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Labour's big city blues

david cunliffe

Labour's voter support ran for the hills last night in what were once its strongholds.

Culturing better health

Jignal Bhagvandas

A trainee doctor wanted to help her dad get fit, so she started a Bollywood-infused aerobics class.

St Mary's is a family tradition

Catherine and Sarah Poulter

Seven generations of women from Sarah Poulter's family have attended St Mary's College over the last 150 years.

Hundreds of apartments to be built


A site currently used as a car park in Mt Eden has been earmarked as an SHA area for apartments.

Heave ho, charity pull is all go

bus pull

Good advice from a group of strongmen helped four people pull a 9000kg bus for a Leprosy Mission fundraiser.

Hot soup for street kids, families

Debbie Munro

Think poverty is NZ is a myth? Come see what I see, 'soup walk' organiser says.

Hungry days are ahead

Pamela Day

Anti-poverty campaign Live Below the Line challenges people to feed themselves for just $2.25 a day.

Three-level Bunnings approved


Court grants resource consent for controversial Bunnings store in Auckland's Arch Hill.

Chalking up life's moments

Sophie Merkens photo

Sophie Merkens would be a seasoned author if a picture did indeed paint 1000 words.

Brigade benefits from generosity

Tyler Dale

Little Tyler Dale must be one of the youngest donors to support a fire brigade.

Hapu's gift saves Te Arai coast

Te Arai

The gifting of nearly 200 hectares of northern coastal land to the Auckland Council for a park is welcomed by many.

Volunteer crews nab awards


Nine women showed firefighting isn't just for the boys during the Silverdale and Manly Fire Service Awards night.

Can a city church avoid demolition?


St David's Presbyterian Church may go after failing to meet earthquake standards and a dwindling congregation.

Colleagues save cop after massive heart attack


Police officers brought back a colleague from the dead after he suffered a heart attack and crashed his patrol car.

Hair today, beard champ tomorrow

Ygnacio Cervio

With a prize-worthy beard like this, eating ice cream is out of the question.

University of Auckland tops NZ rankings

Stuart McCutcheon

Auckland has the highest-rated NZ university in new rankings, and makes it into world's top 100.

Surprise speed bumps annoy

Bill Atkinson

Residents are blasting new speed bumps in Browns Bay as a "huge waste of money".

One Dollar Warriors picks first recipient


Shona Wilburn is about to benefit from a venture set up to help those with life-threatening illness.

Driver dies in power-pole crash


A man has died after his car struck a concrete power pole on Auckland's North Shore.

Gladys left 600k to animals

Alexandra Emery with Angelo

Almost 30 years after her death, the final wishes of an elegant and formidable animal lover will be realised.

Proximity to poverty drives mums and dads out of school zones

Louise, Tim and Tessa Dreadon

More than half South Auckland parents say their children are worse off because of the school zoning system.

Fight over the middle ground

Jeennifer, Patrick and Brianna Gregg

The leadership of the nation will be decided by middle NZ, but how do they feel? | Key the man for NZ? | Can Cunliffe lead?

New house gutted by fire


A brand new home was destroyed in a blaze last night on Auckland's North Shore.

Huffing teen treated for burns

Butane huffing

A teen injured when an aerosol can exploded has been moved to the national burns unit.

Age no barrier to bridge

Joan Kirkham

Playing bridge with New Zealand's top player was a birthday treat for 104-year-old Joan.

Big cheese shares secrets

Juliet Harbutt

The first time Juliet Harbutt sampled top quality European cheese was a life-changing moment.

Four more charter schools for Akld and Whangarei

Education Minister Hekia Parata

Four more charter schools will open in Auckland and Whangarei next year at a cost of $15 million.

Theatre debut a dream come true

Leighton Stichbury

Leighton Stichbury is in acting heaven after debuting alongside Michael Hurst and Theresa Healey.

Hospice needs nurse

Cancer family

Totara Hospice is appealing for urgent donations so it can fund a specialist triage nurse.

Piha, where the lifesaving fun comes in pairs

Piha twins

What comes aged under 14, in sets of two, and all at one West Auckland club? Surf life saving twins.

Healed by love of horses


Horses saved her life a long time ago so now Liana Goodall is saving theirs.

Hunt for thugs heats up

	 Rachel Thompson

The partner of a man left for dead wants those responsible for the ''cowardly attack'' caught.

Cars worth Holden on to


Mark Grey's obsession with Holden cars started when he was just a young boy.

Family behind decision to quit smoking

Campbell family

Together for 23 years, 8 kids and another on the way, one couple knew it was time to quit smoking for good.

Pod pushed orca to surface


Dian the orca survived being stuck in a cray pot line thanks to the remarkable actions of her pod.

Facelift planned for downtown Auckland

Artist's impression of Auckland design

Auckland is looking to revive its waterfront and boost tourism with a new downtown plan.

Shore youth need their own place

Jenny Li

North Shore youth may get a place to hang out and have fun, says one of their champions.

Makeover in store for barracks


Work has begun on a $1.5m restoration of historic barracks overlooking Narrow Neck Beach.

New Otara hub at risk

Willie Maea

Auckland Council has indicated that clubrooms in Otara could be one of many projects put on hold to help cut spending.

Out-of-zone boundaries set in stone


Two controversial new high school zones are now in place in Auckland.

Good progress at Guy homestead

guy homestead

The restoration of a derelict and burnt-out historic house has reached the halfway mark.

True blue bikers support cause

blue bikers

Bikers are ditching their black leathers for wacky blue outfits on Sunday to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer.

A cross for a life cut short

Brendan Demchy

A series of white wooden crosses will be erected in Ostend to pay homage to residents in the armed forces who died during World War I or later on Waiheke.

Injured rider saved from rushing tide

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Rescue chopper plucks rider, injured when thrown from her horse on a beach, from a rapidly incoming tide.

Zones 'preserved' for recreational fishers


National ban commercial fishing from parts of Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf, but workers may get compensation.

Driver killed after car rolls


One person has died at the scene of a car crash south of Auckland this morning.

Lawyer jailed for stealing from clients

richard holland

Auckland lawyer who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients jailed for 2-1/2 years.

Worker trapped in plastics machine


A man trapped in a plastics machine for over an hour is in a stable condition in hospital.

Rhinos' fate in focus


Anna Chambers is taking part in the inaugural International Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa.

Auckland beaches getting cleaner

Mission Bay

Water quality at Auckland's beaches improved last year, with encouraging signs for this summer.
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