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Hayden Smith cleans up at awards night

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out 18 cubic meters of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out about 90 wheelbarrow loads of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

Taika's top honour video

Film maker Taika Waititi has been named the New Zealander of the Year.

The director, actor and comic represents the best we can be: "Creative, courageous, audacious, subversive and downright funny."

Top five emerging for Helensville seat

Auckland Council councillor for Waitakere Linda Cooper announced she would seek the National Party's selection to stand ...

Sources say Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper is the only woman left in the battle for former prime minister John Key's Helensville seat.

Burger King employee claims assault by manager

Abby O'Brien alleges she was assaulted by her manager at Burger King, Lincoln Rd.

An 18-year-old Burger King worker claims she was hit by her boss.

North-west travel times to to get worse with Waterview?

The Waterview connection will carry around 90,000 vehicles a day travelling to and from the Northwestern Motorway and SH20.

Increased traffic from south Auckland through the Waterview Tunnel may make north-west travel times to the city worse.

More than "conventional antiques"

Ray says west Aucklanders are an imaginative people and it takes unique things to impress them.

Keeping it unique is the name of the game says antique shop owner Ray.

Free boot camp kick-starts road to healthy living

Joshua Roberts is a regular at the free Whanau Fittness programs, run by the Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust.

This time last year, Joshua Roberts was 155 kilograms and in a "depressing  downward spiral of fatty foods and over sleeping". 

West Wave helping more kids learn to swim

West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre can have over 1 million visitors in a year said Glenn Quintal, senior centre manager.

West Wave's swimming programme is reaching more school kids in 2017.

'It doesn't have to be this way' video

One of the places Watercare might build a water treatment plant is across the road from the Robinsons. Family members, ...

Plans for a water treatment plant in a rural heritage suburb of Auckland has locals aghast.

A truck for a home

Martin Koroheke says Housing New Zealand want him to get rid of his dog before he moves into a new home.

Martin Koroheke was evicted after his state house was found to be contaminated with meth. Now he has nowhere to go.

Big Auckland cannabis haul

160 mature cannabis plants were seized after a search of four Auckland properties.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $3m seized in West Auckland.

Building industry can't cope: Goff video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, right, is keen to fix Auckland's housing supply problems.

Auckland won't make up its housing shortfall unless there are changes in construction, the city's mayor says.

A parade of boats on the Whau River

The Whau Flotilla event is going to be held on March 4, 2017.

The Whau River will come alive with boats and "little surprises" along the way on March 4.

It's getting old video

Perera outside the aging building facing the road.

The country's fourth largest water treatment plant was built in 1929 and now needs replacing.

Maori health research to begin

Researcher Tanya Allport is looking undertaking a 12 month study of Maori mental health.

A study on Maori mental health is aiming to find the best ways to support the west Auckland Maori community.

Former scaffolder reaches new heights

Rob Kipa-Williams plays the role of Zac in South Pacific Pictures' production 800 Words.

Rob Kipa-Williams helped to build the Sky Tower. Now the actor is starring in a TV series.

Lifesaving crews battle 'giants' video

Battling some big waves.

The surf got bigger and bigger - "or better and better, depending on who you're talking to" - as the day went on.

'Cynical breach of trust'

Rhonda Crabb during sentencing at the Auckland District Court.

She stole nearly half a million dollars from her school, then spent it on clothes and overseas trips.

Holt heading to Helensville

Hayley Holt is running for the Helensville seat.

TV personality Hayley Holt is running for the Helensville seat in the election this year.

The walls of Ranui get more than a fresh lick of paint video

Local teenager Shiloh at the Birdwood Park mural in Ranui, Auckland.

Residents said the grim walls of Ranui don't reflect the spirit of the community, so the local teenagers decided to do something about it.

'We have been waiting'

Plans for a new marae on the Te Atatu Peninsula include grass-covered roofs.

Maori wanting a marae on prime Auckland park land say it's time promises are kept and land is handed over.

Kazakh chef brings slice of home to Kiwi classic video

Chef Raha Assilbekov says he wants to give Kiwis a taste of Kazakhstan with BLD Cafe.

Forget mince and cheese - try a Kiwi-Kazakh chicken and potato pie in Glendene.

Traffic mayhem in West Auckland

Fire crews are helping with traffic control after a gas main burst on Te Atatu Rd.

One of West Auckland's busiest roads has reopened after it was closed by a gas leak.

More string for your bow

Massey Archery Club captain Dean Sheerin (left) and Travis Gamble practising their field archery, in which shooters take ...

More world champions are wanted at Massey Archery Club.

'I'm pretty gutted'

Jedd Henderson in the gym, preparing for Round the Bays, 2017.

'Annoying' injuries halting Jedd Henderson's progress towards Round the Bays.

Hitchhiking through Iran at 70 video

Ahmed Asgher says he is not worried about his safety because he only expects the best from people.

No golf, gardening or bowls: It's off to the world's trouble spots for retired backpacking Aucklander.

Is Crown Lynn in?

Collectibles at Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clayworks Museum. 
McCahon-Jones says the swap meet will have 17 stall holders ...

Crown Lynn is not just for your nana - millennials are very keen on the Kiwi classic too, museum curator says.

Power cut in West Auckland

A power outage has killed traffic lights in Te Atatu, West Auckland.

Power out to almost 1000 houses, motorists urged to be cautious after malfunction in West Auckland.

Modernising the RSA

Barry "Gus" Rieper is a former president of Clubs New Zealand.

This former air force man is aiming to attract a younger crowd.

Bring on the bling

Vanessa Green, tutor for the Humans of Hendo, says the students' artwork is a documentary-style investigation into Henderson.

West Auckland youth have brightened up empty shop windows in Henderson with artwork.

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