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More missionaries prompts extension of centre

Growing missionary numbers serving in the South Pacific has led to a $3 million expansion of a training centre.

Te Mahia train station stays in action

A train station on the brink of closing is now full-steam ahead and it's all thanks to community pressure.

DHB looks to cope with shortfall

Counties Manukau Health is facing a predicted funding shortfall of about $100 million.

Strawberry Farm customers get lost thanks to road closures

Customers are getting lost or staying away from a popular Auckland tourist spot because of detours.

Speed calming call goes unanswered

Residents say hoons are speeding down their roads, but a a week-long survey of the Manurewa neighbourhood showed all is well.

Homeowner watches as blaze claims house

An Auckland homeowner was watching the World Cup cricket this afternoon, when his house was suddenly engulfed in flames.

Documentary shines light on Otara life

Cousins Huia Taylor and Ani Tangitu are fed up with people bad-mouthing their hometown.

Local board approves $17,000 for sundae

Community leaders are defending a decision to give extra funding to an ice-cream sundae world record attempt.

Grave decorations take over at Manukau cemetery

Flowers, pinwheels and beer bottles spill over on graves at an Auckland cemetery, but some of them need to go.

Elderly tenants have few alternatives

The rent on most council-owned pensioner flats in South Auckland is set to go up by up to $30 a week.

Youth mob bullies shoppers

Kids as young as 6 harass patrons, fight and try to break into stores at an Auckland shopping centre.

Gambling bill needs hardening up

Millions are being "sucked" from the community through a "blight" of pokie machines, local advocates say.

New Takanini school to ease pressure

Principals are crossing their fingers a new school in Takanini will open before already swelling student numbers become too much to handle.

Bike recycling initiative takes off

Diana Swarbrick has bicycles coming out of her ears – and she's not sure where to put them all.

A marathon a day in Manukau: A man, his dog, and their fight against obesity

Curly Jacobs is going the distance to fight obesity – 4200km in fact.

Deserving dog owner's story stands out above the rest

Life hasn't been the same for the Ahomiro family since its beloved dog Max died.

Abandoned toddler remains in CYF's care

A toddler left at a Manukau Work and Income office is still in the custody of Child Youth and Family.

Christmas Eve shooting: Police appeal for info

Police are appealing for help following the Christmas Eve shooting of a teenager in Auckland.

Plunket hits immunisation target

Counties Manukau Plunket has outstripped the national target for up-to-date immunisation of infants.

What does rail link mean for South Auckland?

The City Rail Link will almost certainly shave time off South Aucklanders' train commute.

Huge boost for Kidz First

Kidz First Children's Hospital has received a whopping $224,250 thanks to Countdown appeal.

Housing New Zealand sink funds into driveway death prevention

HNZ spending $30m to improve 13,000 state-owned properties to reduce child driveway fatalities.

Watercare takes over island lease

Plans to create a regional park on the site of the old Puketutu Island quarry are taking a step forward.

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.
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