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Freelancing, film editing and surfing

Freelance film editor Julian Currin works on his latest project.

Julian Currin talks about the long hours and his exotic travels while on the job as a freelance film editor.

Nerdy helmet 'the only drawback' video

Penny Hulse says people in a position of governance should be prepared to walk the talk, or in this case, cycle the talk.

The deputy mayor arrives at work calm and collected, thanks to her new e-bike.

Donations call for life saving equipment

Tom Abercrombie, an ambassador for medical equipment fundraising, with new son Pilot.

Being a new dad prompts a basketball star to front a fundraising campaign.

Deaf community to lead church service

Titirangi Baptist Church pastor Andy Shudall is welcoming everyone to a service lead by the deaf community on May 8.

Church pastor Andy Shudall​ says hearing people have a lot to gain from the deaf community.

Happy place for campers at Muriwai

Many happy place memories can continue at the Muriwai Beach Motor Camp following a major makeover ready for next summer.

The camping experience will make Muriwai even more of a drawcard.

NZ's smartest student video

New Zealand's top student, Oxana Repina of Rutherford College, wants to help solve the problems of climate change.

New Zealand's top scholar is planning on getting stuck into solving the problem of climate change.

Maddi Moo's new adventure

Maddison Giles, 5, started her first day at Kaurilands School on May 4. She is in remission from lymphoblastic leukaemia.

With a smile on her face and a bounce in her step Maddison Giles is ready to face the big wide world after months of cancer treatment.

The final hours of Frank Tercel's life

Pneumonia got the better of  Frank Tercel

The cause of Frank Tercel's death was not quite as obvious as it first seemed.

She hasn't emptied the bin in 2 months

In Kristy Lorson's efforts to live waste free she has discovered that making toothpaste is easy and only requires 1 ...

A family of three have not had to empty their kitchen rubbish bin for the past two months.

Tourists robbed of memories

Thomas Lagreve, 31, and Vincent Baud, 33, travelling in Argentina.

Frenchmen's open letter begs Bethells Beach thieves to return world-trip souvenirs.

NZ bikers protest 'cheese-cutters'

Julz Lee, left, Pat Kilduff and Darryn Lee think motorcyclists' safety should be looked at more seriously by the Government.

NZ motorcyclists are rallying to highlight the dangers of median barriers that can cut a rider to pieces.

Teens in court

Two youths appear in Waitakere District Court.

Two youths appear in court over an alleged Tinder-related stabbing.

New shed for sharing

St Dominic's School students Breanna Pinto, left, Claire Armstrong, both 8, and Hadlee Jordan, 7, with some of the ...

A stolen shed used to store donations at St Dominic's School has been replaced.

Traumatic childhood sparks support

Niki Reilly hopes to boost confidence for adults with life-long injuries as a result of parental abuse through a support ...

A Titirangi woman who encountered childhood abuse wants to use her past to support others.

Surfer's life saving actions

Police and family struggled to get the woman over rocks and out of the water after Chris Sharland's rescue.

A women's family mistook her frantic signals for help from the water as friendly waves.

Cancer patient's emotional plea

Jeff Paterson has taken a creative approach to his campaign to get funding for melanoma drugs.

"Give others and me a chance to fight this disease. Fund these drugs, please.''

Titirangi rider is now an Elite

BMX rider Michael Bias of North Harbour BMX Club.

BMX rider Michael Bias will represent New Zealand in the world champs as an Elite rider.

Fog fades from Auckland

Fog beginning to recede from the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Tuesday.

A major fog bank that settled over parts of Auckland, disrupting ferries and traffic, has broken up.

The Runway Challenge is on again

The Hobsonville Pt Runway Challenge in full swing in 2015. This year it is expected to be bigger and better.

Entries are now open for the annual Hobsonville Pt Runway Challenge.

Surfer undaunted by shark attack

Paerata-Reid at home in Piha, Auckland

When a shark the size of a surfboard sunk its teeth into his foot, Elliot Paerata-Reid knew exactly what to do.

App puts focus on relationship abuse

Deborah Mackenzie, Inner City Women's Group agency manager, says the app is being launched to educate and support women.

Helping women to identify potential forms of domestic violence is made easier with a new app.

Stabbing: two teens charged

Teens charged following stabbing

Pair charged over west Auckland stabbing of man they met on Tinder.

Boot camp proves popular

Henderson High School student Matt Billington, left, and Avondale College students Sarah Kelsey and Nathan Ivory gave up ...

Some of West Auckland's best commerce and economics students jumped into a business boot camp over the school holidays.

Lynn-Avon seeking the upset

Player of the day Lynn-Avon's Tessa Nicol goes down to make the first of a string of saves.

The premier women's football team are hoping to get points on the board this weekend.

Visual impairment no barrier for Olivia

Riding horses was the highlight of the 
Halberg Junior Disability Games for Olivia.

It takes real bravery to front up to the start line when the world around you is blurry.

Us Two: Jesse and Jackie

Comedians and husband and wife Jesse Griffin and Jackie Van Beek at their home in the Waitakere Ranges.

The couple open up about juggling entertainment schedules with raising a family.

Publishing worldwide is 'kind of fun'

Gareth St John Thomas says books have made a come back over the past few years.

Gareth St John Thomas started Exisle Publishing 25 years ago in Titirangi. He speaks to chief reporter Simon Smith about the business.

Handy gift for households

The Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham says the tool kits will be handy for the odd jobs that crop up around the house.

Profits from alcohol sales and gambling machines are buying every West Auckland household a free toolkit.

Primary school's sculpture proves most popular

Matipo Primary School in Te Atatu Peninsula won the Harbourview Sculpture Trail 2016 schools category People's Choice ...

A primary school's sculpture that won a major award is now on public display.

Shared path provides new links

An artist's impression of the cycling path's bridge over Whau River close to Olympic Park.

A shared walking and cycling pathway will provide a continuous route from New Lynn into the city.

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