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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.

Stream cleanup will get the whitebait running

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.

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 Mangere United soccer 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.

Scrap metal dealer loses appeal

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.

Commuters sick of bus delays

buses

A commuter reckons she could have travelled to Hamilton and back in the time it took her to go by bus from Ellerslie to work.

New rules may see limited legal highs sales

Legal Highs

Council moves towards plan for areas with a 'deprivation level' of 8, 9 or 10 to be free from the sale of legal highs.

Actor rises to challenge

Ekta Kumar

Imagine singing, acting and dancing in a musical stage production while being almost completely blind.

Maori input wanted on island's future

Puketutu Island

Puketutu Island is undergoing a 35-year rehabilitation project and input from local Maori is needed.

League stalwart honoured

Cathy Friend

Cathy Friend has been supporting rugby league for more than six decades and at 80 years old has no plans to stop.

Six little ducks tell a hidden story

The E Ono Tama’i Pato team

Six women are staging a playreading looking at abuse in the home and how people deal with it .

Immortalising kiwi veterans

vets

Photographer Chris Traill is on a mission to photograph all World War II veterans still living in NZ today.

New partnership to help needy

City mission

Auckland City Mission's stand-alone food bank in Otahuhu has closed its doors after 16 years in the area.

Team will fulfil Tee's last wish

Tamina Hemehema

Tamina Hemehema longed to perform for the Tongan King. Her sudden death last month put an end to that dream.
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