94 days ago

Parents urge skatepark users to wear helmets after son's fatal BMX accident

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

In North Shore teenager Kirill Koninin’s bedroom is a stack of empty shoe boxes.

The 17-year-old BMX rider and skateboarder would wear through his shoes “like fire”, father Vladimir Koninin​ said, following Kirill’s death on Christmas Eve.

On December 23, Kirill fell from his bike at a skatepark in Albany, suffering a head injury. Doctors at Auckland City Hospital later told Vladimir and mother Oxana Koninina​ that their son’s brain surgery had been unsuccessful, and the heartbreaking decision was made to turn off his life support the next day.

The family are hoping to dedicate a bench to Kirill at the park, in an effort to persuade others to wear helmets.

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3 days ago

Million-dollar dumps: Publicly owned properties fall to rack and ruin

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

To the side of East Auckland’s Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai cycleway, nestled in overgrown greenery, is a building that wouldn’t get a second glance if it weren’t for hot pink graffiti.

The house, owned by Auckland Council subsidiary Auckland Transport, was used as a site office by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency staff working on the $46 million cycleway between Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive, Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said.

But locals say the property has been all but destroyed by vandals since the cycleway was completed in 2016.

The property is one of several that have become run down and derelict under the ownership of local government.

Click 'read more' for my full report on publicly owned properties that have fallen out of use.

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1 day ago

North Harbour Stadium kitchen to help feed 9000 school kids per day

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

More than 9000 kids will have full tummies to help them focus at school each day, thanks to an agreement putting the underused North Harbour Stadium kitchen to work.

Spotless and Auckland Unlimited, which owns the stadium in Albany, have come together to provide the free healthy lunches daily to 26 schools in Henderson, Massey, Ōrākei and Maungakiekie-Tāmaki.

The stadium’s full production-sized kitchen was a big investment but was “hardly” used during the week, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said.

However, the arrangement would see the kitchen used every weekday, producing a stream of revenue for Auckland Council, eliminate some of the burden from ratepayers all while creating employment for 90 people in what Goff described as a win-win arrangement.

Click 'read more' for the full story.

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