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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.

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.

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

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.
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