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Finance initiative to tackle debt

Vai Harris

Government-backed lending initiative a good scheme, but doesn't address root of problem, manager says.

Flower power helps growth

John Newton

John Newton believes flowers can change people's lives, so he is running free courses in floral design.

SHA housing in limbo?

special housing

Are the first cracks appearing in the much-trumpeted plan to solve Auckland's housing crisis?

Drunks, thieves, transvestites at station

Ken Brewer

A former policeman says he may be forced to retire because he doesn't feel safe riding the train to work.

Police diver's course earns award

Constable Geoff Bray

What do you do when a hoped-for rescue turns into a tragedy? Constable Geoff Bray's course could have the answer.

Saving lake one waterway at a time

Stephen Grey, Efeso Collins

It will take decades to restore one of Auckland's most polluted waterways, but small projects may be the way to go.

MP wants street prostitution ban

Street Workers

Labour's Manukau East MP Ross Robertson wants street prostitution outlawed in specified areas of South Auckland.

Tide out on attendance

Sir John Walker and Angela Dalton

The introduction of a user pays system has caused a dramatic drop in the number of visitors to Manurewa's pools.

Stress less at third age uni

U3A

Qualifications won't get you into this university but wisdom, life skills and a few grey hairs will.

Casting call for new 20-song musical

Don MacLeod

The writers of a musical about life-changing choices are on the hunt for a cast.

Shedding light on Matariki

Allen ‘‘Onesian’’ Vili

Uniting past and present with culture is what artist Allen "Onesian" Vili aims to do in his latest exhibition Mata Ariki.

New top dog takes over

Dog

There's a new nose helping to keep New Zealand's borders safe.

Cleanup helps whitebait

Matthew Bloxham

Whitebait are great swimmers but they can't jump so streams need to be clear of obstacles for fish to flourish.

Larvae found in orange drink

Muni Gurunadan

He felt sick just seconds after taking a sip of his favourite drink. Then he saw the bugs in his juice.

Hands-on experience at wonderful wetland

Wetland

Students at Dawson Primary School are reeling with excitement at the completion of a new wetland.

Thieves go eeling at gardens

Eel

Artist Bing Dawe has little doubt why his bronze eel sculpture was stolen from Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Vandals fill pitch with holes

pitch

Damage to Mangere United's pitch is equal to the digging up of Eden Park as far as the upset club is concerned.

Students ditch public transport

Bus

Student commuters in Mangere are turning to their cars instead of the unreliable bus system.

'Warning signs' cars were stolen

speedo car driving

Former GP now scrap metal dealer fails in his bid to get convictions relating to receiving stolen cars overturned.

Tell hospital what you really think

Surveys

Middlemore Hospital has introduced a survey allowing patients to have a say on experiences and services they receive.

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