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'Text' sacking punished

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Hairdresser Jai Yi Li was fired over text message.

Boss claimed he saw hairdresser working for a competing salon and fired her by text. Now he'll pay $8k.

'I wasn't even 100 per cent fit'

Aaron Booth alongside his coaches Jeremy McColl (left) and Matt Dallow (right) at the Australian Decathlon Championships ...

Decathlete Aaron Booth shakes off injury problem to set a new personal best and win a gold medal.

Healing nature and spirit

Hone Pene says he has been an environmentalist since he was a young boy.

Hone Pene helps turn around the lives of people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

'Hellhole of a town'

Teri Standen says she will live in a caravan if it gets her back to Auckland.

Teri Standen says she'd rather live in a caravan in Auckland than stay in Hamilton.

Te Uru's latest tour for seniors

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi has started monthly tours for seniors.


Giving is not helping

Chris Farrelly says members of the public who want to help a beggar can refer them to a service provider.

Should you give cash to beggars?

Westies prep for Round the Bays

Gearing up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, 2017, is Jedd and Jess Henderson, who'll be pushing the kids, Rose, ...

The Ports of Auckland Round the bays will "switch up our lifestyle."

Flavell backtracks on begging comments

Will Flavell of the Henderson-Massey Local Board had said organised begging does not exist in west Auckland.

Henderson politician now says he accepts there is organised begging.

Private funeral for Jacob Pakura

Jacob Pakura died on Rua Rd after he was allegedly hit by a car.

The funeral for 16-year-old Jacob Pakura will be held tomorrow.

Hit-run accused denied bail

Jacob Pakura died on Saturday night on a West Auckland road.

Man charged over teenage skateboarder's death to remain in custody, but will keep name secret for now.

Teen dad finds work experience

Jonathan Vaasili, 17, says his main reason for involvement of the Build Auckland campaign was to support his son.

Jonathan Vaasili is one of 5 west Aucklanders who have won work experience in the construction and infrastructure sector.

Podium finishes for west Auckland athletes

Dominic Overend, of Waitakere City Athletics Club, won one of four Nick Willis Scholarships at the 2017 North Island ...

West Auckland athletes secured over 15 gold medals at the North Island Colgate Games.

Charges over hit and run video

Jacob Pakura died in Rua Rd, West Auckland.

West Auckland man, 33, charged for the hit and run that killed 16-year-old skateboarder Jacob Pakura.

Spate of burglaries in Kumeu

Horizontal view of burglary into the house (burglar)

More than 20 burglaries in Kumeu-Huapai alone in the past month, police say.

Yankees star hits out in west Auckland

West City Baseball Club members (from left) Celeste Van Biljon, Wayne McCullogh and Samuel Eva (right), with Didi ...

New York Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius hosted a coaching clinic for budding baseballers in west Auckland.

$150 a day beggar: The gig is up

Conrad says the Stuff article has given him a "ridiculous" amount of attention.

Auckland beggar Conrad has learnt his first lesson in personal finance - never share your income.

No begging syndicate

Conrad says he has been begging since 2004.

Beggars aren't organised in West Auckland and they don't normally make $150 a day, says local politician.

Hunt continues for killer

Jacob Pakura was an "awesome' young man, his mother Esther said.

Police still searching for driver who hit teen skateboarder.

Junior doctors set to strike

Junior doctors, here striking at Christchurch Hospital, are calling for safer rosters.

Thousands expected to have clinical appointments or surgery delayed due to action.

Hit and run teen was hearing impaired video

Jacob Pakura.

Teen skateboarder Jacob Pakura's family issues tearful plea to driver to come forward. "Please give our family some closure."

Beggar: 'I make $150 a day' video

Conrad says he is not aggressive when he begs, he just asks.

He claims he makes a small fortune by asking for loose change - while a "begging syndicate" allegedly targets shoppers.

57kmh, downhill: fined

In December and January each year, the New Zealand police issue speeding tickets for motorists only 4kmh over the speed ...

Why do some parts of the country attract so many more speeding fines than others?

Dementia misdiagnosis in Maori prompts research

The research team for the University of Auckland Maori dementia study. From left: Dr Hinemoa Elder,  Emma Lambert, Dr ...

Three year study aims to develop Maori specific assessment tools.

Two injured in Auckland crash

A car crashed after coming off the road in the Auckland suburb of Titirangi on Sunday morning.

Two people had to be freed from the wreckage of a crash in the Auckland suburb of Titirangi on Sunday.

Taupaki showjumper aiming high

Taupaki showjumper, Carissa McCall, is vying for top spot at Woodhill Sands' Country TV World Cup New Zealand series ...

Taupaki's Carissa McCall is vying for top spot at Woodhill Sands this weekend.

Health staff left concussed, bruised

Health staff in Waitemata are reporting more aggression, including physical assaults resulting in bruising.

One staff member is hit on the head with an oxygen cylinder, as reported assaults spike.

Public input on the line

Community groups that can rally voters will be celebrating come May.

Whether the Million Dollar Mission will be done again depends on how popular online voting gets, The Trusts chief executive says.

Find your own everyday hero

Hana Mender has been attending Mixit for the last six years.

Unravel your own story through a unique interactive performance.

'My body's given up'

Owen Beale and his wife Pramila opened Performance Tyres a year after they married in 1972.

Owen Beale is finding it hard to retire after 44 years in the tyre business.

Waitakere councillor Cooper announces Helensville bid

Waitakere Ward councillor Linda Cooper wants to be the National candidate for Helensville.

Waitakere Ward councillor Linda Cooper wants National Party nod.

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