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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Butchers keen to carve up rivals


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

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.

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.

Debate over how to fill a gaping hole


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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