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Jess' sword success

Jess Beer

There's no sitting on the fence for Jess Beer. She's competing against men and women and winning.

Mystery around building's new name

Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories

Local Board members walked out of a meeting in protest over possible names for a building and museum.

Zoning review prompts submission to school board

School

The zoning for primary schools in an area of East Auckland is under review following Ministry of Education request.

New king of King's College

Michael Leach

He's led decile 1 and 10 schools in the past but now principal Michael Leach is off to experience private schooling.

Sisters desperate to find their late mother's cat

Moo and Judy

Judy Joy's dying wish was that her beloved cat Moo be looked after. But now he's gone missing.

Carvings on show in South Auckland

Sculpture

Taiwanese wood sculptor Wu Jung-tzu's latest exhibition will only show in four select countries and NZ is one of them.

Kids need to be warmly dressed

Gretl Bass

Mothers are dressed for the cold but their children aren't adequately covered, sewing group founder says.

Chip on shoulder over seal

Seal on road

A road covered up by chip seal in February is continuing to annoy residents, who question the quality of the tar.

ACT leader chooses Pakuranga

Jamie Whyte

Jamie Whyte is defending his decision to stand in Pakuranga rather than contest ACT's strong Epsom seat.

Players off to Manchester

Football team

Three talented East Auckland footballers will take on some of the world's top young players next month in the UK.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MS patient stranded after dog's death

Duke

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

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.

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.

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.

Gaming twins win contest

KReb twin

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

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.

People make East Auckland great

Ellen Adoko

Ellen Adoko loves the friendly people in eastern Auckland.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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