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Torched vehicles baffle cops

Burnt out car

Police are unsure what the motivation is behind the torching of four stolen cars over three days.

New closing times a concern

alcohol generic

Customers are in the dark about new closing times and how they could affect Auckland's nightlife, hospitality group says.

Mission to Mars discussed

Kira Bacal

Dr Kira Bacal is running a series about planning a mission to Mars with Pakuranga's University of the 3rd Age.

Council may come to historic village's rescue

Historical village

Mayor says it is timely to debate whether facilities like Howick Historical Village should be funded by all ratepayers.

Flu shots in demand at busy clinic

Flu shot

Demand for the winter flu vaccination has doubled at the Manukau SuperClinic this year, with more than 1000 doses used so far.

Sisters saddle up, ride to success

Emelia Forsyth

Equestrian expertise is a family trait for Georgina and Emelia Forsyth who are busy claiming titles in national competitions.

Opera singer's musical score

Filipe Manu

An internship with New Zealand Opera will help Filipe Manu's classical music career hit the right notes.

Planner says gas station should go ahead

bp

BP should be allowed to build a service station next to a primary school, an Auckland Council officer says.

MS patient stranded after dog's death

Duke

The police and SPCA are investigating the possible poisoning of a much-loved mobility dog.

General election's first step unfolds

Enrol

3.2 million envelopes are about to be sent around the country so that registered voters can check their details.

Police hunt for gun thieves

tapeST

You'd think they'd deter theft - but police warn firearms may be making owners a target for burglaries.

East Auckland 'worst served in public transport'

Bus

Long-suffering public transport passengers from South-East Auckland are among the most poorly served in the city.

School faces ongoing battle

Protesters

Protesters are fighting a fourth attempt to build a petrol station next to a primary school in East Auckland.

Kids invent fire alert for deaf

Students with deaf device

Three youngsters who invented a device to help deaf people escape fires are showing it off in the US.

Gas leak closes road

Police

An east Auckland street could be closed for several hours due to a gas leak, police say.

Voluntary euthanasia concern

hands

Decriminalising voluntary euthanasia could usher in an era of "therapeutic killing", a new report warns.

Volcanic cone may reach new heights

Pt View Drive

EnviroWaste wants to add about 20 metres to the height of one of Auckland's volcanic cones, formerly used for landfill.

Seeing red on the highway

Richard Middleton and red police car

A red police car on highway patrol has people talking about road safety, Inspector says.

Sweet sound of quitting

Lisa Hawkeswood

Life took an academic and musical turn for Lisa Hawkeswood after she quit smoking a year ago.

Gaming twins win contest

KReb twin

Success in a game development competition could see twins come face to face with Bill Gates.

Wait continues for ferry terminal

Len Brown

A ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay is a priority, but it is not in the Council's budget yet, mayor says.

Reinforcements gather for development battle

Opposition to a plan to build houses in front of protected native bush is growing.

Stolen bike buildup a bother

Too many two-wheelers for police

Phillip Toms

Nobody is claiming the dozens of bicycles being abandoned or handed in to police, community constable says.

Have a say on BP plans

Against BP

Elderly residents have just a few more hours to say whether a petrol station should be built next to their retirement village.

Erosion at beach a concern

Eastern Beach

Residents are concerned that erosion will affect the road at Eastern Beach, despite measures by council to move sand.

People make East Auckland great

Ellen Adoko

Ellen Adoko loves the friendly people in eastern Auckland.

School awaits approval

The first phase of work towards setting up a junior college on Ormiston Rd in Flat Bush has begun.

Teacher aide is a 'role model'

Richard Pound

Richard Pound's Asperger's Syndrome makes him different from other teacher aides at Mellons Bay School.

MP slates plan's iwi consultation rules

Jami-Lee Ross

Forcing landowners to consult with Maori over archaeological sites in Akld's Unitary Plan is a bad idea, MP says.

'Green drought' in rural Auckland

Wendy Clark

A drought through parts of the wider Auckland region has broken but dairy farmers are still nervous.

Fight to protect Jeffs Rd bush

Jeffs rd residents

Residents are fighting a proposal to build houses in front of protected native bush on land that was cleared without warning.

Kids embrace learning style

and Tanzee Guo, 7,

School finds success combining mixed ages in some classrooms and single sex groups in others.

Anxious wait for musical update

Stevan Hood-Edwards

Young actors auditioning for roles in The Sound of Music will soon know whether they've been successful or not.

Be a part of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

Trish Heikoop and her grandson Jack Hewitt

ICC Cricket World Cup organisers are looking for 7000 volunteers to help at next year's tournament.

Dream Factory winner gives back to home

 Remy Wilson

A woman who won big on a TV show plans to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Promoting peace using thousands of handmade poppies

Poppies

The Poppy Peace Project is coming to East Auckland for the first time.

Cricket stalwart receives award

Former Black Cap Dipak Patel, 55, was presented with a long-service award at the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club's senior prize-giving this month.

England calls players

cricketers

Black Caps Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan will play for county side Worcestershire in the upcoming English season.

Fundraising ride in brother's honour

 Jenna Cook

A paramedic is getting on her bike to fight against cancer and as a tribute to her late brother.

Healthy dose of fun

Healthcare professionals are dressing up to encourage patients to take advantage of free health screening.

$190m hospital building opens

Harley Gray Building

After five years of planning and construction the new clinical services building at Middlemore Hospital has officially opened.

Acts set for festival Jazz lineup is best ever says organiser

Solid Brew

More than 100 musicians are tuning up their instruments and vocal chords for three days of non-stop music this Easter.

Boccia win for Chen

Boccia champs

Nerves didn't get the better of Khi Chung Chen in his sudden death tie-break boccia final.

Pair set for champs

Sally Fu, Ben Hillier

Two East Auckland teens have been selected for the Northern Region 1 badminton team.

East link goes missing

Jane Tongatule

An East Tamaki Business Association questions how eastern suburbs will benefit from work on the East-West Link.

Adelines gather from near and far

Sweet Adelines descend on Auckland

Sweet Adelines

The ultimate feel-good activity - singing - is bringing hundreds of women to South Auckland next month.

Pensioners get a helping hand

Macleans College students

Students from an East Auckland school have been digging deep for Howick RSA members.

School's hard line on drugs

Michael Williams

Eighteen students from Pakuranga College were suspended for use, possession, or involvement with drugs last year.

Kids learn chefs' secrets

 Aria Te Aute and Joe Taleni

The parents of children who attended a Stand Children's Services camp are in for a treat tonight.

Bat seekers baffled at absence

long-tailed bat

A summer-long hunt for the long-tailed bat has returned no official sightings of the tiny mammals.
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