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Powerlifter's powerful tale

Carli Dillen

When Carli Dillen was told taekwondo would put her in a wheelchair, she turned her attention to a different sport instead.

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.

HNZ no dog policy brought up

Coral Cres

A dog attack in Auckland which sent a young girl to hospital has brought state tenancy rules into the spotlight.

Breath of fresh air for cricket side

Matthew Newman and Simon Lambert

After a tough season last year Ellerslie Cricket Club has enlisted some help from a future star of the game.

Assault at notorious reserve

Greg Gray

A man assaulted metres from home is calling for a security clamp-down at an Auckland reserve.

3 day ban a 'slap on wrist'

Josephine Bartley

A store caught selling liquor to a 15-year-old has been shut down - but only for three days.

She's going to run a marathon a day

run

Mina Holder is on a journey to become one of the few to run the entire length of the country.

Underage drinkers still getting booze

alcohol generic

More liquor off-licences are caught selling to underage buyers in central Auckland than any other part of NZ.

Drab land gets guerilla treatment

Grant Bettjeman

A gardening project is beginning to take shape on a patch of council land in Orakei.

Female officers challenge status quo

Female cop

Being a woman in the police force means "doing things 150% better" than male counterparts, constable says.

Family reunited after decades apart

Johnson Apet and his mother Malang Mabior

Civil war in South Sudan tore a mother and son apart. 24 years later they're together again.

Tamaki Drive's problematic wall

Tamaki wall

There is concern over the integrity of 7.5km seawall that stretches from Mechanics Bay to St Heliers.

Safeguarding Auckland's harbour

Coast

The Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan will shape how the gulf is used in the future.

Kiwis embrace Italian culture

Fiorella Kirwan, Flavia Berucci and Alessandra Zecchini

It started out as a small fundraising event and has grown into the largest European cultural festival in Auckland.

Youngster donates toys to hospice

Kate Jamie Barrington

Pint-sized Kate Jamie Barrington hauled a pile of toys taller than she is to preschool to help others.

Hungry days are ahead

Pamela Day

Anti-poverty campaign Live Below the Line challenges people to feed themselves for just $2.25 a day.

Hair today, beard champ tomorrow

Ygnacio Cervio

With a prize-worthy beard like this, eating ice cream is out of the question.

Documentary tells Glen Innes' story

GI houses

Betty went from a fit state house campaigner to a cancer patient whose home of 33 years was demolished.

Photographer's focus on peace

Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson wants to create a lasting conversation about peace by showing a white rose in 10,000 people's hands.

Douglas Duane's life celebrated by family

doug

When friends and family gathered to farewell Douglas Mason Duane it was his love of the water that was talked of most.

Businesswoman quits after signage dispute

sign

A row over sandwich boards with council has forced one Newmarket business to close.

Out-of-zone boundaries set in stone

zone

Two controversial new high school zones are now in place in Auckland.

Village plans call for rock-blasting

angry residents

Greenlane residents fear they'll have to live with four years of heavy noise while a retirement village is built.

School band helps with sky-high proposal

proposal

A high school concert band was part of a heart-thumping marriage proposal at 35,000 feet.

Running for kids' lives

De Niro

Five friends from the eastern suburbs are challenging themselves in the name of charity.

Waterways cleaned with mussel power

Tamaiti Tamaariki and Will Maihi

Ngati Whatua Orakei has a mussel reef restoration programme to help clean the waterways feeding into Okahu Bay.

Historic suburb readies itself for quake

Kim Helas

Earthquake strengthening work is threatening to disrupt businesses in Auckland's oldest suburb.

Teen keen to be a quitter

Jahmon Tawhai

Jahmon Tawhai had his first cigarette when he was 7. Ten years later he's keen to stub the habit out.

Top table tennis skills on show

Teng Teng Liu

For the last 90 years ping pong balls have been flying left, right and centre at the Auckland Table Tennis Association.

Missing stormwater grates pose risks

water drain

Theft of grates for their scrap value is a significant problem for Auckland Transport, spokesman says.

State house sculpture in 'poor taste'

Queens Wharf

State tenants oppose $1.5m sculpture proposed for Akld's Queens Wharf because the ironic message is offensive.

Young Kiwi has chance to be next Lionel Messi

Otto Ingham

12-year-old Otto Ingham is set to return to Spain to play for Barcelona FC's elite futsal side again.

Push for migrants to vote

refugee

Could a big turnout by migrant voters be a game changer on election day?

Book looks at 'amazing era'

Evan Silva

Some people have music in their blood and Evan Silva reckons he is one of them.

Fenchurch paves the way

Fenchurch

The Fenchurch neighbourhood project includes a childcare centre, 32 new homes and the redevelopment of a scout hall.

New home is icing on Cupcake

Cucpcake

He was scruffy, covered in sores and missing teeth. But a brave rescue from a stranger has changed Cupcake's fate.

Assault in park alarms community

Maybury reserve

A recent alleged assault on a teenage girl shines light on the issue of dark, unsafe parks.

Isolation hits when hearing goes

Jess Lee

It's easier just to ignore you. That's what a friend says to me while I'm hearing-impaired for just one day.

Busy mixture of work and sport

Dan Buckingham

In 1999 Dan Buckingham was having the year of his life, living in Otago. But life changed forever after a rugby accident.

Crunch time for gym seniors

GI pool

Fee hikes at a community gym complex have some seniors weighing up whether or not they can afford to stay.

Marking the start of WWI

Andrew Gregg

Auckland War Memorial Museum is holding a free commemorative service to mark the start of WWI.

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.

Film-maker keeps Pacific flame alive

Craig Fasi

Giving Pacific Islanders a voice is what drives Craig Fasi.

Zone proposal 'reeks of snobbery'

Carmela Hughes and Ardit Hoxha

Fears for Auckland's Selwyn College if kids from lower socio-economic suburbs are excluded.

Swing bridge is a treasure

Martin Jones

As you cross the bridge from Panmure to Pakuranga you pass by an engineering relic that historians say is well worth preserving.

Ministry steps in to heated zone stoush

zones

Selwyn College, One Tree Hill College's proposed zones amended so boundaries don't cross with two high decile schools.

Park ranger juggles many different jobs

Chris Felton

Conflict resolution may not seem an essential skill for a park ranger.

Plea to save heritage building

Mainline building

Community leaders are calling for the preservation of the Mainline Steam building as KiwiRail prepares to sell land.

Fur Seals are going for warmth

Fur seals

As unlikely as it may seem, a group of fur seals are about to make their way to Samoa's warmer waters.

Church's grand piazza plans

Church flat

St Michael's Catholic Parish is proposing to sell the three flats it owns to raise funds for a piazza and more car parking.
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