Western Leader

Thieves target open homes

Thieves stole all the bed linen from one of the homes.

A group of night burglars are stealing staging furniture from vacant homes for sale in West Auckland.

Booth steps up to help lead Bears

Aaron Booth from the Glenora Bears' premier team has had a great season.

Glenora Bears stand-off Aaron Booth must be well used to taking the stage at the Auckland Rugby League awards.

Apartments to be built on RSA land

Design plans of the apartment building on the corner of Rosebank Rd and Layard St to replace the Avondale RSA.

Around 150 apartments will be built at the site of the Avondale RSA.

Confidence building programme for youth seeks mentors

Project K participants will take on a Jump Start skydiving event in Parakai to help youth gain confidence. Mentors are needed for the next training sessions.

Project K is looking for mentors to be matched with 13 to 15-year-olds to help them realise their potential.

Muriwai mission for seal pup

Cute and vulnerable is this New Zealand fur seal pup sleeping on Maori Bay rocks.

It’s been a long swim for a New Zealand fur seal pup discovered at Muriwai Beach.

Author and devoted christian to celebrate 100th birthday

Joyce Mitchell celebrates her 100th birthday on September 2.

Author Joyce Mitchell will become a centenarian on Wednesday .

Bricks gone, 1800 houses coming soon

Monier Bricks in New Lynn.

A major housing development in New Lynn is set to tackle Auckland's housing shortage.

Students top Microsoft competition

Azizul Islam, Ellen Greenly and Di Kun Ong from Avondale College placed in the top 10 of the world finals of the Microsoft Office Specialist championships in Dallas.

Three Avondale College students have achieved top 10 placings in the world finals of the Microsoft Office Specialist championships.

BEST students gear up for life-changing trip

Tourism students Anney Fa'amita, left, and Asolelei Nielson with their tutor Alfie Prasad at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, New Lynn.

A group of tourism students, including some who have never left Auckland, are off to a flying start.

Getting paid a struggle for online content creator

Jessie Mills has 23,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel Nailed It NZ.

Jessie Mills lives with her husband Chris in Green Bay. The tech-savvy 25-year-old is the creator of the YouTube channel Nailed It NZ. She talks to reporter Rose Rees-Owen about making nail art video tutorials and getting paid in a digital environment.

Jason's life on the streets

Jason Raiwhara says it's easier living on the streets than struggling to pay bills he can't afford. He sits in the common room at Henderson's Salvation Army.

Jason Raiwhara is one of about 35 people sleeping rough on the streets of West Auckland.

She was known as 'Georgia from ToughLove'

Georgia Ball was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2013.

A woman who dedicated much of her life to community service has died.

Plans for former garden centre's next step

The former Palmers site on Great North Rd in Glen Eden.

A majority of people want to see the former Palmers garden centre in Glen Eden turned into a retail development.

Young athletes get leg up

Gabrielle Fa'amausili has again received a gold scholarship from the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation.

A talented dozen of young West Auckland athletes are being given a helping hand.

Motorists and businesses need patience with Westgate roadworks

Delays are expected until next month with the $4.6 million Fred Taylor Dr widening roadworks stage as part of the North West Transformation project.

Patience is needed with major roadworks around Westgate expected to finish by next month.

Students perform their way to the top video

Stand Up! Stand out! finalists from Avondale College. Clockwise from front right: Joshua Parker, Arjuna Oakes, Jireh Lalotoa-Peniata, and Junior Soqeta.

A singing, dancing, music-making contingent from the West is dominating a city-wide performing arts competition.

New controversial flight path begins

A new northern SMART Approach flight path will commence on September 1 and continue for up to 12 months.

A new SMART Approach flight path trial is set to begin.

Nominate a child for this year's harbour cruise

Red Boats owners and operators Andrew and Dannielle Somers look forward to giving a lucky bunch of youngsters a Christmas they'll never forget.

Nominate a lucky youngster for a boat cruise they'll never forget.

Pita Sharples gets knighthood video

New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae awards Sir Pita Sharples with his knighthood.

Former Maori party co-leader Pita Sharples has been knighted.

Organ parts ways with cinema

The Hollywood Cinema and the building beside it are currently up for tender.

It's the news supporters of a Wurlitzer organ didn't want to hear.

Nadia Lim heads back to school

Nadia Lim is launching her new cookbook, Nadia Lim's Fresh Start, at Avondale College.

Nadia Lim will launch her latest book at her former school, Avondale College.

AOS callout in West Auckland - man charged

Armed police have been called to West Auckland.

Police have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man after the Armed Offenders Squad was called to West Auckland.

Full bloom ahead for spring orchid show

New Waitakere Orchid Club member Irene McGregor is discovering just how varied orchids can be.

 Flower enthusiasts and novices alike can experience the plethora of orchid varietals at the Waitakere Orchid Club's annual spring show.

Disability league a 'life changer'

Cain Hiko, 16, from Sunnyvale tackles Matt Ngametua.

The introduction of disability rugby league into New Zealand has been a success, its organisers say.

American football is a ruthless and fearless game video

Mohi Toko says the Western Wolves American football team hunt as a pack.

With the Southern Bowl coming to the country next year, interest in American football is picking up. Sports reporter Simon Smith sat down with the Western Wolves' offensive captain to discuss the sport.

Dad and daughter ocean explorers to share underwater wonders

Steve Hathaway and his 14 year old daughter Riley tell inspiring underwater tales for the television series Young Ocean Explorers.

Father and daughter ocean explorers are coming to West Auckland to share their adventures.

Darts Masters almost a sellout

England's Phil Taylor on his way to a third straight Sydney Darts Masters title last weekend. The 16-time world champion is one of several headline acts for this weekend's Auckland Darts Masters.

Just a few hundred tickets left as heavy hitters of world darts arrive in Auckland for debut event.

Kelston Boys come 'agonising close'

Kelston's defence hangs onto Samuel Filimoetu.

It was a battle to the end, but Kelston Boys High School couldn't quite make it two years in a row.

Wilson the water dragon returns

Bird Barn Pet Store owners Ameera and Alan Jones are thrilled to have Wilson, their Australian water dragon, back.

Wilson the Australian water dragon has been found - but how he ended up in Whangarei is anyone's guess.

Tauhir shoots above his age

Tauhir Toyer, 14, has been playing basketball since he was 4 years old.

If the past is anything to go on then Tauhir Toyer has a bright future in basketball.

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