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Abortion and euthanasia – for or against?

Helensville candidates share their thoughts on abortion.

Three candidates running in Helensville are supportive of law changes for abortion and euthanasia, but two candidates have concerns.

Enrolments options a 'real life saver'

Titirangi mum Katherine Tanner said the new enrolment options were a life saver to working parents.

Parents can choose to pay, or not, for their kids to attend kindergarten during school holidays.

Transport and housing key issues

Pictured from left: NZ First's Helen Peterson, Green's Hayley Holt, Labour's Kurt Taogaga and National's Chris Penk were ...

Helensville candidates faced the public, and the electorate wants someone who can fix housing and transport issues.

Bennett rules out legalising marijuana

Police Minister Paula Bennett says the the crackdown on synthetic drugs was one of her top priorities.

Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett says loosening cannabis regulations is not on the cards to tackle the rising tide of cheap, synthetics drugs.

Nobody comes without drinks

The Avondale Bowling Club.

The Avondale Bowling Club says it must be able to sell alcohol again or it will go under.

Party death treated as suspicious

Police are still investigating the suspicious death after the party turned fatal.

Reginald Sharma died in a driveway after a rowdy and violent Auckland house party turned fatal.

Shop investigated for 'Zig Zag man' sign

Henderson Discounter is allegedly in breach of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990.

The "Zig Zag man" on an Auckland discount shop's branding is being investigated for breaching tobacco advertising regulations.

Candidate: Sex for making babies video

Garcia says he is against abortion.

Intercourse is for procreation and abortion is wrong, National's would-be New Lynn MP says.

'It started so high it could have been the lightning strikes'

The Titirangi War Memorial Hall's roof was on fire during a Titirangi Painters exhibition on August 19.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand are investigating the exact cause of a fire at an Auckland hall.

Alzheimer's sufferer found

72-year-old Minnie Holloway, who went missing on Friday evening, was found on Saturday morning.

A 72-year-old woman who went missing overnight in Auckland has been found safe and well.

Masked men come forward

Video showed men masked and dressed in Mr Four Square costumes apparently attacking two teens on a train from Auckland's ...

The mother of one allegedly assaulted teen girl wants police to prosecute.

Health board backs vaccines

The Waitemata District Health Board area has lower levels of immunisation than the national average, due in part to ...

Waitemata DHB board unanimously votes for a statement using clear language around the safety of immunisations.

Let's ignore nutjobs, numpties and Trump

If the media and Washington had treated Kim Jong Un like a naughty child while keeping a sharp eye on the knife drawer, ...

OPINION: Attention for extremists is like oxygen. Let's starve them of it, suggests Martin van Beynen.

ACT's candidate stands in home electorate

ACT party candidate for Helensville Alex Evans says housing and infrastructure are the big issues in the electorate.

Housing is on the top of ACTs Helensville candidate Alex Evans' mind this election.

Tui Glen Reserve to be transformed?

The Moths and Butterfly New Zealand Trust want to build a national butterfly centre in Tui Glen Reserve.

West Auckland could be the resting place of a national butterfly centre, after moth and butterfly experts floated the idea.

Owha's new home video

Leopard seals are apex predators and can be aggressive, people are warned not to approach them.

One long-term resident leopard seal has scientists scratching their heads - are there more of them out there?

No charge for pastor

A police spokesman said they have decided not to charge Pastor Logan Robertson over a video where he called for gay ...

Police say they won't charge an Auckland pastor who said gay couples marrying deserved a bullet in the head.

Screwdriver robbery in west Auckland video

Three "heavily disguised" offenders entered the Waitakere Superette about 2.40pm on August 16.

Police say three "heavily disguised" offenders robbed a superette of cigarettes and cash.

Samoa on his body video

Witi Ihimaera says native stories are a part of literature and it's now time to write them down.

There is more to indigenous literature than what's on paper, says an award-winning novelist.

We're all to blame for gay hate

Westcity Baptist pastor Logan Robertson thinks gay people should be shot in the head the moment they marry.

OPINION: Christian reverend says we must all examine our attitudes in wake of pastor's inflammatory comments.

Group to file against Watercare

Simon Kitson from the Titirangi Protection Group.

People who don't want native bush cut for a new water filter station in a west Auckland suburb are heading to court.

The 3G netball network

From left: Tracey Pirini, Kennedy Pirini, co-president of H.T United Netball Club Katrina Tahitahi, and Huk Watene.

Three generations, one sport, one west Auckland arena and no thoughts of leaving.

The courage to speak up video

McLoon says growing up she always wanted to help people.

At about 17, Taylor McLoon walked off her first job, before becoming a leader in a collective action named the 'McStrike'.

Dunes breaking the waves? video

Long-time surfer Phil Wallis and Piha Ratepayers and Residents Association president Ken Cowan in front of the sand dune ...

Piha 's famed waves are under threat from a growing menace, surfers say - the sand dunes. But has the damage already been done to the iconic surf beach?

Police investigate gay hate pastor

A police spokesman said "police are aware of [Robertson's remarks], and are taking it seriously".

Logan Robertson says gay couples marrying deserved a bullet in the head. Police say they're taking it seriously.

Boy in hospital

A 12-year-old boy was hit by a car in West Auckland.

A 12-year-old boy injured when hit by a car in West Auckland is in a serious condition in hospital.

Smoke alarm robber

Police say a man is going door-to-door in Auckland pretending to sell smoke alarms then robbing his elderly victims.

A man is going door-to-door asking the elderly if he can fix their smoke alarms, then robbing them.

Auckland rail line reopens

Trains are back up and operating on the Western line after a brief accident caused by a vehicle hitting a bridge.

Auckland's Western rail line has reopened after it was briefly shut following a vehicle accident on Wednesday.

Artie Rocks bring joy to sick boy

Vanessa Palmer said the painted rocks have bought her son Arthur joy.

An Auckland boy battling cancer is staying away from germs but still playing with his mates - using painted rocks.

Pastor: Gay people should be shot

Pastor of Westcity Bible Baptist Church Logan Robertson said there was "no such thing as homo marriage".

"Hateful and shameful" rant by Auckland baptist church's pastor has no place in NZ, HRC says.

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