police say.

Pressure on young families that rent

Stable housing an issue for families with many children under 2 moving at least once, new study says.

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre upgrade to go ahead

A $3.1 million upgrade is in store for the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre to bring the facility up to scratch.

Neighbours pitch in to help Auckland solo mum at Christmas

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.

Len Brown fronts up over Three Kings Quarry

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

Should cars be banned from 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.

Watch: George 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.

Mt Eden church for sale

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 .

Push to demolish historic farmhouse

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

Shortage of HNZ homes leaves people waiting

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.

Central Auckland's future debated

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.

Burnt-down kiosk demolished

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.

Blindness no barrier to cricket

blind cricket

The cricket season is under way and this Sunday there's an opportunity to witness a different side of the sport.

Letting go of a lifetime hoard

Hoarder

Graeme Sims had so much stuff crammed in his flat he could only walk on a home-made track.

Project a 'long time coming'

Oakley creek

A stormwater project in the pipeline for Mt Roskill will cost an estimated $25 million.

Band challenge looms for kids

Looms

Students at an Auckland school have been looming at a furious pace as they try to set a NZ record for the longest band.

Mt Roskill new kings of chess

Chess

Students from Mt Roskill Intermediate knocked out the competition at the Chess Power National Interschool Competition.

Community comes together over kai

students

Students at Wesley Intermediate received a gift they could really sink their teeth into - a meal.

Drive to change fares on buses

Bus

Auckland Transport intends to move to an exact fare and no change policy on buses in the future.

Mum gloves up for CanTeen

Sibyl and Dylan

Dylan Mandow will be hoping for a present of a different kind when his mum steps into the boxing ring to take part in a fight night for CanTeen.

Lunar eclipse on tonight

Lunar eclipse

New Zealanders will get front row seats for tonight's total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon.

Upset over church's 'agressive' antics

Car park

A church has demolished houses in preparation for a car park that has yet to be given consent.

ID checks introduced at WINZ

community link

Photo id checks may be introduced at Work and Income sites following the recent Ashburton shootings.

Project aims to light up Christchurch

Artist's impression

Twenty Auckland architecture students are heading to Christchurch to help revive the city using light and movement.

Lucky escape from prank

Laurayne Thomas

A driver is thankful she's still alive after something was dropped on her car from an overbridge.

Mt Albert's revamp still on agenda

mt albert

The upgrade of Mt Albert town centre isn't off the cards just yet.
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