Central Leader

Mayor mourns iconic Auckland pōhutukawa cut down overnight video

An iconic pohutukawa tree by St David's Presbyterian Church was cut down in the dead of night on Wednesday.

Tree protection advocates are "distraught", but property developers said the land the tree was on needed to be "maximised".

Isolating 501 deportees ordered to MIQ after Auckland CBD incident video

A number of 501s are said to be completing the remainder of their isolation at the Metropolis hotel.

Four deportees will complete their isolation period at the Ramada Hotel after charges for breaching rules were dismissed.

Eastern Courier

Supercity's half-price public transport plan gets mixed reaction video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff announced plans to introduce half-price fares for Community Services card-holders from July ...

Auckland's mayor sees it as a way to get thousands out of their cars, but not everyone agrees it's going to change lifelong habits.

Auckland budget proposal 'doesn't address soaring project costs' video

Auckland deputy mayor Bill Cashmore says the increasing cost of major projects like the City Rail Link and the Central ...

Phil Goff proposal doesn't take lockdown's impact on major projects, deputy says: "I don’t believe in just kicking the can down the road."

East & Bays Courier

Dilworth chaplain groomed and abused boys for 15 years video

Dilworth's former chaplain, Ross Douglas Browne, has been sent to prison for six-and-a-half years.

Ross Douglas Browne was seen as a "god-like" figure at an Auckland school. He used that position to prey on boys and left a trail of ruined lives.

Auckland Council to require vaccine passes under red traffic light video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff supports the decision.

Staffed council services and facilities will require the use of vaccination passes when they reopen on Friday until at least January 17 next year.

Manukau Courier

Supercity's half-price public transport plan gets mixed reaction video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff announced plans to introduce half-price fares for Community Services card-holders from July ...

Auckland's mayor sees it as a way to get thousands out of their cars, but not everyone agrees it's going to change lifelong habits.

Traffic light system no help for struggling special needs families video

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Sarah Chisnall and her fourteen year-old daughter, Lucia, suffers from a brain ...

Lockdown was very hard for families with special needs children, as therapy and support were paused. But the traffic light system won't bring relief.

North Harbour News

Traffic up 50 per cent on Auckland roads since move to Covid alert level 3.2 video

Traffic jams and delays are likely to soon return as the city moves to the traffic light Covid-19 response framework.

Aucklanders are back behind the wheel, with more cars expected to get on the road as restrictions continue to ease.

Neighbour unwittingly assists in theft of tiny office video

The standalone tiny office that was going to be moved to Whenuapai from Massey in the coming weeks.

A truck driver turned up, so a neighbour helped him load up the tiny building and drive away – but the owner didn't know anything about it.

North Shore Times

Long-contaminated Auckland swimming spots safe again video

North Piha Lagoon has been deemed safe for swimming for the first time since 2016. (File photo)

Three swimming spots in West and north Auckland are safe to swim in after years of contamination from human waste and sediment.

Auckland Council to require vaccine passes under red traffic light video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff supports the decision.

Staffed council services and facilities will require the use of vaccination passes when they reopen on Friday until at least January 17 next year.

Nor-west News

Covid-19: Auckland Pasifika close to reaching 90% first dose milestone video

Pacific health providers in Counties Manukau DHB have been working extra hard to vaccinate people in the community. ...

Expert is confident Pacific people can reach the target by December 3, when lockdown is lifted: "It’s been a concerted effort to push to that level."

92-year-old among flooded Kumeū residents who still can't go home video

Crawford and her mother aren’t alone – a recent Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee report showed nine west ...

An elderly resident in West Auckland’s Kumeū still can't move home with her daughter after floods in August caused major damage.

Papakura Courier

Supercity's half-price public transport plan gets mixed reaction video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff announced plans to introduce half-price fares for Community Services card-holders from July ...

Auckland's mayor sees it as a way to get thousands out of their cars, but not everyone agrees it's going to change lifelong habits.

Traffic light system no help for struggling special needs families video

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Sarah Chisnall and her fourteen year-old daughter, Lucia, suffers from a brain ...

Lockdown was very hard for families with special needs children, as therapy and support were paused. But the traffic light system won't bring relief.

Rodney Times

Farmer thanks Auckland border staff with fresh baking every day

Woolley delivered a fresh batch of brownies to border staff on Friday afternoon, when the checkpoint was busy.

Farmer Karen Woolley has baked cakes, scones and slices for staff at Auckland's northern border every day since the checkpoint was set up.

Holidaymakers in dark over how Auckland-Northland border will work video

Police and the Defence Force have managed Auckland’s northern boundary since early September.

Police are yet to say how they'll enforce rules and iwi want every car checked, but there are traffic jams every summer even without checkpoints.

Western Leader

Long-contaminated Auckland swimming spots safe again video

North Piha Lagoon has been deemed safe for swimming for the first time since 2016. (File photo)

Three swimming spots in West and north Auckland are safe to swim in after years of contamination from human waste and sediment.

Man killed by police in Glen Eden named video

The house on Danube Lane, Glen Eden, where Witika was shot dead.

Tex Witika, 55, was shot dead on Monday after injuring three police officers.

Northland

Waitangi Day celebrations canned for 2022 due to Covid-19 video

The crowds at the dawn service at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on February 06, 2021 – such events will not take place in 2022.

Waitangi National Trust says it would be impossible to run the events safely, with up to 40,000 people flocking to Waitangi each February.

146 new Covid-19 cases across four regions video

There are 146 new cases of Covid-19 in the community across Aotearoa.

There are 146 new community Covid cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Nelson/Tasman, as officials advise of an 'emerging' cluster at a Papamoa school.

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