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Flying pig is no porky

Bruce the pig

Springsteen concert-goers rescued a piglet from the side of the motorway after they saw it fly off a truck.

Charlie's whiskers go west for child cancer

Faumuina

All Black Charlie Faumuina is no longer the "big grizzly" he once was. His trademark beard was shaved off last weekend to raise money for child cancer.

Diverse market is starting up

The world's most ethnically diverse market is set to open in Manukau.

Sports writer pulled no punches in work

This week I attended the funeral of one of the country's finest sports producers and writers, John Matheson.

Biking to raise cancer cash

Sharlene Korewha

A 37-year-old mother-of-five is taking on the Ride to Conquer Cancer in November in memory of her husband who died of bowel cancer in 2005.

Girls take stance on slavery

Students work to make difference

nvader group

Inspired by a tale of a young Pakistani boy, the Nvader Group is standing up against slavery.

Squeeze on housing

house for sale

Net total of 13,709 migrations to Auckland in the last year adds to housing demand..

Thieves will gain from plain pack

Cigarette pack

A dairy owner is worried plain cigarette packaging will cause more thefts from his store.

Focus on getting youth into work

Mayor Len Brown is setting up an office to co-ordinate the efforts of Auckland Council, local boards and businesses to boost youth employment.

SNAP gets the better of burglars

SNAP

Registering valuables on a police database saved one woman plenty of heartache and money.

Adelines gather from near and far

Sweet Adelines descend on Auckland

Sweet Adelines

The ultimate feel-good activity - singing - is bringing hundreds of women to South Auckland next month.

Struggle with legal highs

Hamish, drug use

A man addicted to synthetic cannabis says some retailers offer big discounts to keep you hooked.

Women must 'fight for rights'

Catriona MacLennan

Social activist Catriona MacLenna, is calling on nine political parties to make a stand for women's rights.

Breakfasts have 2000-plus target

It is hoped New Zealanders will host more than 2000 breakfasts this year to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tip tapping to Australia

ADITAP

Young dancers are on a mission to cross the ditch and they're tapping their feet to get there.

Artists in running for music prizes

David Dallas

South Auckland artists are up for some big prizes at the 10th annual Pacific Music Awards.

League player shares illness experience

Swab

Awen Guttenbeil spoke to intermediate students about his experiences with rheumatic fever.

Teen plans to ride the length of New Zealand

Sione Paea

Budding young rugby star Sione Paea hangs up his boots to ride the length of NZ.

No charges laid against cop

Mark Gutry

A high-ranking Counties Manukau police officer will not face criminal charges after a woman accused him of rape - but he may yet lose his job.

Story unearths unknown relatives living nearby

Family reunites

World War I tales reunited family members who never knew their relatives were living nearby.

Gallipoli drama to screen

War scenes

A television drama marking the 2015 centenary of Gallipoli is bringing the reality of war close to home.

Land sale a way to fund golf club's revamp

Grange Golf Club

Papatoetoe's Grange Golf Club is looking to sell surplus land to pay debts and improve facilities.

Word's out on Sonny Bill

Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams

A teacher has put out a book, Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams, in the hope he will get teens reading.

Butchery has a beef with bullying

Michael Morton

In a bid to put a stop to the serious problem of bullying in high schools, the Mad Butcher has announced the launch of a nationwide social media campaign.

Police focus on crime prevention

John Tims

The number of crimes might be falling but fewer of them are being solved as police focus on crime prevention.

Firemen rescue stranded tenant in HNZ flat

Rhonda Stewart and Jack Gabolinscy

A wheelchair-bound woman was left stranded on the fourth floor of her Housing New Zealand apartment block.

Snapshot of Papatoetoe preserved

Time capsule

Papatoetoe Library is now home to the community's very own time capsule, a slice of history locked away for future generations.

Marathon effort for cancer

Jenna Clark and Sean

There is still a long road ahead for Sean Standing-Clark who had a tumour removed from his brain last year.

All dressed up to give health checks for free

East Tamaki Healthcare

There's a colourful surprise waiting for visitors to East Tamaki Healthcare clinics this month.

WINZ gets new list

State houses

State housing changes will see the Housing NZ waiting list move to Work and Income.

Community volunteer's role reversed

Ian Nelson

A long-time community man has been on the receiving end of volunteer efforts for the first time in more than three decades.

Wife remembered in courageous run

Philip Newall

A man who lost his wife to a rare skin disease has run 24 hours to honour her memory.

Students tackle child abuse through cartoons

High School students/Paula Bennett

Five high school students are launching a cartoon covering the issue of child abuse.

Aorere looks back over 50 years

Aorere Jubilee

Aorere College will hold the school's 50th jubilee this weekend.

Angry scenes at court sentencing for stabbing

Justice

The sentencing of teenager who paralysed his victim by stabbing him in the neck almost erupted into a courtroom brawl.

Airport launches big vision

Airplane

More local jobs for the South Auckland community are part of Auckland Airport's 30-year future vision.

Council gives green light to development plans

Structure plan means block of bare land could be developed "sooner rather than later", mayor says.

Artwork portrays addiction struggles

Gina Amentuanai

A woman who battled self-injury and heroin addiction now has artworks on display.

Finance regulations 'needless' mayor says

New rules aimed at making council finances easier to understand are a waste of time, mayor Len Brown says.

Working group reviews 'complicated' rating system

The rating system in Auckland is unfair and unsustainable according to Len Brown.

Indian group has big plans

Veer Khar

There's a new hand on the reins and some big plans in the pipeline for the Manukau Indian Association.

Puriri moth inspires wearable art entry

Wearable art children

A group of five-year-olds are painting, sticking and weaving their way towards their first wearable art competition.

Lost contract cuts deep

Gambling

The Government decision not to renew Problem Gambling Foundation's contract could affect smaller charities.

Trust needs shakeup

OPINION: Unlike many critics Willie Jackson refuses to accept that the Kohanga Reo National Trust is an organisation that reeks of corruption.

Bank 'bomber' took taxi to scene of crime

A man who staged an elaborate bomb hoax in a bid to rob a bank has been jailed for six years and three months.

Skatepark unites community

MKC Skate

A new skatepark is creating a buzz and making a positive change for one community.

Help offered to mothers in prison

Liz Thomas

Love is not always enough when you have a baby in prison. Pila Wati knows that first-hand.

Father of six loses battle

CLinton Tata

Cancer victim Clinton Tata lived a full life to the very end of his battle with kidney cancer.

Kiwi lama returns to break new ground

High lama leads prayers, turns first soil

Temple

Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche's life went from that of a typical kiwi kid to one of extreme importance when he was declared to be a reincarnation of a high Tibetan lama who died in the 1950s.

Tragedy takes parents

joey King and fiancee, former Hamilton woman Rahuia Hohua

A church service has been held in Manurewa for the Kiwi parents of six killed in a fiery skydiving plane crash in Australia on Saturday.
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