The end of Kings Arms? Legendary Auckland music venue goes on the market

Auckland music venue the Kings Arms Tavern looks set to fall victim to the city’s rampant push for property developments.1474771005525

The 19th century pub that has played host to major international acts such as the White Stripes and The Black Keys, and helped launch the careers of many Kiwi acts, could make way for apartments after being listed for sale under a mixed use property zone.

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Auckland eighth most liveable city in the world? Yeah nah, say planning experts

Auckland council touts the super city as one of the most ‘liveable’ in the world and prides its ranking on liveability lists as a sign of its success.

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Critics say Auckland has a “long way to go” to be considered liveable. Credit: Simon_Sees

The Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Rankings has Auckland eighth in the world, up one spot from last year.

But, as Aucklanders face the upcoming local body elections and the chance for their say on how they feel about those running the city, it’s timely to ask if these liveability rankings reflect the reality of living in the city?

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Toilet bar and eatery to be next ‘novel’ establishment in central Auckland

A former public toilet block in central Auckland is being turned into a bar.

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The brick building at the corner of Sturdee St and Market Place is set to be the first of five disused loos refurbished in a major makeover.

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Police cars involved in 1000 crashes per year; repair bill $11m since 2011

Police are spending $2.2 million a year fixing their banged up fleet, while 134 police vehicles have been written off since 2011.

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Figures provided under the Official Information Act showed there were 5000 incidents in the past five years where a police vehicle crashed or was deliberately damaged.

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Faces of Innocents investigation: Nicholas and Christina Han stabbed to death over dad’s debt

Nicholas Han, four, and his little sister Christina, two, died on August 8, 1999 in Manukau. Their grandparents remember a smart, playful boy, and a girl who love to cuddle up in bed with them. Josh Fagan reports for the Faces of Innocents series.

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Nicholas and Christina were too excited to sleep.

It was Saturday night and their father, Robert Han, had flown back to Auckland that day to surprise them after five months working overseas.

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Kiwi family remember Sharidyn on fifth anniversary of Norway massacre

Five years of heartache from the atrocities committed by Anders Breivik has left one Kiwi family determined to focus on the happy memories of their daughter’s life.

New Zealand-born Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn was 14 when she was killed by Breivik in a shooting and bombing rampage that claimed 77 lives in Norway in 2011.

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The surprising items wielded as weapons in New Zealand

Police say vacuum cleaners, road cones and mobile phones are among the more unconventional “weapons” being used in a growing number of opportunistic crimes.

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