East & Bays Courier

Migrant exploitation bill welcomed

Auckland Regional Ethnic Council president Cecil Ram Lochan supports a new bill designed to protect migrant workers.

The passing of a bill designed to better protect migrant workers is welcome news to the ethnic community.

Slav Alexeichik's return to the ring

Kickboxer Slav Alexeichik is preparing for the fight of his career.

Call it a comeback, a return to the ring or the moment of truth - Slav Alexeichik doesn't care

Unexpected Gallipoli experience

Amanda, Jon, Kate and Anthony Cooke were lucky to all be able to attend Anzac Day on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Anzac Day at Gallipoli was a real family affair for Orakei Local Board member Kate Cooke.

Te Oro ready to open

The Te Oro art facility has many new artworks, including the Te Oro Tukutuku panel hanging in the front entrance.

The people of Glen Innes are set to celebrate the multi-million dollar music and arts centre opening on the weekend.

Schools eager to share expertise

Youngsters Serena Favena, Gabriella Tameifuna, Alexander Wong, Lyric Te Whetu and Tevita Faingata'a are set to benifit from the newly formed One Tree Hill Community of Schools.

Forming a community of schools is a bold step into the unknown.

Govt housing announcement due

Finance Minister Bill English and Housing Minister Nick Smith will make an announcement today concerning the Tamaki Regeneration Company and Social housing in the suburb.

Doubts over the City Rail Link

New electric train at Newmarket station

It’s being billed as the top transport priority for Auckland, but many in the eastern suburbs aren’t convinced.

Lease terms rejected by residents

Twenty-one year rent reviews have left several leaseholds abandoned around Cornwall Park, including 21 Maungekiekie Ave, where rent increased by 900 percent in 2010.

An association representing more than 80 per cent of the lessee houses on Cornwall Park trust Board land has rejected a proposal to "modernise" their lease terms.

Body found next to tracks

A person has died after they were hit by a train in Orakei.

A person is dead after apparently being hit by a train at Orakei, in Auckland.

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

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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.

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