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Before she was a heroine of the small screen, Lucy Lawless lived in Mt Albert and delivered the local newspaper for pocket money.
It didn't work out as a long-term career.
"I hid two bunches under a hedge and got fired," says the former Xena star.
After living and filming abroad, the actress says she is "thrilled" to be back home in Auckland, where she is filming the series Spartacus and is an ambassador for Greenpeace's Sign On campaign about climate change.
Ms Lawless, a former Marist College student, says she's enjoying spending time catching up with old friends.
"I'm still friends with all my old girlfriends. Not only do I have three generations of my own family to call on as a support network, I've also got my girlfriends.
"It's wonderful. I've been living overseas with none of that."
News contributed by Barbara Davies