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Sir Bob spills the beans

Bob Harvey

Sir Bob Harvey's biography Wild Westie: The Incredible Life of Bob Harvey is released today.

Dancers grace Scottish stage

Joash Tuugamusu’s

Contemporary dance company Black Grace is in the lineup for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.

Saving Kauri Auckland's priority


Defending healthy kauri and classifying dieback disease as an official pest top the city's environmental to-do list.

'Live, laugh in limbo-land'

Warren Portsmouth

"One day everyone will be a stranger." The words of Warren Portsmouth's doctor left him shattered.

Report part of police transparency


National figures indicate Taser use has increased across the country, yet Waitemata officers are reaching for the Taser less.

Coffee sales funding orphanage

 Jason Baird

By purchasing a humble takeaway coffee in Oratia, West Aucklanders can help support the ongoing development of an orphanage in India.

Academy programme helps kids

Michael Jones

Former All Black Michael Jones established the Village Community Services Trust to give youth focus and ambition.

Matariki's precious arrival

Siane and Bronson

Five babies were born at Waitakere Hospital on the first day of Matariki, a festival which celebrates new life.

Residential development for west Auckland

Ralph Lavelle

A former garden centre site in Glen Eden is on the market and earmarked for houses and apartments.

Eye lost, but not spirit

Peter Kroon

Peter Kroon envisaged a rough road ahead after a cancerous tumour left him without his right eye and part of his skull.

Troubled suburb looks ahead

Len Brown

Arun Kumar's death has Henderson on edge but Len Brown has offered a plan to boost business.

Community discuss crime, violence


Community leaders are coming together to discuss the recent spate of violent crime in the Waitakere area.

Tackling the role of Edna


It takes a fat suit, make-up and heels to turn Russell Dixon into Hairspray character Edna Turnblad.

Speaking up for rights

Khurram Malik

Asylum seeker Khurram Malik knows first-hand what it's like to live in fear without freedom of speech.

No magic tricks to self-defence

Self defence

It can be a scary world out there, especially when you're just five feet tall. Can self defence classes help?

Harnessing the power of plants

Lui Perez,

Smoking addictions, skin conditions and fertility treatment - plants can heal it all, traditional Maori healer Lui Perez says.

Dream job for treasure hunter

Karen Goddard

Karen Goddard lives in Glen Eden with her partner Tony and their cat George. She owns New Lynn antique store Deco2Retro.

Helping Henderson move forward

Len Brown

Len Brown says a "main street makeover" is what Henderson needs but retailers must be convinced to get on board.

Shannon shares with Anne's Angels

Shanon Simpson

Shannon Simpson set up Anne's Angels to provide care packages for parents with children in hospital.

Pups mutilated with fishing line


A mechanic has been banned from owning dogs for a decade after partially severing the tails of 10 rottweiler pups.

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