Western Leader

Cat loses limb after ring found on paw

It would have taken special pliers and two people to force on the docking ring which cost Garfield his leg.

Finals spot just desserts for chef

A modern spin on a traditional Filipino dessert scores an Auckland chef a finals spot in competition.

Auckland Transport to review dangerous intersection

The intersection where a 6-year-old girl was hit by a car is being reviewed by Auckland Transport.

Canine lovers embark on three-day hike

A group of dog enthusiasts will embark on a three-day fundraising hike named after the late Sir Edmund Hillary.

Auckland pensioners face rent rise

Pensioners in Auckland council units are angry and dismayed at another proposed rent rise.

New Zealand entertainer Chic Littlewood dies

Generations of TV viewers and theatre goers are mourning the loss of a beloved performer entertained New Zealand for decades.

US fantasy TV series to be shot in Auckland

A US fantasy television series based on books by top selling American author Terry Brooks will by shot in west Auckland.

West Auckland Hindu temple nears completion

A $5 million Hindu temple under construction in west Auckland is due for completion by mid year.

Antarctic adventure in the wilderness

Len Gillman is gearing up for a month of constant daylight, flying drones and freezing temperatures.

Online group looking for female gamers

There's a new community in town and they're on a mission to find more female gamers.

Hardworking pioneer will be missed

The death of 103-year-old Helena Ataya marks the end of an era for the Corban winemaker family.

Christmas snow gift from one buddy to another

Snow fell at a West Auckland primary school last week in honour of a "larger than life" boy.

New Lynn cinema coming soon

A movie theatre, a dining precinct and new retail outlets are all part of the $36 million dollar expansion of LynnMall.

Traffic flow improvements look likely for New Lynn

New Lynn has 20 traffic signals, nine of them within a 1km stretch of road. Thankfully, one set is about to go.

A novel surprise for parents

An Auckland teen has just completed her first novel without letting a soul know what she was up to.

Long recovery for promising BMX kid

Sports-mad Zak Burgess is dealing with two broken legs after he was hit by a car in West Auckland.

Mild winters mean more wasps likely

When five German wasps entered a bathroom, one man was soon in a state of panicked nude "swattting".

The joys of making people laugh

Comedian Jesse Griffin lives a jolly life with his family out in West Auckland.

Falling school deciles reflect poorer communities

Many West Auckland communities are facing more hardship judging by new school decile ratings.

Rainforest Express permanently stopped

Two popular tourist trains have been stopped in their tracks - and this time it is permanent.

Mentor's songs of happiness

Losing three friends to suicide inspired Bronson Price's LP Beginner's Luck.

Reverend, 83, walks 3km with shattered elbow

Reverend Paul Gravelle doesn't remember walking to his parked car after falling from his bike.

Counselling helps work through issues

Crystal, 9, turned to violent, verbal and physical abuse to deal with emotions after her parents separated.

Gay and Lesbian Singers welcome all

The GALS choir pride themselves on being inclusive, so its no surprise they welcome heterosexuals.

Surfer thanks life savers

Surfer Glen Tomes can't remember the exact details of his accident at Piha but he "knew it was pretty bad".

Commuters urged to have say on buses

Confusion surrounds the proposed West Auckland public transport network which is currently up for public consultation.

Pregnant and fighting cancer

Joy turned to devastation for the Gunstons when pregnant Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

West Auckland ready for return of legal highs

Shane Henderson

Council's legal high policy commendable but restrictions on sales don't go far enough, deputy chairman says.

Prized tattooist makes his mark

 Steve Ma Ching

His tattoos grace the likes of Sonny Bill, and now Steve Ma Ching's work has been recognised by Creative New Zealand.

Alopecia sufferer fundraising for vacuum wig

Amy Rose

21-year-old Amy-Rose Lynch is hoping a special wig will help her feel confident enough to dance again.

Ben's happier as a boy


Transgender child Ben Brockwell-Jones finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

Mourners pack service

Luke Tipene

Passion, pride and respect. Those three words, the motto of the Glenora Rugby League Club, describe Luke Tipene to a tee, his family says.

Stab victim remembered by friends, family

Luke Tipene Farewell

Emotional hakas shook the Glenora club rooms today as hundreds farewell Luke Tipene.

Polygraph examiner tells truth about job

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.

Sober 15 years and counting


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.

West Auckland's slow internet woes

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.

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.

Auckland cops 'put themselves at risk'

Constable Mike Nolan and Constable Nick Frederick

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

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 the new 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.

Blaze rips through factory

Railside fire

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