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Sumobots clash at school


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


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


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


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 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


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


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.

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 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


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

General election's first step unfolds


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


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'


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

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.

School faces ongoing battle


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

Gas leak closes road


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

Voluntary euthanasia concern


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.
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