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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.

A step closer to transplant

Madison and Alana

Madiee Merrick has been waiting more than a year in the UK for surgery that will save her life.

Complaint over undisclosed donations

Lyndsay Brock

An Auckland woman says her complaint against two politicians is a "matter of principle".

Impact of grief, loss explored

sad girl

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

Backtracking on busway lane

Bus

Commuters will not get their promised Albany to Constellation Drive busway until after 2020, documents reveal.

Cyclists make better drivers

cycle good driver

Cyclists are 'high-speed decision-makers' with good situational awareness making them better drivers, study says.

Timer, solar-powered signs for crossing

crossing

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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