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Pickpocket caught on camera

Waitemata Police want to identify the man in the blue singlet in relation to two incidents where elderly people have ...

Police are hunting a thief who sneaked a phone and a wallet from the pockets of two elderly men.

Blockhouse Bay up-zoning

Blockhouse Bay would get greater intensification under the panel's recommendations, right, than the 2013 Proposed ...

Single house zones across Blockhouse Bay would be up-zoned under the Recommended Unitary Plan.

Katie Bowen realizes Olympic dream

Katie Bowen at the opening day of the Women's World Cup, 2015.

With a soccer mad English father, Katie Bowen says football has been in her DNA "since I stepped out of the womb."

Burns victim stands up for beauty

Areena Deshpande, 32, is one of 10 winners in the  body confidence campaign Confidence is Beautiful from Kiwi fashion ...

Areena Deshpande used to stay home to avoid judgement from others. Now she's starring in a body confidence campaign.

Sam loses his sight for the day

Sam Hughes, 8, didn't peak once when he went blindfolded for the day. He tests out what it is like to be blind or have ...

"I wanted to test my limits and experience what it would be like to suddenly lose sight."

Twenty-four years between drinks

James Taufa charges through the Waitemata defense in their round five clash.

"What we have been doing all year has worked and got us to where we are."

Peddle power wins title for Taniwha

The Taniwha team in Gosport, England. From left, Gerrit Becker, Stefan Jaeger, Iain Anderson, Ben Pocock, Chris Walker ...

 Six Kiwis trained relentlessly over the past year to propel the human-propelled submarine Taniwha to a photo finish.

Leader in education field dies

The late Bruce Dale was well-respected education across primary, intermediate and secondary levels.

Bruce Dale,who was a former principal at Henderson Intermediate School, has died suddenly.

Waitakere to host Chatham quarter final

Waitakere's Dylan Manickum goes around Glenfield's Nathan Jury in their round 2 Chatham Cup clash.

The remaining sides in New Zealand's premier knock out football competition now know who stands in their way following the release of the Chatham Cup quarter finals draw. 

Celebrating the west Auckland story

Producer and director John Barnett was recently honoured for his contribution to west Auckland.

Renowned producer, director and former head of South Pacific Pictures John Barnett has been inducted into the BNZ West Auckland Business Hall of Fame.  

Do you know where this man is?

Alaric Eccleston, 30, is wanted by police. He has multiple warrants out for his arrest and should not be approached.

Police said he cut off his home detention bracelet and has gone on the run.

Gallaher Shield within reach for Suburbs

Suburbs fullback Lolagi Visinia charges into fellow Auckland Blues squad member, Jordan Trainor.

Two semi-finals, two victories for West Auckland's Premier rugby clubs as both Suburbs and Waitemata have advanced to their respective finals.

'No clarity' over possible dog ban

Walking on the Te Atatu Walkway, from left: Nellie Venter, 12, with her dog Misha and Harrison Chatfield, 4, with golden ...

Dog owners on the Te Atatu Peninsula are being told they have the wrong end of the stick.

Dry cleaning not just blowing air

Vandana and Anant Jawalkar, in their business Glen Eden Drycleaners in Glen Eden, west Auckland.

Anant Jawalkar, 62, runs Glen Eden Drycleaners with his wife Vandana. Reporter Simon Smith asks him about the ins and outs of dry cleaning.

Kiwi takes operation to heart

Jeremy Scott takes a break after cycling through a sandstorm in the Dasht-e-Lut Desert in Iran.  The hottest land ...

He survived an attack by a hired-assasin in Iran, was robbed in Cambodia and escaped the drug mafia in the Philippines. 

Community has their say on threatened trees

The Whau Local Board wants the public to know mature pohutukawa may be lost for access to new housing. Pictured is ...

"We need intensification. We also need big trees and vegetation to mitigate the environmental and social pressures of more of us living closer."

School helps tackle world famine

Glen Eden Intermediate School raised more than $20,000 for World Vision New Zealand 40 hour famine.

 Glen Eden Intermediate School made the honours table after it raised a significant amount for World Vision.

Henderson family gets new home

Monique Sylva, 29, and one of her son's Khaaliq.

Monique Sylva and her family shared tears of joy after moving into a brand new social housing home in Henderson.

Sprayed? No, it's couch

The grass at Archibald Park may be brown but it's normal and safe to use, the council says.

If you see kids playing on a brown sports field then relax – it's likely not sprayed with weed-killer.

Four arrests after chase

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A high speed chase in west Auckland ended with police dogs nabbing the occupants of a stolen car.

Chopped up by two trucks

The pohutukawa tree's branch had to be chopped off after it was hit by two trucks in one afternoon.

The Whau Local Board chairperson Catherine Farmer says the tree was taken out by an Auckland Transport contractor truck.

Road puts kids' safety at risk - transport advocate

This new intersection means children heading to school in Hobsonville will need to cross six lanes of traffic.

Hobsonville Primary School students will have to cross six lanes of traffic to get to school after Auckland Transport re-designed the road outside, transport advocates say.

Hobsonville bins not delivered

New recycling bins have been delivered for some but not all in the north and west.

Many new homes in Hobsonville have missed out on their recycle bins due to council using old data for its delivery list.

Titirangi artist wants to bring his sculpture back home

An image of what Semisi Potauaine's sculpture Manuesina will look like when displayed as part of the 2017 Headlands ...

West Auckland artist has been selected to display his sculpture as part of the 2017 Headland Sculpture on the Gulf.

West Auckland toasts to the centenary of Babich Wines

Joe Babich holding a glass of his favourite wine.

"There is something special about the taste and texture of a good Pinot Noir. It is my favourite wine. Although, I must say chardonnay is pretty nice too."

Winning ticket onto professional cricket

Suburbs New Lynn's Sean Solia has claimed a professional cricket contract.

A young all-rounder cricketer is lucky enough to be the 15th player to be offered an Auckland Aces contract.

Dusting off the past

Tyl van Randow's memoir 'Red Dust Over Shanghai' details his extraordinary childhood.

World War II is in progress, in 1945 Germany collapses and three months later Japan surrenders, von Randow's family is directly affected.

Positive ERO report for Glenavon

Glenavon School principal Phil Toomer is pleased with the latest Education Review Office report.

"There is no excuse just because a school is low decile to underachieve."

Pyjamas to the rescue

The Timaio family have benefit from the Army of Jammies appeal, pictured from left, Grace, 5, Fala, 7, Pula, 11, Foua, ...

The call to arms for pyjamas will see hundreds of children keep warm this winter. 

'This tragedy changed lives forever'

Promising league star and family man Luke Tipene.

Luke Tipene didn't even want to be at the party where he was stabbed and killed.

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