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Gorilla loses appetite, lions develop cough after catching COVID-19 at Prague Zoo

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country.

March 4, 2021

Covid-19: South Auckland DHB’s vaccination conundrum

A new report to the Counties Manukau District Health Board shows it has been grappling with the potential legal and ethical ramifications of dealing with staff who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

March 3, 2021

Ambury Park Centre Car Boot & Family Fun Day

Come and join for a great morning with the family whilst supporting Ambury and the work they do for those with challenges, using the horse as the tool for change in our community.

March 1, 2021

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes – nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo – after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

February 25, 2021

South Aucklanders will struggle if Auckland Council raises rates, advocates say

A proposed 5 per cent rates rise and increased water charges will be too much for many south Auckland residents, a councillor says.

February 23, 2021

Weekend Class: How To Communicate Better

If you want to be able to be better understood and learn how people communicate in different ways then this weekend class is for you. Understand how to communicate clearer and more confident. This is an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

February 21, 2021

Auckland mailbox deemed a safety hazard for posties because it is up steps

Residents of an Auckland development have been asked to relocate their letterbox as its current location is a safety hazard for posties.

February 18, 2021

Spanish chess board sales soar after ‘Queen’s Gambit’ cameo

A Spanish chess board maker discovered by chance that its products played a cameo role in hit Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”, and its sales have since soared.

February 17, 2021

Kiwibots 2020-21 VEX Robotics Competition Nationals

In partnership with Auckland Unlimited, Kiwibots are proud to present the 2020-21 VEX Robotics Competition National Championships!

February 15, 2021

Three new stations announced for train line through growing south Auckland

Three new stations are set to be added to the southern train network as south Auckland’s population continues to grow.

February 11, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 10, 2021

Kiwibots 2020-21 VEX Robotics Competition Nationals

In partnership with Auckland Unlimited, Kiwibots are proud to present the 2020-21 VEX Robotics Competition National Championships!

February 7, 2021

France’s Macron: I will not surrender my umbrella

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron was so determined to hold his own umbrella at a rain-dampened event outside the Elysee Palace on Wednesday that he shooed away aides three times when they tried to take it from him.

February 4, 2021

Polynesian Night Market

Polynesian Night Markets are monthly and we kick of 2021 on Feb 13th for some Saturday Night fun! Shopping, date nights and or buy some fresh Island food!

February 3, 2021

Covid-19: Teachers hoping for uninterrupted learning as students head back to school

Many students around the country will be back at their desks from Tuesday, with schools hoping 2021 will be a year of uninterrupted learning.

February 1, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 28, 2021

South Auckland’s demand for state housing continues to outstrip supply

The number of people in south Auckland on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register has grown rapidly since 2018 and not enough new state houses are being built to keep up with demand.

January 26, 2021

Quote of the Day

“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”

– Carl Jung

January 24, 2021

Emotional scenes as first quarantine-free flight from Rarotonga lands in Auckland

It was an emotional and cheerful reunion for those that gathered at Auckland Airport arrivals on Thursday, to greet friends and families who arrived in the first quarantine-free flight from Rarotonga.

January 21, 2021

Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf.

January 20, 2021

Hunters terrified as bear joins them in tree

This crazy video captured in May last year shows the moment two hunters sitting in a tree stand were unexpectedly joined by a bear…

January 15, 2021

Covid-19 quarantine system ‘couldn’t cope’ with sustained community outbreak

New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities would be unable to handle a sustained community outbreak of coronavirus cases, a briefing to the Covid-19 minister shows.

January 12, 2021

Trillian Trust Funfest 2021

Whanau please join this 4 days of fantastic Summer Fun for the entire family from 9 am to 5 pm Daily.

January 10, 2021

Aucklanders’ water bills could more than double over next decade, rising $1200

Water bills may be set to rise across Auckland due to the financial impact of Covid-19 and the region’s drought.

January 8, 2021

Quote of the Day

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

-Lao Tzu

January 6, 2021

Is This Baboon Skull a Clue to Egypt’s Lost Kingdom of Punt

When we think of the ancient world, we usually think of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, and China.

January 4, 2021

Auckland drought: How did we get to crisis point and what do we do next?

As the world grappled with the coronavirus pandemic, Auckland was battling a crisis of its own. It’s been a record-breaking year in terms of drought and water use, prompting restrictions lasting months. Ripu Bhatia and Caroline Williams look at how we got to this point and the long-term plan to keep the water flowing.

December 28, 2020

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 27, 2020

A painful skin disease is killing dolphins worldwide — scientists just found out why

Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 with its Category 5 strength, dolphins that called those coastal waters home have been dying from a painful skin disease.

December 23, 2020

South Auckland’s ‘disappointing’ number of drink drivers due to rise over Christmas

“Disappointing” drink-driving rates are only due to worsen as the festive period continues, police have said.

December 21, 2020

Union says Middlemore Hospital’s emergency crisis part of a national problem

Staff shortages, overcrowding and poor access to GPs is to blame for a plea by Middlemore Hospital for non-urgent patients to avoid its emergency department, a nurses college says.

December 17, 2020

Solo sauna a hot favourite in Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise

The spread of the novel coronavirus may have slowed economies and closed many businesses worldwide, but it hasn’t been a damper on a newly opened Tokyo sauna that caters to solo customers.

December 15, 2020

Christmas Market

Grab a coffee from the on-site coffee container and a bite to eat, there will be fresh cream doughnuts, raw snickers slice + more from Frilly’s cakes. Or for a savoury option venison sausages and patties.

December 13, 2020

Otara Block Christmas Lights

If you enjoy visiting streets that light up over Christmas then our Otara Christmas lights are something you definitely want to experience!

December 10, 2020

Asteroid sample arrives in Japan after six-year space odyssey

Samples of an asteroid 300 million km from Earth arrived in Japan on Tuesday to applause and smiles, the climax of a six-year odyssey by a space probe pursuing the origins of life.

December 9, 2020

Delay of diabetes drugs decision ‘worse than disappointing’, doctor says

A decision by Pharmac to defer the approval of two new drugs for the treatment of diabetes until next year is worse than disappointing according to National Hauora Coalition clinical director Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen.

December 7, 2020

Auckland recycling upgrade means 35% of region’s plastic will be kept onshore

Optical sorters using light and near-infrared technology are part of a new upgrade to one of Auckland’s recycling plants which will allow for more plastic to be processed in the country.

December 3, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 1, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

November 30, 2020

Southmall Fun Day

Come on down to Southmall and enjoy the free family entertainment! Face painting, live entertainment and loads of free activities for the kids.

November 30, 2020

Auckland Council outlines opposition to Patumahoe plan change proposal

Auckland Council is calling for a private plan change proposal to develop prime horticultural land south of the city to be thrown out.

November 26, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 25, 2020

The Great Manurewa Christmas Festival

This year they’re holding a Family Fun day and the annual Santa Parade, at the same time and in the same location.

November 23, 2020

Panuku signals plans for park and ride development project with AT

Auckland Council development agency Panuku says its planned redevelopment of park and ride sites around the city could lead to the construction of over 200,000 square metres of commercial space, or 2100 new apartments.

November 20, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 18, 2020

Manurewa Market

Welcome to the Manurewa market, located behind the Northcrest shops on Northcrest Way and Maich Road opposite the RSA.

November 16, 2020

Archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old Viking ship burial site

Archaeologists in Norway have uncovered a unique Viking burial site, hidden deep underground, dating back over 1,000 years ago. Using only a radar, researchers identified a feast hall, cult house, farmhouse and the remnants of a ship.

November 12, 2020

Ladies Lunch for Totara Hospice

Enjoy a delish 3-course luncheon, prepared by 2 local restaurants along with a complimentary glass of wine.

November 10, 2020

Professionals, working families and elderly shut out of Auckland’s housing market

A new report to Auckland Council shows increasing numbers of professionals, working families and older people are being shut out of the housing market.

November 6, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they promised would bring him wealth and health.

November 3, 2020