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Almost 500 students - only six can swim video

The Sunnyvale School Pool has been empty for three years and the students want change.

School fears its students are at risk of drowning.

Elderly paedophile 'still a risk'

Roland van der Plaat was released from prison in May.

Despite being 82, one of NZ's worst child sex offenders remains a serious threat to the community.

Lynmall evacuated after switchboard fire

Fire appliances were dispatched to the mall this afternoon after reports of smoke.

Smoke from a switchboard fire circulated through the mall's air conditioning system.

Santa Paws is coming to town

Tiki and Santa Paws getting into the Christmas spirit.

Get your pooch into the festive spirit with a Santa Paws photo shoot this Christmas. 

Methven's two decades in the west

Those interested in purchasing a Methven showerhead can come in to the Rosebank office and give them a go.

Methven is determined to grow its business worldwide but home base will always be west Auckland.

Waitemata District's first female district commander

Tusha Penny became the first police national manager of child protection and sexual violence in 2015.

"I've got big shoes to fill but I'm up for the challenge," superintendent Tusha Penny says.

Children stalked by men in vehicles

West Auckland police have had an increase of reports of strangers approaching children.

Police question a man who allegedly approached a school pupil in Auckland's Ponsonby.

'I just want my little boy back'

Allen, with Denny, fears brother Brock may have been stolen to be used as a bait dog.

Colin Allen's 11-month-old puppy went missing on November 10 with evidence pointing towards him being stolen.

Uked with The Nukes

West Auckland Ukelele Band, The Nukes. From left: Ben Collier, Dave Parker, David Thiele.

Ukuleles are quite  a "twisted" instrument says The Nukes Dave Thiele.

What's on the tracks?

There are on average 22 collisions a year between cars and trains and 31 between pedestrians and trains.

Been late to work lately after catching the train? There might be a few reasons why.

Historic engagement at MOTAT

Lisa Woodley and Chris Light who got engaged at Motat.

Lisa Woodley had "absolutely no idea" a proposal was on the cards.

Whatipu great for a glass of wine

Fletcher Sunde runs events such as beach clean-ups and riparian tree planting.

Fletcher Sunde lives in Titirangi and works for Sustainable Coastlines – a trust dedicated to cleaning our rivers and waterways.

Tank to stop sewage leaks video

Construction of the Glen Eden wastewater tank in Harold Moody Reserve.

A giant hole is taking shape in Glen Eden.

Young Swif’s shot at redemption

Young Swif performing at a recent west Auckland show.

Glen Eden’s Young Swif progresses to the final of Def Jam’s New Zealand Showcase.

Magpies undefeated champions

Waitakere celebrate their win after the Auckland AFL grand final.

The perfect end to the perfect season - Waitakere Magpies defeated the University Blues 76-69 to be crowned the 2016 Auckland AFL champions.

West Auckland's local heroes

Former Titirangi pharmacist Mike Carter retired in June.

These west Aucklanders are local heroes in this year's New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Waiting for Moana

Paulina Bentley is excited for the release of Moana, but she feels Disney should have released the film in New Zealand ...

Has Disney's latest blockbuster done enough to win the hearts of west Auckland's Pasifika youth?

Cause of large fire revealed video

The blaze took nearly 100 firefighters and most of the fire trucks in Auckland to put out.

The scars of electrical arcing show what gutted a west Auckland industrial building.

Paper worlds in the making

West Auckland artist, Kate Parker.

A west Auckland artist is living among the Waitakere ranger tree tops while creating her new art work.

'Cobbling together funds' for a safer Ranui

Henderson-Massey local board chairman Shane Henderson says that putting new safety initiatives in place is a "complex" ...

There is an "unsettling" feeling in the Ranui community.

Driver freed from wreckage

A rider of a motorbike is in a critical condition after a crash on Saturday night. Meanwhile, a driver had to be freed ...

A car crashed into two parked cars and the driver had to be freed.

Cross now: Auckland makes walking safer gallery video

Auckland Transport is building a new crossing by the schools at this intersection of Great North Road, on the city's ...

Auckland Transport is putting in more pedestrian crossings to make it easier for kids to walk to school.

Take gaming to the next level

Tracy Kirkley has established a Pro GC a showroom at her Henderson Valley property.

Nighthawk, Falcon, Phoenix and Banshee are just some of the chairs Tracy Kirkley is now selling to gamers.

'These kids need help'

Sunnyvale train station was the scene of an alleged assault.

A teen who was assaulted at Sunnyvale train station is now back at school.

Teen ballerina accepted to Canadian school

Dancer Shannon Spray has been accepted into a Canadian dance school.

 Shannon Spray can spend hours perfecting a plie.

Parking parents driving business away

SuperValue Palomino owner and operator Sanjeet Kumar says parents should be more courteous towards shoppers.

Parking is next to impossible at the Palomino shops on Sturges Rd during school pick-up and drop-off times.

Further abduction attempts reported

Police attended a car accident in Lepperton on Wednesday night.

Police receive two more reports of suspicious behaviour in west Auckland, as hunt for man who attacked 11-year-old boy continues.

Armed police storm property

Armed police stormed a property in west Auckland's Glen Eden.

Man arrested on firearms and drugs charges following early-morning blitz in west Auckland.

Move over Ponsonby, it's Titirangi's turn to shine

Christmas decorations at the Singh's home in west Auckland.

It all started with a Christmas tree that left holes in the bricks and cracks in the walls of Barney Singh's west Auckland home.

Arrests after Ranui attack

Ranui Station.

Police believe they have caught five girls involved in a brawl at Ranui Train Station.

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