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Surprise speed bumps annoy

Bill Atkinson

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

New house gutted by fire

fire

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

Age no barrier to bridge

Joan Kirkham

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

Waving flag for debate

flag

Artist Dick Frizzell is sick of the "old diggers argument" to keep New Zealand's flag.

Makeover in store for barracks

barracks

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

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.

Canterbury welcomed home

HMNZS Canterbury returns to Devonport Naval Base

HMNZS Canterbury returns to Devonport Naval Base after three months of US-led naval exercises in the Pacific.

Car crashes into radiology clinic

Car

Radiographers were dealing with a different kind of break when a car crashed into the waiting room.

Rich lister riles North Shore residents

Diane Foreman

Diane Foreman wants the Council to relax apartment rules around land it owns near Takapuna Beach.

New Doctor pleases fan

Paul Scoones

The 12th Doctor could be the 'best ever' according to one of the show's most avid fans.

Woes of low wage felt by family

’Ofa Ta’ufo’ou

Father of two 'Ofa Ta'ufo'ou works "like an animal" 40 hours a week but struggles to make ends meet.

Yogi's smarter than the average dog

Yogi the beagle

Yogi, a five-year-old quarantine dog has successfully gone to sea with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Doctor's app targets salt

Dr Helen Eyles

Reducing salt in your diet could be the key to reducing heart disease, researcher says.

Student sews for Samoa

Dresses

Kayla Gordine took 35 dresses in her luggage when she went to Samoa. But none were for her.

Dads' kitchens rule

MKR dads

Josh King and Aaron Gascoigne have been dubbed 'the corporate dads' in NZ's version of My Kitchen Rules.

Police quick to nab thief

Police

Woman has goods returned to her before she knows they're stolen thanks to speedy police work.

Library's terrific tree house

Kate Olsen, Jean Blanc

A treasured tree house at Takapuna Library has been refurbished thanks to a talented gran and granddaughter.

Road fix 'a mess'

Glenfield Road

The final stages of a decade-long road revamp are proving to be a nightmare for some residents.

All Blacks visit schools for Red Nose Day

All Blacks Red Nose

A trio of ''cool'' All Blacks joined in a giant 500 person hongi at an Auckland school for Red Nose Day.

Man hurt in house fire

fire

A man suffered a burnt hand following a house fire in Auckland this morning.

Programme targets boys in the classroom

Windy ridge school

Pilot programme "Success for Boys" is helping boys get excited about story writing.

Board supports legal high ban but divided on tack

Legal high

Legal highs will be making a comeback and Local Board members are appalled.

Burglars raid storage unit

safe

The Leonards were shocked to discover that a safe they thought was held in storage had been dumped on a rural road.

North Shore power pole damaged by truck

power pole

A road on Auckland's North Shore is blocked off after a truck hit a power pole and broke it in half.

Feel the fear and eat it anyway

Amazing race

Plenty of will power was needed when Aston Garratt ate deep-fried tarantulas during The Amazing Race.

Vandals desecrate North Shore war memorial

Poppy

Vandals have desecrated a war memorial wall, bending a metal poppy and ripping off its stamen.

Immigrant's identity crisis

Gaynor Clarke and her mother Mary Anne Wright

An elderly immigrant is desperate to get back the passport, bank cards and driver's licence stolen from her car.

Students on song in festival

Westlake students

It took three buses, a truck and a special section of the plane to transport more than 120 students and 1100 kilograms of musical instruments around Europe.

Teen lands dream role

 Julian Peddie

The hills were alive with screams of delight when Julian Peddie learned he had a part in The Sound of Music.

For the love of primates

Kalem Berntsen

Kalem Berntsen reckons working as a primate keeper at Auckland Zoo is a dream job.

Music dies for troubled store

The Zweigs

Ask for Bieber, I'll try and sell you Zeppelin because 'that's the way it should be', owner of closing record store says.

Halfway mark for waste trial

organic waste

Feedback from residents taking part in an organic waste trial is positive, Auckland Council says.

Cycleway will affect carparks on Queen St

Cycleway

AT says a Safe Cycle Route encourages cycling, but some say it is a 'trojan horse' to get Skypath's landfall at Northcote Point.

Rena's mess comes ashore in Auckland

Mark Spooner

Thousands of clear pvc beads nestled in kelp at Takapuna Beach could well have come from sunken MV Rena.

Water meter costs upset pensioner

water meter

Hauraki resident Sheila Hammond is sick and tired of paying for water she doesn't use.

Building hope for Nepalese families

James Poore

It was either a shed full of new power tools or a meaningful OE for building apprentice James Poore.

Hydrotherapy helps dogs recover

Dog

Canine Hydrotherapy works as a treatment for chronic pain conditions or post-operative recovery in canines.

Learner driver's grave lesson

North shore memorial park

A driving lesson on cemetery roads went horribly wrong when the car smashed into gravestones.

$100K library curtain plan draws criticism

Curtain

Auckland Council is defending moves to install a $100,000 artistic silk curtain in a new library.

Shelters may miss the bus

Bus Shelter

Devonport Heritage fears Auckland Transport will rip out remaining historic bus shelters to make way for new designs.

Teen keen to unlock dyslexics' potential

Matthew Strawbridge

Matthew Strawbridge has started a website showing young dyslexics the strategies he used to cope at school.

Thieves target cigarettes

cigarette butt

About $16,000 worth of cigarettes was stolen in a single North Shore burglary recently.

Senior flatties settle in

Sunrise house residents

The first tenants of a flat for seniors in Northcote already think of themselves as sisters.

Family keep vigil over Bubba

Te Rina-Ataahua Hemana

Hit-and-run survivor Te Rina-Ataahua Hemana is on the long road to recovery after a week spent in an induced coma.

Homework helpers prove popular

Hands Up Club

A North Shore homework club is so popular it needs bigger premises so it can continue helping kids out.

Tem returns to childhood holiday spot

Temuera Morrison

Temuera Morrison caught up with locals in Takapuna to discuss trials and tribulations ahead of new show.

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.

Taking a dip with dolphins

Dolphin

When Zac Madden got to work this morning he had no idea his day would involve a swim with dolphins.

4WD crashes into house

Car crash

Vehicle takes out water mains, phone lines, fence and a house after driver loses control in wet conditions.
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