East & Bays Courier

Compensation to be paid after blackout

Vector customers are set to receive reimbursement following a power outage in 2014.

Councillor Cameron Brewer says Vector's gesture to right some wrongs for residents and businesses is better than nothing.

Joseph Parker's cousin ready to rumble

Pelea Fruean is undefeated after seven fights.

Pelea Fruean takes inspiration from her champion relative as her own boxing journey begins.

Museum rallies to save last flying boat

Motat's senior aviation volunteer Norm McKelvey has overseen the restoration of more than 20 aircraft.

The world’s last remaining Solent Mark IV Flying Boat has fallen into disrepair, but the museum that owns it can't afford to fix it.

Payouts over Penrose outage

Vector will compensate those affected by last October's outage with a service level payment.

About 75,000 Auckland residents will be in line for a compensation payout over a major power outage in 2014.

Christmas cheer for kids on the harbour

Maisie Rollitt, Gayle Bennett, Ryan Bennett and Nicola Rollitt get ready to hit the harbour for a Christmas cruise.

Ryan Bennett and his mum Gayle were selected to take part in a special pre-Christmas cruise for deserving kids.

Glen Innes’ art revolution

A 2014 Bradley Lane mural painted by artists Askew One and Elliot Francis Stewart.

An outdoor art project that uses the walls of businesses as canvases has become the first event in Glen Innes to be included in the Auckland Arts Festival.

Panmure's Christmas parade is coming to town

Garth Ruawhare, Viliami Fonokalafi and Rangi Tangimaiti from Tamariki Ataahu Early Learning Centre practice their pukana for the Panmure Christmas Parade.

Santa Claus is coming to Panmure. The annual Christmas parade and festival will be held on December 5 and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Principals urge parents to have their say

Auckland principals say changes to the  Education Act will affect generations of school children.

Auckland principals are urging parents to have their say on what changes should be made to the education system. 

Less weeding and planting for local parks

More than $100,000 is being cut from the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board's parks maintenance budget.

Council funding cuts to the service and maintenance of parks means locals will soon start to notice more weeds and less planting in public gardens.

Cycleway proposed for Quay Street

Artists impression of Quay Street cycleway

Public consultation is now open for the Quay St cycleway.

Glendowie student recognised for underwater abilities

Clark Samuel can hold his breath underwater for three and a half minutes.

A Glendowie College student is being recognised for his talents in underwater hockey.

Top award for young scientist

Diocesan School year 13 student Georgia Lala has won the 2015 Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize.

A fish tank and lettuce is just the beginning for one young innovator.

Chopper crash: 'Only unflinching scrutiny will save young lives'

The wreckage of a skydiving plane that crashed during take-off from the Fox Glacier Aerodrome on September 4, 2010, killing nine people.

OPINION: When the time comes to attribute a cause to this weekend's helicopter crash, we must protect lives.

What Aucklanders want

Former Labour leader Phil Goff is to announce on Sunday afternoon that he is running for the mayoralty of Auckland City.

As Phil Goff announces his bid for Auckland's top job, the city's residents tell us what they want from a new mayor.

'This is how to fix a broken city'

Public transport lobbyist Patrick Reynolds  has bought a new car - but congestion means he will avoid driving it in central Auckland at all costs.

OPINION: A big modern city needs a big modern public transport system – as Kiwis see overseas.

Boy chokes in school game

Glenbrae School pupil Trent Mataroa said he had no idea what was going to happen, he just went along with the older boys

Boy, aged 10, fell unconscious after taking part in a potentially fatal schoolyard game.

Stand against Family violence

One Tree Hill College students Jemimah Fifita, Daisy Boon, Ika Heleta and Liam George have made a point to say no to family violence.

Every five minutes someone in New Zealand becomes a victim of family violence.

Live life in colour with Annah Stretton

Fashion designer Annah Stretton is hosting Live Life in Colour events throughout New Zealand.

Annah Stretton is hosting evenings which mix fashion and styling tips with inspirational talks on how women can reach their full potential and start enjoying life.

Glendowie student snaps music award winners

Official music awards snapchatter Brittany Robertson with comedian, film-maker and host Taika Waititi.

Snapchat was Brittany Robertson's ticket to the Vodafone New Zealand music awards.

Dhadwals' double take

Cricket playing twins Adi and Amit Dhadwal don't make the scorekeeper's job easy.

The perfect competition has always been at home for the University cricket twins.

Auckland WINZ staff face daily abuse

Incidents between staff and clients at WINZ offices occur every day.

Incidents between WINZ clients and staff are occurring at a rate of more than one a day in Auckland's west and central WINZ offices.

Lexus IS charges ahead

Crisp new 200t engine makes entry-level IS the driver's choice in the range.

The entry-level Lexus IS has downsized its engine and upscaled the entertainment.

Food bank resources stretched after break-ins

Citizens Advice Bureau manager Susan Scofield. The door to the food bank has been broken into twice in one week.

As the busy Christmas season approaches, the Glen Innes Citizens Advice Bureau is counting the cost of repairing windows, doors and roof guttering following two acts of vandalism in one week.

Trust helps the vulnerable and homeless

The walls of Michelle Kidd's office are lined with photos and drawings from people she has helped as a social worker at the Auckland District Court.

Michelle Kidd worked as voluntary court attendant and social worker at Auckland District Court for 16 years before her role was disestablished.

Old housing into new for elderly

The Ladies Mile development replaces old single-storey units with three-storey apartment buildings. Overall there are 66 units on the site.

Auckland's Ladies Mile site has seen single-storey units transformed into excellently located apartment buildings.

Bomb squad called to HNZ house

Emergency services were called to an Orakei address after contractors found a dangerous substance in a Housing NZ property.

Emergency services descended on East Auckland after a potentially explosive substance was found.

Exercise helps diabetes

Yvonne Collins, Sabella Kwok, Marion Wikaire and Judith Wilson met through a programme targeted at people with diabetes and continue to hit the gym regularly.

Exercise is helping four Auckland women beat diabetes.

Penrose powerlifters off to Canada

Members of the New Zealand powerlifting team. Carolina Dillen, coach John Strachan, Jak Tan, Steven Shi and Sonia Chung.

Powerlifting was all about rehabilitation for Carolina Dillen. Now she's off to compete at the Powerlifting Commonwealth Championships in Vancouver.

Historic Panmure wharf still in murky waters

Patrick O'Meara says the first Panmure wharf was built in the late 1840s.

A historical society in Panmure says the council needs to take action to restore a wharf that's been well used for generations.

String of violence against Auckland homeless

Police have arrested a man after the death of Teina Pehi Wharawhara, 42, was assaulted in Outhwaite Park in Grafton.

Another homeless man has been killed in Auckland. Auckland District Court social worker Michelle Kidd says its time for council to take action and invest in a night shelter in the city.

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