East & Bays Courier

Liver disease disrupts refugee family's plans

Fitim Rudi suffers from chronic liver disease and had a liver transplant in 2012.

Fitim Rudi has been battling chronic liver disease for most of his life. His family came to New Zealand as refugees from Kosovo and would love to take him back there for a family reunion.

Family helps school in deep south

Daniel and Browen Simpson and their children Adam, 8, Alice, 3, and Katy, 8.

An Auckland family took a special trip to Stewart Island to help Halfmoon Bay School.

Eastern Suburbs prepare for sudden death clash

Suburbs coach Paul Marshall will be hoping to get one over his former players.

Two football rivals are set to clash with a semifinal spot up for grabs.

Designers' poster purrfection

Graphic designers Alice Murray and Jared McDowell have designed their own missing cat posters to help cat-owners find their feline friends

Two young graphic designers are giving missing pet posters a makeover in order to help cat owners find their feline friends.

Help build homes for Nepal

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand global village co-ordinator Kosala Krishnan.

Habitat for Humanity worker Kosala Krishnan says building houses in Nepal is about much more than just putting a roof over people's heads.

Around the football grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Three King's Harrison Nash scored two goals against Central.

Three Kings steer clear of relegation while Western Springs keep slipping.

Plan for Loombs Hotel revealed

Project manager Smeet Girish and developer JP Singh say the hotel will be the centerpiece of the childhood centre.

One of Auckland's oldest buildings is being incorporated into a new early childhood centre.

Paddock turned into retirement village

Trust chairman Stephen Jacobi and secretary Grant Hope at Parsons' Paddock.

A prime piece of Auckland land known as Parsons' Paddock will soon be home to a retirement village.

Grammar TEC secure Gallaher Shield

Grammar halfback Jono Hickey celebrates his try. Grammar TEC v University. Auckland Premier Club Rugby, Gallaher Shield Final. Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 25 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Phototek.nz

A second half masterclass hands Grammar TEC the 2015 Auckland premier rugby title.

Hockey ace bound for US

Sarah Holland is off to study and play hockey at Princeton in the USA.

An Auckland hockey star will be studying and playing at one of the United States' most prestigious universities.

B4 School Checks at record high

Plunket B4 School check coordinator Raewyn Handley and clinical leader Anita Quensell.

More than 13,000 Auckland preschoolers are ready for their first year in the classroom, having been through the B4 School Check.

60 students in train station brawl

A fight broke out between students at Orakei Train Station (pictured)

The clash between schools at Orakei caused delays and cancellations on the eastern line.

Sucked in by Hoover

Remuera resident Roy Cook says his Hoover collection is a bit of fun.

To many it's just a household appliance but to Roy Cook the Hoover vacuum cleaner is an obsession.

Rugby final has makings of a classic

Jordan Lay charges forward. University v Pakuranga. Auckland Premier Club Rugby. Semi Final. Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield. Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 18 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Phototek.nz

University are happy to wear the underdog tag into the Gallaher Shield final against Grammar TEC.

Cement boats relocating

Holcim Cement boats will be relocating to the  Waitemata wharf once a new terminal is completed.

Holcim is relocating its cement boats from Onehunga to Waitemata port following the construction of a new multi-million dollar terminal.

Orakei School's new development

Harley Leafa, 6, Milli Kerr, 10, Cooper Chateris, 5, Dante Davis, 7, and Kingston Reihana, 5, give Orakei School's new water system a spin.

A new filtration system is just one of many changes at an expanding primary school in the Auckland suburb of Orakei.

Auckland's parking price-hike

All-day parking prices are jumping from $17 to $24 at the Civic, Downtown and Victoria St car parks.

Workers driving into the city will feel the pinch come August as AT is bumps up prices to discourage commuter parking.

Unsecured fence a concern

Ron Llich says residents are concerned the fence may fall over again.

Residents who live near a Housing New Zealand Special Housing Area are concerned about an unsecured security fence around the property.

Volunteers close the book on fair

Mary McCutcheon-Walker says her team of volunteers don’t have enough strength to continue running the Variety’s Monster Book Fair.

Variety’s Monster Book Fair is coming to an end. The event, which is one of Auckland's largest book fairs, has taken a toll on its volunteers.

Special needs requires more funding

RTLB Cluster eight lead school principal Linley Bruce says more government funding is a good move, but more is needed.

An injection of $62.9 million is a step towards greater support for special needs learning in schools.

Around the grounds with Jeremy Ruane

Takuya Iwata scored one of Central Utd's three goals.

Central Utd prevail while Western Springs suffer a heavy loss in the NRFL premier league.

Manurewa wins women's rugby final

College Rifles Salome Pahulu  leaves a defender behind. Manurewa Rugby Club v College Rifles Thunderbirds. Womens Rugby, Premier Coleman Shield Final,  Mt. Wellington War Memorial Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 18 July 2015. Copyright Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

College Rifles Thunderbirds lost to Manurewa in the women's rugby final on July 18.

Cheerleading twins to compete in Hawaii

Auckland cheerleading twins Pascale, left, and Gabriella Hertnon are off to Hawaii in 2016 with their Eclipse cheerleading squad.

Despite having only started cheerleading a year ago, Pascale and Gabriella Hertnon are taking their routine to Hawaii.

Fresh talent at NZ Fashion Week

Fashion designers Madeline Harman and Jessica Grubisa are ready to take their line to center stage at New Zealand Fashion Week.

Harman Grubisa want to make women look fabulous. New Zealand Fashion Week will give them a chance to show they've got what it takes.

Dedicated educator inspired a generation

Joan Holland was principal of St Cuthbert's College from 1969 to 1989. She has died, aged 86.

Joan Holland made an immense contribution to Auckland education throughout her life.

Plasma donor's 20-year habit

Paul Tomlin has become New Zealand's top plasma donor.

Paul Tomlin has made it a point to donate plasma every two weeks and by doing so he may saved up to 1500 lives.

Sisters living their water polo dream

Diocesan sisters Simone, Nicole and Danielle Lewis are off to Russia.

Three sisters are heading to Russia to represent New Zealand in water polo.

Eagles rocking their way up table

Eagles' Vili Li leaves a Manukau defender in his wake.

The Ellerslie Eagles are starting to find their groove in rugby league's Sharman Cup.

River restoration a celebration

Volunteers get stuck in at the Ko Au Te Awa celebration.

A community group has turned the restoration of a neglected river into a celebration.

Lucky escape for flatties

The Orakei house was extensively damaged in the early morning fire on July 6.

Three flatmates escaped an early morning house fire unharmed despite not having any smoke alarms.

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