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Baby snatch prompts security plans

Security improvements are still being made at Middlemore Hospital five months after a baby was snatched from maternity care.

Kids stride out with cricketers

It's no secret where Samuel Boyes' allegiances lie ahead of tomorrow's New Zealand-Australia ICC Cricket World Cup clash.

Event aims to raise $1000

A toy library's Children's Day event hopes to raise funds to keep the toys flowing.

Drive to make space more accessible

A New Zealander of the Year nomination recognises a project that could make sending a satellite into orbit much cheaper.

Butterflies flourish in school's special habitat

Students from St Kentigern College are all a flutter after creating an award-winning butterfly habitat.

Heart won't hold teen back

Talented cricketing teen Rae Allright isn't about to let a heart condition keep her off the field.

Solo mum desperate to find a job

Solo mum has taken to holding signs asking for work at busy intersection.

Sinkers pose threat to moored boats

Surfcasters are wreaking havoc among moored boats at Shelley Park Beach in Howick.

Microscopic jellyfish sting beach-goers

Itchy rashes and large welts caused by microscopic jellyfish keep swimmers away.

Emily to run London Marathon for Starship

Emily Rushton is out to prove true superheroes don't fly – they run.

Christmas Eve shooting: Police appeal for info

Police are appealing for help following the Christmas Eve shooting of a teenager in Auckland.

NZ Post removes Eastern Beach's two postboxes

Wheelchair-bound Doreen Chandler cannot understand why Eastern Beach's only two postboxes have been removed.

Plane spotters share love of aircraft

As a plane becomes visible on the horizon a group of men, binoculars or camera in hand, emerge from their cars.

More red light cameras coming to Auckland

Four new red light cameras are coming to East Auckland in the New Year.

CAB hunts out new location

The Botany branch of Citizens Advice Bureau will close as the lease expires at its current premises.

Family spreading festive cheer

A snow machine, blow-up reindeer and Santa Claus himself are making Christmas dreams come true at one brightly lit household.

Policewoman's lasting lessons for kids

After serving schools for 32 years, police officer Adele White is calling it a day.

BP gets the go ahead

Opponents of a new BP petrol station can't believe it has been given the go ahead.

Outdoor dining may go due to charges

East Auckland cafe owners are worried about council's plan to increase fees for cafes using the footpath to host diners.

Dogs target of inhumane acts

Mystery surrounds the gruesome death of a young dog and the nasty injuries inflicted on another.

Scott's speedy visit a hit

Scott Dixon and Tony Marsh

Scott Dixon took time out from his busy schedule to talk about life as an IndyCar driver at the Howick Club.

Cattle rustlers make off with fibreglass cow

calf

Rustlers have pinched a calf - albeit a fibreglass version from the Howick Historical Village in Auckland.

Reunion for Polish migrants

John Roy-Wojciechowski

It has been 70 years since Auckland man John Roy-Wojciechowski settled as a refugee in Pahiatua.

Sumobots clash at school

sumobots

Two Auckland high schools have had a fight to the robot death in the first ever Sumobot Contest.

Busy road for 'hardy few'

Luke Christensen

Luke Christensen is confident pedalling through the CBD but says he would not ride along Pakuranga Rd.

BP meets resistance over Auckland station

Bp opposition

BP's plan to build a petrol station on Pakuranga Rd remains unpopular despite proposed design changes.

Celebrating our best out east

Adele White

The call is going out for nominations for the inaugural Howick's Celebrated Citizens awards.

One year on, Ernie is back

Ernie

A Model T Ford damaged in a crash last year is ready to hit the road once more.

New club man rolls up sleeves

Gary Parker-Nance

Gary Parker-Nance is getting stuck into grass roots level sport after two decades running international stadiums.

Young talent makes the cut

Clara Wigmore

Clara Wigmore has gone from making pillows and trackpants to high fashion garments out of old bed sheets.

Dangerous trees choppered out

Trunk

A jogger's close call with a falling branch has resulted in four large trees being removed from a park.

Theatre debut a dream come true

Leighton Stichbury

Leighton Stichbury is in acting heaven after debuting alongside Michael Hurst and Theresa Healey.

Hospice needs nurse

Cancer family

Totara Hospice is appealing for urgent donations so it can fund a specialist triage nurse.

Good progress at Guy homestead

guy homestead

The restoration of a derelict and burnt-out historic house has reached the halfway mark.

Auckland Airport's lawnmower like no other

Airport

A little bit of Kiwi ingenuity came into play with the creation of Auckland Airport's new lawnmower.

Transplant journey an 'emotional rollercoaster'

David, left, and Allan Laumatia

Allan Laumatia's world completely changed after his brother successfully donated a kidney to him.

Russel Norman: Auckland must intensify

Russel Norman

Russel Norman told Grey Power members Auckland must intensify in order to become an international city.

Mum's beloved cat comes back

Paige and Ashleigh

Clairvoyants, tracker dogs and people all helped in the search for Moo, the last link to their mum.

Sellers swap TradeMe for Facebook

Charlotte Hurst

Thousands of Aucklanders are ditching TradeMe in favour of social media sites to buy, sell and trade.

Frustration over school zones

Norman Sutton

Proposed school zones are again a concern, with parents in Auckland's eastern suburbs querying boundaries.

Hospital in tsunami zone

Middlemore

Middlemore Hospital lies within a tsunami evacuation zone, but officials say they are prepared for disaster.

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.

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.

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.

ACT leader chooses Pakuranga

Jamie Whyte

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