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School swimmers embrace formidable oceans

Six of the endurance swimmers. Jack Anderson, Hamish Waddell, William Ashforth, Oliver Wooles, Burhan Haidermota and Gus Falconer.

A squad of Auckland Grammar endurance swimmers have returned from a series of successful northern hemisphere swims.

Ellerslie Eagles mark Old Boys' Day

Ellerslie Eagles halfback Anund Manga looks for support against the Waitemata Seagulls.

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Starship doctors travel to Fiji

Fijian children will have access to life-saving surgery next month.

A volunteer medical team is travelling to Fiji to perform life saving heart surgery on children, but needs the public's help with fundraising.

Rates invoices coming

Keith Sharp says his rates have gone up 50 per cent since the creation of the super-city.

Got your rates notice yet? They're being delivered between August 1 and 8.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

This tackle from Springs Rebecca O'Neill on Suburbs Jacqueline Hand earned Suburbs a penalty and subsequent goal.

Springs advance in the ASB Women's Knockout Cup while central Auckland teams taste success in the men's division.

Bug signs for curious walkers

The Entomological Society of New Zealand Auckland branch secretary Nicholas Martin with Tahuna Torea honorary ranger Chris Barfoot.

Bug signs have gone up in Auckland's Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve to educate park users about what lives in the bush.

Springs progress, Suburbs out in women's football

Dejected: Suburbs Jolene Muir following the loss to Western Springs.

Western Springs AFC moved into the semi-finals of the ASB Women's Knockout Cup via a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory.

Mainline Steam building will go

Councillor Mike Lee, Parnell Community Committee chairman Luke Niue, Parnell Inc general manager Cheryl Adamson and architect Nicholas Stevens were keen to see the Mainline Steam building retained.

A historic rail depot in Parnell is being cleared for a retirement village development.

Pastry chef wins gold

Ganesh Khedekar with his gold medal winning cake.

A pastry chef has won gold at the NZChefs National Salon with gravity defying cakes, and a peculiar ice cream

School roll growth 'uncharted territory'

Glendowie College principal Richard Dykes knows some significant developments will be needed to cater for future role growth.

The property market is not the only sector that's booming in Auckland, school age population is increasing dramatically and educators are feeling the pressure.

Liver disease disrupts refugee family's plans

Fitim Rudi suffers from chronic liver disease and had a liver transplant in 2012.

Fitim Rudi has been battling chronic liver disease for most of his life. His family came to New Zealand as refugees from Kosovo and would love to take him back there for a family reunion.

Family helps school in deep south

Daniel and Browen Simpson and their children Adam, 8, Alice, 3, and Katy, 8.

An Auckland family took a special trip to Stewart Island to help Halfmoon Bay School.

Eastern Suburbs prepare for sudden death clash

Suburbs coach Paul Marshall will be hoping to get one over his former players.

Two football rivals are set to clash with a semifinal spot up for grabs.

Designers' poster purrfection

Graphic designers Alice Murray and Jared McDowell have designed their own missing cat posters to help cat-owners find their feline friends

Two young graphic designers are giving missing pet posters a makeover in order to help cat owners find their feline friends.

Help build homes for Nepal

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand global village co-ordinator Kosala Krishnan.

Habitat for Humanity worker Kosala Krishnan says building houses in Nepal is about much more than just putting a roof over people's heads.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Three King's Harrison Nash scored two goals against Central.

Three Kings steer clear of relegation while Western Springs keep slipping.

Plan for Loombs Hotel revealed

Project manager Smeet Girish and developer JP Singh say the hotel will be the centerpiece of the childhood centre.

One of Auckland's oldest buildings is being incorporated into a new early childhood centre.

Paddock turned into retirement village

Trust chairman Stephen Jacobi and secretary Grant Hope at Parsons' Paddock.

A prime piece of Auckland land known as Parsons' Paddock will soon be home to a retirement village.

Grammar TEC secure Gallaher Shield

Grammar halfback Jono Hickey celebrates his try. Grammar TEC v University. Auckland Premier Club Rugby, Gallaher Shield Final. Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 25 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Phototek.nz

A second half masterclass hands Grammar TEC the 2015 Auckland premier rugby title.

Hockey ace bound for US

Sarah Holland is off to study and play hockey at Princeton in the USA.

An Auckland hockey star will be studying and playing at one of the United States' most prestigious universities.

B4 School Checks at record high

Plunket B4 School check coordinator Raewyn Handley and clinical leader Anita Quensell.

More than 13,000 Auckland preschoolers are ready for their first year in the classroom, having been through the B4 School Check.

60 students in train station brawl

A fight broke out between students at Orakei Train Station (pictured)

The clash between schools at Orakei caused delays and cancellations on the eastern line.

Sucked in by Hoover

Remuera resident Roy Cook says his Hoover collection is a bit of fun.

To many it's just a household appliance but to Roy Cook the Hoover vacuum cleaner is an obsession.

Rugby final has makings of a classic

Jordan Lay charges forward. University v Pakuranga. Auckland Premier Club Rugby. Semi Final. Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield. Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 18 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Phototek.nz

University are happy to wear the underdog tag into the Gallaher Shield final against Grammar TEC.

Cement boats relocating

Holcim Cement boats will be relocating to the  Waitemata wharf once a new terminal is completed.

Holcim is relocating its cement boats from Onehunga to Waitemata port following the construction of a new multi-million dollar terminal.

Orakei School's new development

A new filtration system is just one of many changes at an expanding primary school in the Auckland suburb of Orakei.

Auckland's parking price-hike

All-day parking prices are jumping from $17 to $24 at the Civic, Downtown and Victoria St car parks.

Workers driving into the city will feel the pinch come August as AT is bumps up prices to discourage commuter parking.

Unsecured fence a concern

Ron Llich says residents are concerned the fence may fall over again.

Residents who live near a Housing New Zealand Special Housing Area are concerned about an unsecured security fence around the property.

Volunteers close the book on fair

Mary McCutcheon-Walker says her team of volunteers don’t have enough strength to continue running the Variety’s Monster Book Fair.

Variety’s Monster Book Fair is coming to an end. The event, which is one of Auckland's largest book fairs, has taken a toll on its volunteers.

Special needs requires more funding

RTLB Cluster eight lead school principal Linley Bruce says more government funding is a good move, but more is needed.

An injection of $62.9 million is a step towards greater support for special needs learning in schools.

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