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West Auckland remembers the fallen

People gathered for a dawn service at Auckland's Waikumete Cemetery.

Cannon fire rang out through west Auckland's Waikumete Cemetery at 6am on Anzac Day.

Young mum remembered

Kristina Weal is preparing to host her Pink Ribbon Breakfast. She is pictured with her son Owen,5.

Mother of two Kristina Weal is remembering her sister-in-law the best way possible - by hosting a fundraising breakfast.

Roosters turn 60

23042015 news photo. Simon Smith/Fairfax NZ. Graeme Murdoch was in the Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club's  foundation team in 1955. He played for the West Auckland team for 31 years. The club is celebrating its 60th jubilee this Queens Birthday weekend.

Graeme Murdoch will not easily forget Te Atatu rugby league club's first game 60 years ago.

Ultra-fast broadband rollout

Lack of broadband coverage in some Auckland rural communities may be sorted under a new Government funding initiative.

New netball programme

Children try out the new netball programme.

A new junior netball programme is designed for children to have fun while helping them develop their skills.

Teens 'reckless' Auckland getaway

Police arrested two men following a dangerous pursuit in a stolen car.

Two teens arrested following a police chase across Auckland that ended at a primary school.

Late night detour goes horribly wrong

The grave of William Huxtable at Waikumete Cemetery

Matthew Gray revisits the death of James Huxtable in this instalment of Tales from the Crypt

Shorts for Hospice

Hospice West Auckland staff are encouraging businesses and schools to get behind Shorts for Hospice day on May 22.

Life is too short to only wear shorts in the summer.

Group of friends rescue woman

A courageous group of young Auckland men save women from violent attack

Group of men chase down and catch man who attacked a woman in her car.

Great-grandfather's tales of Gallipoli gallery

20042015 news photo. Supplied/FairfaxNZ. Edward George Coddington served in the New Zealand forces in WWI. He landed on the shores of Gallipoli just days after those fateful landings.

Sarah Roberts takes a look into her great-grandfather's war diary more than 100 years after it was written.

'Winning is a bonus' video

Parris Goebel mentors young upcoming hip hop dancers to achieve their dreams.

Two young hip-hop hopefuls are thrilled to head overseas for the world champs in August.

Emotive display honours

RSA members Bob Walters, left, and Jim McArthur both have family who served at war.

Those who fought in both World War I and World War II will be remembered with an emotive display.

Letter holds mystery

Hazel Tarr and Lindsay Walden (descendants of Private Raymond John Baker) are trying to track down descendants of mystery man William Arthur Price.

Thirty years have passed since family members Lindsay Walden and Hazel Tarr have seen each other. They've been reunited by a letter written a century ago.

Hunt for medal owner

A Victory Medal.

The owner of a precious WWI medal may be a "great-grandfather by now" and his family should have the medal back.

Comedian is a 'proper westie'

Jamaine Ross will join more than 200 performers at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Comedian Jamaine Ross says he is a "proper westie" although he can't bring himself to grow a mullet - yet.

Caravan stolen in broad daylight

The "Old Trout" caravan owned by Raymond Dobbe, stolen by brazen thieves in Avondale on Sunday.

A caravan owner is astounded at the boldness of thieves who towed his caravan away in broad daylight.

Dancer in Anzac Day concert

A tribute concert to the WW1 ANZAC landing at Gallipoli called Rotunda will be performed by the New Zealand Dance Company on ANZAC day.

Chris Ofanoa went from wanting to dance like Micheal Jackson to going profesional with the New Zealand Dance Company.

Wrestler is all heart

Kartik Swamy of Glendene isn't letting his heart condition get in the way of his pro wrestling ambitions.

Normally jumping into a wrestling ring would be low on someone with a heart condition's list. But not for Kartik Swamy.

Former Riverhead resident reckons It’s Not Easy Being Brendon.

Former Riverhead resident Brendon Green performs in the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival which runs from April 25 to May 17.

Growing up in the nor-west is helping comedian Brendon Green share his talent.

Major delays for Te Atatu motorists

Motorists can expect major delays at the Te Atatu interchange over ANZAC weekend.

Motorists who use the Te Atatu interchange can expect major delays over ANZAC weekend.

Any DIY job for hubby

Hire a Hubby's Ian Byrne loves he is able to work outdoors away from the office environment.

Ian Byrne, 52, lives in Titirangi with his wife Rachael and two sons Matthew and Harrison. He talks to Sarah Roberts about working as a Hire a Hubby.

Old wardrobe's hidden treasure gallery

15042015 news photo. Sarah Roberts/FairfaxNZ. A photo of a man and woman on what appears to be their wedding day.

A TradeMe buy landed Net Warren with more than just a wardrobe, there was a bag of memories in there as well.

Waitakere defeated

Round five in the NRFL men's premiership saw Three Kings United trample Waitakere City on their home ground 10-0 at Fred Taylor Park on April 18. 

Residents oppose 24 hour McDonald's joint

Te Atatu Peninsula residents don't want to see a 24-hour McDonald's in their community.

West Auckland community take issue with McDonald's who want to operate non-stop in the neighbourhood.

Seawall versus natural solution

Michelle Parker, fourth generation Huia resident, stands by the damaged seawall.

Huia locals in favour of seawall restoration to prevent erosion say they aren't being heard by those who think nature should take its course.

Well Foundation to benefit

A charity event with a focus on wine will take place in Matakana in May.

Residents oppose 24 hour McDonald's joint

A McDonald's restaurant sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California in this file photo taken April 16, 2013.  McDonald's Corp said sales at its established restaurants around the world rose 2.6 percent in May as it expanded offerings for late-night breakfasts, tweaked other menus and benefited from advertising value-priced meals. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD)

West Auckland community takes issue with McDonald's who want to operate non-stop in the neighbourhood.

Brave rescue recognised

Devon Booth, left, Louise Pieters, Adam Turner and Ken Turner have been recognised for their role in rescuing three men from the Manukau harbour in December.

Those involved in a daring harbour rescue have been honoured alongside Waitakere Police staff.

Coastal photos bring in cash

This photo by  Richard Hodder is one of several that were auctioned off to raise money for the Piha Surf Life Saving Club.

Shots of stunning West Coast scenery raises more than $25,000 towards Piha Surf Lifesaving Club upgrade.

Huia seawall stoush

Michelle Parker, fourth generation Huia resident, is fighting for Huia Domain's seawall to be repaired to save the foreshore area.

Plans to remove a seawall, native trees, a park and a playground have outraged a small west Auckland community.

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