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Major power cut in west Auckland

1130 homes in west Auckland are without electricity due to a tree falling on power lines.

A tree falling on power lines left more than 1000 homes without electricity in west Auckland.

Tattoo aids body identification

The tattoo on the woman's right calf.

A distinctive large rose tattoo helped police identify a dead woman found in West Auckland.

Murderer 'shook family to core'

Jaden Stroobant at the High Court at Auckland at an earlier appearance where he pled guilty to murder and sexual violation.

Jaden Stroobant viciously beat pensioner then sexually violated her as she lay dying.

Arun Kumar's young killer paroled

Slain Henderson dairy owner Arun Kumar, 57.

The 16-year-old killer has been released from a youth justice facility and is back at school.

'No idea' what's coming next door

Business owner Kim Workman says NZRPG have not responded to her queries about what will be built next to Wagamama Northwest.

She's getting a new neighbour, but she doesn't know who. And she's not impressed.

Families will reap budget change in housing supplement

Finance Minister Steven Joyce announced a change in the accommodation supplement on May 25.

An eligible family of three would take home more than $305 a week under new accommodation supplement rules.

Move Johnson to fullback - Mann

Shaun Johnson has been, by his own admission, struggling this season and could be revitalised by a positional move.

Former skipper believes positional changes could spark Warriors attack.

'Disgusted, traumatised, patronised'

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They're meant to care for the elderly, but some carers are falling short, one woman claims.

Homes empty due to 'red tape' video

Developer Richard Langridge bought Pepperwood Mews for about $2.28 million.

Rich-lister Richard Langridge says Auckland Council processes "riddled with bureaucracy".

$100k a day on pokies

Across the four main types of gambling – TAB racing and sports betting, NZ Lotteries, gaming machines (outside casinos) ...

West Aucklanders are pouring more than $100,000 a day into pokies, despite there being fewer machines.

Plan targets mental health

Helping mental health patients get better and quicker help is one of the aims of the Waitemata Primary and Community ...

Giving high-need mental health patients quick and easy access to psychiatrists is one way a new plan is improving health services in Auckland's north and west.

We must applaud Ngaro's honesty

Whanau Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere says Alfred Ngaro has a right to freedom of speech.

The bizarre thing is in politics, people like Alfred get penalised for being honest, former government minister John Tamihere says.

Push-bike rider on motorway

The push bike rider was seen in the bus lane on Auckland's northwestern motorway during rush hour traffic

Man was spotted during rush-hour traffic and was allegedly wearing headphones in bus lane.

Cooking class set up for the deaf video

Sisters Yolanda Sutton and Natasha Jumelet started the Deaf Wellbeing Society to help deaf people in the community.

For most of the deaf members, the cooking class is their only social contact.

Baby blues a 'snowball affect'

Te Atatu Peninsula mum Bridget Baker was diagnosed with postnatal depression 21 months after the birth of her first child.

A west Auckland mum said she didn't realise she was struggling with post natal depression.

Teens want space to 'hang out'

Hobsonville Community Trust community facilitator Gavin Gunston, Hobsonville Point Secondary School student Bill Savery ...

A youth recreational study from the Hobsonville Point community finds hang out and recreation space needs to be top priorities.

A long journey home

Linzi Wildermoth says she did not know what a Polynesian was when she was growing up.

Spiritual advice led Linzi Wildermoth to her ancestors in Rarotonga.

Northwest needs more ratepayer money - Stride

Centre management ran movies in the square events this year - it wants public money to do more events for shoppers.

Listed property group asks for public money to bring people, and shoppers, to Northwest Shopping Centre.

Teens arrested after dairy robbed

Police have arrested two men after a dairy robbery in west Auckland.

Two out of the four men who allegedly stormed a west Auckland dairy have been arrested

Why did floods hammer New Lynn ?

Emergency services attended major flooding in New Lynn in March.

Century-old infrastructure was unable to cope with severe weather event, council says.

More houses for the west

Adams announced the Government Crown Building Project will replace 8,300 run down houses in Auckland with 34,000 new ...

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced Auckland will get 34,000 new homes.

Armed robbers run with cash

Four men threatened staff before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.

Armed robbers dash with cash from a south Auckland dairy - the latest in a growing spate of attacks across the city.

$1m to lock up tobacco video

Z Energy will spend up to $1 million installing the first 50 cigarette dispensers.

Some petrol stations are spending up large to stop the threat of robberies. Now Z Energy is preparing to lock away its tobacco.

Ranges threatened by myrtle rust

The Waitakere Ranges is full of manuka.

If myrtle rust makes its way to the Waitakere Ranges the result could be devastating.

Police may review teen death

Stephen Dudley collapsed and died after being punched in a schoolyard brawl following rugby practice.

Stephen Dudley's parents welcome news police may "revisit" his death, following Coroner's report.

Council's million dollar expense for Westgate

A library is yet to be completed in the Westgate Town Centre.

Auckland Council spent $1,151,950.63 on external legal expenses battling Westgate Town Centre developer NZRPG, but postponed millions in payments due from the company.

Housing crisis prompts political career

Leilani Tamu says her campaign is more about getting the Green Party vote.

Leilani Tamu is the Green Party's candidate for New Lynn, and she says it is a community that she loves to hang out with.

Infestations shut two mall eateries

There are four eateries in west Auckland currently displaying E grades.

Cockroach and rodent infestations have closed two Auckland mall eateries.

From vine to bottle - in Henderson video

Joe Babich says technology is constatly changing the way his company make their wine.

One of the more unique vineyards in Auckland have put the cap on about 5.6 million bottles of wine so far this year.

Dark night for Waitakere

More than 1600 homes were without power in Swanson for close to nine hours after a tree fell over a power line on ...

It was a cold, dark night in West Auckland for many after power was cut to more than 1600 homes. 

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