Western Leader

Finding Ranui's 'feel good' factor again

Keen to put the tragic killings of last year behind them, community groups are working hard to put the love back into Ranui.

Lane changes on motorway

Motorists need to be aware that the layout of the northwestern motorway is changing.

Call to bring rubbish bins back

The lack of bins in Auckland parks means locals are left picking up the litter, resident says.

Security guard's assault claim proved false

Authorities say claims a security guard was assaulted at Westgate in Auckland are false.

'Cutting edge' mannequin will help save lives

The University of Auckland's new model will help to teach and train hospital theatre teams.

Fringe Festival play is a gas

A quirky Fringe Festival comedy is tackling the taboo topic of female flatulence.

Over bridge crash stops Auckland trains

Train services in Auckland's west have been stopped after a vehicle hit an over bridge.

'Phallic' art 'judged before it was finished'

The phallic resemblance of an art installation has thrust one Auckland suburb into the global limelight.

Nothing sweeter than gift of sound

Young Keshia Uele is giving back to those who helped her with cochlear hearing implants by giving up sugar for a month.

Karekare is ready to race

A small rural community has rallied to save an iconic horse race.

Our First Home families buy in West Auckland

Three families, competing in a new DIY TV show, have decided west in best in Auckland.

Rock gods bless Westfest

Soundgarden, Judas Priest and Faith No More are coming to Auckland thanks to the efforts of a 23-year-old "Westie".

Constant vandalism hurting jockey club

Young vandals are targeting Auckland's Avondale Jockey Club specifically, club president says.

Avondale garage destroyed in fire

A fire has destroyed a garage behind a house in the Auckland suburb of Avondale.

Toxic karaka fruit can kill dogs

A bereaved dog owner is on a mission to raise awareness about a poisonous berry that killed her pet.

Testicular cancer victim warns men of risks

A stage-three cancer sufferer is determined men are aware of the risks of ignoring testicular cancer symptoms.

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.
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