He's been called a "heritage hero", but it seems he's rather a reluctant one. Dinesh Mistry has spent hundreds of thousands restoring his 100-year old shop building in Mount Eden which he could easily have demolished.
Even for the bravest of people, visiting the doctor can be a uneasy experience, and for young children it can be positively daunting. A group of Auckland medical students are working to demystify their world through a series of teddy bear hospitals. Lisa Thompson pays a visit to a clinic to see how the mending of broken paws is not only beneficial for the bears' young owners but for the medical students treating them.
The hunt is on for the angry little bulbul bird on Auckland's North Shore. DOC staff have recorded it singing and are playing its own bird song back to it, in the hope that they may be able to trap it. Bulbuls are native to China and Pakistan, but they've spread to Australia and some Pacific islands. They're aggressive birds and fast breeders, and DOC says they pose a threat to our agriculture industries and native bird life.
The hunt is on for the angry little bulbul bird on Auckland's North Shore. DOC staff have recorded it singing and are playing its own bird song back to it, in the hope that they may be able to trap it. Bulbuls are native to China and Pakistan, but they've spread to Australia and some Pacific islands. They're aggressive birds and fast breeders, and DOC says they pose a threat to our agriculture industries and native bird life. Bulbuls in different parts of the world have differing songs....
Auckland University is looking for 300 overweight Aucklanders to take part in a three-year study on diabetes prevention. According to Marta Silvestra New Zealand is the seventh most obese country in the world. She is helping set up a preview study into diabetes prevention here. David Steemson met with Marta and an eager participant in the study.
Lisa Thompson finds out about an Australian initiative being piloted in Auckland called Sustainability Street. It's a neighbourhood approach to sustainable living which starts with a group of residents called 'streeters' who learn ways to minimise waste and reduce energy and water consumption in their own homes. The project is part of Auckland Council's ambitious goal of achieving zero waste in the city by 2040.
Auckland artist Lorna Rikihana of the weaving cooperative Te Roopu Raranga o Tamaki Makaurau has organised a three day workshop at Manukau for school children on harakeke weaving, pottery and kowhaiwhai design.
The tiny north Auckland community of Puhoi is this month celebrating its founding 150-years ago, by a boat load of settlers from Bohemia, which is now part of what is the Czech Republic. After four months at sea, the first boat load arrived in New Zealand in June 1863, and they were all a bit shocked by what they found.
First it was just a road; twenty years ago it became a song, now its art. Composer Don McGlashan's song 'Dominion Road' has become the subject of a piece of guerrilla art, halfway down Dominion Road. Nobody's letting on 'who done it', but the handsome brass plaque was secretly installed in the pavement outside 788 Dominion Road proclaiming "You are standing halfway down Dominion Road". The organisation in charge of Auckland's footpaths, Auckland Transport, has agreed it can stay. David...