How can a tiny microchip help clean up the Manukau Harbour all with the flush of a toilet?
Specially designed sleeping boxes originally made to keep babies safe during the Christchurch earthquakes are now being used for vulnerable infants in South Auckland. The little beds are called "Pepi-Pods" and they're being given to families with babies that might be susceptible to cot death.
Experts in the use of Maori weapons gather in Hawkes Bay this week. They're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the revival in traditional weapon training.
The people of Otara are doing it for themselves. It's the South Auckland suburb's new-look neighbourhood support scheme and the locals say it's a better place to live in.
A young disabled Auckland woman, badly burned as a child, is off to South Africa this week to play for the New Zealand Wheel Blacks rugby team. She's the third woman ever to be selected for the team.
The small North Auckland town of Warkworth this week celebrates its founding 160-years ago. Descendants of the first settlers are in for a particular treat… a special trip on the historic scow, The Jane Gifford, up the Mahurangi River to the town.
From dairy farm to transition town - how one Auckland school is helping solve the region's housing shortage.
As Auckland speeds up intensive housing development, a warning comes from the Tree Council that if Aucklanders fail to recognise the value of trees, they potentially do so at a cost to their own health.
Tales from an Auckland cemetery: tours of some of the city's oldest burial grounds have proved a big hit during Auckland's heritage festival.
Lisa Thompson takes a tour of the most modern pre-cast concrete manufacturing facility in Australasia, which is producing over 24,000 concrete segments to line the motorway tunnels for Auckland's Waterview Connection project.
Everything you've wanted to know about ageing but have been afraid to ask. They're called "Pathways to Positive Ageing".
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.
South Auckland families desperately in need of decent housing should benefit from Habitat for Humanity plans to speed up its house building there.
Fifty young Aucklanders have this week been awarded their gold medals for the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award, the award's 50th year in New Zealand.
It's all about James Cook but not as we knew him: the first novel about Captain Cook's voyages of discovery to the Pacific. So it's fiction, based on fact.
The first of Auckland's new electric train stock has arrived from Spain - Lisa Thompson takes a turn in the driver's seat.
The small West Auckland vineyard Mazuran's has marked its 75th anniversary by winning 'Best of Nation' and 'Best in Show' awards at this year's San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Several small dogs are helping keep the islands of the Hauraki Gulf pest free. David Steemson meets "Pai", the rodent dog on duty aboard a waka.
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.
Ebooks make up a tiny part of the book stock in Auckland's libraries. But the number of people borrowing them is increasing in leaps and bounds.
Auckland Stories concluded at the end of 2013. You can hear these stories now in New Zealand Society.