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Housing shortage hits young mum hard

Mother-of-two evicted from her Auckland state house after her sick mum was moved into a rest home.

Auckland house fire contained

An Auckland man woke to smoke and the sound of an alarm this morning as fire spread through his house.

University pushes for zoning change

It is only a matter of time until a "For Sale" sign goes up on a multi-million dollar pocket of university land.

Ready to tackle water challenge

Oxfam challenge looks to raise funds for water and sanitation projects in Papua New Guinea.

Orakei development moves forward

A controversial Auckland development is moving forward with hopes construction will start in April.

Residents fight eviction in Glen Innes

State tenant Ioela Rauti has been fighting Housing New Zealand since she was given her 90-day notice in May.

Asbestos on bike track 'gutting'

The presence of asbestos has forced an Auckland BMX track to temporarily close.

Big plans look to revitalise Alexandra Park

Money is being pumped into Alexandra Park which will soon house the Blues' training base and headquarters.

Remuera village looks to grow

A decade-long build will triple the size of a retirement village and neighbours are keen to have their say.

Meadowbank's housing squeeze

Opponents are rallying against plans to cram more state houses into Meadowbank.

Housing New Zealand dog ban labelled unfair

Animal advocates question the blanket ban on dogs put in place by Housing New Zealand.

Local boy at the helm

Peter Fa'afiu has gone from "the hood to the boardroom" in a few short years.

Front lawn in Glen Innes transformed into vege patch

Seeds of change are being sown in a humble vegetable plot in an Auckland suburb.

Young BMX champ eyes up third title

Friendly competition with her big brother has helped 8-year-old Sacha on her way to two BMX titles.

Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California

A major storm has pummeled California, killing one man and injuring a child hit by falling tree at school.

State house demo bill climbs

The cost of demolishing state houses in Glen Innes has reached almost $200,000.

Film tells social sustainability story

An Auckland teen's award-winning film Quinn's Quest takes something negative and shows the positive side.

Housing plan looks to Asian market

$5.3 million will be put towards building apartments targeting low-income elderly Asian residents.

Fighting words for professional debut

With less than a week's notice, boxer Will "The Rock" Quarrie will fight on the undercard of the Super 8 Fight Night.

Dog put down, but tenants stay

Owners of a pit bull terrier which attacked a 4-year-old Auckland girl have been allowed to remain in their state house.

Live camera makes swimmer uncomfortable

A camera at an Auckland swimming pool shows how busy the facility is, but it makes some uncomfortable.

Masson's books have got to go

American author Jeffrey Masson is giving up most of his 14,000-piece book collection so he can travel.

Scouts determined to rise from the ashes

The demolition of a Scout hall after a suspicious fire spells the end of an era.

Kick boxer gains South Pacific Belt

Champ Daria Smith was determined to prove her husband wrong when he said she wouldn't like fighting.

Book helps children cope with sick parents

 Simone Colwill, with illustrator Jasmine Ting,

A 25 night stay at hospital gave Simone Colwill the idea to write a book to help kids cope with an ill parent.

$136 a week for 'rubbish house'

Tiana Manuirirangi

A break-in, peeling paint and water in the wall made moving house a miserable experience for Tiana.

One property, five generations

panmure house

A pocket of Panmure land with one of the richest histories in Auckland has sold at auction for $862,000.

Stoked to be in Art in the Dark

Drus Dryden

Drus Dyden's concept for Art in the Dark this year involves an illuminated helium balloon and a dancing astronaut.

All aboard ocean warrior ship

Sea Shepherd New Zealand

Sea Shepherd are offering people a free tour of their boat before they head off to combat toothfish piracy.

Rest home reviews power cut procedures

Ryman health care

Family concerned as Auckland rest home residents were left cold and without hot food and drink during a power cut.

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.

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.

Assault at notorious reserve

Greg Gray

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

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.
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