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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.

Love affair with trams

Alan Curtis

Motat is getting ready to celebrate 50 years and one long-time volunteer couldn't be more excited.

Playwright makes a flying visit

Ron Blicq

A Canadian great-grandfather has made a long trip to see his play performed at Auckland's Dolphin Theatre.

Old, wise, worthy of celebrating

Lena Dsouza, Sheshadri Setlur and Mani Rajan

As International Day of Older Persons rolls by it's timely to pause and say thanks to those who paved the way.

Auckland ferry plan floated

Onehunga wharf

Ferries might be the key to unlocking the Manukau Harbour but will Ports of Auckland come to the party?

'Sisterhood' nabs sevens trophy

Rugby team

Move over Sonny Bill, the halls of Wesley Intermediate now belong to a new group of sporting superstars.

Final report due on flight paths

News on the controversial SMART flight trial is due later this year.

Hundreds of apartments to be built

apartments

A site currently used as a car park in Mt Eden has been earmarked as an SHA area for apartments.

Development plans for fragile mountain

house belvedere

Auckland Council is planning to subdivide a Mt St John site where a derelict house has stood for years.

A+ score for Grammar girls' season

soccer

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

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

Out-of-zone boundaries set in stone

zone

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

Hoardings

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.
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