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Spreading the cheer

Shaye Kent is collecting presents for a family who can't afford presents this year.

Shaye Kent is giving another family the Christmas they deserve.

Signs promote taking recyclables home

Charlotte Murdoch, 8, from Oratia District School shows off her artwork encouraging recycling.

Signs made by school children are kicking off a campaign to get people to recycle more.

Stardome is giving back

This kitten could do with some extra love and care over the holidays.

Take a look into outer space while helping a couple of worthy charities this Christmas. 

Land battle in Supreme Court

The view from the disputed reserve land to Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland.

An historical claim over a valuable chunk of Auckland land will be heading to the Supreme Court.

Festive Auckland tradition

This year's finale float has a Kiwiana theme for the Farmers Santa Parade.

Auckland City's largest annual community event- the Farmers Santa Parade- starts at a new time of 1pm on November 29.

Float designer reins in closer to Farmers Santa Parade

Peter Taylor of Muriwai stands next to one of his favourite floats he built for the Farmers Santa Parade on November 29.

An Auckland festive favourite shimmers in a detailed tinsel light for Peter Taylor.

Teen nearly drowns

Piha beach/Lion rock.

A teen remains in a serious condition and police hope she "pulls through" after nearly drowning at Piha.

Ratepayers association revived

The Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association want to apply for funding for a plaque to recognise a puriri tree which was used in much the same way as the roundabout is used now – as a place to hang messages.

A ratepayers and resident association has had to shut down to begin again.

Harbour cruise delights Stirling

Stirling McNeill from Massey gets ready for his big day on the water - but first there's a little something he'd like to give the captain.

Young Stirling McNeill was up bright and early on November 22 for a day he'll never forget.

Aspin jumps Dodge with a rhythm

Tehran Aspin rides Dodge in cross country at a Coatesville One Day Event this year.

Equestrian sport is tough with not only the competition to worry about but your own steed as well. Sports reporter Simon Smith talks with Tehran Aspin about her love of horses.

Ariana sweeps the floor at Australian nationals

Ariana Salaivao.

Gymnast Ariana Salaivao has cleaned up in Australia in her first international competition.

Cian returns to the stage

Actress Cian Elyse White will direct Nga Puke at Te Pou in New Lynn in December.

It was a classic love story of boy meets girl that enticed actress Cian Elyse White to go from the small screen to the stage.

NZ folk music icon dies

Pat with her late husband Rudy Sunde on their 60th wedding anniversary. They are pictured with a photo of them on their wedding day.

The man who brought the sound of folk music to West Auckland has died.

Teen risks life for cricket

David Ngawaka narrowly escaped being trampled by race horses when he walked onto the Avondale Racecourse.

A teen gave himself the fright of his life walking in front of horses in a race to fetch a wayward cricket ball.

More spray used on weeds

Park edgings across the city that were mechanically mowed are now being sprayed with chemicals, unless local boards find the money to stop it.

The use of chemical spraying has increased out west following a council decision to "harmonise" service levels.

Expression of grief through art

Calling A Circle: He Karanga Pae has been gifted to Hospice West Auckland.

An artwork made by people who've experienced grief has been gifted to Hospice West Auckland.

Provide knowledge on pest and weed management

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Jasmine weed, pest. plant.

Have your say on how Auckland Council should deal with pests and weeds.

Track invader narrowly avoids disaster video

A young man who had been playing cricket walks across the Avondale race track as the field of horses approaches.

Backyard cricketer runs on to track at Avondale Racecourse in the middle of a race.

Climate change conference to seek solutions

Renee Annan is part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation heading to the UN climate change conference in Paris.

Titirangi resident Renee Annan wants action taken to address climate change.

Little toy ambulances roll out door

A line of toy ambulances are awaiting adventure.

New yellow toy ambulances are ready to roll out the door for a good cause.

Excellence out west

Ross Dallow receives his award, flanked by daughter Christina Glucina and award sponsor Vision Rental's Trevor Bindon.

A man instrumental in getting The Trusts Arena built has received a special accolade.

Swimmer and coach scoop top sport accolade

Igor Polianski accepts the honour with Gabrielle Fa'amausili, left.

Gabrielle Fa'amausili is a split second away from qualfying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Festival makes village and hearts glow

Titirangi firefighters start preparing for the Glow festival by stringing up lights through the village.

A Christmas lights festival will be setting more than just bulbs a-glow this year.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

Eye in the sky to help rescues

From left: Auckland mayor Len Brown gifts a Ghost Basic drone to Surf Lifesaving Northern Region acting chief executive Matt Williams and Karekare life guards Jeremy Gershen and Matt Wade.

Swimmers at a West Auckland beach may have an electronic eye in the sky looking over them this summer.

Give local families Christmas they deserve

Little angels Santeyah Maue and Aiden Blakelock-McFarlane, both 4, from Salvation Army West Auckland's Kidz Matter 2 Us kindergarten sang carols at the wishing tree launch.

Hopefully struggling West Auckland families will be opening a special gift come Christmas morning.

Doors shed light on family violence

Charlotte Moore stands before a door painted by the Henderson Teen Parents Unit for the exhibition titled Behind Closed Doors.

"Imagine what life would be like if violence wasn't there".

Beach safety focus at Muriwai Beach

The deaths of four people while driving in a 4WD on Muriwai Beach has highlighted the risks and  will be reminded to beach users during a joint safety operation on November 22.

The crack-down on dangerous driving and rule reminders on Muriwai Beach is gaining momentum.

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