Western Leader

Big Air event helps Starship

kite surfers

Massey kitesurfer Kent McNish is looking to go one better than last year's four-hour journey to Great Barrier Island for charity.

'Diamond Flyer' fights for family

Caitalin and Faisal Zakaria Abubaker

Whether Faisal Zakaria Abubaker is facing a bag or an opponent, the one thing on his mind is family.

Information sought over man at school

school generic

Police will patrol streets around schools in Glen Eden after a suspicious man approached students.

Creative photos take out awards

Winning photo

Holly Spring started taking photos when her daughter was born almost five years ago. Now she has been awarded Creative Photographer of the Year.

Fashionistas sew happy to save women

sewing

Two friends visited Cambodia with dreams of getting women out of the sex trafficking industry.

Emotional row at Anzac Cove

Gracey Monteith

A Piha surf club member will travel to Gallipoli in April for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings.

Soldier's life celebrated

John Hislop

A young soldier who died 100 years ago today was remembered in a family ceremony at his grave.

Bold plans for LynnMall extension

Lynnmall

Plans are under way to expand LynnMall to include a seven-theatre cinema, entertainment and dining area.

Rescue animals teach lessons for life

Horse

Horse riding helps give Navanah Uerata-Tana the focus and determination she needs to get by in the classroom and at home.

Funding for at-risk Auckland youth

Ranui

Youth workers will patrol West Auckland 'hot spots' to help prevent anti-social behaviour after string of violent attacks.

Car theft a case of birthday deja vu

claire chateau

Claire Chateau has had two cars stolen, two years in a row and on the same day - her birthday.

New Lynn to get 21st set of traffic lights

Lights in New lynn

New Lynn has the highest concentration of traffic lights in Auckland and more signals are coming its way.

Thieves go for smokes

smoke

Cigarettes have been the target of a recent crime spree stretching across west and north Auckland.

Big plans for boardwalk

boardwalk

The Whau Coastal Walkway Project has been formed to put focus back into a "neglected" area.

Eight-legged encounter smoothes arachnid anxieties

spider on neck

A fascination for spiders saw reporter Julian Raethel lock in a date with a large arachnid.

Community shaken by spate of killings in West Auckland

Murder scene

Public safety is again top of the agenda after yet another violent death in West Auckland.

Buyers 'horrified' by apartment nightmare

Pietta Collins

Couple say their new apartment is uninhabitable thanks to internal pillars they weren't warned about.

Educated questions over changes

classroom

Principals still struggle to see how the new 'Investing in Educational Success' policy will work in schools.

Hydrotherapy helps dogs recover

Dog

Canine Hydrotherapy works as a treatment for chronic pain conditions or post-operative recovery in canines.

Fisherman's stingray hit features on show

Kalaunitama Kalauni

Kalaunitama Kalauni will crowd around the TV with mates tonight to relive his lucky escape from a stingray.

Mothers celebrate breastfeeding at Big Latch On

Dorothy Fa’auiga

Dorothy Fa'auiga has breastfed all six of her children and is excited to take part in the Big Latch On tomorrow.

Bump's gone, speed's on

speed bump sign

Speeding traffic on Atkinson Rd in Titirangi is concerning residents after the removal of a speed bump.

Cemetery seeks answers to issue of space

Mauseoleums

The largest cemetery in the country is rapidly running out of space six-feet-under.

Sir Bob spills the beans

Bob Harvey

Sir Bob Harvey's biography Wild Westie: The Incredible Life of Bob Harvey is released today.

Cause of illness a mystery

Glenn Macrae

Glenn Macrae is finally cured of Hepatitis C after a lengthy run of medication trials but still doesn't know exact cause.

Coping with rare smooth brain

Symphonya Turua

3-year-old Symphonya Turua was born with lissencephaly, meaning she is unable to walk, talk or sit up.

Old hall a West Auckland landmark

Karen Goddard

The future of historic St Andrews Church Hall in New Lynn is uncertain as the building slowly crumbles away.

Students find success with paleo sweets

El’Paleo

Six teens are revelling in the success of their new business catering for health-conscious chocolate lovers.

Dancers grace Scottish stage

Joash Tuugamusu’s

Contemporary dance company Black Grace is in the lineup for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.

Saving Kauri Auckland's priority

Kauri

Defending healthy kauri and classifying dieback disease as an official pest top the city's environmental to-do list.

Speeding limits signposted - agency

80kmh speed limit sign

Motorists are frustrated by speeding tickets they have been receiving on the northwestern motorway.

Coffee sales funding orphanage

 Jason Baird

By purchasing a humble takeaway coffee in Oratia, West Aucklanders can help support the ongoing development of an orphanage in India.

'Live, love, laugh in limbo-land'

Warren Portsmouth

"One day everyone will be a stranger." The words of Warren Portsmouth's doctor left him shattered.

Report part of police transparency

Taser

National figures indicate Taser use has increased across the country, yet Waitemata officers are reaching for the Taser less.

Upset over proposed demolition

Labretta Suede

The historical 1925 Oag's Buildings and the Deco Strip Mall are scheduled to be demolished at the end of the month.

Hurling abuse earns Google trip

Hayley Smith

Insulting passersby as part of a social experiment has paid off for one lucky teen.

Dangling dog poo causing stink

Dog poo

Bags of smelly "offerings" found hanging from trees along a popular Auckland beach.

A chance for Jai to play

Jai Ihaka

Block NZ stars Loz and Tom are helping out young Jai, who took a near-death fall in a playground.

Academy programme helps kids

Michael Jones

Former All Black Michael Jones established the Village Community Services Trust to give youth focus and ambition.

Matariki's precious arrival

Siane and Bronson

Five babies were born at Waitakere Hospital on the first day of Matariki, a festival which celebrates new life.

Eye lost, but not spirit

Peter Kroon

Peter Kroon envisaged a rough road ahead after a cancerous tumour left him without his right eye and part of his skull.

Palmers plot up for sale

Ralph Lavelle

A former garden centre site in Glen Eden is on the market and earmarked for houses and apartments.

Troubled suburb looks ahead

Len Brown

Arun Kumar's death has Henderson on edge but Len Brown has offered a plan to boost business.

No magic tricks to self-defence

Self defence

It can be a scary world out there, especially when you're just five feet tall. Can self defence classes help?

Speaking up for rights

Khurram Malik

Asylum seeker Khurram Malik knows first-hand what it's like to live in fear without freedom of speech.

Tackling the role of Edna

Edna

It takes a fat suit, make-up and heels to turn Russell Dixon into Hairspray character Edna Turnblad.

Community discuss crime, violence

Police

Community leaders are coming together to discuss the recent spate of violent crime in the Waitakere area.

Harnessing the power of plants

Lui Perez,

Smoking addictions, skin conditions and fertility treatment - plants can heal it all, traditional Maori healer Lui Perez says.

Dream job for treasure hunter

Karen Goddard

Karen Goddard lives in Glen Eden with her partner Tony and their cat George. She owns New Lynn antique store Deco2Retro.

Former coach gets home detention

Gavel

Judge says that man had been a valuable member of the community, gives him home detention.
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