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From pipe dream to reality

Vanessa Peterson with her first three books in the series Kuaka's Journey.

An Auckland early childhood educator has created a book series after discovering there aren't enough resources for cultural celebrations.

Shots allegedly fired near child

Police are searching for 32-year-old Jason Lee in relation to a shooting in west Auckland.

Police searching for Jason Lee, 32, in relation to a shooting in west Auckland on September 15.

Children encourage parents to vote

Glendene Primary students Magdalena Chong, left, and George Leefe take part in their school election.

An election initiative is tapping into Auckland schools to turn around low voter turnouts.

Holding the line on the Canadian fire front

Simon Stoddart dampened down a hot spot along the fire break.

"I've seen big fires in Australia but nothing on this scale."

More than two MPs for Te Atatū?

Associate professor Grant Duncan at Massey University's School of People, Environment and Planning.

An Auckland suburb could end up one of the most represented electorates with four members of parliament.

Petrol boss: no need to panic

A notice at the Henderson Valley Z Energy warned customers that the station has run out of 95 octane petrol. The company ...

Auckland motorists told to "drive as normal" despite four stations running out of premium petrol after pipe leak.

New course teaches old knowledge

Joanne Hakaraia will be teaching a new course on traditional Māori medicine.

A new course in the Waitākere ranges hopes to raise awareness and mana of traditional Māori medicine.

Look who's talking: Brook Turner

Brook Turner is the head of community service development at Vision West.

Brook Turner wants to create equal opportunities for all.

Youth justice system failing - community leader

John Tamihere says the youth justice system needs an overhaul.

Former politician John Tamihere offers a new approach to solving youth crime.

Political hopefuls: running scared or too busy?

Paulo Garcia said he was unavailable at the times suggested for the debate.

Labour candidates in west Auckland dare their National counterparts to face them in a debate.

Seven-year leases for renters

Artist's impression of apartments at the new Kerepeti development.

Renters will have security of tenure in Hobsonville Point development.

Kids offer tips to politicians: 'run fast' video

Alex Seachild, 5, says New Zealand needs a leader who will help with the rubbish problem.

They may not be of voting age just yet, but these children have some tips for the new 'ruler' of New Zealand

Second arrest in train assault

A second man has been arrested in relation to the incident on a West Auckland train. (FILE)

Further arrest after teens were allegedly assaulted by group heading to Auckland darts event.

New Lynn hopefuls tackle immigration

Political candidates say it is time to have a sensible discussion about immigration.

How much is too much? New Lynn candidates talk about immigration.

Good Samaritan picks van winner video

Henderson resident Leao Tildsley said she wanted to bless another family with the car as it had blessed her.

After going through hundreds of comments of people in need, an Auckland mum has given away her car.

Harvey gets hit by 'Jacinda effect'

Sir Bob Harvey was instrumental in helping Norman Kirk transform his image.

Sir Bob Harvey sees many similarities in the 'Jacinda effect' with Labour's past PMs.

Puppeteers bring skill, humour to theatre

Count Buzzula and Gloom, two characters from Whoa Studios' upcoming show, Buzz's Fright Night.

Big characters and hand-made puppets prove huge success for Whoa Studios in Auckland.

Kelston candidates on immigration

What people, and how many, we let into the country can be a hot topic amongst voters.

Too much or just right? Auckland political candidates discuss immigration

Synthetics 'killing our people'

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira lost his nephew to synthetic cannabis.

Hone Harawira, whose nephew died after smoking synthetic cannabis, says dealers deserve to die.

Plastic in our drinking water?

Much of the world's tap water contains little bits of plastic, a study has found.

Our largest city's tap water is not currently tested for microplastics.

'Pot shots' fired at car

Police have taped off a house in Te Atatu after shots were apparently fired at a car.

Police have taped off a house in West Auckland after shots were apparently fired at a car.

'Head Hunters on notice'

Police Minister Paula Bennett has reneged on her claim the Head Hunters has drugs inside of Henderson High School.

Police Minister Paula Bennett has backtracked on claim the gang has drugs in Henderson High School.

$1.5m synthetic drugs bust

A portion of drug haul seized by Operation Tiger.

"Significant arrests" made after around $1.5 million of synthetic drugs are seized.

Free van for needy family video

Henderson resident Leao Tildsley said she wanted to bless another family with the car as it had blessed her.

An Auckland mum says hundreds of people have responded to her offer of a free car.

Helensville hopefuls on immigration

Borders immigration

Candidates running for the Helensville seat have shared their opinions on immigration.

Upper Harbour: immigration vs economy

Upper Harbour candidates share their opinions on immigration.

Labour Party candidate says immigration is 'performance-enhancing drug' for the economy.

Te Atatu candidates on immigration

Immigration is a hot issue in this year's election.

One candidate praises migrants, the other wants to slash mass immigration.

Ultrapotent 'zombie' drug in NZ

A packet of the AK-47 24 Karat product recovered from a patient involved in the New York "zombie" outbreak.

A chemical that turned people into "zombies" is killing Kiwis and is 85 times stronger than weed.

Family's 'terrifying' recalled car fire video

"I had to pull my three-year-old out of a burning vehicle," Stuart Hartley said.

Dad pulled his three-year-old boy out of their burning car, which he thought had been fixed following a recall.

Calls to protect 'vulnerable' kauri

Titirangi resident Dinah Morris want Auckland Council to reinstate the two kauri trees' SEA protection.

Residents demand Auckland Council grant two kauri trees special protection.

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