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Ex-cop faces charges after evading arrest


Medical assessment for former policeman who fled country after retirement village failed.

Council contractor caught dumping waste

	 auckland council, dumping

An investigation is underway after one council contractors seen dumping waste water into a Pukekohe stream.

Moving mountains for school

moving everest

Auckland Museum has given a 5 metre by 2m 3D version of Everest to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate.

NZ bid for future Commonwealth Games 'likely'

New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley attends the New Zealand flag raising ceremony at the Athletes Village

New Zealand will host another Commonwealth Games - probably in Auckland or Christchurch.

Locals front campaign

campaign poster

Identities from the nor-west are the faces of a campaign to reduce speed in their communities.

Future of station land unsure

worried residents

The old Takapuna Fire Station could be rezoned and sold to developers, instead of creating park land, residents warn.

Wastewater improvement in the pipeline

Water pours from pipe.

A better wastewater system is on the way for Mairangi Bay.

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.

Olive is a great therapist


The generosity of a 96-year-old woman is helping get more mobility dogs into the disabled community.

Plea to save heritage building

Mainline building

Community leaders are calling for the preservation of the Mainline Steam building as KiwiRail prepares to sell land.

Players off to Manchester

Football team

Three talented East Auckland footballers will take on some of the world's top young players next month in the UK.

Learning Maori a life changer

Maikara Ropata

When Maikara Ropata was little she only spoke English. In the 1960s, that changed.

Studios seek proof of Dotcom extravagance

Movie and music studios seeking full disclosure of Kim Dotcom's assets to show he is still living extravagantly.

Faces of Auckland: Shame about the weather

Crofton Lulu

Solomon Islander Crofton Lulu loves Auckland life, but there's one thing he's still getting used to. The weather.

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.

Coping with rare smooth brain

Symphonya Turua

3-year-old Symphonya Turua was born with lissencephaly, meaning she is unable to walk, talk or sit up.

Auckland train services delayed

Railway tracks

Services are resuming on Auckland's western rail line but commuters should still expect delays after a diesel train lost power between Mt Eden and Grafton this evening. 

Impact of grief, loss explored

sad girl

The country's first Loss and Grief Awareness Week is about to take place.

Old hall a West Auckland landmark

Karen Goddard

The future of historic St Andrews Church Hall in New Lynn is uncertain as the building slowly crumbles away.

Students find success with paleo sweets


Six teens are revelling in the success of their new business catering for health-conscious chocolate lovers.

Smokers to blame for bin blazes

rubbish bin on fire

Public rubbish bins are catching on fire because smokers are being careless when throwing their cigarette butts away.

Milestone at Anglican church

church members

Thirty years of Tongan services are being celebrated at the St Columba Church in Grey Lynn.

Church's grand piazza plans

Church flat

St Michael's Catholic Parish is proposing to sell the three flats it owns to raise funds for a piazza and more car parking.

Kiwi rows Ivy League boat

Max Lowndes

For Max Lowndes juggling an engineering degree and high performance rowing at an Ivy League Uni is part and parcel of life.

Speeding limits signposted - agency

80kmh speed limit sign

Motorists are frustrated by speeding tickets they have been receiving on the northwestern motorway.

Call for 24-hour service

Clark family

Hibiscus Coast residents want a 24-hour medical service in place, but Health Board says current system working.

Report part of police transparency


National figures indicate Taser use has increased across the country, yet Waitemata officers are reaching for the Taser less.

Timer, solar-powered signs for crossing


A dangerous school crossing is getting a makeover, to the relief of teachers, students, parents and police.

Tell hospital what you really think


Middlemore Hospital has introduced a survey allowing patients to have a say on experiences and services they receive.

Commuters sick of bus delays


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.

Programme helps with abusive relationships

Nicole Batts

A refuge society is encouraging women in abusive relationships to take a step that could save their lives.

Drive to slow down traffic

Graeme Easte

Speeding drivers and "rat running" to avoid congestion has prompted the Albert-Eden Board to implement traffic calming measures.

New closing times a concern

alcohol generic

Customers are in the dark about new closing times and how they could affect Auckland's nightlife, hospitality group says.

Chess player mingles with stars


Chess enthusiast Barry Woods is off to The Dark Horse premiere after a surprise invite from a former chess student.

Film based on street game

Joey De Guzman

A finalist in the Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival has made a film centered around a Filipino game.

Upset over proposed demolition

Labretta Suede

The historical 1925 Oag's Buildings and the Deco Strip Mall are scheduled to be demolished at the end of the month.

Hurling abuse earns Google trip

Hayley Smith

Insulting passersby as part of a social experiment has paid off for one lucky teen.

Actor rises to challenge

Ekta Kumar

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

Uncertain future for St James' buildings

Wesley College

The future of two Pukekohe churches remains up in the air after they failed seismic testing.

Lone South Island custom entry at Speedshow

Mark Stead's hand-crafted cab-over custom truck is the lone South Island entry in the custom show at the CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

Mark Stead's mean and green cab over custom truck is the only South Island custom show entry at Auckland's CRC Speedshow.

Gulf Harbour ferry service gets a boost

Gulf Harbour ferry

The number of daily sailings to and from Gulf Harbour will be tripling to keep up with demand in a growing area of Auckland.

Former high-flier pleads not guilty


Jamie Peters plead not guilty to charges that he breached the terms of his bankruptcy.

Trans-Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson sorry

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson says sorry to public for abandoning mission to be first solo kayaker to cross Tasman.| Cruel sea

More north Auckland buses - but not yet

bus stop

Auckland Transport is promising more buses, more often for the Hibiscus Coast but not until next year.

Aucklanders face some train delays

Auckland trains

Commuters experience delays on the eastern train line in Auckland this morning.

Auckland runners raise $150k for charity

Simon Tong

Thank you. That's the word to all of those who ran the Auckland Round the Bays, helping raise $150,000 for charity.

Here today thanks to helmet

horse and rider

Rebecca Watson only knows what others describe about the moment her horse slipped and landed on top of her.

HNZ's grand designs on old hotel

old hotel

The redevelopment of a Housing New Zealand property in Mt Albert has put neighbours on edge.

Get set for more wind, rain


Civil Defence is warning storm-battered Northland to get ready for more bad weather.

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.
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