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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.

Kiwi rows Ivy League boat

Max Lowndes

For Max Lowndes juggling an engineering degree and high performance rowing at an Ivy League Uni is part and parcel of life.

Enjoying the buzz of the fish market

Michael Sprague

There's a certain smell about the place at the Auckland Fish Market, but manager Michael Sprague says you do get used to it.

Zoning needed as rolls swell

zones

Two Auckland colleges have been advised to put enrolment schemes in place to combat rapid roll growth.

Divided opinion over Quay St

Quay st

Quay St revamp a "waste of money" and should be put on back burner due to city's growing debt, councillor says.

Workshop looks at two sides of treaty

Tiriwa Watene and partner Sue Gee

Understanding the Treaty of Waitangi enables migrants to know how things work in New Zealand, organiser says.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

cadets

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.
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