East & Bays Courier

State house meth contamination rampant

A unit in a Panmure Housing New Zealand complex was one of the 113 Auckland state houses that had to be decontaminated for P last year.

The number of Housing New Zealand houses in Auckland testing positive for methamphetamine has skyrocketed in the last three years.

Poor health has impact on learning

Dr Alison Leversha says poor health is having a significant impact on whether a child is ready to start school.

An Auckland paediatrician is aiming to improve health in new school starters.

Applying science to future

Churchill Park School science teachers Elise van de Ven and Catherine Shipton are leading the change in science curriculum.

 The world of science is changing and two Churchill Park School teachers are determined to ensure education keeps up.

Auckland Domain development

Auckland Domain's master plan for the next two decades is up for public consultation.

Roads will be closed but there will be increased access for pedestrians and cyclists in the Auckland Domain.

Round the Bays part 3: You are what you eat

Sophie Taylor, 10, and Lucy Taylor, 4, try out boxing at their weekly training session.

We catch up with the Taylor family as they put down their biscuits and continue training for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run.

Public transport fares are changing

Public transport fares are changing from February 28.

Auckland Transport is preparing for new simplified travel zones by increasing fares.

Councillor survives demolition derby

Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward councillor Denise Krum after her first demolition derby.

Denise Krum has come away unscathed from her first demolition derby.

East-West Connection gets push from Government

The East-West Connection  will improve transport issues between major hubs including Onehunga, Penrose and Sylvia Park.

The East-West Connection is heading for a streamlined consenting process after the Government pledged its support.

Pain to pleasure for Ironman firefighter

Ironman athelete Josh Harrison says he's feeling confident to win his next race in Taupo on March 5.

Ironman athelete Josh Harrison says it's possible to laugh your way through pain.

Container village on Queens Wharf

The pop-up containers on Queens Wharf will be soon be filled with food distributors like the White Lady.

Pop-up village starts to take shape on Queens Wharf.

Fire at Auckland school video

Firefighters battle the blaze in Glen Innes.

Youths tried to contain a fire at an Auckland school by beating it with bushes.

Principal opposes uniforms

A basic primary school uniform can cost upwards of $500 per child.

As education costs rise, is it time to free parents of the burden of costly school uniforms?

Making the tough calls

Cricket umpire Grant Howlett has been making the tough calls for 10 years.

Grant Howlett is a man who makes sport run like clockwork but says high pressure situations put people off the important job of umpiring.

Doctors told Jack he would never walk again

Despite a debilitating injury Jack Ngametua has still pursued a career in sport.

After a rugby injury Jack Ngametua was told he might never walk again. He was determined to prove the doctors wrong.

CRL moves ahead through Green Party office

Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter (front right) and other Green Party and CRL representatives celebrate the Government's announcement that funding will be brought forward by 2 years.

Auckland's Mercury Lane is about to get a little less Green.

Round the Bays: Keep it simple

Personal trainer Mike Rickard measures Stephanie Taylor before her first training session.

The Taylor family continue on their quest to get fit in time for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays.

Clearing Auckland's trash mountains

An illegal rubbish dump formed on Ormiston Rd in east Auckland over Christmas and New Year.

Auckland Council has set up a crack team to pursue those who illegally dump rubbish.

Health funding decreases as population grows

Auckland District Health Board faces funding cuts as the area's population increases.

Auckland District Health Board's funding is taking a hit.

Small donations make lasting impact

ABC Epsom centre manager Charmaine Stuart was happy to donate old cots to Diana Swarbrick and Priscilla Dawson of Refugees As Survivors New Zealand.

Rosy Aung fled war-torn Myanmar for a better life in New Zealand where small donations are making a big difference.

Lifeguard teaches kids about beach hazards

Danielle Maclean and her City Nippers at St Heliers beach.

Danielle Maclean believes too many Kiwis are naive about the dangers of the beach.

New year, new principal for Epsom Girls

New Epsom Girls Grammar School Lorraine Pound.

Lorraine Pound is starting the new year in a new role as principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School.

Future of the internet

Unitec cyber security student Brooke Davey has got some insight into the Internet of Things.

In the not too distant future your fridge will be sending a grocery list straight to your phone. Unitec student Brooke Davey got an inside look at the Internet of Things.

'I've got incurable cancer'

Erin Palmer is hoping to change people's perceptions of cancer.

She's young, fit and fighting cancer without chemotherapy.

Recognition for educators

Kiwi Can leaders Fale Malase and Latoia Sasa-Tepania have been recognized for their work with schools.

Fire frightens felines

The embankment is home to a number of stray cats who are looked after and fed by a group of volunteers.

Five fire appliances battled a large vegetation fire on an embankment in Parnell.

Petition raised to save St Heliers PostShop

NZ Post will be closing its standalone PostShop in St Heliers in favour of franchised services.

Residents are hoping their petition will save the St Heliers PostShop, which is due to close in June.

ITM Cup halfback to support junior players

Jono Hickey will be investing in the junior talent at his home club in 2016.

Jono Hickey wants to grow the grass roots game through his home club of Grammar TEC.

Round the Bays: Busy is no excuse

Bodi Transformations Studios owner Marcus Steward, Stephanie Taylor and head trainer Mike Rickard with Sophie, 10, Lucy, 4, and Nikki, 7 (absent: James Taylor).

Kohimarama couple James and Stephanie Taylor and their three daughters are training for the Round the Bays fun run.

Onehunga cafe has string of burglaries

The burglars took alcohol and food from Brick by Brick Cafe.

The Onehunga community has shown its support for a local cafe after it was burgled three times in just four days.

Festival prize package up for grabs

Thousands of people are expected to attend the Seeport Festival during Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

A helicopter ride, tugboat tour and much more could be yours to enjoy with four friends this anniversary weekend.

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