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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.

Hardworking pioneer will be missed

The death of 103-year-old Helena Ataya marks the end of an era for the Corban winemaker family.

White out for Brad

Snow fell at a West Auckland primary school last week in honour of a "larger than life" boy.

New Lynn cinema coming soon

A movie theatre, a dining precinct and new retail outlets are all part of the $36 million dollar expansion of LynnMall.

New Lynn goes with the flow

New Lynn has 20 traffic signals, nine of them within a 1km stretch of road. Thankfully, one set is about to go.

A novel surprise for parents

An Auckland teen has just completed her first novel without letting a soul know what she was up to.

BMX kid's long recovery

Sports-mad Zak Burgess is dealing with two broken legs after he was hit by a car in West Auckland.

Watch out for wasps

When five German wasps entered a bathroom, one man was soon in a state of panicked nude "swattting".

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