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Single smoke seller convicted

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is cracking down on the illegal trading of cigarettes.

West Auckland dairy owner snapped for selling single cigarettes at $1.50 each.

Simplified water charges for landlords and tenants

Landlords and property owners have until June 30 to sign up for simplified water charges.

Clearer water charges are on the way for landlords and tenants.

Film project up for environmental award

Film competition Outlook for Someday gives young people the chance to tell their sustainability story.

A sustainability film competition is a finalist for a national award.

Cui waits for Olympic call

It must be a nervous time for Elizabeth Cui who is waiting to see if she's made the cut for Rio.

Elizabeth Cui is on the edge of diving at the Olympic Games.

Train makers bring ingenuity to models

Model makers and train enthusiasts David Hall, left, Gary Baxter and Colin Davies in front of one of their models.

Model making may appear to hail from another generation but it is still for the young at heart.

Tough game but Waitemata is through

Karl Siemsen celebrates one of his six successful kicks between the posts for Waitemata at the weekend.

There was plenty of motivation when the Waitemata premiers rolled Marist 29-5 in front of a home crowd at the weekend.

Seven-year-old campaigns for pool

Evelyn Turner, 7, loves swimming - her favourite stroke is backstroke.

Seven-year-old Evelyn Turner was sick of hearing her parents complain about the lack of swimming pools in West Auckland. So she decided to do something about it.

HOP card switch confusing seniors

The new AT Gold HOP card for SuperGold cardholders.

Auckland SeniorGold cardholders have been confused by a lack of clarity around the need to register for a public transport HOP card.

Power outage hits Auckland homes

The calm after a storm: power has been restored after gale-force winds cut power and downed trees in Auckland.

Around 238 households remain without electricity as strong winds hammer the city.

Turtles may be damaging environment

Red-eared slider turtles have been spotted in the wild at Titirangi and Swanson.

Report any sighting of red-eared slider turtles to Auckland Council.

Sport keeping kids from the streets

YMCA Massey Leisure Centre recreation manager Denise Yukich says the best part of her job is working with children.

​YMCA Massey Leisure Centre recreation manager Denise Yukich gives kids a sense of belonging.

Making Ranui a safer place

Luatangi Li is building positive relationships with the people of Ranui.

Ranui community constable Luatangi Li is keen to make a difference in Ranui.

Dennis the bridge-builder deconstructed

Dennis helped build the Great North Road Interchange at Waterview - which would be completed in 2017.

A bright yellow 140 tonne lifting gantry called Dennis has completed its 2.5 year stint on Auckland's northwestern motorway.

Two medical grants hold promise for breast cancer outcomes

New Zealand Breast Cancer grant recipient Dr Anita Muthukaruppan is a research fellow working in the Auckland ...

Two medical research grants have been awarded to young scientists to fund projects focusing on improvement of breast cancer survival rates.

Pink for no more bullies

The Massey High School dance crew with their pink cupcakes.

Everyone put on their pink shirt at Massey High School to make a stand against bullying.

'Dressing modestly is a good thing'

This image features on the petition. It claims the dress has been deemed too revealing to be worn at the St Dominic's ...

Morals watchdog Family First has backed a school's no-cleavage, no-backless-dresses code for their school ball.

School mourns death of prefect

Penina Latu was a high achiever at Kelston Girls' College.

"She was all set, I think, to be a future female leader in the Tongan community."

Police seek gang member

Police are looking for this man, Justin Abel, who had an "extensive criminal history."

Auckland Police are looking for a Head Hunters gang member who has been recalled to prison

Life after a stroke

Davorin Ozich works on the bars as part of his exercise to help with his balance.

More than 80 clients do classes at the Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation in Henderson twice weekly.

Off-road racing is a family affair

Eleanor Buckley, 8, looks forward to being competitive in the Kiwi trucks enduro race as part of the Woodhill 100 over ...

Dale Buckley and his children prepare for the oldest running off-road racing event in New Zealand.

More chemical spraying

Albany Ward councillors John Watson, left, and Wayne Walker are concerned about the chemical control of weeds in Auckland.

The use of a controversial chemical to control weeds around Auckland has caused a spat among councillors.

Major exhibition presses pause on the everyday

Te Uru curator Ioana Gordon-Smith, back, and artist Janet Lilo have filled three rooms and a window space at the gallery ...

A collage of 10,000 photographs and 1000 personal instant images are just two of the components of a new major art show.

Fractured skull puts Stonex in an early grave

The grave of Joseph Stonex at Waikumete Cemetery.

Joseph Stonex dodged imminent danger but sustained fatal injuries as a result

Unattended truck smashes into house

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

The driver tried to stop the truck with his hands to no avail as it rolled down a hill.

Waitakere City on the rise

Jake Butler runs it up as Waitakere City down Papakura 2-1 in their first competition game this season.

​Waitakere City FC is now at the top of division one with Hibiscus Coast punished for fielding an ineligible player.

Awards for harbour restoration

Nominations close on June 1 for the Mauri o te Moana Award which recognises groups restoring the Manukau Harbour.

Groups dedicated to restoring the Manukau Harbour may be eligible for a Mauri o te Moana Award.

Thousands of kids learning to skate

OnBoard Skate chief executive Steve Hodges and Western Heights School student Manav Treekam, 11, a member of the ...

A generation of young West Aucklanders are learning to skate at school.

More people needed to save hall

Hannah Dawson, left, and Doreen Jones are committed to the Sunnyvale Community Hall.

Nowadays there is a lack of time for community-based activities and groups are suffering, Sunnyvale Residents and Ratepayers president Hannah Dawson says.

Shared expertise makes learning better

Teachers who are part of the Waitakere Community of Learners group are working towards helping their students succeed ...

Twelve West Auckland schools are working towards raising the achievement level of reading, writing and maths.

Possible memorial for unmarked ashes

Auckland Council says a variety of issues need to be considered before opening the vault of interred ashes of nearly ...

Descendants of interred ashes at a West Auckland cemetery are urged to connect with Auckland Council.

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