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Keen to wig out on dance floor

Amy Rose

21-year-old Amy-Rose Lynch is hoping a special wig will help her feel confident enough to dance again.

Ben's life-changing decision


Transgender child Ben Brockwell-Jones finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

Tipene 'respectful to everyone'

Luke Tipene Farewell

Emotional hakas shook the Glenora club rooms today as hundreds farewell Luke Tipene.

Mourners pack service

Luke Tipene

Passion, pride and respect. Those three words, the motto of the Glenora Rugby League Club, describe Luke Tipene to a tee, his family says.

Concern worldwide as families flee ISIS

Mother and child

OPINION: They are appeals to the heart from one of the world's present scenes of unthinkable violence and death.

Festival looks for cash

Hotboxed Treehut

The popular Waitakere Festival is in jeopardy thanks to an unexpected $6000 funding cut.

Whatipu no place for dogs


Despite warning signs, people are still bringing their dogs to Whatipu Beach and they're putting dotterels at risk.

Play is tribute to friend

Kids 4 Drama

Talented performers have pieced together a special production to honour a close friend taken too soon.

War medals missing owners


Four war medals discovered at a secondhand dealers are believed to have been taken in a burglary.

Seal's stint in suburbia

Seal in West Auckland

A seal pup gave would-be rescuers the runaround after finding its way into an Auckland yard.

Learn to be wise with your money

 Fiona Snijder

Shelley Greco talks to West Auckland Budget Service co-ordinator Fiona Snijder about how Kiwis can be smarter with their money.

Meet Miss Africa NZ

Chanwyn Southgate

She moved here when she was six, but the newly-crowned Chanwyn Southgate is now embracing her culture more than ever.

Police stumble on P lab

generic p lab

Police got a surprise when they unintentionally discovered a meth lab on a West Auckland property.

Mentor's songs of happiness

Losing three friends to suicide inspired Bronson Price's LP Beginner's Luck.

Reverend, 83, walks 3km after fall

Reverend Paul Gravelle doesn't remember walking to his parked car after falling from his bike.

Services 'seeing more abuse'

Crystal, 9, turned to violent, verbal and physical abuse to deal with emotions after her parents separated.

Anyone can be one of the GALS

The GALS choir pride themselves on being inclusive, so its no surprise they welcome heterosexuals.

Surfer thanks life savers

Surfer Glen Tomes can't remember the exact details of his accident at Piha but he "knew it was pretty bad".

Commuters urged to have say on buses

Confusion surrounds the proposed West Auckland public transport network which is currently up for public consultation.

Pregnant and fighting cancer

Joy turned to devastation for the Gunstons when pregnant Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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