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Signing on for duty

Luke Ronaki

One of the country's newest police recruits was born to deaf parents and says signing is his first language.

From milk trucks to movies

 Richard Frances-Moore

When Richard Frances-Moore was a milk truck driver he never dreamed he'd be working in the glitzy movie world.

Paralysed 'due to stress'

Woman charged with faking cancer and fraudulently fundraising paralysed from "overwhelming stress", lawyer says.

Food bank still filling a need

food bank

A partnership to help feed families in need has reached its first anniversary and there's no sign of it slowing down.

Vet's medals: 'I want them back'

medal theft

Army veteran is devastated after a lifetime of memories and honours are stolen.

Demands of social work acknowledged

MArina Hunt

Around 1400 New Zealand social workers are celebrating National Social Workers' Day today.

Political essay wins votes

Essay winner

A 16-year-old's take on improving youth participation in elections has seen her meet the Governor-General.

Cottage needs helping hands

Cottage

A heritage cottage is standing the test of time but help is needed to continue its legacy into the future.

Help complete wife's work

Paul Whitcombe

He lost the love of his life in June and now he's looking for someone to help him finish her story.

Thriving hives help business grow

Honey

Happy Valley Honey wants to transform Drury into a food tourism destination with a focus on bees.

'Kiwi Katniss' shoots for Japan

Rachel Burge

Rachel Burge first picked up a bow and arrow about three years ago and she's been shooting for gold ever since.

Special housing meets people's needs

housing

A small Northland housing trust has built its first set of accessible rental properties in Takanini.

Vege patch feeds community

rollerson park

Hundreds of volunteers picked up paintbrushes, spades and pitchforks to help transform a disused park into a vibrant community garden.

Canny kids help food bank

Food bank

A food drive has made students realise the reality of poverty in their own community.

A double dip for Lotto shop

Lotto ticket

Roselands Lotto shoppers win big two weeks in a row - a couple won $2m and another shopper won $250,000.

Young boxer off to Glasgow

Patrick Mailata

Papakura heavyweight Patrick Mailata has been named in the New Zealand boxing squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Labour men hit the street

Cunliffe and papakura locals

Labour leader David Cunliffe faced a whole spectrum of personalities when he went walkabout in Papakura town.

Long summer, more kittens

Kittens

A huge influx of unwanted kittens is prompting vets to take action by cutting the cost of desexing cats.

Outage cuts phones, internet

A Chorus fault has meant some businesses and homes in Awhitu have had no phone lines since the weekend.

Boy in frame for sex assaults

Police

A boy as young as 12 could be behind a series of south Auckland indecent assaults.

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