Swanson, Auckland

20 hours 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.

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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.

1 day 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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12 hours ago

Car Accessories

Crystal from Massey

Price negotiable to buy in bulk
Each $5
Brand new car charging USB single port.
Support multiple devices to charge.
Colour available- Black, white and orange.
Around 250-300 pieces available to buy in bulk.
Each $7
Brand new Key rings/ with small pouch.
Colour available- Black
With logos on it- … View more
Price negotiable to buy in bulk
Each $5
Brand new car charging USB single port.
Support multiple devices to charge.
Colour available- Black, white and orange.
Around 250-300 pieces available to buy in bulk.
Each $7
Brand new Key rings/ with small pouch.
Colour available- Black
With logos on it- BENZ, KIA, HONDA, VIP etc.
Around 60-70 available.

Price: $7

5 days ago

Increase in MIQ costs for temporary visa holders - are you impacted?

Lucy Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours,

MBIE has just announced that from 25 March 2021, MIQ costs for temporary entry visa class holders will increase from $3100 to $5520.

Temporary visa holders (including those on visitor visas, student visas, work visas and limited visas) who have already booked MIQ spots and are due… View more
Hi Neighbours,

MBIE has just announced that from 25 March 2021, MIQ costs for temporary entry visa class holders will increase from $3100 to $5520.

Temporary visa holders (including those on visitor visas, student visas, work visas and limited visas) who have already booked MIQ spots and are due to enter on/after 25 March will also be expected to pay by the new standards.

Are you impacted by this change? What are your thoughts on this change? Feel free to get in touch with me to share your views:
Lucy Xia
Email: lucy.xia@stuff.co.nz
Mobile: 022 0929 679.

1 day ago

Northland residents warned to move to higher ground after earthquakes hit off the east coast of NZ

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Auckland neighbours,

Did you feel the quake this morning?

If so, what was it like?

What was your reaction?
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Hi Auckland neighbours,

Did you feel the quake this morning?

If so, what was it like?

What was your reaction?

A magniture 8.1 earthquake off the coast of New Zealand triggered a tsunami warning for Northland.

The earthquake struck near the Kermadec Islands at 8.28am, with people in certain eastern areas of the North Island told to go immediately to high ground.

A 7.4 magnitude quake also hit near the Kermadec Islands struck about 6.40am, at a depth of about 56km.

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4 days ago

Poll: With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Kiwis may become complacent and start to ignore government guidance if lockdowns become more frequent, according to experts.

Auckland moved back into a week-long level 3 lockdown on Sunday after two fresh community cases of Covid-19 were discovered.

But University of Auckland associate … View more
Kiwis may become complacent and start to ignore government guidance if lockdowns become more frequent, according to experts.

Auckland moved back into a week-long level 3 lockdown on Sunday after two fresh community cases of Covid-19 were discovered.

But University of Auckland associate professor Susanna Trnka​ says if people no longer feel a sense of urgency they will be less compelled to follow the rules.

"During the first lockdown it was understood that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures,” the social anthropologist said.

"But as it becomes lockdown two, three and four, the sense of the urgency has shifted and isn't so palpable."

Senior lecturer Sarah Cowie, who is an expert on psychology and behaviour, said it was "certainly a possibility" that people could become more complacent during recurring lockdowns.

“There's evidence from places overseas that have been flung in and out of lockdown that people do become a little bit more complacent the more you have,” she said.

“If we are doing things in line with level 3 and not seeing the benefits of that, it might feel discouraging."

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

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With Auckland back in alert level 3 lockdown, are you becoming more complacent when it comes to following the rules?
  • 17.5% Yes
    17.5% Complete
  • 31.2% No
    31.2% Complete
  • 51.4% I'm adhering strictly to government guidance.
    51.4% Complete
876 votes
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19 hours ago

What's On: Auckland Miniatures Club

Clare from Greenlane

Auckland Miniatures Club meets the 3rd Sunday each month, 9.30am-3.30pm, Leicester Hall, Ellerslie. We make dolls houses and accessories mainly 1:12 scale. New members welcome. Contact Clare 5204261
Auckland Miniatures Club
  • Leicester Hall
1 day ago

What you need to know: Earthquakes and tsunami warnings

The Team from Auckland Council

Advice for the Auckland region:

EVACUATION | Aotea / Great Barrier Island

Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is expected on Great Barrier Island. Local response plans have been activated and residents have been evacuated to higher ground.


STAY AWAY FROM COASTAL AREAS | Rest of Auckland… View more
Advice for the Auckland region:

EVACUATION | Aotea / Great Barrier Island

Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is expected on Great Barrier Island. Local response plans have been activated and residents have been evacuated to higher ground.


STAY AWAY FROM COASTAL AREAS | Rest of Auckland

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected in the following areas. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities.

West Coast of Auckland

Manukau Harbour

East Coast of Auckland

Waiheke Island

Waitemata Harbour.

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1 day ago

Join us for Round the Backyard!

Round The Bays

NZ's largest fun run goes virtual! Join us for the first-ever Ports of Auckland Round the Backyard - it’s a way for us all to band together while keeping safe in our own backyards.

You can walk, jog or run your own 8.4km course wherever you want - whether it be in your own backyard, … View more
NZ's largest fun run goes virtual! Join us for the first-ever Ports of Auckland Round the Backyard - it’s a way for us all to band together while keeping safe in our own backyards.

You can walk, jog or run your own 8.4km course wherever you want - whether it be in your own backyard, neighbourhood or a nearby park.

There will be live leaderboards, an interactive course map and participant places in real-time, so you can have healthy rivalry between friends – all via a handy app!

Wanna learn more? Head to our website www.roundthebays.co.nz
Enter now

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1 day ago

Girls 6m-1year mixed clothing

Emma from Massey

I have a size 4 huggies box filled packed with girls clothing sizes 6m-1year mainly 9-12m all in excellent used conditions lots of warm clothing for the season ahead and other useful items. Can meet at northwest mall for pick up or I'm happy to drop off if you live nearby 😃

$15

I also … View more
I have a size 4 huggies box filled packed with girls clothing sizes 6m-1year mainly 9-12m all in excellent used conditions lots of warm clothing for the season ahead and other useful items. Can meet at northwest mall for pick up or I'm happy to drop off if you live nearby 😃

$15

I also have another size 3 huggies box filled packed with 0-3m to about 6ms girls mixed clothing with some baby shoes/boots. This is all in good used condition might find some very smal marks or maybe even a tiny hole and some perfectly great.

$10

Please state which you'd like

Negotiable

1 day ago

Keep it up Aotearoa! 💕

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

It's been heartwarming to hear stories from across the North Island of people taking others into their home and sharing a cup of tea together or fixing them a meal.

For the latest official updates:

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4 days ago

Buying by tender: Did you write a letter?

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people … View more
Hi folks,
My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: homed@stuff.co.nz.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.

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1 day ago

Mystery surrounds hundreds of black beetles: Te Atatu South.

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Mystery surrounds the gathering of hundreds of South African black beetles outside Countdown Te Atatu South on Tuesday night.

Concerned shoppers posted on a Facebook community page that they had seen a swarm of the critters on the footpath, spreading to the carpark.

A resident reported a security… View more
Mystery surrounds the gathering of hundreds of South African black beetles outside Countdown Te Atatu South on Tuesday night.

Concerned shoppers posted on a Facebook community page that they had seen a swarm of the critters on the footpath, spreading to the carpark.

A resident reported a security guard was trying to sweep them from the door outside the supermarket.

Beetle scientist Rich Leschen from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research said the South African black beetles were nocturnal creatures.

"They're active at night, flying around looking for mates."

Leschen said the huge number of beetles may have been attracted to the bright artificial lights outside the west Auckland supermarket.

"They're really gathered there by the light, not there to get toilet paper," he said.

"One thing is they will probably be more active with the warmer nights which is normal for a lot of insects in general.

"They might be more active because of the rain."

Leschen said the adults were harmless but large numbers of larvae could remove the leaves of some trees, according to literature.

"I haven't seen them defoliate leaves here," he said.

"In my opinion, I think they're probably more critical as turf and pasture pests.

"Everyone probably has them in their garden. The blackbirds are able to find the larvae when they're close to the surface and they dig 'em out from the tufts in the grass."

Leschen said there were thousands and thousands of species of beetles in New Zealand with many more yet to be discovered.

He decided to study natural history when he was a young biology student, "so I just gravitated to beetles, maybe because there's so damn many of them."

Leschen said his affinity for the insects evolved over time and was unrelated to a traumatic childhood encounter.

"I think I was three years old and I stuck my finger in its mandibles and this is quite a large beetle in the United States," he said.

"It bit me and I hated it. I was screaming and crying and I killed it.

"It didn't really influence me at all to work with beetles."

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1 day ago

Round the Backyard 2021 - Virtually a fun run

The Team from Round the Bays

We are excited to announce that Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2021 is going virtual!

We are bringing you the first-ever Ports of Auckland Round the Backyard! It’s a way for us all to band together for NZ's largest fun-run while keeping safe in our own backyards.

Participants will have … View more
We are excited to announce that Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2021 is going virtual!

We are bringing you the first-ever Ports of Auckland Round the Backyard! It’s a way for us all to band together for NZ's largest fun-run while keeping safe in our own backyards.

Participants will have from 6am Friday 12 March to 9pm Sunday 14 March (NZDT) to complete their own 8.4km course in one session – all via a handy app!

There will be live leaderboards, an interactive course map, social sharing, and participant places and paces in real-time – so you can have a healthy rivalry between friends! And you can even claim a finisher’s medal.

If you have a participant registration to our 2021 event, you have been emailed all of the info on how to go virtual with us, or opt-out for a 50% refund of your entry.

If you didn’t sign-up for our physical event, you can now sign-up for the virtual one! $10 from every new entry will go towards our official 2021 charity partner Auckland City Mission.

The Round the Bays team are stoked to be able to bring you this virtual event, as it means anyone from around the country can now be involved!

So we hope you grab your whānau, lace up those shoes and get amongst it — be it in your own backyard, neighbourhood, or a nearby park! Just as long as you go the distance while keeping your social distance 💙 #roundthebackyard

Please head to our website for all the info on the virtual event: www.roundthebays.co.nz...

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1 day ago

*** THIS IS THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING ***

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami … View more
A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
People near coast from BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Evacuate these areas even if you did not feel the earthquake. DO NOT WAIT. A damaging tsunami is possible.

People in all other areas who felt a LONG or STRONG earthquake should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

This evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Do not stay at home. MOVE IMMEDIATELY. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.

People evacuating should walk, run or cycle if possible to reduce chance of getting stuck in traffic. Do not return until all-clear is given by Civil Defence.

Go to www.civildefence.govt.nz... for the most up to date information.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO with friends, family, neighbours!

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