Western Leader

Junior fencers battle it out

Massey resident Daniel Garelja, 20, uses his experience as the No 2 male fencer in the country to referee a bout between Tanaya Kleeman, left and Jean Zhang.

Thrusts, lunges, beats and parries. The gym at Massey High School is filled with the clanking of swords as it hosts the youth national fencing championships this week.

Woman trapped on top of cars

Emergency services worked to rescue the woman from her car.

Elderly woman rescued from her car after driving on top of two vehicles in a carpark.

Amateur traffic controller becomes video star video

Motorists passing the man at the busy intersection waved and gave him the thumbs up.

A concerned citizen took up the job of traffic controller during a power cut in West Auckland.

Losing both legs is no barrier for marathon

Ian Winson uses prosthetic legs to cycle on his training bike. A foot-crank cycle will arrive from Germany for him to use at the New York Marathon.

A man who lost both his legs in a horrific explosion four years ago is taking on the New York marathon.

Yet another bracelet cut off

Police are looking for Casey Cowan after he cut his monitoring braclet off and fled.

Police seeking man after he cut off monitoring bracelet and fled.

Opening the door to creative space

Juliet Furness spent 17 years acting, teaching and studying in LA and New York.

Juliet Furness talks to reporter Eva Corlett about working as an acting and voice coach. 

Children love the Huia Domain too

Huia Domain art competition judges Ruth Cole, left, and Sandra Hunter check out the entries on display at The Huia Foodstore.

Children living in a West Auckland beach community are joining the fight for their piece of paradise.

Town clock down for repairs

Precision Watch workshop manager Colin Hollingsworth with the New Lynn town clock.

A town clock which is a lasting legacy to New Lynn's brick manufacturing history is down for repairs.

Spragg Monument was for those ‘who died for freedom and honour’

Spragg Monument commemorates Lieutenant Wesley Neal Spragg who died in 1918.

War memorial monuments are being recorded by Heritage New Zealand in the year of the centennial anniversary of WWI.

Toxins enter waterway at Manutewhau Reserve

Run-off from paint or dye is likely to be the cause behind this stream at Manutewhau Reserve in Massey turning a toxic blue colour.

Paint or dye is likely to be the cause behind a pollution incident in Massey.

Depression's lighter side

Tui Centre clinical director Monique Knight with one of the props she uses in interactive workshops to help people dealing with depression.

Monique Knight is taking a lighter look at depression.

Wayne Cotton's living death sentence

Wayne Cotton has motor neurone disease. He's thankful to still be here and loving every moment he has with his family.

Wayne Cotton has a sharp mind but his body is slowly shutting down.

Tree protection for urban areas removed

Urban trees

Changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) means the vast majority of trees on private urban properties are no longer protected.

Spring cleaning for hospice

Hospice West Auckland distribution centre manager Josh Vaughan in front of just of few of many items that have been donated to sell in the charity's stores.

Josh Vaughan is encouraging people to get into their Spring cleaning and donate pre-loved goods to hospice.

Struggling with public speaking is in the past

Dave Tomu has worked hard to gain confidence in public speaking.

He avoided the school debating team because of his stammer, but Dave Tomu is now an award-winning public speaker.

Gone but not forgotten six months after death

The grave of Florence Elizabeth O'Brien at Waikumete Cemetery.

Florence O'Brien's legacy is commemorated at her grave site in Waikumete cemetery.

Sewage spill at park causes a stink

Forest and Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group chairman Micheal Coote wants to put an end to the sewage overflows at Taipari Strand, Te Atatu Peninsula.

Condoms, toliet paper and tampons are not items you would expect to find at a public park.

RSA sorry over communication breakdown

Simone Anderson and cousin Brent Munce feel disrespected after plans to commemorate their ancestors fell through.

A family with six ancestors killed in tragic circumstances has received an apology from the Henderson RSA✓ over a communication breakdown.

Hebblethwaite loves the natural craft beer taste

Testing the beer as it develops is part of Ian Hebblethwaite's job.

Chief reporter Simon Smith asks Ian Hebblethwaite about running Black Sands Brewing Company, West Auckland's only commercial brewery.

Subsidies offered to improve water quality

The Piha lagoon is often one of the most polluted places to swim in Auckland.

Subsidies are available for residents within the west coast lagoon catchment area to upgrade their sewage systems.

'Rotten entertainer' comes to Glen Eden

Richard Manic is Captain Festus McBoyle.

A tongue-in-cheek performance that appeals to kids and adults is coming to Glen Eden.

Tiberius mousing about four decades on

Illustrator Edith Diggle, left, and author Patricia Ross hold freshly printed copies of their children's book Tiberius The Titirangi Mouse Has More Adventures.

A little mouse with a big following has returned to Titirangi for fresh adventures.

Kokako release in time for breeding season

The kokako bird gets measured before it is released.

Six kokako birds have been released into the Waitakere Ranges just in time for spring breeding.

Know your neighbours

Titirangi Community Constable William Flapper.

Meet Titirangi's new community constable, William Flapper.

Pack swimming is a physical challenge

Phillip Ryan is second in the country for 10km and 5km open water swimming.

Sports reporter Simon Smith asks swimmer Phillip Ryan about competing in the open water and his plans to be the first in the sport to represent New Zealand at the Olympics.

Farewell to community veteran

Jack Riddell died on July 30 at the age of 94.

Decorated World War II veteran and heavily involved community man Jack Riddell has died.

West Auckland home sells for twice CV

6 St Margaret Place, West Harbour, which sold for $896,000, almost twice its CV of $475k.

Two determined bidders drove the price of 6 St Margaret Place to 89 per cent above CV.

Exercise fun for Father's Day

A rogaine could be the perfect way for a father and child to spend time together.

Fathers will have free entry to the Little Muddy Creek Rogaine this Sunday.

Waitakere goes down in '12 minutes of madness'

Centre-back Sammy Khan has played superbly for Waitakere City in what was a disappointing season, player-coach Jake Butler says.

A lack of strike power has seen Waitakere City's premier football side sent down to division one.

Lewis wins Auckland Darts Masters video

Adrian Lewis reacts winning a leg against  Raymond van Barnevald in Auckland.

Adrian 'Jackpot' Lewis etched his name into New Zealand history on a dramatic night of darts.

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