Western Leader

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.

Helping Henderson move forward

Len Brown

Len Brown says a "main street makeover" is what Henderson needs but retailers must be convinced to get on board.

Shannon shares with Anne's Angels

Shanon Simpson

Shannon Simpson set up Anne's Angels to provide care packages for parents with children in hospital.

Pups mutilated with fishing line

puppy

A mechanic has been banned from owning dogs for a decade after partially severing the tails of 10 rottweiler pups.

Welcome aboard - how's your day?

Trevor Watson

Trevor Watson lives with his family in West Harbour. He talks to reporter Shelley Greco about his job as a bus driver.

Bike pitch looks to the future

Bike Te Atatu

A community cycling group created a mock cycle lane and recorded a 'futurementary' to pitch to the powers-that-be.

Doors always open for dogs

Chip and Kelly

Chip Eade has opened his door to more than 30 retired Blind Foundation dogs over the past three years.

Youth crime a 'time bomb'

councillor

Frightened retailers and landlords in Henderson are urging authorities to stamp out crime in the area.

Family remembers slain shopkeeper

Arun Kumar

Family of Auckland shopkeeper Arun Kumar say they had no idea how many lives he touched.

Midwife's memorable millennium delivery

Midwives

Bringing the first millennium baby into the world is among the highlights of Dorothy Graham's lengthy midwifery career.

Tree 'slammed through bedroom'

Tree in bedroom

A 'funny feeling' made a couple move out of their bedroom minutes before a 20m tree crashed through the walls.

Wakeful night watching trees tumble

Grant Solley

Grant Solley spent the night watching the 10m tree in front of his house bend in the wind hoping it wouldn't crash into his West Auckland home.

Fourth fatality shocks community

Auckland stabby

Four homicides in three weeks have people in Auckland wondering just what is going on.

Crochet key part of culture

Tuvalu crochet

One of Tuvalu's most colourful traditions is on display this winter.

Good samaritan's identity a cold case

Police

Police would like to find a good samaritan who came to the aid of a woman in trouble three years ago.

Quick leak-fix goes against flow

Brett Hannah

A pleasant surprise was in store for owners in a leaky apartment block when their case was resolved in just over a year.

This isn't a mall, 'it's a town'

Westgate mall

$1.6b gets you more than a mall. It also buys 5000 houses, a town square, a library and more.

Sinking teeth into equine dentistry

Equine dentist Amanda Winstanley says horses make the best patients.

Disability a family affair

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams

It took a tragedy for Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams to realise her true calling in life.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Rob Donovan

Rob Donovan talks to Ciara Pratt about life as a body piercer.

Deported man dies

Kumar

Gravely ill Sanil Kumar knew he was going to die when he farewelled family at Auckland Airport last month and he was deported to Fiji.

A vigil for unity in Ranui

Ranui locals

Shocked residents are rallying together after a bloody week of violence and death in Ranui.

Young actor's dual role in play

Zane Fleming

An actor who struggles to be cast in productions because of how he looks may just prove his critics wrong.

Seeds harvested from McCahon's kauri

McCahons cottage

Colin McCahon's kauri will not only live on through his art, but also in the name of science.
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