67 days ago

New Year Honours: Grey Lynn physicist Shaun Hendy commended for Covid-19 response

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

A physicist who played a major role in the nation’s Covid-19 response has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours.

Grey Lynn resident Shaun Hendy used his expertise in the science of complex systems to map out how the virus could spread across the country under various scenarios.

His models revealed the severity of the threat and influenced the government’s decision to “go hard and go early” in its response.

“It has been a very difficult year, but in the end it has been very satisfying to have played a role in helping New Zealand get through this pandemic."

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3 days ago

Could the geat Polynesian migration turn kids on to science and tech

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Like many, Sir Ian Taylor learned only at the age of 68 about the Polynesian migrations across the Pacific Ocean. He hopes a new education website will inspire especially maori and pasifika kids they have innovation in their DNA. Did you know the stories? Read below:

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1 day ago

Missing French teen Eloi Rolland: Friends and family still have no answers a year on

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

In 2019, French teenager Eloi Rolland arrived in New Zealand to study. He partied, got a job and made friends. But six months later he disappeared without a trace. A year on, police say “his fate remains unknown” and his case looks set to be referred to the coroner. Caroline Williams reports.

During his time in Auckland, Rolland went to the zoo, enjoyed nights out, worked at a popular bar, dabbled in modelling and, with friends, visited Piha on the rugged west coast.

Before his disappearance, Rolland expressed to his family that he wished to visit Piha again, and on March 6 last year, he did just that.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

“Each day we feel more and more worried and more helpless," his father Thierry Rolland tells Stuff.

Click 'read more' for our full report.