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Father blames school for losing his child video

Daniel Pillai: "I put my foot down. I yelled until they called the police."

A parent wants action after his daughter escaped from school, but the principal says "schools aren't cages".

Time to celebrate for youth programme

Auckland YMCA Raise Up crew members get ready to graduate.

A youth development programme celebrated a successful year with its graduation ceremony.

Round the Bays: Healthy living

Fiona Hedges fills up her water bottle to keep herself hydrated.

It's the start of a healthier lifestyle for Fiona Hedges.

A fence that turns heads video

Bernie Harfleet and his partner Donna decided to decorate their fence with doll body parts "for fun" about two years ago.

Impaled dolls' heads, body parts, Darth Vader - there's no white picket fence for these Aucklanders.

Youths take to streets to honour own

Matt Billington, left, and Jem King from Zeal are the artistic duo behind the exhibition The Other Side, opening on February 10.

It takes only five seconds for a young creative Henderson duo to gain a stranger's trust.

Waves at Piha going off

Portia Millar, 6, of Oratia District School won the under-9 girls final in the Lion Rock Boardriders Club summer series at Piha Beach over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

It's a good time to be hitting the water in west Auckland.

A day to celebrate Luke Tipene

Sean Wilson gives the "Ls UP" in memory of his nephew Luke Tipene, who died after being stabbed in Grey Lynn in November 2014.

The community is once again rallying to remember Luke Tipene.

A unique farewell for Henderson stalwart

Mr Ward was fond of a glass of whiskey - so much so that a bottle was placed in his casket for the long journey.

When George Ward had an idea in his head he made it happen.

Uncovering West Auckland history

Raewynn Robertson spends her days researching West Auckland's past.

Raewynn Robertson has been the local history librarian at Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre for more than a decade.

Waititi's Waitangi Day connects singer with roots video

Sammy J is gaining an international following, with some of his tunes viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.

When singer Sammy Johnson looks in the mirror he knows he is Maori. But until he moved to New Zealand from Australia, he had not known what that really meant.

Legacy lives on but grave in state of disrepair

The grave of James Leslie at Waikumete Cemetery.

A man who left his estate to charity also asked that his grave be looked after in years to come. But not everything panned out as he had hoped.

Alice is on the move

Construction workers watching the moment Alice the Waterview tunnel borer broke through the second tunnel of the $1.4 billion Waterview project.

Her job has been done, now Alice the tunnel boring machine is ready to ship out of Auckland.

Accident hotspot under fire

A serious crash on accident hotspot State Highway 16.

Accident hotspot State Highway 16 is under fire.

As strong as those half his age

Winner of the Grandmaster division of the 2015 Mr Universe competition Jeremi Musialkowski at home with his trophy and medal.

Most 74-year-olds would love to be feeling young, chasing a ball around the back garden with the grandkids.

Getting our youth off the streets

Henderson Community constable, senior constable Marty Spear.

Marty Spear has been the Henderson Community Constable for just over one year "and what a year that was".

Waitakere hit Southern for six

Sean Lovemore (R) led the way for Waitakere with a hat-trick against Southern.

Waitakere United bounce back from humiliating defeat in style against Southern.

Workers stepping up for MS

Nick Kearns from Auckland University's UniServices, left, Jaimee Maha from Auckland Council and Ingrid Minett from Multiple Sclerosis Auckland are gearing up for Lift Free February.

Climbing the stairs for a month is an easy price to pay to help raise funds for a worthy charity.

Valentine's in the Vines

Hospice West Auckland supporter Leza Corban and her band perform at Jazz in the Vines last year. More than $12,000 for the charity for the event.

Hospice West Auckland's Jazz in the Vines will be held on Valentine's Day this year.

Plastic bag free decision came from the heart

Piha Store owner Peter Chapman says it was an easy decison to go plastic bag free.

The decision to go plastic bag free came from the heart, Piha Store owner Peter Chapman says .

Whau Chinese New Year

The first Whau Chinese New Year celebrations were held last year. Performers welcomed in the Year of the Sheep.

Free Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in New Lynn on Valentine's Day.

Round the Bays: Big goals

Fiona Hedges is putting her best foot forward to reach her fitness goals.

Busy single mum Fiona Hedges is pumped to get active.

Sharing scars builds confidence

Brayden Warnock-Hannon, left, and his father Dominic Hannon attend Camp Awhi in Piha for the sixth year.

It's shirts off and scars out for kids at a camp created by the Burns Support Charity Trust.

Woman drives through pizza shop

The woman escaped injury but the Te Atatu South store's glass and door framing will need replacing.

The elderly woman had just had her hair done when she drove her car through the store.

Rare nocturnal ducks released to new home in Bethells

Pateke adjust quickly to their new home in Habitat te Henga wetland reserve near Bethells Beach.

A home safe home for rare nocturnal ducks in Bethells is being hailed a conservation success.

Tracey Patient: Paradise lost

Tracey (right) was a "fun" girl, her sister said.

In 1976, a 13-year-old girl was brutally murdered. The case remains unsolved. But could new leads finally solve the mystery?

Health check for kauri on private land

Farmers are being asked to keep stock out of bush areas with kauri trees in them.

Farmers and lifestyle block owners are asked to check native bush on their properties for kauri dieback and to keep stock away

Counting the sleeps until school

Kahli-Joy Villanueva, 5, is officially ready to start at Lincoln Heights School.

She may be swimming in her uniform, but Kahli-Joy Villanueva won't be a fish out of water when she starts school. 

New Lynn rebuilds its grassroots

New Lynn Stags logo

A small West Auckland club might soon be New Zealand Rugby League's grassroots club of the year.

Out of the way McCaw video

The Waitakere Ranges is great for Paul Ayres to work on his adventure-race cycling.

The All Black great had better keep an eye out for the Tussock Jumpers.

Meli ready to share secrets

The Glenora Bears clubrooms are now inhabited by Francis Meli.

Francis Meli is coaching west Auckland kids and hoping to turn lives around.

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