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Concern worldwide as families flee ISIS

Mother and child

OPINION: They are appeals to the heart from one of the world's present scenes of unthinkable violence and death.

Festival looks for cash

Hotboxed Treehut

The popular Waitakere Festival is in jeopardy thanks to an unexpected $6000 funding cut.

Whatipu no place for dogs


Despite warning signs, people are still bringing their dogs to Whatipu Beach and they're putting dotterels at risk.

Play is tribute to friend

Kids 4 Drama

Talented performers have pieced together a special production to honour a close friend taken too soon.

War medals missing owners


Four war medals discovered at a secondhand dealers are believed to have been taken in a burglary.

Seal's stint in suburbia

Seal in West Auckland

A seal pup gave would-be rescuers the runaround after finding its way into an Auckland yard.

Learn to be wise with your money

 Fiona Snijder

Shelley Greco talks to West Auckland Budget Service co-ordinator Fiona Snijder about how Kiwis can be smarter with their money.

Meet Miss Africa NZ

Chanwyn Southgate

She moved here when she was six, but the newly-crowned Chanwyn Southgate is now embracing her culture more than ever.

Police stumble on P lab

generic p lab

Police got a surprise when they unintentionally discovered a meth lab on a West Auckland property.

Tell me lies, I dare you

Craig Gubbins

As the only polygraph examiner in the North Island, Craig Gubbins' job is to get to the truth of a matter.

Tackling challenge of diabetes

Grace and Winsome

Grace and Winsome may be decades apart but they can both relate to the routine involved with living with diabetes.

AA gives 'a sense of hope'


Yvette used alcohol for years to mask what she was feeling inside until finally she knew she had to stop.

Calendar celebrates curves

pin up

A love for all things vintage inspired Zandy Smith to create a calendar of pin-up girls with women of various sizes.

Internet is 'hopelessly slow'

Katrina Ward

Rural communities out west are struggling to obtain a decent broadband service for their businesses and homes.

What will become of Te Henga quarry?


The early closure of the Te Henga quarry has forced the issue of what its future use may be.

'There's a man with a gun'

Constable Mike Nolan and Constable Nick Frederick

Two cops were faced with a frightening scene when a gunman opened fire at a hospital.

Blaze rips through factory

Railside fire

A west Auckland food manufacturer that burnt down this morning went into liquidation two months ago.

'Pay-as-you-throw' the way to go?


Every year Auckland throws away enough trash to fill a line of rubbish trucks from the Harbour Bridge to Wellsford.

Shorty St star eyes up ring

Frankie Adams

Frankie Adams is swapping the box for the boxing ring as she prepares for the charity event Fight for Life.

Kitesurf contest a hit

Kite surfing

The Kitesurf for Kids Big Air Contest was dubbed a success with 50 competitors from around the country landing at Muriwai Beach.

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