Western Leader

Daily Grind: Creative family business brightens your walls

Antony Clark designs vibrant wall displays with his parnter Jess through their new business Your Decal Shop.

Antony Clark is the director and designer for Your Decal Shop in Henderson. He talks about working with his partner Jess Cattroll and the design process. 

Helping women feel safer

Women's self-defence classes teach practical techniques to help people defend themselves in a variety of situations.

Free self-defence taster course are being offered around Auckland.

Kayakers stuck in mud

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter winches two kayakers stuck in the mud to safety.

Kayaking pair were winched from mud after their boat got stuck.

Boy fractures skull in fall from loft

The grave of Victor Pickens and his father Thomas at Waikumete Cemetery.

A mouse hunt turned into a family tragedy when little Victor Storey Pickens fell from a hay loft one Saturday afternoon in September 1912.

Striking photos reveal Old Jerusalem gallery

Photographer Ilan Wittenberg stands in front of his prints to be exhibited at Te Uru Contemporary Art Gallery.

An award-winning photographer is giving Kiwis the opportunity to walk the streets of Jerusalem through a new exhibition.

Te Atatu murder-accused named

Murder victim Cunxiu Tian who was killed in an apparent "burglary gone wrong" in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland.

Teen accused of sexually violating and murdering woman named as 19-year-old Jaden Lee Stroobant.

Mum's battle lost

The Gunston's will treasure this family potrait forever. Amy Gunston, left, died from cancer in January. She is pictured with her husband Gavin and two children Bella, now 5, and Benji, now one-year-old.

Amy Gunston, who found out she had cancer while pregnant with her second-born, has died.

Hundreds of calls about cold case

Tracey Ann Patient was killed 40 years ago in the Waitakere Ranges, her murder has never been solved.

The public has made hundreds of calls to police with information about the 40-year-old Tracey Ann Patient cold case.

Rainbow athletes Proud to Play

Proud to Play NZ organiser Craig Watson is excited for the start of the sports tournament, which will have events across Auckland including at West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre.

A new sports tournament aims to promote inclusion for all, regardless of gender identity or sexuality.

Unlocking the mystery

Robert Taylor, front, wants to unlock the mystery of maths. He is pictured with students, from left, Mounir Boulbibane, Eun Park and Margaret Allen.

Robert Taylor wants to unlock the mystery of maths with his classes, Arithmetic for Adults.

Auckland Hearts to host final

Arlene Kelly throws the ball in during Sunday's one-day match with the Canterbury Magicians.

A record-setting eighth wicket partnership sees the Auckland Hearts into a home final.

Nine landmark trees to stay

Whau Local board chairwoman Catherine Farmer and Tree Council spokeswoman Suzanne Caron see the decision to retain nine of the 11 Monterey pine trees as a win for the people.

Nine West Auckland trees now look safe from the chop.

How many crashes will it take?

Another regular intersection user Todd Samuel had his car written off in January.

Angela Smith has witnessed three crashes at a dangerous intersection - one she was involved in.

Father blames school for losing his child video

Daniel Pillai: "I put my foot down. I yelled until they called the police."

A parent wants action after his young daughter left school unnoticed, but the principal says "schools aren't cages".

Time to celebrate for youth programme

Auckland YMCA Raise Up crew members get ready to graduate.

A youth development programme celebrated a successful year with its graduation ceremony.

Round the Bays: Healthy living

Fiona Hedges fills up her water bottle to keep herself hydrated.

It's the start of a healthier lifestyle for Fiona Hedges.

A fence that turns heads video

Bernie Harfleet and his partner Donna decided to decorate their fence with doll body parts "for fun" about two years ago.

Impaled dolls' heads, body parts, Darth Vader - there's no white picket fence for these Aucklanders.

Youths take to streets to honour own

Matt Billington, left, and Jem King from Zeal are the artistic duo behind the exhibition The Other Side, opening on February 10.

It takes only five seconds for a young creative Henderson duo to gain a stranger's trust.

Waves at Piha going off

Portia Millar, 6, of Oratia District School won the under-9 girls final in the Lion Rock Boardriders Club summer series at Piha Beach over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

It's a good time to be hitting the water in west Auckland.

A day to celebrate Luke Tipene

Sean Wilson gives the "Ls UP" in memory of his nephew Luke Tipene, who died after being stabbed in Grey Lynn in November 2014.

The community is once again rallying to remember Luke Tipene.

A unique farewell for Henderson stalwart

Mr Ward was fond of a glass of whiskey - so much so that a bottle was placed in his casket for the long journey.

When George Ward had an idea in his head he made it happen.

Uncovering West Auckland history

Raewynn Robertson spends her days researching West Auckland's past.

Raewynn Robertson has been the local history librarian at Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre for more than a decade.

Waititi's Waitangi Day connects singer with roots video

Sammy J is gaining an international following, with some of his tunes viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.

When singer Sammy Johnson looks in the mirror he knows he is Maori. But until he moved to New Zealand from Australia, he had not known what that really meant.

Legacy lives on but grave in state of disrepair

The grave of James Leslie at Waikumete Cemetery.

A man who left his estate to charity also asked that his grave be looked after in years to come. But not everything panned out as he had hoped.

Alice is on the move

Construction workers watching the moment Alice the Waterview tunnel borer broke through the second tunnel of the $1.4 billion Waterview project.

Her job has been done, now Alice the tunnel boring machine is ready to ship out of Auckland.

Accident hotspot under fire

A serious crash on accident hotspot State Highway 16.

Accident hotspot State Highway 16 is under fire.

As strong as those half his age

Winner of the Grandmaster division of the 2015 Mr Universe competition Jeremi Musialkowski at home with his trophy and medal.

Most 74-year-olds would love to be feeling young, chasing a ball around the back garden with the grandkids.

Getting our youth off the streets

Henderson Community constable, senior constable Marty Spear.

Marty Spear has been the Henderson Community Constable for just over one year "and what a year that was".

Waitakere hit Southern for six

Sean Lovemore (R) led the way for Waitakere with a hat-trick against Southern.

Waitakere United bounce back from humiliating defeat in style against Southern.

Workers stepping up for MS

Nick Kearns from Auckland University's UniServices, left, Jaimee Maha from Auckland Council and Ingrid Minett from Multiple Sclerosis Auckland are gearing up for Lift Free February.

Climbing the stairs for a month is an easy price to pay to help raise funds for a worthy charity.

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