397 days ago

Police end physical search for missing French teen Eloi Rolland

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours.
Police say they have exhausted all leads for finding Eloi Rolland, 18, who has been missing from Auckland for almost four months.
The teen, who has limited English, has not been seen since he was captured on CCTV at the Britomart train station on March 7, where he caught a train to New Lynn's Fruitvale Rd station. It's understood he was in the vicinity of Piha Rd and Scenic Drive at 9.18am, but this is where the trail ends.
After more than 1600 hours searching for Rolland, police ended the physical search in May, pending reports of new information or evidence.
Rolland's sister, Aurore Rolland, told Stuff the family were "really sad" the search had been suspended.
"We [are at] the point where we are waiting for a miracle. We believe [he] is not dead in the sea at Piha Beach. Things need to be done, even if we have to search during our entire life."
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New Zealand Sommelier of the year - 2021

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Congratulations to Andrea Martinisi as he is awarded New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2021.

Andrea Martinisi is presented with the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year 2021 trophy by Marek Przyborek (NZ Sommelier of the Year 2018) and chair of the Examination Committee with Celia Hay, chair of New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association. Andrea is General Manager and Head Sommelier of The Grove Restaurant, Auckland. Marek is head sommelier at Amisfield, Central Otago.

The day started with the Theory Assessment (60 minutest) and Blind Tasting of 2 wines. The white wine was Saint Clair Pioneer Block Gewurztraminer 2020 from Marlborough and from Spain, Muga Seleccion Especial Rioja 2016. The Practical included a restaurant scenario to decant a bottle of Te Mata Awatea 2018 and provide a food pairing. This was made a little tricky as we also had a bottle Te Mata Awatea 2019 on the sideboard... to check if the candidates were reading the label!

The Practical also featured a spirit tasting where candidates were asked to identify 4 spirits. This year the spirits were Bacardi, Tequila Blanco, Jack Daniels, Calvados.

1 hour ago

Community Newsletter - Vertical Voice

Mik Smellie from Aaiotanga Community Space

By locals for locals living in apartments, this emailed newsletter comes out once a month and pulls together a range of information from a variety of sources covering - local issues, new community classes, neighbourhood events, a dash of intriguing history...things that matter or are of interest to those living here in the city centre.
Give it a whirl by clicking on the link below. (It is Mailchimp so an easy unsubscribe if you decide it is not for you.)
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1 hour ago

Parnell Festival of Roses 2021

Dee Sims from Waitematā Local Board

Parnell Festival of Roses is back again this year, proudly funded by the Waitematā Local Board.

We are currently open to expressions of interest from performers and stall holders for this much-loved annual event. Please get in touch with us at parnellroses@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to express your interest in taking part.

Festival information:
Date: Sunday 14 November 2021
Time: 11.30am to 4.00pm
Location: Dove-Myer Robinson Park, Parnell
Expressions of Interest closure date: 5pm, Friday 3 September