Westmere, 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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6 hours ago

On demand green waste removal?

Niko from Mount Albert

Does anyone know of any on-demand green waste removal companies (similar to enviroearth.co.nz...) that collect in Mt Albert? Thanks in advance

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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18 hours ago

Free yukka / yucca plants

Lisa from Grey Lynn

I've just cut down some yukka and these are currently sitting on my berm. Free for collection. They can be planted without roots and will regrow (even the stumps without any leaves will regrow). 1/81 Dryden St, Grey Lynn.

Free

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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
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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20 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

Covid 19 Update: Auckland to move to alert level 2 on Sunday

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Hi Auckland neighbours,

Auckland is dropping back to alert level 2 at 6am on Sunday.

This follows no new community cases in the region for five days in a row.

The rest of the country will move to level 1 on Sunday morning.

Cabinet will review this decision at the end of next week with a view … View more
Hi Auckland neighbours,

Auckland is dropping back to alert level 2 at 6am on Sunday.

This follows no new community cases in the region for five days in a row.

The rest of the country will move to level 1 on Sunday morning.

Cabinet will review this decision at the end of next week with a view to possibly moving Auckland to alert level 1.

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

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

What's On: Girls Table Tennis Coaching

Shane from Epsom

Girls under the age of 18 years are invited to free table tennis coaching delivered by two qualified coaches. Caters for all levels of play.
Girls Table Tennis Coaching
  • Auckland table tennis stadium
1 day ago

Online: Local water quality meeting

Dee Sims from Waitematā Local Board

The Ōrākei and Waitematā local boards are hosting this community online meeting to discuss the proposed extension and increase of the Water Quality Targeted Rate and how this will address pollution and improve water quality in local harbours, beaches and streams including Hobson Bay.

The event … View more
The Ōrākei and Waitematā local boards are hosting this community online meeting to discuss the proposed extension and increase of the Water Quality Targeted Rate and how this will address pollution and improve water quality in local harbours, beaches and streams including Hobson Bay.

The event includes a short presentation on the topic and then Q&A with the audience.

All are most welcome to attend.

What: Local Water Quality Round Table

When: Sunday 7 March 2-3.30pm

Where: Skype for Business

Find out more and get the Skype link to join at our Facebook event: www.facebook.com...

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1 day ago

Online: Waitematā Local Board Recovery Budget Hearing Event

Dee Sims from Waitematā Local Board

Consultation on one of the most important budgets in Auckland's history is now open. Auckland Council wants to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, supporting growth in local communities and across the region.

Impacts of the Recovery Budget will be felt locally across Waitematā, so we need … View more
Consultation on one of the most important budgets in Auckland's history is now open. Auckland Council wants to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, supporting growth in local communities and across the region.

Impacts of the Recovery Budget will be felt locally across Waitematā, so we need to know what's important to you and your community to help us prioritise spending over the next 10-years.

Register to present your views on the Recovery Budget and the Waitematā Local Board priorities for 2021-2022, at our Hearing Style Event, via Skype for Business. The event is happening Tuesday 9th March, starting 4:30pm.

Waitematā Local Board members and Councillors Desley Simpson and Pippa Coom will be in attendance to hear the presentations and answer your questions.

If you’d like to give a presentation, please email us to register and for instructions on how to join: waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz by 5pm Monday 8th March.

Everyone is welcome to attend via Skype for Business to listen to the presentations and discussion. Contact us for instructions on how to join: waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Click 'Going' on our Facebook event for latest updates: www.facebook.com...

Learn more about the Recovery Budget: akhaveyoursay.nz/recoverybudget

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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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