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Ranui is truly connected

Ranui Community Constable Marty Sanderson believes Ranui is regaining a positive identity.

Ranui Community Constable Marty Sanderson is well-connected to his community, even learning the new Ranui haka.

Eating disorders target of newlywed climbers

Kate Walker, left, and Jared Brown will be spending their honeymoon climbing a 4400m mountain to raise awareness for eating disorders.

Jared Brown and Kate Walker will be spending their honeymoon climbing a 4400m mountain to raise awareness for eating disorders.

The circus is coming to Glen Eden

Jugglers Mark Williams, left, and Paul Klaassen created The Blingling Bros in 2007. They are going to this year's International Jugglers' Association (IJA) Juggling Festival.

Mark Williams, left, and Paul Klaassen created the Blingling Bros in 2007, after going into business together in 2002.

Paintball rush lasts longer than skydiving video

Playing among the pine trees of Riverhead Forest can lead to a more sneaky game than playing in an arena.

Tag, also known as paintball, is a game that requires strategy and communication. For this week's Good Sport, reporter Simon Smith asks Kyn Jackson what it's like out there on the battlefield.

Young rugby player heads to Japan

Anastasia Sekene, right, holds the national trophy with former Auckland Women's Seven coach Peter Walters and team member Tysha Ikenasio.

High school student Anastasia Sekene says playing rugby with older women is a tough ask.

Vandalism in Ranui, youths suspected

Sandy Mills says that when she saw the park's mural covered with about 50 tags she was completely gutted, but "it was just amazing" how graffiti-guard allowed them to be completely removed.

It was a rough weekend at Starling Park Sports Club in Ranui.

Waterhole claim two young lives gallery

The grave of George Nancarrow at Waikumete Cemetery.

An afternoon swim goes horribly wrong for three brothers in this installment of Tales from the Crypt

One last holiday for Jennifer

Jennifer Payne had her wedding day in-between cancer treatments in March last year. She is pictured with her three daughters Ilai, now 8, Mydahl, now 10, Lenny, now two and her husband Darryl.

Once they were rivals on the basketball court. Now the opposition team is putting the game behind them to raise money for a mother of three to have the last family holiday she deserves.

Police Taser man after brawl

Police say they tasered a man who refused to put a gun down in Ranui, west Auckland.

Man failed to put gun down after West Auckland brawl involving bats, a machete and a rifle.

Boxing is the reward

Arena Boxing head instructor Shaye Walker-Brock is one of the top ranked middleweight boxers in the country.

Shaye Walker-Brock, 23, lives in Avondale with his partner Kacey and 9-month-old son, Te Mateururoa. In this week's Daily Grind he talks to reporter Ciara Pratt about his role as the head boxing trainer at Arena Boxing.

Weaving helps smokers to quit

Weaving Wellness regular attendees Luana Ponds, left, holding her baby girl Maia, with her mother Maureen Ammunson.

A free support group has been set up to help people give up smoking while having fun weaving.

Trip out brightens day for families and sick kids

A visit to Kelly Tarlton's with three Minions brightened the day for families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

Distraction from a world of medicine and hospitals came in the form of a visit to Kelly Tarlton's for a group of youngsters.

Massive concrete linings complete

The last segment of Waterview's concrete tunnel lining is ready to be put in place.

The final concrete piece for the Waterview tunnel has been cast, ready for the final part of Alice's journey.

Glen Eden gets safety hub

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board has funded a safety hub in the Glen Eden town centre. Pictured from left, Steve Tollestrup, Constable Heber Gasu, front, Sandra Coney, Greg Presland and Saffron Toms.

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board has opened a new community safety hub in Glen Eden to help create a safer town centre.

Amie needs a disability van

The Cuthbertson family treasure happy moments like this one with their youngest daughter Amie,5, who has a severe disability. She is pictured with her sister Micaela,9, left, and parents Andrea and Chris.

Amie Cuthbertson loves going on outings with her family.

Brave online, brave in reality video

A group of League of Legends gamers have become legends in their own right after they stepped in to help a young women allegedly being assaulted.

Five West Auckland gamers given police bravery awards for their role in halting an attempted carjacking.

Principal censured after school slap

An Auckland school principal has been censured after slapping a teenage pupil.

Auckland principal who slapped a child learned a "salutary lesson" says governing body.

Lacey is back and ready to win

Mick Lacey's got the nickname The Lone Wolf as his son says he always travels by himself to tournaments.

Mick Lacey is back and ready to take on Super League Darts.

Late night road closures keep public use in mind

Overnight closures of the Great North Rd/motorway interchange, as part of the Waterview Connection project, start July 5.

Overnight closures of the Great North Rd/motorway interchange as part of the Waterview Connection project start this Sunday.

Give a Kid a Blanket

Artists Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten want to collect as many blankets as possible to keep West Auckland children warm this winter.

A Facebook page asking people to give a child in need of a blanket has had more than 2000 likes in just over a week.

World champion Li eyes 2019 prize

The world rugby U20 Championship final between England and New Zealand was a euphoric moment for Tevita Li.

Blues winger Tevita Li from Massey Rugby Club. He sits down with Brodyn Knuckey to talk about his U20 Championship experience and becoming a record holder.

Artist wins with Eye Sight

Rebecca Rose with her winning sculpture Eye Sight.

Rebecca Rose has taken out the No.8 Wire National Art Award at this year's Fieldays event.

Colouring book has Kiwi flavour

Ann Addley says her new book is different from "those generic Disney colouring books".

A new colouring-in book on Amazon's virtual shelves has a unique Kiwi identity.

Petition for birth centre in West Auckland

Karla Knowles, 27, is expecting her second child in August. She is planning a water birth at home but she would have considered going to a birthing centre if one was closer to her Swanson home.

Mother-to-be Karla Knowles says a birthing centre encourages women to embrace a natural labour process.

Foot phobia treated with reflexology

Reflexologist Kerry Le-Galloudec works on Western Leader reporter Sarah Roberts' feet.

The thought of someone touching my feet makes me squirm.

Spending less on West Auckland footpaths

Cracked footpath

Figures show there has been less money spent on footpath upkeep out west for the past two years.

The coming attractions in New Lynn

Russell Gordon Contracting concrete layer Sef Sipiliano, NZ Strong site manager James Corric and Kiwi Property development manager Ivan Bartley work out the finer details.

The cinema under construction in New Lynn is taking shape.

Oratia hurting after Chatham Cup loss

Daniel Semp, right, goes head to head with Three Kings' Mathew Greenslade.

The 6-2 scoreline is not a fair reflection of Sunday's Chatham Cup match, Oratia United's coach says.

Ray's last wish to marry

Ray Puni, left, is hoping he lives long enough to see his bride-to-be Veronica Mame walk down the aisle on their wedding day.

Ray Puni's last wish is to give his long-time partner the wedding she deserves.

Wanted: New faces for Christmas favourite

Cherie Mathieson is looking for fresh new talent to entertain crowds at this year's Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park shows

Calling all budding entertainers - here is your chance for a moment in the spotlight.

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