East & Bays Courier

Conversations we're dying to avoid

Natasha Edwards says Advance Care Planning challenged her family’s cultures and traditions.

It's a conversation many would rather skip, but planning for end-of-life care is one chat to have before it's too late.

Rent-free inner-city living in Auckland

Reverend Matt Bruns says housing is a bonus - but it's not forever.

Living rent-free a stone's throw from some of Auckland's hot spots is possible - if you change your job.

Auckland defies curbs

"Even a greenfields development like this ... it's taken years to get here, just because these are generational decisions," Bill English said.

Government's done everything it can to cap sky-rocketing house prices, English says.

No public input on state house sculpture gallery

Artist's impression of $1.5m Queens Wharf artwork

Critics of the controversial $1.5 million "lighthouse" sculpture planned for Queens Wharf say calls for public consultation are still falling on deaf ears.

Noisy trucks not wanted

St Johns resident Libby Stevens, pictured with her son Lucas, 6. She is the spokeswoman for the group Stop Containers Thru Kohi.

Container trucks are causing rumbles of discontent in Auckland's eastern bays.

'Soldier's church' art fundraiser

Friends of St David's Trust spokesman Paul Baragwanath with one of the thousands of brass quatrefoils being applied to St David’s Presbyterian Church for Anzac Day.

Artist Max Gimblett has joined forces with New Zealand's "soldiers' church" to create artworks of remembrance.

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Super-city youth thanked

Young Aucklanders making a difference in their communities are set to be recognised.

Swimming stars make waves gallery

Lauren Boyle competes in the Womens 400m freestyle during the New Zealand Swimming Championships at West Wave Waitakere on April 14, 2015.

The New Zealand swimming champs wrapped up on April 17 in Auckland and 10 swimmers are now destined for the world champs

Auckland's links with ports scrutinised

View of the Ports of Auckland on March 23, 2015

Auckland's role in the Ports of Auckland business has been under review by city leaders

Drawing attention to climate change

Graphic novel anthology High Water features stories about climate change from 11 of New Zealand's top artists.

Kiwi comic artists concerned over rising sea level, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper.

Victim's warning: 'Don't be complacent'

NZ police car, generic police

A scuffle with a teen trying to steal a car outside an Auckland pool left the car owner cut and bruised.

Walking in dad's steps

South Canterbury farmer Fred Watson Grayburn served at Gallipoli.

Peter Grayburn is proud of his father's contribution to the war effort, so he's delighted to be on his way to the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Riding for Makenzie

makenzie

A riding challenge taken up in the memory of a friend has been fulfilled, with only one tyre puncture to mention.

Africa's 'joy' celebrated at festival

African Film Festival New Zealand communications director Kube Jones-Neill and trust chairman Boubacar Coulibaly.

Sharing stories and challenging stereotypes are the key aims of New Zealand's first African Film Festival.

Not knowing 'worse than terminal cancer'

Unicorn Foundation New Zealand chairman Dr Malcolm Legget and the charity's founder and executive director Siobhan Conroy.

Patients with a rare form of cancer are still fighting to gain funding for a "game-changer" treatment.

Young Gunner sets off

Jonny Evans will be running out with the Arsenal football team when they play Liverpool on April 5.

An 11-year-old from Auckland is set to make history when he steps out as Arsenal's mascot this weekend.

265kg bench press sets record

Elnez Tofa is hoping to claim the raw bench press world record in April.

Champion weightlifter Elnez Tofa built his own bench press out of old railway timber.

Tackling base camp challenge

Regina Worle is not letting her arthritis stop her from climbing to Mt Everest Base Camp in April.

Arthritis won't keep Regina Worle from hiking to Everest Base Camp this month.

Bastion Point sculpture planned

10022014 News Photo: Alex Burton/Fairfax NZ.
Bastion Point State housing Auckland, Okahu Bay Kitemoana st., with city skyline in background.

Auckland Council is planning a new public art work at the entrance to the Bastion Point steps in Mission Bay.

Long wait's emotional impact

LENGTHY WAIT: Thirty-six people have been waiting more than two years for a cochlear implant to help them regain hearing.

People with hearing loss are suffering years in silence on waiting lists for cochlear implants.

School wants input into developments

SPEAKING UP: Meadowbank resident Grant Dickson says the whole community should have input into the developments.

A series of impending state house developments has put an Auckland school on edge.

Home safe and sound

FLYING SOLO: Owner Graham Ell is over the moon to have his parrot Cherie safely back thanks to Tommy O’Toole, 9, and his classmates.

When parrot Cherie spread her wings, it lead to a two-month adventure and a miraculous return.

Helping kids 'find their pathways'

GOING UP: Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall and facility manager Jenni Heka are excited about progress at Te Oro.

It's been on the cards for over two decades now finally the countdown is on for the opening of a long-awaited arts facility.

Bike will make refugee's life easier

GETTING MOVING: Pt England resident Joelle Kusimweray will receive a bike for her family from ChildFund.

Joelle Kusimweray was 5 years old when her family had to flee their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Uncertain future ahead for infant

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: Amanda Davies with her 10-month-old daughter Lily-Grace who suffers from the extremely rare genetic condition trisomy 9 mosaicism (T9M).

Lily-Grace's condition trisomy 9 mosaicism makes her one in 100 million.

Knitter challenges thinking

THOUGHT-PROVOKING MESSAGE: Arielle Walker is exhibiting knitted artworks with a social message as part of White Night Remuera.

Artist's colourful knitted blankets are a comment on the throwaway nature of consumer culture.

Football fans' walk down memory lane

HISTORIC PLACE: Newmarket Park in its heyday during a 1971 international against Wales.

It would be easy to forget that Newmarket Park once hosted some of the biggest football teams on the planet.

Birthday party becomes surprise wedding

TOTAL SURPRISE: Morris Watson wasted no time in popping the question and then marrying his long-time partner Gail Maddock.

It was the 70th birthday celebration that turned into an engagement and ended in a wedding.

Young mum homeless and desperate

NO OPTIONS: Auckland's housing market is tough - really tough for a mother on a benefit.

Mother-of-two evicted from her Auckland state house after her sick mum was moved into a rest home.

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