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Protected pine faces axe

A protected but dangerous Norfolk Pine will be removed from Great North Rd.

A pine tree with the highest level of protection is getting the chop.

Baker toasted by studio lights

Moana Makapelu Lee, left, takes on her mum, Moana Lee,  right, in Whanau Bake Off with Maori Television host Kahurangi ...

Self-confessed "world's worst baker" Michelle Lee thought her trusty cheesecake recipe could be a triumph.

Plans afoot for new town centre

Clive Bench details a list of ideas held up by his wife Julie, during a town planning workshop for Huapai residents.

"People need to have a reason and the ability to stop and linger."

Protect Swanson's heritage

T. White's house in Swanson, 1919.

Viticulture, farming, Maori and military history, and kauri gum are all part of Swanson's heritage.

Fundraising for the fourth

Yvonne Quinn, left, McKenzie Joyce, 8, and Donna Quinn - profound hearing loss has impacted four generations of their family.

McKenzie Joyce is the fourth generation in her family to suffer from progressive hearing loss.

Tree little bears

Jane Brebner has nicknamed this nikau tree on her Waiatarua property the 'teddy bear tree'.

The three bears have made their home in West Auckland.

Confused customers pay for free parking

Ballentynes manager Cherry Whitfield says some of her customers have paid for parking when it is free for them for 180 ...

Retailers say the new policy of charging staff $5 per day for parking at Westgate shopping centre is having the opposite of the intended effect.

Heritage helps children discover identity, Te Atatu author says

Malcolm Paterson's new book, The Tunnel in my Backyard.

"Everyone who lives in Auckland is a custodian of its heritage."

Road to run through green belt?

The Whau Local Board wants the public to know a reserve could be lost to housing. Pictured is chairwoman Catherine ...

Fifteen protected pohutukawa trees in New Lynn could be given the chop for access to 1800 new homes.

Communist, workers' and animal rights campaigner dies

Activist Margaret Jones from Henderson died on June 20, aged 95.

Veteran protester and organic gardener will be remembered for her warmth and 'outrageous style'.

Surviving the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Guta Goldstein, 86, wants young people, like Rutherford College head students Georgia Muller, left, ...

A holocaust survivor's horrific tales had secondary school students transfixed as she told the stories of her past.

A touch of dance magic at school

Back row, Royal New Zealand Ballet dance educator Pagan Dorgan teaches St Leonards students Nicole Hunt (front row) ...

It is a discussion she is yet to have, but 7-year-old Peggy Page will soon be telling her parents she wants to learn ballet. 

Snow returns to Massey

Families will get to play in the snow in Massey this month at Snow in the Park.

Snow in the Park returns for its third year.

Wool spheres to Slovakia

Sphere of Influence electronic textile art piece by Donna Cleveland and Hollee Fisher.

There are luminous spheres of New Zealand wool glowing gently somewhere in Slovakia.

Principal on Queen's Birthday list

Rosebank School principal Heather Bell says reading and writing is at the centre of education.

Rosebank School principal Heather Bell was included on the Queen's 90th Birthday honours.

The Adams of wheelchair basketball? video

Kauri Murray, 18, has been selected for the New Zealand mens under-23 wheelchair basketball team.

Kauri Murray could be heading for a bright future in wheelchair basketball.

Kiwis warm up to a good cause

Artists Donna Sarten, left, and Bernie Harfleet hope their campaign will help keep families warm in the winter.

 West Auckland artists Bernie Harfleet and Donna Sarten are back with the Give a Kid a Blanket campaign.

Girl 'impaled' by bolt

St John ambulance staff treated the girl for minor injuries after she was stuck by a bolt at a West Auckland college.

Fire crews have freed a student who was "stuck on a bolt on a table".

ACC killer denied parole

ACC worker Janet Pike was stabbed to death while at work in 1999.

Still suffering from hallucinations and personality disturbance.

Loss of her best friend sparks message

Fonzee was Kellett's best friend.

Sue Kellett wants to tell dog owners that caring for a pooch is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week responsibility.

Huge blaze accidental

Fire crews work at the scene of a large fire in Te Atatu South, Auckland.

Two industrial units were destroyed in the huge blaze.

The trigger for Dudley's death

Stephen Dudley collapsed after being punched. He later died.

Cardiac expert pleads for the country to learn CPR to prevent deaths like that of Stephen Dudley.

Taking the west to California

Zane Rademaker and Pia Goldsmith head to California this month as part of the 2016 Surf Life Saving Northern Region and ...

This lifeguard pair are preparing to take their Kiwi know how to California.

Metal band makes it to the charts video

Five piece band Primacy formed in 2014.

Five-piece band Primacy is making a name for itself in the metal scene.

Shedding light on environmental issues

David wants to change the way people look at environmental issues

David Jacobs talks about running sustainability film-making competition Someday Challenge.

Renewed life for retired racehorses

An equine event features Erin Leighton of South Head and Darryll Cole of Waimauku and their retired racehorses.

Fancy names and skills of nor-west thoroughbreds will be showcased at Equidays.

196 new Auckland homes

An artist's impression of a new housing development set to be built in Massey East, west Auckland.

One third of homes in $130 million development will be made available for social housing.

How is Auckland Council performing?

Aucklanders say the council could do better, according to a new survey.

Auckland Council's performance needs improving, according to a new study.

Signs of breeding for Pateke natives thriving out west

Pateke mother and ducklings show the release of the threatened native species as part of Waitakere Forest & Bird ...

The overall survival rate appears very high for the vulnerable species.

New book eyes up Muriwai gannets

One of Charlie Yang's favourite photos from his new self-published book about the gannets at Muriwai.

In adopting the gannets he felt a kinship and received healing from them.

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