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Carving a place in Matariki

Petelo Esekielu

Carving posts to support Samoan fale is a relatively new family tradition for Petelo Esekielu.

Out, proud and ready to retire

Rainbow strap

"Silver rainbow kit" gives advice about aged residential care of gay and lesbian retirees in NZ.

Kids missing special screen

Air New Zealand generic

A screen vital for learning at Sommerville Special School has been stolen by thieves who will be unable to use it.

A real grassroots rugby success

Blair Christiansen

When the All Blacks take the field at Eden Park they are running out on to some of the nation's most hallowed turf.

Swing in to circus fun

Eve Gordon

Shows like Cirque de Soleil have led to a renaissance in human circus, Dust Palace owner Eve Gordon says.

Academy star's slam dunk

Yuat Alok

Standing at 2.1m tall, its Yuat Alok's height and skill that make him a perfect prospect for the Breakers.

Bowling club up for sale

Rawhiti bowling club

The land occupied by the century-old Rawhiti Bowling Club is up for grabs and looks set to be used for housing.

Auckland's hidden homeless


Number of people sleeping in cars, garages or 'couch surfing' is on the rise, housing providers say.

Beware pin and win scam

Credit cards

Business owners targeted by an increasingly common scam are warning others not to fall into the same trap.

Schools' revolving door woes

Lesley Elia

Transience is problematic for schools with pupils constantly moving in and out, disrupting studies and classrooms.

Thief dashes student's motorbike project hopes


Eamon Thomson's final school project was going well until a thief made off with the bike he was working on.

Podcasts enrich urban walks

Roger Cole-Baker and Patricia Yurak

Parnell Trust volunteers have put together seven heritage walk podcasts which guide people around Parnell, Newmarket, Grafton and Epsom.

Prescribing exercise the best medicine

Shon Saphire

Out of shape, smoking and depressed, it took help from the Green Prescription to get Shon's life back on track.

Roadworks kill trade on St Heliers Bay Rd

David Lokes

Roadworks are churning up St Heliers Bay Rd and small business owners fear it could be the end of them.

'Everyone deserves a second chance'

John Munro

Even the most hardened criminals are vulnerable and deserve a fair trial, barrister John Munro says.

Housing struggles portrayed in photos

Sakiko Sugawa and Ella Grace McPherson-Newton

State houses in Glen Innes are being thrust into the spotlight through a new art exhibition.

Change on way for cathedral


Auckland's Anglican Cathedral is about to close down for three months of major construction.

Anger at centre delays

Meadowbank community centre

Work on a new building for Meadowbank's community centre needs to get underway as soon as possible, manager says.

100-years-old and full of energy

Molly Brown

The secret to a long life is lots of exercise and a banana a day.

Teacher brings music to young

Inga Hope

Self-taught guitarist and singer-songwriter Inga Hope is helping Auckland children reach their musical potential.

A leader of leaders

Ron Carter

Sir Ron Carter is a people person. You've got to be if you're serious about being an effective leader, he says.

Formal recognition for softball stalwart

Eddie Kohlhase

Eddie Kohlhase has been formally recognised for his services to softball as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Spending 24 hours at sea


A bunch of teenagers are hoping for some warmer weather as they prepare to spend 24 hours out on the Orakei Basin.

Troubled bridge over Panmure's waters

Jubilee Bridge

The future of Panmure Basin's Jubilee Bridge remains unclear, but a new, wider bridge could be on the cards.

Rhythmic gymnast determined to qualify

Kelly MacDonald

Kelly MacDonald is on track to make it to the Commonwealth Games, but her strongest supporter won't be there.

New York cycling guru joins Frocks on Bikes

Frocks on bikes

Janette Sadik-Khan, credited with turning New York's streets into friendlier cycle spaces, will ride with Frocks on Bikes.

Laptops for high school the 'best gift in the world'

Lorenzo Toala, and Tenisi Liuanga

A low decile school has been provided with 20 laptops to help the most vulnerable students.

Farewell PostShop

Stores go, services remain


New Zealand Post has announced that four of its Auckland stores will be permanently shutting their doors.

Pike River tragedy inspires robot

 Vandan Patel,

A teen inventor has created a robot designed to go into mines or earthquake rubble to find life.

Warning over Govt's state house plan

Bill McKay

The author of a book about state housing history says myths about the homes need to be debunked.

Blind runner seeks a new training buddy

Rob Matthews

Wanted - someone fleet of foot to guide a blind runner through the Boston or London Marathon in 2015.

Four prestigious schools come calling

Sylvia Jiang

Four prestigious American music schools compete with scholarship offers for Kiwi pianist Sylvia Jiang.

Documentary festival tells it as it is

Dan Shanan

This year's Documentary Edge Festival reflects labours of love, blood, sweat and tears, organiser says.

Mind is a 'powerful' part of healing

Caroline Cranshaw

It took a life-changing event for Caroline Cranshaw to find her niche in life. It was New Year's Eve in 2000 and she was driving around a corner when she lost control and collided head-on with a truck.

Government boost cochlear funding

Cochlear Implant

A mother is happy more children with hearing problems will have access to the procedure that helped her son.

Alcohol restrictions in parks may cease

Liquor Ban

A proposed bylaw will allow current alcohol controls in five central Auckland parks to lapse in October 2015.

Edible gardens connect communities

Edible gardens connect communities

Emily Harris

Emily Harris spends her days trying to come up with new ways to grow food in Auckland's concrete jungle.

Insights offered into the teenage mindset

Brainwave Trust executive director Sue Wright and parent Fiona Crummey

Ball season is drawing closer and with that comes parental angst over drinking, drugs and peer pressure.

Junk shop finds furnish restored house

Doll house

Hours of cutting, pasting and using tweezers to put together tiny pieces of furniture has kept David Wood busy for several months.

Brothers compete on hockey pitch

Oconnor bros

For the six brothers in the O'Connor household hockey is a pretty big deal.

Vandals send message

vandalised house

Vandalism of new houses in a spot formerly occupied by state housing is evidence of unhappiness, residents say.

Statue to spirit of Parnell

Les Harvey

Millionaire Les Harvey didn't look like a wealthy property developer and wasn't one for pretense or flashy clothes.

Delving into the secrets of the sea

Clinton Duffy

Found something weird and wonderful washed up on the beach but don't know what it is? Chances are marine biologist Clinton Duffy can help.

Our dads' wartime exploits

poppy anzac day

Fighting for king and country might seem like ancient New Zealand history to some - but not Stan Hansen, Peter Courtney and Jack Blyth.

Sketches show life in prisoner of war camp

bill bourke

Bill Bourke's sketches give a rare glimpse into a World War II prison camp through the eyes of someone who was there.

NZ war stories go global

tony robinson

Tony Robinson has a cunning plan to help us learn a little bit more about our war history.

Group leader sold on scouting

Nicky Prior

Nicky Prior is the group leader of the St Heliers Glendowie Scouts and she loves every minute of it.

Police officer attacked


A police officer is in hospital after being attacked while trying to break up a brawl in Auckland.

Heart conditions bring teens together

Badminton EBC

Honor Guysmith was dealt a tough hand the day she came into the world but will be scaling new heights at Camp Teen Beat at Long Bay.

Snap and protect goods

Knowing the serial numbers of your important possessions can make a big difference if you're the victim of a burglary.
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