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Lung cancer sufferer has asbestos in house

Auckland man discovers his roof cavity "covered" in asbestos just months after lung cancer diagnosis.

Train transfer a hassle for disabled

Using public transport has become an exercise in the art of train transfer for one partially sighted man.

Fate of motorsport mecca undecided

Ratepayers have already chipped in $745,000 towards Colin Dale Park, but was it in vain?

'Lack of leadership' over prostitution bylaw

Community leaders are disappointed that a long-awaited street prostitution law has been scrapped.

'True hero' talks desperate blind man off motorway

A blind man walked into traffic determined to kill himself after bullies broke his cane. Then a hero intervened.

Transport delays for South Auckland

The future of public transport in South Auckland is being held to ransom, Auckland councillor claims.

Whitewater park seen as an exciting prospect

An earth-turning ceremony has marked the start of the Wero whitewater rafting complex's construction.

Upset over new liquor store

Green light given to a new off-licence liquor store despite community backlash and police opposition.

Pixar founder urges passion

Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith tells Kiwi kids that passion, hustle and skills helped him achieve success.

Repeat offenders fined for stream pollution

A container storage company has been fined $81,000 for discharging sediment and diesel into a stream.

Counties awards important to Val

Valerie Adams flew halfway round the globe so she could be at the Counties Manukau Sport Sporting Excellence Awards.

Crime statistics create picture of victims

New crime statistics paint a picture of who victims are, where offences like burglaries and assaults are happening.

Jewellery maker connects online

Using social media to promote handcrafted jewellery is turning one student's dream into a reality.

Santa coming back to Otara

It's been 36 long years coming but in true Christmas spirit, Otara's parade is finally back.

Fireworks blamed for dog's death

Stress from two weeks of noise and flashing fireworks is thought to have killed beloved pet Padfoot.

Wayward golf balls a hazard

Wonky golfers and wayward golf balls have a family ducking for cover in their own back yard.

Fighting for suicide prevention

Vini Mahoni has organised kickboxing events before but none quite like this one.

Middlemore needs a new CT scanner

It's Australasia's busiest emergency department but it's missing a critical piece of diagnostic equipment.

Napkins talking point over coffee

A South Auckland school student is spreading a little festive cheer across the country by stamping his mark on paper napkins.

Wife's death difficult for dad

The Finau family are still grieving, but say the help of charity Variety has made their lives better.

Mauritians research Kiwi obesity

Clinical scientist Keswar Bokhoree was shocked at the extreme level of obesity in NZ when he arrived.

Rates rise casts doubt over sports facility

For the $2.7 million Otara Scorpions clubrooms to get the go-ahead, rates will have to rise.

Education project delays 'disappointing'

The Pasifika Centre Project was due to be completed this month, but Mainzeal's collapse affected funding.

76 empty state houses in South Auckland

empty state houses

76 empty state houses in South Auckland is unacceptable given the number of families in need, MP says.

Orchard plan a sweet idea

Zac Orbell

Hillpark School plan on using a $2000 grant to extend their vege garden and build an orchard.

Family, friends help out in diabetes battle

Meauli Mykal Seuala

Meauli Mykal Seuala knows only too well how diabetes can affect your quality of life.

Christmas appeal brings joy

Xmas appeal

Rises in house prices and rent and low wages mean many families will be feeling far from festive this Christmas.

Teau's 84kg weight drop

Teau Aiturau

Teau Aiturau weighed 252kg, couldn't walk, couldn't breathe and had sleep apnoea. He knew things had to change.

Mangere-Otahuhu faces big rates rises

Generic housing

Home owners in Mangere-Otahuhu will cop an extra $117 on their rates bill next year.

School to be rebuilt due to leaks

Judith Collins

It's only 13 years old, but The Gardens School will be torn down and rebuilt because of leaky building issues.

Spark plays ball with courts

Steven Adams

Basketball may be coming to a street near you with Spark's plans for courts in several Auckland suburbs.

Short films share Pasifika stories

Popo Lilo

Pollywood is the only show of its kind in the world but receives no major funding.

Family event looks to fight poverty

Debbie Munro

Manurewa's soup lady has bold plans for her free family fun day this Saturday- to feed 1000 hungry mouths.

Walking stick used as leg in car

Police

A man with no use of his legs charged after he was caught using a walking stick to control car pedals.

Top awards go to Counties Manukau policewomen

policewomen

Counties Manukau policewomen have scored a hat-trick at the top awards for female cops.

Facebook page takes aim at alcohol

There are hopes a new Facebook page will help curb South Auckland's ongoing issues with alcohol.

Concern over home sales trucks

truck debt

There is concern home sales trucks are targeting people with few options leading them into debt.

Principal surprised by social enterprise award

Anne Miles

McAuley High School's principal has won an award at the 2014 Fairfax Women of Influence Awards.

Photographer celebrates South Auckland

Humans of sth Ak

A self-taught photographer is using her camera to "smash" negative stereotypes of South Auckland.

Driven to achieve more

Paul Munckhof

Paul Munckhof has travelled the world and competed in the Paralympics but he reckons his biggest achievement is driving his own car.

Unfunded drug shrinks tumour

Sally Xu

Cancer patient Sally Xu is trying to raise money for her next round of a treatment currently unfunded in NZ.

Ready and waiting for Ebola

Haz bin

If Ebola virus makes it to New Zealand, Middlemore Hospital will be ready to go.

Retiring principal looks back on education

Principal Heather Hampton

There were no computers, internet or female principals when Heather Hampton began teaching 54 years ago.

Animal mad at Ambury Farm

Ambury Farm

Not even the wet and wild weather could dampen sprits at Ambury Farm's annual open day.

Kind souls recycle used soles

Shoes

Leonie Osbourne's scheme Soles4Souls takes used shoes and gives them a second life at lower decile schools.

'Armed' man spotted in South Auckland

Auckland police

Man armed with a pole sparks police search in Manurewa after reports of a gun.

CCTV cuts leave people fearful and frustrated

cctv

Council has slashed more than $28,000 for CCTV in parts of South Auckland.

Boards get say in liquor outlets

Alcohol store

Auckland's local boards now have the power to oppose liquor licence applications.

Show's gone to the dogs

Dog

Nearly 2000 dogs will strut their stuff at the Eukanuba National Dog Show next month.

Parents want better local school

Clayton Park

Clayton Park Primary keen to expand into a secondary college after parents express "continual frustration."
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