Western Leader

Commemorative play set to open

Kerry Jimson, left, Paul Norell and John Brown star in Heroes set to open at Titirangi Theatre on June 2.

Opening night before the curtains rise is daunting for most theatre actors.

Nightmare ride home for school students

The bus journey turned into a nightmare for the West Auckland students when the relieving bus driver also refused to slow down around winding roads.

Students jumped from a moving bus on Monday after the driver failed to drop them off at their designated stops, a parent says.

Free walking the talk

Race walker Jared Free competes at the 2015 Oceania Championships this month.

When Jared Free goes for a walk his father has to ride a bicycle to keep up.

Road closure and new layout over long weekend

There will be a new road lay out for westbound traffic near the Te Atatu off-ramp from June 2.

Motorists driving the northwestern motorway during Queen's Birthday weekend will experience detours from road closures.

Western's game with Roskill Eden rained off gallery

Western's Anna Wetherall is tackled by Roskill Eden's Lauren Van Rooyen. Auckland Womens Premier Hockey, Roskill Eden v Western Districts, Avondale College, Auckland, Saturday 23rd May 2015. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

Lani Gallagher scored the only goal but her premier hockey team might have to replay their "arch-rivals".

Polluted stream poses problem

Members of Konini School's Stream Rangers from left, Madison Beeson, Ruby Case and Callum Peach, all 9, haven't been able to work by the Whakarina Stream since it was polluted by fecal matter. They are pictured with board of trustees chairwoman Hannah Sperber.

Children at Konini School are itching to get their hands dirty working on their local stream. 

Plans for former Palmers site

The old Palmers site on Great North Rd, opposite Waikumete Cemetery.

It may be the start of a new era for the former Palmers garden centre site in West Auckland.

Kauri tree neighbours attacked video

Kauri tree protester Aprilanne Bonar says she's had her own garden slashed in retaliation.

Neighbours of the Titirangi kauri at the centre of protest action say they are victims of retaliatory attacks.

Bowel cancer screening extended

Health minister Jonathan Coleman says more than 35,800 people received a colonoscopy last year, up from over 29,000 in 2013.

$12.4 million from this year's budget has gone into extending Waitemata DHB's bowel cancer screening pilot, meaning it will run until December 2017.

Graffiti art turns life around

Cody Redshaw, right, wants to persue art as a career. He is a member of the Kakano Youth Arts Collective organised by Corban Estate Arts Centre project manager Mandy Patmore, left.

Cody Redshaw is turning his life around by practising graffiti art in a constructive way.

Medal mystery has Irish connection

Colin Beaumont, 71, is trying to find the owner of this British navy Allied Victory Medal from WWI.

Part of a mystery about a long-lost war medal from World War I has been solved.

Prequel to Outrageous Fortune set to air

David de Lautour, who grew up in Titirangi, stars in the Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside as a young Ted West.

The West family will be back on our television screens from May 31.

Former school principal jailed

Former Rangeview Intermediate School principal David Latimer in the dock at Auckland District Court during sentencing for possessing objectionable material.

David Latimer downloaded images of rape, torture and bestiality on his school computer.

Family celebrates milestone birthday

Irene May Brittain opens her card from Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest daughter May Radford,80.

Irene May Brittain just wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday with her children.

Finding comfort in Hospice

Virginia Budd,67, has a more positive outlook on life since joining up to a West Auckland Hospice social group.

When Virginia Budd found out she had lung cancer and the outlook wasn't good she didn't know where to turn.

Ex-principal named in sex image case

School bag searches for junk food won't be happening

A former Auckland school principal to be sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of objectionable images.

Clubs to sort out parents' behaviour issues

Auckland Rugby is addressing a junior rugby incident involving parents.

Auckland Rugby is addressing a junior rugby incident involving parents.

Early death for community advocate

William Laing is buried at Waikumete Cemetery with his wife Mary

Matthew Gray revisits the story of community campaigner William Laing in this installment of Tales from the Crypt.

Schoolboys inspired by Blues' training

Blues' player Matt Vaega trains at Kelston Boys High School.

Training this week brought three Blues players back to school.

Twins teach Tai chi

Oscar, left and Blake Derham plan on learning more about Chinese martial arts but their hearts are set on becoming professional footballers.

Move aside Kung Fu Panda these young identical twin brothers have got the Chinese martial arts world covered.

Student robbed by knife-wielding thief

Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a student at knife-point outside an Auckland school.

A student was allegedly held up with a knife and robbed while waiting to be picked up from school in West Auckland.

More people kick the smoking habit

Taking steps to quit smoking is a positive start. Pictured are Waitakere Union Health clinical director Siobhan Trevallyan, left, with smokefree coordinator Grady Samson, and nurse Michal Noonan.

A mobile service offering smokefree support is hitting the road to offer advice to people living in West Auckland.

West last in line for electric trains

Electric trains are expected to be rolled out on the western line by July 20

Electric trains on the western line is expected to be rolled out by July 20 says Auckland Transport.

Memorial stone for Gallipoli soldier

A plaque, dedicated to Harry Morgan, is being replaced by a new stone memorial on the corner of Margan Ave and Ranklin Ave. Pictured is Joanne Gardner, left, with students Georgia McMurtrie and Keiran Gardner, both 10, and teacher Julie Mana'o.

A new memorial stone to remember the life of a soldier who died at Gallipoli will be unveiled in June.

Roller skater proud to be part of fringe sport

Te Atatu resident Madison Collis, 18, says the unique sport roller skating plays a large role in her life.

Madison Collis says she loves being part of a unique sport.

Op-shop caters for those in need

The Glory Box co-manager Robyn Liddle  says everyone who comes through the door of the op-shop is greeted.

Robyn Liddle is the co-manager of an op-shop called The Glory Box in Avondale. In this week's Daily Grind she talks to Rose Rees-Owen about how the Liberty Christian Centre in Avondale set up the shop to help people in need.

More details needed before weed spray change

Aucklanders must wait a while longer to find out if a controversial weed spray product will continue to be used in their area.

Birds to befriend sick kids

Massey's Kellie Stewart with hand-reared doves which she is donating to two young boys with leukemia.

Tame birds are set to become buddies for sick children and families going through tough times.

Dog friendly rentals rare

Linda Hamilton and her son Richie are struggling to find a rental property that will accept their three dogs. They are pictured with their bichon frise Valley and their border collie Koda.

Linda Hamilton is at her wit's end trying to find a home for her and her three dogs in Auckland. 

A good start to the season gallery

Parliamentarians' Paul Goldsmith scores a try during the teams warm ups.

Politicians have kicked off their world cup year in style with a game in West Auckland.

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