The Auckland company selling colourful coffins to lighten moods at funerals

This photo provided by Ross Hall, shows a cream doughnut shaped coffin for the funeral of Phil McLean outside a church ...

When the pallbearers brought Phil McLean's coffin into the chapel, there were gasps before a wave of laughter rippled through the hundreds of mourners.

Targets set for Aucklanders to cut water use video

Auckland's second-largest water storage lake Upper Maungatawhiri Dam at just 49 per cent full in August 2020

Auckland’s consumption of mains water should be reduced by at least one fifth per person over the next 30 years, under a fledgling strategy.

Auckland hotel shooting linked to gang conflict video

Armed police were outside the Sofitel on Thursday morning.

A shooting in broad daylight in the lobby of a five-star hotel appears to be an eruption of violence between two patched motorcycle gangs.

Medical assessment was not adeqaute before custody death

Sentry Taitoko died in police custody in 2014.

Sentry Taitoko died in police custody in 2014. Seven years later a Coroner is recommending police install padded detox cells.

Auckland traffic: Motorway congestion building

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We have everything you need to know about traffic and weather-related incidents in Auckland.

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Three people charged with murder of Auckland grandmother video

Meliame Fisi'ihoi was found dead at her home in Auckland’s Favona in January 2020.

Meliame Fisi'ihoi, 57, was fatally shot when she looked out her window. Exactly 15 months later, three men have appeared in court.

Govt to expand school mental health, wellbeing programme video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Mana Ake programme will be expanded. (File photo)

Mana Ake, set up for pupils in Canterbury post-quakes, will roll out to the West Coast, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupō, south Auckland and Northland.

Men charged with possessing explosives after Auckland incident

Armed police were at Sunrise Ave in Murrays Bay on Wednesday after a "suspicious" item was found.

The men are all members of "outlaw motorcycle gangs", police say, and one also had a pistol and ammunition.

Terrorist's proceedings adjourned video

Masjid An Nur was one of two Christchurch mosques targeted during a terrorist attack.

The Australian white supremacist was set to appear via video link at the High Court at Auckland.

Trade vacancies skyrocket as the absence of migrant workers continues to bite

Trade Me job listings show a cracking start to 2021 for job seekers, though the Auckland region is lagging behind the ...

IT still offering the highest salaries, website says.

New exhibit shows Auckland's rich tapestry of cultures video

Living City: Rarau mai is just one part of the Auckland War Memorial’s wider exhibition, Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of ...

Large-scale screens tell the tales of Aucklanders through data, including where they come from, where they live and how they spend their time.

Auckland's last video store is shutting down video

Jan Silk, owner of the Video Shop, the last commercial video store in Auckland, says Covid-19 was the death blow for her ...

The Video Shop has rented films to Aucklanders since 1983 - but owner Jan Silk says her battle with streaming services is over.

Auckland rental so cold tenant and daughter had to share bed video

The rental property was located in Beach Haven on Auckland's North Shore.

Landlord must pay more than $2000 after renting out a North Shore home with no insulation, leaks, and a door that couldn't be closed or locked.

Samoa desperate for tourists from New Zealand video

The Samoan tourism industry, although desperate to welcome visitors, says the health and safety of its people comes first.

Local authorities say they hope to open Samoa's border to New Zealand to help boost the economy, when travel can resume safely.

Second centre capable of vaccinating 1000 a day opens in Auckland video

The vaccination centre, capable of vaccinating 1000 people a day, opens in Mt Wellington.

Emergency services staff were among the first to be vaccinated on opening day at the centre in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

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Auckland hotel shooting linked to gang conflict video

Armed police were outside the Sofitel on Thursday morning.

A shooting in broad daylight in the lobby of a five-star hotel appears to be an eruption of violence between two patched motorcycle gangs.

New exhibit shows Auckland's rich tapestry of cultures video

Large-scale screens tell the tales of Aucklanders through data, including where they come from, where they live and how they spend their time.

Nearly half of non-frontline Auckland health board staff vaccinated video

Auckland schools at odds over who benefits from donation scheme video

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Syphilis epidemic continues to ring alarm bells video

A report from Parliament's health select committee says Counties Manukau accounts for 40 per cent of all syphilis cases ...

Concerns have been raised about the growth of syphilis in south Auckland and the need for extra funding to stop its spread.

Man accused of murdering Elizabeth Zhong declined bail video

Elizabeth Zhong, pictured with her dogs in 2014.

The man who is charged with murdering Elizabeth Zhong at her Auckland home has been declined bail.

Covid-19 vaccine provides relief for Pacific provider video

South Seas Healthcare Trust chief executive Silao Vaisola-Sefo says the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a relief ...

The vaccine roll-out is the light at the end of the tunnel for South Seas Healthcare Trust after a turbulent year impacted by the pandemic.

Council agency not transparent about development – John Tamihere video

John Tamihere is behind a Ngai Tai Waipareira Housing case against Panuku which is expected to be heard by the Human ...

A Māori leader says an Auckland Council agency should be more open with the public about a proposed housing development.

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Auckland hotel shooting linked to gang conflict video

Armed police were outside the Sofitel on Thursday morning.

A shooting in broad daylight in the lobby of a five-star hotel appears to be an eruption of violence between two patched motorcycle gangs.

Good ageing starts before you turn 55 video

Invercargill woman Margaret Ereckson does an abdominal exercise in front of her body-building trophies.

The ingredients to longevity aren't as simple as good eating and exercising.

Woman who died at Remuera home named video

There were at least five police cars near the property on Monday afternoon.

Police are still on scene after a woman died at her home on Monday, and say her death remains unexplained.

Ports of Auckland CEO absent as letter calling for resignation delivered video

Three people in three years have died as a result of work operations at the site.

A written statement calling for Tony Gibson to stand down was delivered in response to a damning report on safety following three deaths.

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Medical assessment was not adeqaute before custody death

Sentry Taitoko died in police custody in 2014.

Sentry Taitoko died in police custody in 2014. Seven years later a Coroner is recommending police install padded detox cells.

Three people charged with murder of Auckland grandmother video

Meliame Fisi'ihoi was found dead at her home in Auckland’s Favona in January 2020.

Meliame Fisi'ihoi, 57, was fatally shot when she looked out her window. Exactly 15 months later, three men have appeared in court.

Govt to expand school mental health, wellbeing programme video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Mana Ake programme will be expanded. (File photo)

Mana Ake, set up for pupils in Canterbury post-quakes, will roll out to the West Coast, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupō, south Auckland and Northland.

Auckland schools at odds over who benefits from donation scheme video

Ponsonby Primary School largely relies on parent donations and fundraising for its funding (File photo).

As a decile 10 school says the funding gap is widening with lower decile schools, a decile one school in another part of Auckland says the opposite.

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North Harbour Stadium kitchen put to use to feed 9000 kids video

The underutilised North Harbour Stadium kitchen will be put to work helping to feed 9000 school kids each day.

The "hardly used" kitchen will become a hive of activity, providing a revenue stream for Auckland Council and lessening the burden on ratepayers.

Car towing boat and ambulance collide on Auckland's North Shore video

Emergency services were called to a busy intersection in Rosedale after a car towing a boat and an ambulance collided.

Three ambulance staff were taken to North Shore Hospital after the crash while the other driver was assessed for minor injuries.

Inmate in 'serious but stable' condition after prison assault

An inmate is in a serious but stable condition following an alleged assault that occurred on Tuesday. (File photo)

A man in his 20s was critically injured in the incident at Auckland's Paremoremo prison, but has improved after surgery.

Three Auckland schools get new classrooms under $1.3b scheme video

Albany Primary School, May Road School and Onehunga Primary School are getting new classrooms. (File photo)

Albany Primary School, May Road School and Onehunga Primary School will get new rooms. It's "really amazing", principal says.

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Navy celebrates 21st birthday of Auckland marae

Proctor said last year’s celebrations couldn’t go ahead due to Covid-19.

The celebration to acknowledge Te Taua Moana Marae service to the Navy fleet takes place over four days, after Covid scuppered plans last year.

Men charged with possessing explosives after Auckland incident

Armed police were at Sunrise Ave in Murrays Bay on Wednesday after a "suspicious" item was found.

The men are all members of "outlaw motorcycle gangs", police say, and one also had a pistol and ammunition.

Auckland rental so cold tenant and daughter had to share bed video

The rental property was located in Beach Haven on Auckland's North Shore.

Landlord must pay more than $2000 after renting out a North Shore home with no insulation, leaks, and a door that couldn't be closed or locked.

'Suspicious item' found during armed search now 'made safe' video

Police presence around a house on Sunrise avenue, Murrays Bay, after a suspicious item was found on Wednesday morning.

Armed offenders squad is on the scene after a search of a North Shore address in Murrays Bay.

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Vibrant Polyfest back after Covid-19 cancellation video

Students were excited to be back on stage after the festival was cancelled last year and cut short in 2019.

Students gleefully took to the stage at the world's biggest Polynesian festival after a two-year wait.

Houses saved from demolition for students to fix video

Paige Hoff, 17, said she loved learning new skills on site and being part of a team.

A group of south Auckland schools have found an innovative way of giving their kids hands-on experience.

One dead after Auckland crash that left three others injured

One person has died at the scene of a crash in Papakura. (File photo)

One person has died after a serious crash in Papakura on Saturday night.

'Uncertainty is the worst': Kiwi shares story of how he got stuck in India video

Karmjeet Aklia has been separated from his wife and daughter since February.

Karmjeet Aklia was meant to fly back to New Zealand from India on April 18, now he worries he won't be home in time for his daughter's fifth birthday.

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Easter weekend almost over, but some still stuck in traffic

12082020 News Photo: Abigail Dougherty/Stuff. Back to back traffic coming from Auckland to Wellsford covid19 checkpoint. ...

After an Easter Monday full of traffic, holidaymakers headed north to Auckland are facing delays near Bombay after a crash blocked a motorway lane.

Dentists offer to pay for Singing Cowboy's new teeth video

Jock Hume, also known as the Singing Cowboy, had two teeth knocked out after an Ōrewa College student struck him while ...

Jock Hume, also known as the Singing Cowboy, lost two teeth after a student threw a rock in his direction and it knocked them out. Now he won't have to pay to fix his smile.

Singing Cowboy's teeth knocked out by students 'skipping pebbles' video

Jock Hume, also known as the Singing Cowboy, had two teeth knocked out after an Ōrewa College student threw a stone at him.

Jock Hume, also known as the Singing Cowboy, was stunned when a student threw a stone in his direction, knocking two front teeth out.

Landlord trespassed tenant, dumped her belongings 11km away video

The relationship between a landlord and a tenant broke down and ended in a Tenancy Tribunal hearing. (File photo)

Feuding landlord and tenant both made out like they were the "blameless victim", but they both "acted poorly", tribunal finds.

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Eight gannets shot dead at Muriwai colony video

Authorities are investigating after eight gannets were shot dead at Muriwai gannet colony (File photo).

Auckland Council says the shooting was a mindless act of cruelty towards the gannets.

'Someone will get killed' if beach driving rules don't change video

Locals are outraged by Auckland Council’s decision to potentially close West Auckland beach to cars. (File photo)

Locals up in arms about potential closure of popular Auckland beach to cars, but community leader says change is necessary on safety grounds.

Woman says housing crisis robbed her of her identity as a New Zealander video

Julia Frelan says she is the great-great-granddaughter of chief Kamariera Te Hautakiri Wharepapa, and says the same ...

Julia Frelan, of Ngāpuhi, lost her home in 2009, after two serious medical events. Now she feels she's "drowning" in her own country.

Muriwai Beach could close to cars for good video

There are ongoing tensions between four-wheel drive owners and horse riders at Muriwai Beach. (File photo)

It's one of only two beaches in Auckland open to vehicles – but tensions between drivers and other beachgoers mean their time could soon be up.

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