East & Bays Courier

Gas rupture in East Auckland

Area of Auckland's St John suburb is closed after a gas rupture.

A gas main rupture has closed streets in the Auckland suburb of St John.

Playground revitalizes school

Glen Innes School principal Jonathan Hendricks and Creating Communites development manager Franswa Janssen have worked hard on the playground redevelopment.

Glen Innes School principal Jonathan Hendricks didn't let a lack of funding stop his play ground plans. 

Helping women feel safer

Women's self-defence classes teach practical techniques to help people defend themselves in a variety of situations.

Free self-defence taster course are being offered around Auckland.

Keeping it in the National family

Rachel Trimble, who is also Minister Simon Bridges' sister, with her fiance National MP Simon O'Connor.

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

Unitary Plan changes prompt public meeting

Residents from across the eastern suburbs attend a meeting to hear what the changes to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan could mean for them.

Residents are concerned about Auckland Council's proposed zoning changes in their Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan submission.

Lantern Festival gets bike friendly

More than 800 lanterns will adorn Auckland Domain to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

The council wants people to bring their bikes, not their cars, to the annual Chinese festival.

Teacher defies the odds

The love of competing is worth all the pain for St Peter's teacher Claire Walton.

Claire Walton is not letting a debilitating injury stop her from doing what she loves.

Have a heart this February

Despite having a heart condition Sela Alo doesn't let it stop him from playing with his three children Kyan, Josh and Kaitlyn.

Flava FM breakfast host is getting behind this month's Heart Foundation appeal, knowing all too well the effects of heart disease.

Lost bag returned to thankful owner

Someone handed in David Roberton's bag after he misplaced it at Eastridge Shopping Centre.

A St Heliers resident would like to thank the Good Samaritan who handed in his lost bag.

Search for 'angel from above' video

Sio, right, and Caroliah Vaigafa said they want to meet the mystery hero from Mission Bay to thank him in person.

Where is the mystery man who saved the 5-year-old girl's life on an Auckland beach?

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.

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