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Damian's back on his bike

Damian and bike

KATASHA M CCULLOUGH - North Shore Times

An autistic boy has his stolen bike back after it was found abandoned in a dumpster.

Women's Gallipoli stories shared

Nurses

Playwright Geoff Allen's new play Sister Anzac depicts 14 women sent to Gallipoli during WWI to tend the wounded.

Mannequins help hone skills

model

The Waitemata District Health Board and the Well Foundation are helping medical staff hone skills using mannequins.

Nasty nappies cause collection stink

Rubbish

Auckland Council's fortnightly inorganic waste collection trial has worried residents with smelly rubbish to dispose of.

NZ's first BPD support group forms

 Lynoor Birrell and Jennifer Beckett

A new borderline personality disorder support group tackles a leading cause of suicide for women.

Tattoos takeover the catwalk

Jess Davidson

Conquering illness and weight problems has left Jess Davidson feeling brave enough to bare all in Miss Ink comp.

Teen's birthday bike stolen

Damian

Damian West was thrilled when his grandfather gave him a bike for his birthday. But less than 24 hours later, it was gone.

Lights, camera, action for school

Karl Urban

Actor Karl Urban is the first of many media stars to set foot in Kristin School's new digital media suite.

Hip-hop crew head to Vegas

hip hop shore girls

Fresh Movement will travel to Las Vegas in August to battle it out in the World Hip Hop Championships against 280 crews from 40 countries.

Students embark on historic journey

Lucy Parsonson and Josh Hansen

Thirteen students are going to France to commemorate France and NZ's shared wartime experience.

Author shares secrets of her craft

Tessa Duder

As acclaimed author Tessa Duder gets set to take a writing workshop, Sarah Argyle sits down with her to hear what makes a successful writer.

Parents demand revised bus law

Worried parents

Children are coming home from school with hair-raising stories about their bus trips, concerned parents say.

Recycling truck hits cafe

Sausalito hit by truck

Elderly patrons were shifted over the road to finish their scones after a truck crashed into a cafe.

Family fear the widow maker

gum tree

A 25m problem they're not allowed to fix has Craig Newth's family living in fear - the widow maker.

Removing teachers affects students

Air New Zealand generic

A proposed new policy aimed at improving student achievement could have the opposite effect, some schools say.

From terrible to trophies

Albany sports

Tradition is often the cornerstone of school sport so it can be hard to compete when you're the new kid on the block.

Model discovered at concert

Tessa White-Parsons

A night out at a Justin Bieber concert launched an Auckland teen's international modelling career.

Skimming cleans out account

ATM

An Auckland man had more than $1000 stolen from his bank account through ATM fraud.

Time for a well deserved rest

Marjorie Nicols

Marjorie Nicols is calling time on an incredible 35 years of service in a hospice op shop just days before her 98th birthday.

Carrying card benefits Auckland users

Hop

Changes to bus, train and ferry fares will see Auckland HOP cardholders pay up to 20 per cent less than cash users.

Jetty may be upgraded after storm

ferry terminal

Repairs to Bayswater's storm damaged ferry jetty could see it become bigger and better.

Hospice is 'a happy place'

Alex Powell

Volunteering at hospice taught Alex Powell that the service focuses on making the most out of right now.

Charges create 'dumping ground for kids'

pool

Entry fare increase at swimming pool has raised fears that facility could be over-run with unaccompanied children.

Off to Hawaii to play a ukulele

Avon Hansen-Beadle and Brenda Jones

Avon Hansen-Beadle's passion for the ukulele is taking her to an international festival in Haiwaii.

Early screening in bowel cancer saves lives

Nicki Sumicz

Taking part in Waitemata District Health Board's free bowel screening programme helped Nicki Sumicz "dodge a bullet".

Fears highway could spoil waterway

Waterway concern

Fears are being raised that widening the Albany Highway in Auckland will come at the expense of native wildlife.

MP lauds all-Maori firm

Maori Lawyers

A unique Auckland law firm is at the forefront of a second Maori renaissance, says Dr Sharples.

Where do the children play?

PLayground

Red tape is likely to stop Takapuna's beachfront getting a half-million-dollar playground by Christmas.

Mandarin helps to save te reo

 Hinemoa Awatere

A move to keep the Maori language alive draws inspiration from a Mandarin language programme taught in schools.

Park and ride user pays mooted

park and ride carpark North Shore

Auckland commuters may be tapped to allow park and ride carparks to expand, North Shore politicians say.

Thankful mum gives blood to help others

Melanie and Holly

Melanie Turner needed an urgent blood transfusion when she haemorrhaged after the birth of her daughter.

Kendall's success inspires kids

Barbara Kendall

Kiwi sporting legend Barbara Kendall has inspired school children to follow their dreams.

Preschool honours educator

Legacy

Teachers have a dedicated a new preschool in Albany to the memory of a pioneering early childhood educator.

Determined to be a cop

Wenbo Gong

Wenbo Gong worked hard to improve his English skills to a level acceptable for possible entry into police force.

Westlake Boys' water woes fixed

WBHS

More than $4 million has been spent fixing water-damaged buildings at Westlake Boys High School.

Blessie's walk plan

Adrienne Brunton

Organisers of a peaceful walk to honour slain woman Blessie Gotingco want to keep her memory alive by holding monthly events.

Teacher found with meth censured

A teacher writes on a blackboard

A former teacher convicted for methamphetamine possession has had her teaching registration cancelled.

New app lets patients speak

Dr Janet Liang

Medical emergencies are stressful enough without language barriers getting in the way.

Council purchase highlights park's hidden past

Kennedy Park

The purchase of a former state house brings Kennedy Park one step closer to world heritage status, architect says.

New library to rise up a level

Devonport Library

Construction workers have been labouring away on the groundwork for Devonport's new $7.8 million library.

Fossilised forest discovery excites walker

fossils

Shifting sands at Takapuna Beach revealed a million-year-old secret to a local beach walker.

Car takes out transformer

Car accident, Transformer

A transformer was demolished and two vehicles written off after a small initial collision in a car park.

Blessie sought safety in NZ: husband

blessie

Blesilda Gotingco moved to New Zealand because it was "the safest place to live", her grieving husband says.

Councillor: Eden Park's debt affects other Auckland stadiums

Eden Park

The future and cost of Auckland's stadiums needs to be made clear to the public, North Shore politicians say.

Show will go on for troubled theatre

Bruce Mason theatre

The Bruce Mason Centre was facing insolvency but is now debt-free, refitted and sustainable, new management says.

Jailed over threat to slit woman's throat

Court

A man who was Tasered by police as he tried to slit a woman's throat has been jailed for nearly seven years.

Carers in all communities needed

Fosterer

Being a foster carer is a challenging but rewarding role, one Auckland couple says.

Suicide survivor helps others

Jimin Hwang

Bullied teen Jimin Hwang ran away from home, dropped out of school, was assaulted and attempted suicide twice.

Car versus car at Plant Barn

Car on car

Police have described a young man as pragmatic after his car was crushed by another car.

Developer accused of taking investor funds

Court

Peter and Anne-Marie Chevin have been accused of withdrawing over $300,000 solicited from property investors.
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