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Mohammed's breaking down the barriers

MIT graduate Mohammed Al Jamal, 23, says not giving up is the key to success.

Iraqi refugee Mohammed Al Jamal​ dreams of becoming a PE teacher.

Out & About: Sikh blood donation drive

Nanaksar Trust administrator Raj Singh, 42, of Manurewa, gives blood assisted by blood technician Svetlana Hawke.

More than 50 members of South Auckland's Sikh community contributed to a successful blood donation drive.

Party time for hidden treasure

Store volunteer Ravneet Kaur is among those celebrating the Beautiful Finds Second Chance Charity Boutique's first birthday.

A charity store's staff and volunteers are about to blow out the candle on its first birthday cake.

Thanks a Bunch Heidi Myhr

Hand therapist Heidi Myhr has helped Cathy Lee through a lot after she broke her wrist 12 weeks ago.

This week's Thanks a Bunch award goes to Heidi Myhr​, a hand therapist at Manukau SuperClinic.

Bennett hears marae's homeless plan

Manurewa Marae board member Rangi McLean says he and his colleagues appreciate the financial support they’ve received to ...

The Government alone can't solve the issue of homelessness, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

Sport: Papatoetoe upset Ponsonby

Papatoetoe wing Junior Kiria scored two tries in the win against Ponsonby.

 Papatoetoe plan on being spoilers when facing College Rifles in Auckland club rugby's Alan McEvoy Memorial Trophy.

Sport: Leopards score second win gallery

The experience of Otahuhu's Freddy Turuwhenua, left, will be vital against the Glenora Bears on Saturday.

An early start is Rod Ratu's biggest headache as his Otahuhu Leopards prepare for the Glenora Bears.

Sport: Karaka struggle in the wet gallery

Onewhero's Nathan Sunde, left and Sean Bagshaw deal with Karaka's Timoci Navabale.

 Karaka run out narrow winners against Onewhero.

Sport: Mangere United still upbeat gallery

Manukau City's Michael Day gets the ball flush on the forehead.

 Mangere United are confident they will avoid relegation and remain in division one of football's Northern League.

Motorway changes ahead

More lane changes will be made as the Southern Corridor Improvements project continues.

More changes ahead on Auckland's Southern Motorway.

Opinion: Willie Jackson

Congratulations to Te Puea Marae for fighting for the homeless.

Good Bloke Award: Ioane Faalavaau

Ioane Faalavaau is "a funny, kind and caring guy with a good sense of humour and a friendly nature".

This week's Good Bloke Award goes to Ioane Faalavaau of Papakura.

Out & About: Buzzing in the garden

Papatoetoe East Primary School board member Setu Amerika is weeding the area.

OKE charity is helping school kids grow veggies.

What's On: Parting Stage resonates with youth

"Parting Stage" a Live Cinema production will be at the Mangere Arts Centre on July 8-9 from 7.30pm.

Teenagers embark on 'adventures' as part of their coming of age, these 'adventures' escalate and begin threatening their futures beyond school.

What's On: Purapurawhetu on stage in Maori

Purapurawhetu is coming to Auckland in July and for the first time will be performed in full Maori.

Te reo Maori finds a contemporary voice in theatre.

Te Kiri o Tane at Nathan Homestead

Te Kiri o Tane, Nathan Homestead in Manurewa for Matariki.

The Nathan Homestead is holding an exhibition Te Kiri o Tane as part of the Matariki Festival. 

Sport: The Mad Butcher

The Cronulla Sharks broke Vodafone Warriors' hearts with a golden point field goal to former Warrior James Maloney.

12-yr-old petitions Countdown over eggs

Maja with one of her pet chickens.

Auckland youngster's online petition asking Countdown to stop selling caged eggs cracks 16K signatures.

Sport: Marist too hot to handle

Marist 1, Kim King (manager), back, left, Nicky Ross-Simmonds (coach), Kaysiah Collins, Trudy King, Jody King, Jessica ...

 Marist were too hot for Hui Hui Kotahi in Papakura Netball Centre's premier grade.

Sport: Hawks ready to take on Souls gallery

Conifer Grove Platinum are Melanie Cronin, back, left, Chelsea Bilton, Sarah McCall, Miles Neighbour (coach), Alison ...

Showdown looms between Mangere Hawks and Southern Souls in Regional Premier Netball.

Cycling for the wounded

Adam Harper, front right, rode with 60 other cyclists and completed 2037 km over 14 days to raise money for the Walking ...

 Dr Adam Harper is helping raise money for injured servicemen and women.

Auckland Airport link derailed

Auckland's transport agencies say a heavy rail link from the city to the airport is no longer an option.

Plans for heavy rail link between Auckland Airport and the CBD considered "poor value for money" by NZTA.

Medicinal cannabis does the job

Before taking the medicinal cannabis Huhana Hickey had to take about 1800mg of Gabapentin, up to eight Sevredol ...

Huhana Hickey hasn't needed any pain relief in four months because of a medicinal cannabis mouth spray.

'My daughter is scared to go to school' video

The Mangere East community wants the "high risk" sex offender relocated to an area away from any school.

South Auckland parents and community leaders outraged a serious sex offender has been placed near another school.

Window washer flooded with offers

Otara man Paku Sadlier is considering his work and study offers after publicly talking about what it’s like to earn a ...

Paku Sadlier is on the verge of making a very important decision after being inundated with job offers.

Get onboard the Poverty Cycle

The team from Beca celebrate completing last year's Poverty Cycle.

Tearfund wants Kiwis to get on their bikes to stop human trafficking.

Jolly good music for Queen's 90th

Sarah Spence is performing Elgar's Cello Concerto in the British musical Last Night of the Proms.

Sarah Spence is celebrating everything British in her cello performance.

Taking over the reins in the kitchen

After completing an eight-week cooking course Jim Newland feels confident enough to take over the reins in the kitchen.

Senior Chef is a course for older people who want to re-kindle an interest in cooking or who want to learn.

Top award for hospice ambassadors

Totara Hospice youth ambassadors Fangafua Po'oi​ and Rosie Kennedy accept the award from Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Young people dedicated to helping South Aucklanders with life-limiting illness have been recognised by the Minister of Health.

College says 'haere ra' to principal

Although Kia Aroha principal Dr Ann Milne is retiring she will still have a strong connection with the school.

Kia Aroha College's principal won't really stop working, despite retiring after three decades at the school.

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