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Brave rescue recognised

Devon Booth, left, Louise Pieters, Adam Turner and Ken Turner have been recognised for their role in rescuing three men from the Manukau harbour in December.

Those involved in a daring harbour rescue have been honoured alongside Waitakere Police staff.

Coastal photos bring in cash

This photo by  Richard Hodder is one of several that were auctioned off to raise money for the Piha Surf Life Saving Club.

Shots of stunning West Coast scenery raises more than $25,000 towards Piha Surf Lifesaving Club upgrade.

Huia seawall stoush

Michelle Parker, fourth generation Huia resident, is fighting for Huia Domain's seawall to be repaired to save the foreshore area.

Plans to remove a seawall, native trees, a park and a playground have outraged a small west Auckland community.

Help for Tuvalu

Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Whau Local Board chairwoman Catherine Farmer with volunteers from the West Auckland Tuvaluan community.

The Tuvaluan community in Auckland is working to help family back home with the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

A Batcave for Jai

When Jai Ihaka woke up from his coma after his playground accident he believed he was Batman. A painted mural of the superhero symbol is painted inside the new playhouse.

Jai Ihaka wants to be just like any other young boy but he can't join his buddies on the playground.

Maori theatre gets a home

Ruia Taitea Creative members Rawiri Jobe, Benjamin Asi Pito and Tainui Tukiwaho are gearing up for the opening of a Maori theatre space in New Lynn.

A group of about 30 actors and people connected to the performing arts industry have formed the Ruia Taitea Creative.

'I want to stay here with my kids'

The Gunstons savour special moments together. Amy and Gavin Gunston with their two children Isabella, 4, and Benjamin, 12 weeks.

Cuddling her beautiful baby boy is extra special for Amy who was diagnosed with terminal cancer while pregnant.

On his way to become Mr Gay

HONOURED: Matt Fistonich is honoured to represent New Zealand at the Mr Gay World competition in South Africa.

Competing in the Mr Gay World competition is "an honour and a privilege", former air force firefighter says.

Auckland ducks in distress

DUCK RESCUE: Glen Eden resident Chris Hilton has been acting as an ‘‘ambulance’’ taking ducks between the Brandon Rd stormwater catchment ponds and the bird rescue centre in Green Bay.

The dry summer months are causing a fatal outbreak of avian botulism especially in West Auckland.

Limpets light the way in show

NIGHT LIGHT: Derek March is leading the night walk showing off the unique luminescent limpets this EcoWest festival.

Glowing limpets will be lighting up the night for eco-enthusiasts next month.

Council powerless to save kauri video

TREE PROTEST: "If I didn't climb the tree this morning it wouldn't be here now,"  Michael Travares says.

Auckland Council says it is powerless to intervene in saving a 500-year-old kauri in Titirangi.

Families tell why west is best

FAMILY RENOVATIONS: The teams from the TV One show Our First Home. From left: The Gourley, Schreuder and Wardlaw families.

Three families in a DIY show picked West Auckland homes as their do-up projects.

RSA 'asset rich, cash poor'

FORWARD PLANNING: Avondale RSA president John Weller stands in front of the clubrooms that are on the market for sale.

An Auckland-based RSA is securing its future by cashing in on its biggest asset.

Getting Ranui feeling good again

HELPING OUT: Community groups are getting together to lend a hand to the Ranui community.

Keen to put the tragic killings of last year behind them, community groups are working hard to put the love back into Ranui.

Lane changes on motorway

MOTORWAY CHANGES: New lane layout on the northwestern motorway will come into effect on March 2.

Motorists need to be aware that the layout of the northwestern motorway is changing.

Call to bring rubbish bins back

DUMPING SPOT: Dan Rodgers is sick of rubbish being dumped in the reserve near his house.

The lack of bins in Auckland parks means locals are left picking up the litter, resident says.

Assault claim proved false

Westgate

Authorities say claims a security guard was assaulted at Westgate in Auckland are false.

Mannequin will help save lives

HANDS ON: Dave Cumin, left, and Dr Jane Torrie practice on a new $100,000 surgical simulation mannequin.

The University of Auckland's new model will help to teach and train hospital theatre teams.

Fringe Festival play is a gas

PUNGENT COMEDY: Producer Ilai Amir, 28, and director Ella Becroft, 26, are bringing a pungent comedy to the Auckland Fringe Festival.

A quirky Fringe Festival comedy is tackling the taboo topic of female flatulence.

Over bridge crash stops trains

Auckland rail, Mt Eden train station included in the planned  City Rail Link

Train services in Auckland's west have been stopped after a vehicle hit an over bridge.

Art 'judged' too soon

CONTROVERSIAL: Transit Clouds, by Gregor Kregar and Sara Hughes, has generated publicity around the world.

The phallic resemblance of an art installation has thrust one Auckland suburb into the global limelight.

Nothing sweeter than gift of sound

PRECIOUS MOMENT: Grandmother Jody Malam with granddaughter Keshia Uele, 7, who was born profoundly deaf. Keshia received support from The Hearing House after getting a cochlear implant.

Young Keshia Uele is giving back to those who helped her with cochlear hearing implants by giving up sugar for a month.

Karekare is ready to race video

RACING: Riders will gallop down Karekare's famous black sand beaches once more.

A small rural community has rallied to save an iconic horse race.

New scene is set for DIY TV

A FAMILY AFFAIR: The teams from the new TV One show 'Our First Home', (left to right) the Gourley, Schreuder and Wardlaw families.

Three families, competing in a new DIY TV show, have decided west in best in Auckland.

Rock gods bless Westfest

YOUNG PROMOTER: Olly Martin, 23, is one of the main people behind the alternative music festival Westfest which is bringing big name acts to New Zealand.

Soundgarden, Judas Priest and Faith No More are coming to Auckland thanks to the efforts of a 23-year-old "Westie".

Constant vandalism hurting club

SENSELESS ACT: Avondale Jockey Club secretary-mananger John Craig stands in front of boarded up windows, a result of repeated vandalism.

Young vandals are targeting Auckland's Avondale Jockey Club specifically, club president says.

Garage destroyed in fire

Fire fighters could see the smoke from their station.

A fire has destroyed a garage behind a house in the Auckland suburb of Avondale.

Toxic berry kills dog

TRAGEDY: Aprilanne Bonar's dog Malo, right, died after being poisoned by karaka berries.

A bereaved dog owner is on a mission to raise awareness about a poisonous berry that killed her pet.

No time for a bucket list

HOPEFUL: Kurtis Jones and Melissa Ewins share a special moment together. Kurtis has stage-three testicular cancer and the outlook is not good.

A stage-three cancer sufferer is determined men are aware of the risks of ignoring testicular cancer symptoms.

Use of ring 'deliberately cruel'

THREE-LEGGED: Garfield has had his leg amputated after a tiny rubber ring was found around his paw.

It would have taken special pliers and two people to force on the docking ring which cost Garfield his leg.

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