Western Leader

Ex-meth house turns into renovation nightmare

Kevin Middleton

A couple are $25,000 out of pocket after decontaminating their home which was once used as a p-lab.

Yard 37 land under review

The future of Yard 37 is hanging in the balance as Auckland Council undertakes a review into its viability.

Birthday marked by 21 acts of kindness

Regan Northwood

Regan Northwood initiated 21 random acts of kindness to help her celebrate her birthday.

Big buddy shares bond

Big Buddy

Big Buddy is a mentoring service that recruits male volunteers from the community to become mentors to fatherless boys.

Roast Busters review nears completion

An independent investigation into police handling of the Roast Busters case is nearly finished.

Vet's grave found after 50 years

Harry Flynn’s family members,

The previously unmarked pauper's grave of a World War I veteran has been tracked down by his family.

Stink rises over pumping station plans

NOel Rugg

Hobsonville Land Company plans for a wastewater pumping station at a gathering spot have been met with criticism.

iPad offers family new hope

Jordan and family

An iPad is allowing Jordan Winther to understand and communicate with those around him.

Woman sentenced for claiming two benefits under two names

A woman who claimed two benefits for nine years has been sentenced in the Waitakere District Court.

Locks off for cancer

Beautiful Lengths at Rutherford College

Angela Kim cut off 35cm of her own hair in front of a large crowd at her school and organised a raffle that raised more than $1200 for charity.

Sponsor a cross for veterans

Mike Kernot, left, and John Ross

White crosses will dot the grass in Swanson leading up to Anzac Day.

Sewer upgrade to start in Glen Eden

From early next year Glen Eden residents will no longer have to deal with the sight of wastewater seeping into their waterways.

Everyone can share Anzac images


The Western Leader and a number of West Auckland RSAs are holding a photo competition and we want to see your images.

Dream job for graduate

Jana Nee

21-year-old Jana Nee has secured employment after three years of study in a job she could only dream of.

Volunteer gives back to hospice

Robyn Wannan

Robyn Wannan knows first-hand the kindness and support Mercy Hospice offers to those during their final stages of life.

Bumpy ride for chopper trust funds

The battle for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's funding is facing more turbulence.

Lecturer sentenced for camera in bathroom

A man has been sentenced to community work and home detention after taking more than 200 images of his teenage stepdaughters in the bathroom using a hidden camera.

Ready for a fresh start

Nor Western Cook Islands Early Childhood Centre

Staff at the Nor Western Cook Island Early Childhood Centre are putting two rough years of mismanagement and a theft behind them and looking forward to a brighter future.

It's time to become colour suited

Beverley Cole

Beverley Cole talks to reporter Shelley Greco about her job as an image consultant.

Pensioners' home invaded

Police are investigating the "frightening" home invasion of a war veteran and his wife where offenders made off with sentimental items.

Donated wedding a dream for couple

Angela Roberts

A new bride and groom had their wedding donated by a group of strangers from Facebook group 'Pay it Forward West Auckland'.

Couple defy midwife advice to abort baby after scan

Marinda Brits and Liam

Baby Liam would not be here if his parents had followed a midwife's advice to have an abortion.

Pageant finalist saves for operation

Amy Brosnahan

A transgender beauty queen was banned from a battle, fought it, won, and now she has a fresh fight.

Man hospitalised with gun wound

A man is in custody and under police guard at Auckland Hospital after being admitted for a gun shot wound to the leg on Saturday night. 

Cannons fire the imagination on Anzac Day

Matt McMillan, left, and Glen Eden RSA president Gordon Driscoll

Waikumete Cemetery's Anzac Day dawn parade service will include a bagpipe band and a new addition - two cannons.

Ritchies opens new $18m depot

Ritchies bus depot

Transport services in West Auckland have been boosted with the opening of the new Ritchies Transport Holdings depot.

Legal highs very dangerous: Ex-user

Liam Kent

Heavy synthetic cannabis use eventually led to a five-day stay in an intensive care unit for teen Liam Kent.

War journey on

Father David Mullins

A retired Glen Eden Catholic priest will head to the Anzac commemorations next year after being selected from the New Zealand Gallipoli 2015 ballot box.

Avondale Jockey club land goes up for sale

Jockey club land sale

KELLY DENNETT - © Fairfax NZ News

Avondale Jockey Club is selling a 9700sqm parcel of land formerly used for stables and parking.

Artists set to reveal works

Artists Tim Prebble and Denise Batchelor return to the Waitakere Ranges on Sunday to show some of their work.

Chef to man the BBQ

Michael Van de Elzen

Celebrity chef and past pupil Michael Van de Elzen will be helping out at Henderson Valley Primary School's bi-annual gala.

Students share their culture

Jurgen Fischer

A team of international ministers and delegates are returning home with an insight into Maori education and culture thanks to students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae.

A lifetime of firefighting

Michael Mosby

A long-time West Harbour deputy chief fire officer is celebrating his double gold star award this weekend with friends, family and colleagues.

Anti-child-abuse marches part of awareness campaign

Jeanine Perkinson

Protest marches in Auckland, Taranaki and Tauranga are part of an international anti-child-abuse campaign.

Concert to help fund fight for life

Leeza Edwards

All proceeds from a fundraising concert, Leeza's Fight for Life, will go towards a 22-year-old's cancer battle.

Singer back performing

Rachel Derham

A breast cancer survivor is making a return to the music scene.

Culture, heritage major focus now

Warren Pohatu

Warren Pohatu talks with reporter Monica Tischler about his work as a graphic designer.

Poppy project popular

Poppy project

The Peace Poppy Project will see more than 8000 handmade felt poppies decorate locations in Titirangi, Glen Eden and New Lynn.

Students meet to fight

	 train station, school kid

Police are aware of recent instances where fights have been pre-arranged between West Auckland teens.

Wife sorely missed

Steve McGowan

Steve McGowan can't see himself leaving Titirangi any time soon, despite an incident which left his wife dead.

Former pupil joins opera star

Dame Malvina Major

A former West Auckland music teacher will be showcasing his singing chops alongside an opera star.

Hospital an option in emergency

John Tamihere

John Tamihere says $92 for after hours care is "outrageous", patients should visit hospital instead.

Laughter yoga - it's not a joke

Giggling in yoga could benefit your health

Laughing Yoga

Laughter yoga is no joke say converts as it aims to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

Being a children's entertainer is magical

Michelle Bone

Michelle Bone, 29, lives in Ranui with her husband Dan and two daughters Jessamie, 7, and Stella, 5. She talks to reporter Ciara Pratt about moonlighting as the facepainter and children's entertainer, Fairy Mellie. -

Plea for bird's return

Bird Stolen

A human-size bird has been removed from its Titirangi location and artist Delicia Sampero would like it returned.

Protest unites teachers

Teachers Taking Action

Hundreds of West Auckland teachers will use their feet to highlight the issue of poverty in schools this weekend.

Search for budding builders

Habitat for humanity

It won't be a typical tropical beach holiday but Suanna Smith is hoping you'll go with her anyway to build a house in Fiji.

Expansion aims for better service

Coronary Care

A $9.8 million expansion of Waitakere Hospital's emergency department will see fewer patients treated in "cramped" and "inadequate" environments.

Help Theodore get to France

Theodore Loretz

A dream trip to France is hanging in the balance for a young Avondale student if he can't fundraise enough money in time.

Game for African adventures


An adventurous pair has created Game Drive, a board game inspired by their time exploring Africa to help support conservation efforts there.
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