Western Leader

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?

Bethells

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

Dotterel

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

Medal

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.

'Pay-as-you-throw' the way to go?

rubbish

Every year Auckland throws away enough trash to fill a line of rubbish trucks from the Harbour Bridge to Wellsford.

Shorty St star eyes up ring

Frankie Adams

Frankie Adams is swapping the box for the boxing ring as she prepares for the charity event Fight for Life.

Kitesurf contest a hit

Kite surfing

The Kitesurf for Kids Big Air Contest was dubbed a success with 50 competitors from around the country landing at Muriwai Beach.

Choreographer helps couples find their feet

Couple

Dancer Debbie Keal has couples pulling off everything from the foxtrot to disco moves on their wedding day.

Discovering the good things in life

Carer

Crissie Staples, 38, lives in West Harbour with her four-year-old daughter Kiara. She talks to Monica Tischler about her role as activities co-ordinator at West Harbour Gardens Residential Care.

Stroke won't slow Lucy down

Lucy Lucille Markie

Lucy Lucille Markie was only 29 when she suffered a stroke that left her "crushed and devastated".

Family excited over new frisbee golf course

Frisbee golf

Henderson-Massey Local Board gives approval for an 18-hole frisbee golf course at Henderson Park.

Bad habits cause full driving licence fail

driving

A woman was reduced to tears after failing her full licence test, despite driving for the past 14 years.

Couple want ashes returned

Chris Ha and Linzi Mou

Losing a laptop and TV is nothing compared to the theft of their recently deceased dog's ashes, couple say.

Brave battle with rare disease

Ataahua McFarlane

Ataahua was developing like most toddlers her age when one day she suddenly stopped talking.

Waterfront revamp at west's expense?

Auckland lightshow

A plan to defer millions of dollars from West Auckland projects has locals asking whether the focus is fair.

Voting matters, youth say

Pushti

Social media use by political parties is a step in the right direction to engage youth, student says.

Auckland commuters left waiting

motorway

Auckland's wait for speedy public travel continues as council comes to grips with northwestern busway project.

Piha, where the lifesaving fun comes in pairs

Piha twins

What comes aged under 14, in sets of two, and all at one West Auckland club? Surf life saving twins.

Is Daisy Louise NZ's oldest dog?

Dog

22-year-old dog Daisy is more than 135 human years old, quite a feat from stray beginnings.

Wanted: Volunteer firefighters

firefighters

Dwindling numbers of volunteers has seen more pressure placed on firefighters, fire officer says.

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.

Fashionistas sew happy to save women

sewing

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

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.

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.
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