Milestone day for Auckland: Tunnel boring machine launched at City Rail Link

Today marks a milestone for Tāmaki Makaurau with the launch of the tunnel boring machine at New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, the $4.4 billion City Rail Link. The German-designed Chinese-built machine, named Dame Whina Cooper, is launched this morning at the project’s Mt Eden site, with final checks about to be carried out before she […]

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Auckland hospitals overloaded: Patients waiting in corridors as demand skyrockets

Sick and injured patients are being left in hospital corridors and ambulances are queuing outside Auckland emergency departments as demand continues to skyrocket. Mothers with high-risk pregnancies have occasionally been transferred out of the Auckland area to give birth, due to no bed space availability in the region. Middlemore, Auckland City and North Shore Hospitals […]

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Killer who bashed Auckland baby to death lied to grieving partner, claimed child had ‘flu’ symptoms

An Auckland mother whose partner bashed their baby to death says she cannot forgive herself but hopes her baby gazes down on her from heaven with pride one day. The child’s mother addressed the High Court in Auckland today, through a detective who read her victim impact statement aloud. The baby was killed last year […]

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Auckland Central City Library closed until further notice after building issues

Auckland’s Central City Library has closed its doors this week as its roof is fixed. The waterproof layer on the surface of the 50-year-old building is being replaced, which involves breaking off the concrete surface, grinding the old waterproof membrane and laying a new one. There are several layers on the roof of the Lorne […]

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Auckland traffic: Crashes, breakdowns and oil spill add to rush hour mayhem

It is traffic mayhem around Auckland this morning, after several major crashes including one that claimed a life, on the motorway network and main roads around the city. An oil spill is also set to cause long delays in the central city. Emergency services are responding to the oil spill on a section of Broadway, […]

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Auckland DHB’s ambiguous discharge notes linked to woman’s stroke

The Auckland District Health Board has been ordered to apologise to an elderly woman after a stroke she suffered was linked to “ambiguity” around medication instructions on her hospital discharge summary. In a report released today, Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell found the DHB in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services […]

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Northcote, Auckland shooting: Victim, 16, possibly blind in one eye

Police conducted a scene examination this morning after a shooting yesterday in Northcote, North Auckland. The cordon has now been lifted after it was set up at the College Rd and Cadness St intersection yesterday and remained overnight. It is believed a 16-year-old boy was shot at Cadness St, and his family fear he will […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s warning to Aucklanders fleeing lockdown

Aucklanders trying to flee the city’s lockdown to head to the bach will be turned back by police, Phil Goff warned. The Auckland mayor pleaded for people in the city to stay there unless they had a good reason to leave. “Police will turn you back”, Goff said. Goff, addressing the media this morning, said […]

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Escaped Auckland cockatiel’s mammoth journey to the Coromandel

Keith the cockatiel’s first time flying outside wasn’t just a short trip in the local area – but a more than 60km journey across the North Island. Keith hadn’t been outdoors before, when, on December 23, his owner Peter Champion forgot the bird was sitting on his shoulder and walked out the front door for […]

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Rowdy West Auckland state home triggers record 100 noise complaints to Auckland Council

A state house tenant whose home has had at least 100 noise complaints this year claims she’s no party animal, but the victim of harassment. However, neighbours of the West Auckland property say rowdy, late-night drinking sessions and vibrations from bass-heavy music are damaging their sleep and mental health. Petula Clarke lives in a two-storey […]