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Lecturer's story inspires students

Sione Vaka

Students at an Auckland college were keen to hear about Tongan man Sione Vaka's academic journey.

No punches pulled on voting

Joseph Parker

Young people need to stand up and vote in this year's general election, Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker says.

Fears over notorious crash spot

car crash

When Mary O'Conner was woken by a loud crash outside her house, her first thought was "here we go again".

Hospice needs nurse

Cancer family

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

Cars worth Holden on to

holden

Mark Grey's obsession with Holden cars started when he was just a young boy.

Family behind decision to quit smoking

Campbell family

Together for 23 years, 8 kids and another on the way, one couple knew it was time to quit smoking for good.

New Otara hub at risk

Willie Maea

Auckland Council has indicated that clubrooms in Otara could be one of many projects put on hold to help cut spending.

Charm's luck needed to find chain

Geraldine Carden

Phil Collins, Heff and Neil Diamond all gifted charms to Geraldine Carden, but the necklace they lived on has been lost.

Couple thankful for rent-to-own scheme

SHA Weymouth

A young family is ready to move in to Auckland's first special housing area.

Desperately seeking blood donors

David Higginson

Blood is in short supply in the Auckland region and the NZ Blood Service is urging people to donate.

Devoy backs woman wrongly accused of shoplifting

Race Relations Commissioner

Race Relations Commissioner praises woman who went public after humiliating treatment by The Warehouse.

Prison jobs prove popular

prison

After a rocky start residents are now keen to work at the new men's prison, recruitment manager says.

Students eat their words

Briejahna Siosiua

Manurewa East School students learned about different foods before putting their cooking skills to the test.

Auckland Council ends financial year well

Generic money

Despite rates, property valuations and pay increases for some staff, council has still recorded a surplus of $97 million.

Food Save helps meet 'urgent needs'

Food

Good food destined for the trash is being rescued to help families in need.

Car thieves take beloved doll

Doll

The theft of a precious doll, which belonged to a much-loved gran, has devastated its owner.

Outgoing girls seeking the good life

Holly, Meadow and Kora

Three outgoing girls are seeking love, companionship and long walks on the beach.

Warehouse apologises for shoplifting claim

 Irie Te Wehi-Takerei

She walked into The Warehouse to buy some underwear and left hours later with a trespass order.

Memorial money swiped from trolley

Cally Ruahe

Ex-wife of slain policeman ''heartbroken'' after money for kids' commemorative outing swiped.

Determined runners have ultra-mission in Tonga

Andrew Fifita-Lamb and Lydia Fa’afiu

You've got to be "a bit mad" to run for 20 hours straight, Andrew Fifita-Lamb says.

Hot in the kitchen

Daniel Wu

More than 600 fierce competitors from around the country battled it out over three days at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.

Benefactor is in the good books

Librarians

Mr Tuck shocked staff at his local library by leaving them a staggering $80,000 legacy in his will.

Arias at Auckland Airport

college singers

Auckland Airport is helping to showcase local talent by inviting community groups to come and perform for travellers.

'Aunties' tweet messages of support

Vicky Rawhiti-Forbes

'Twitter Aunties' are using their tweeting skills to support women and children at risk of domestic violence.

Future builders have got a touch of class

students

A new initiative enables students interested in a technology or trades career to go on placements once a week.

Stray kitten numbers 'critical'

Dr Sally Scott

The scalpels are flying at SPCA Auckland in an attempt to stop unwanted kittens being born.

'Living' building in line for top architecture award

Building

A "living" building at Auckland Airport is in line to win a top architecture award.

Teachers tortured to raise awareness

Amnesty awareness

Waxing your legs is probably as painful as giving birth to twins, teacher Garreth Haddoe reckons.

Skatepark crusader calls others to get on board

Richard Smith

Richard Smith remembers being a kid with nowhere to skate like it was yesterday.

App looks to connect with pacific mums

pregnancy app

Pacific Islander? Pregnant? Well, there's now an app for that.

Diabetes tests go mobile

diabetes mobile

A mobile service is aiding the fight against diabetes by reaching people where they work, play and pray.

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 progress report on prostitution bill

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.

Riders show their skills

Horses

Young equestrians have shown off their hard-won skills at the regional Riding for the Disabled Games.

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.

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.

Concern over time to fix pipe

water flowing

A Mangere resident says Watercare took more than a week to fix a burst pipe, despite calls from him.

Moving mountains for school

moving everest

Auckland Museum has given a 5 metre by 2m 3D version of Everest to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate.

Coping with life behind bars

Prison guard

Find out how things work at Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility in Wiri.

Gurnard contest aims to buy hoist

Rick Stewart

Mangere Boating Club are helping out a devoted member by holding a competition to raise funds for a wheelchair hoist.

Arrests over sculpture theft

Tuna sculpture

Missing Botanic Garden sculpture Tuna found at scrap yard badly damaged, missing tail and fins.

New top dog takes over

Dog

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

Hands-on experience at wonderful wetland

Wetland

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