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Film-maker Rebecca Tansley used the Emily Place Reserve as a set in her film Crossing Rachmaninoff.

Film-making is a stressful, time consuming gig but for Rebecca Tansley it has been worth the effort.

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing like crazy in pitch black will be a weekly occurrence in Kohimarama.

Going crazy to loud music in a dark room with a bunch of strangers - it's dancing but without the nightclub.

The transformation of Renes Bashota

Club Physical manager Richard Hala, Renes Bashota and CCS Disability Action trainer James Quintal.

Renes Bashota is showing up able-bodied gym buffs with his against-the-odds change.

Kiwi dancers going for gold

Identity Dance Crew leaders Riley Bourne, Celia Hext, William Tuarae and Joshua Cesan are ready to take their crews to the World Hip-Hop Championships.

Identity Company is gearing up for the 2015 Hip-Hop World Championships.

Lori's got the perfect pour

Auckland bartender Lori Wallace has taken second place in an international beer pouring competition.

She's only 21 but Lori Wallace has proved she's got the perfect pour at an international competition.

Crackdown on window washing hotspots

Auckland Council recently moved to crackdown on window washers under the council's Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw.

Auckland Council and the police have joined forces to crack down on window washers at the city's busiest intersections.

Murder charges after body found

Police tape cordons off the house where a man's body was discovered.

An arrest has been made after a body was found at a house in Panmure.

Around the grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Allan Pearce was one of two players to score a hat-trick for Three Kings United.

The Chatham Cup has found its final 16 from the northern region while we head deeper into the NRFL competition.

Local board pleased with feedback

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board Chairperson Simon Randall is overwhelmed by public feedback on council's budget.

The Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board received close to a thousand submissions on Auckland Council's 10-year-budget.

Artist helping children's charities video

Dave Sotogi will be at the exhibition with masterpieces such as this one.

Artist Dave Sotogi is preparing for his third solo art exhibition this July.

Lacey is back and ready to win

Mick Lacey's got the nickname The Lone Wolf as his son says he always travels by himself to tournaments.

Mick Lacey is back and ready to take on Super League Darts.

Hunt for man in white van

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly threatened and  assaulted while walking to school.

Police are hunting for a white van with the ''F'' word written across its back doors with black spray paint.

Great-granny loses 100kg

Grace Payne has lost 100kg in two years after doctors warned her she was headed for an early grave.

She was faced with a sobering reality: lose the weight or meet an early grave.

Call for donations gets huge response

Dream Centre director Moira Brown and volunteer Claire Anderson have been inundated with donations.

It began with blankets. Now there's food, clothes and even couches flooding in to the Auckland Dream Centre.

Data key to schools' sucess

Tamaki College principal Soana Pamaka says data drives what they do at the school.

Robust data collection in schools is being used to help bridge the gap between rich and poor.

Rugby clubroom for sale

The Mt Wellington Rugby Football club site is being advertised to developers.

The club rooms of the Mt Wellington Rugby Football Club may have to be demolished as the site is up for sale.

Get involved with natural history

Auckland War Memorial Museum youth outreach programmer Amiria Puia-Taylor and guest educator Charlotte Milne.

Learn about creepy crawlies and the plant world at a natural history workshop being run by Auckland Museum.

Accelerating cycling projects

Additional funding for the Urban Cycleway Programme will improve east and west cycling connections.

An additional $25 million will be spent on the Auckland Cycle Network over the next three years.

Planting knowledge through long-term project

Orakei School students Arkarne Teinapi and Colin Tukuafu with Okahu Rakau ecological project manager Charmaine Wiapo.

East Auckland's Pourewa Reserve is being restored with the help of 200 school students.

Wanted: New faces for Christmas favourite

Cherie Mathieson is looking for fresh new talent to entertain crowds at this year's Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park shows

Calling all budding entertainers - here is your chance for a moment in the spotlight.

Putting to the world champs

Black Swings putters Mary Jaynes, Rory Sullivan and Lucy Giesen.

Meet the minigolfers representing New Zealand on the world stage for the very first time.

Hard work in the sun

St Cuthbert's College students Erica Li, Ella Penny and Georgia Clarke along with their 13 strong group will be helping those effected by cyclones.

A  tropical island holiday sounds very relaxing, but it will be hard work for one group of teenagers.

Kids can help struggling families

Ellerslie School pupils Shawn Sharma, Erin Sigley and Dallas Carter have been collected hundreds of cans along with their schoolmates.

Schools around Auckland are stacking up the cans to help those in need.

Iwi history retold at Matariki event

Historian Morehu Wilson will give a talk about Ngati Paoa's history in Panmure and surrounding suburbs on July 9.

Learn about Ngati Paoa's connection to Tamaki at a Matariki event.

Modern and Kiwi design for city cycleway

Feedback on the Nelson St cycleway has called for a distinctively New Zealand design.

Aucklanders want a colourful and distinctly New Zealand design for the Nelson St cycleway.

"Freak accident" ends match scoreless

Three Kings' Martine Puketapu, right, suffered a horrific injury against Eastern Suburbs.

An Eastern Suburbs football match ended early after a horrific on-field injury.

Marist confident despite tight roster

Marist's William Lloyd is not available for the game as his Auckland Blue's contract stipulates he must take a three-week break.

TEC take on Marist at War Memorial park this weekend. Coming off losses both teams are expecting to up their games.

Top of her class

St Thomas's School teacher Leonie Agnew's students are too young to read her book now but after picking up a top award it will still be a highlight on the bookshelves for years to come.

Writer Leonie Agnew has won New Zealand’s oldest book prize, the Esther Glen medal for junior fiction.

Learning disability no barrier to employment

Ashleigh McEuen has been adding value to Spotlight for seven years.

The Poly-emp charitable trust helps find employment for those with learning disabilities and helps them realise their potential in the their chosen careers. This was the case for Ashleigh McEuen.

10 years nurturing young talent

Scarlett Jacques, Lucy Taylor and Beanie Bartlett are all getting the chance to perform as the Cat in the Hat.

A love of theatre has seen James Doy passing on his knowledge for 10 years.

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