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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.

Comic timing for debut novel

Michel Mulipola

Comics led Michel Mulipola to art and professional wrestling. Now they're leading him to San Diego for Comic-Con.

Relishing reading to Roo

Roo

Greyhound Roo is a hit with kids at Otara Library who read him all sorts of books but never ones about cats.

Daily dealings with death

Martin and Roz Williams

Murder scenes might turn many people's stomachs but they're an exciting challenge for Martin and Roz Williams.

Humble hangi's valuable lessons

hangi students

Students will plant crops, prepare a hangi and then host it as part of an environmental science project.

Lock it or lose it, police say

Police

Thieves are committing easy crime because owners are forgetting basic rules, sergeant says.

Native lizards engage kids

gecko

Kids got up close and personal with native geckos and skinks thanks to a Kiwi Conservation Club workshop.

Airport rail may fail to fly

Cameron Pitches

Too many new buildings mean it could be too late to get a rail system to Auckland Airport, campaigner says.

Pine tree has to go: Resident

Paul Walker

It's hard to miss the majestic Norfolk pine tree towering over Station Rd in Otahuhu, but the owner wants it gone.

From chopper to chipper for mangroves

chipper

Mangroves have been removed by helicopter as work gets under way to gain access to an Auckland waterway.

Signing off from duty

Richard Middleton

Inspector Richard Middleton is saying goodbye to 33 years of tracking down fraudsters, arresting murderers and putting criminals behind bars.

A touch of master class for students

Sistema

It's not every day that aspiring young musicians meet, learn from and play alongside a world-class violinist.

Performers head to games

Auckland massive theatre

Three young Auckland performers are among 90 Commonwealth artists creating "pop-up theatre" in Glasgow next month.

Gran the builder, can she fix it?

Tuakana Wichman

Yes she can! 82-year-old Tuakana Wichman has proved that age is no barrier to building a house.

Answer to school transience needed

Phil Palfrey and students

A primary school principal is calling for adults to think more about the needs of children after the release of a report on transience in Auckland schools.

Mayor 'has lost the plot' - Brewer

Len Brown

Cameron Brewer, Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart have denounced the mayor's light rail plans for Manukau.

Artist aims to create conversations

Cody and Joel

Pacific people are often used as "decoration" in the mainstream media, artist Tanu Gago says.

Assyrian church helps small community

Assyrian church

The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East in Manurewa has officially opened its doors.

Hillary home opens as education centre

Students at Sir ed's house

Sir Edmund Hillary's house has found a permanent home on the grounds of his namesake school in South Auckland.

Hospital departure lounge frees up beds

Discharge lounge

Middlemore Hospital has transformed one of its first-floor wards into a discharge lounge in an effort to free up beds.

Background won't define student

Cristina Deukett

A former Romanian orphan has aced her mechanical engineering course at MIT and graduated top of her class.

Songs and sponge hype up mall

MIS students

Kids are entertaining Manurewa shoppers with baked treats, music and smiles in an effort to revitalise their town.

Curtain bank calls for volunteers

Curtain bank

Winter is coming and the South Auckland Curtain Bank is looking for help to get people ready for the cold.

Light rail loop around Manukau investigated

Auckland trains

Public transport could get another boost if mayor Len Brown's light rail loop for Manukau gets the green light.

Outage cuts phones, internet

A Chorus fault has meant some businesses and homes in Awhitu have had no phone lines since the weekend.

Boy in frame for sex assaults

Police

A boy as young as 12 could be behind a series of south Auckland indecent assaults.

Moving on from Rheumatic fever

Mele Fainga’a

It's been a rocky road to university for law student Mele Fainga'a.

Peace medal for Korea war veteran

Jack Hudson

Painful memories came flooding back when Jack Hudson was honoured this month for his service in the Korean War.
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