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Ex-meth house turns into renovation nightmare

Kevin Middleton

A couple are $25,000 out of pocket after decontaminating their home which was once used as a p-lab.

Charlie's whiskers go west for child cancer


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.

Police name crash victim


The man who died in a crash near Pukekohe on Thursday has been named as  74-year-old Robert Nikora.

One dead in Kumeu crash


One person is dead and several others are seriously injured after a four-vehicle crash at Kumeu, west of Auckland. 

Diverse market is starting up

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

Spruce up transforms park

Nigel Turnbull and Ella Kumar

The success of the Mt Roskill War Memorial Park's transformation has prompted the Puketapapa Local Board to ask if there are more places in need of a spruce up.

Ashley's whopper wins

Ashley Jordan

Weighing in at an astonishing 124.4kg, Ashley Jordan's pumpkin was a whopper and a winner.

Dylan shows the way

Badminton EBC

Dylan Schneider gets around school in style on his Segway, which makes life with muscular dystrophy much easier.

BID successful for association

It's all go to create a business improvement district (BID) in Riverhead, Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku, Helensville, Parakai and Kaukapakapa.

Triplets are fighting fit

Max, Mia and Oliver O’Donoghue

Three pint-sized triplets have taken up boxing and it's not the first time they've had to put up a fight.

Flat Bush crash witness sought by police


Police investigating a crash that killed a motorcyclist on Friday night in Flat Bush, Auckland, are calling for a witness to come forward.

Roast Busters review nears completion

An independent investigation into police handling of the Roast Busters case is nearly finished.

Artillery man won't forget

Forbes Greenfield

Forbes Greenfield, 94, is among the few World War II veterans taking part in this year's Anzac parades.

Rooster poses as hen, survives chop

Miri the rooster

Rescuers were surprised to discover a rooster living among hens they were saving from a battery farm.

Class on a roll selling scooters

Business Academy class

A warrant of fitness system will see scooters return to Albany Junior High and its all part of students' canny business strategy .

Community chips in to help fire victims

The community has rallied to support families whose Housing New Zealand flats were destroyed by a fire.

PumpHouse Theatre is new and improved

pumpHouse theatre

A new roof, insulation, toilets and a parents changing room were all features of the PumpHouse's renovation.

Kokako thrive thanks to dedicated volunteers


Today, thanks to pest control, translocation and an egg swap, there are 30 breeding pairs of Kokako in the Hunua Ranges.

After-school classes preserve Hindi

Geeta Lata  Ravikash Prasad

A push to teach Hindi in schools is designed to keep the language and culture alive among the descendants of migrants.

Community voices go online


More and more Aucklanders are finding ways of using social media to unite people and connect communities.

Girl missing in Auckland


Police are searching for an 11-year-old girl who has gone missing in Massey, Auckland.

Opera star Paul Potts hits out at bullies

Paul Potts

Opera singer Paul Potts says people shouldn't be afraid to speak out against bullying.

Drivers urged to be extra vigilant


Parents of toddlers and young children are being reminded to be vigilant around driveways.

Surf boats steer for Anzac Cove

The Red Beach crew

Three teams of New Zealand  lifeguards will join their Australian and Turkish counterparts at Gallipoli next year for a special commemorative race marking the 100th anniversary of the bloody World War I campaign.

New kiwis given a right royal treatment

PM John Key with kiwi

The PM was among about 500 people, including school children, who welcomed kiwi to Mataia farm on the Kaipara Harbour.

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.

Warriors player Ben Henry distributes coats at Onepoto Primary School

Ben Henry

Warrior Ben Henry paid a visit to the children of Onepoto Primary armed with brand new raincoats.

Sewer upgrade to start in Glen Eden

From early next year Glen Eden residents will no longer have to deal with the sight of wastewater seeping into their waterways.

William and Kate in Auckland to duke it out

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge has taken the helm and left her prince in her wake - twice.

Radio station for dogs launches


Dogs alone at home and feeling lonely will from today be able to tune into a radio station designed for them.

Dream cut short by spinal disease

Richard Harmon

A 27-year-old's dream of being a builder has been cut short by a rare spinal disease.

Bumpy ride for chopper trust funds

The battle for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's funding is facing more turbulence.

School's hard line on drugs

Michael Williams

Eighteen students from Pakuranga College were suspended for use, possession, or involvement with drugs last year.

Crossroads helps people get back on track

Crossroads Clubhouse

Crossroads Clubhouse is providing adults affected by mental illness with the framework to get back on track.

Tucked up in bed and racing

Bed race team

Auckland Domain will be taken over by The Great Auckland Bed Race this weekend.

Adelaide to Brisbane by bike

Del and Cindy Henley

Del and Cindy are celebrating their golden anniversary by cycling 3000km across Australia.

Dominion Rd gets overhaul

Dominion Road, Auckland

Auckland’s key traffic corridor Dominion Road will be overhauled with new bus lanes aimed at improving public transport use.

Cissy Chen murder: Partner charged


The partner of Auckland woman Cissy Chen appeared in court today charged with her murder.

Kaimanawa horse Yogy is wild no more


He's pretty good at posing for photos, he approaches strangers for cuddles, is incredibly trusting - and he was once a wild horse.

Donated wedding a dream for couple

Angela Roberts

A new bride and groom had their wedding donated by a group of strangers from Facebook group 'Pay it Forward West Auckland'.

Life story like a movie script

Brenda Macduff

Bombed, imprisoned, shipwrecked and forced to sell her engagement ring for food. It sounds like a movie plot, but it's actually Brenda Macduff's life story.

Story unearths unknown relatives living nearby

Family reunites

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

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.

Plans on display at open day

Little O playground

Facilities, including the playground, at one of Waiheke Island's most popular beaches are getting a makeover

Town Hall organ worthy of a listen

Kevin Bishop, Desley Simpson

Organ music isn't just for weddings or church services the Town Hall organ trust chairman says.

Blind runner Matthews to run London Marathon

Matt Bailey and Rob Matthews


Blind runner Rob Matthews is ready to represent New Zealand at the London Marathon this weekend.

Wired to help out in Fiji

Tavenui students

A Rotary exchange student attending Howick College spent time in Fiji working on Rotary's Digital Learning Room.

SNAP gets the better of burglars


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

Legal highs very dangerous: Ex-user

Liam Kent

Heavy synthetic cannabis use eventually led to a five-day stay in an intensive care unit for teen Liam Kent.

Cannons fire the imagination on Anzac Day

Matt McMillan, left, and Glen Eden RSA president Gordon Driscoll

Waikumete Cemetery's Anzac Day dawn parade service will include a bagpipe band and a new addition - two cannons.
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