47 days ago

Missing French teen Eloi Rolland: Friends and family still have no answers a year on

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

In 2019, French teenager Eloi Rolland arrived in New Zealand to study. He partied, got a job and made friends. But six months later he disappeared without a trace. A year on, police say “his fate remains unknown” and his case looks set to be referred to the coroner. Caroline Williams reports.

During his time in Auckland, Rolland went to the zoo, enjoyed nights out, worked at a popular bar, dabbled in modelling and, with friends, visited Piha on the rugged west coast.

Before his disappearance, Rolland expressed to his family that he wished to visit Piha again, and on March 6 last year, he did just that.

He has not been seen or heard from since.

“Each day we feel more and more worried and more helpless," his father Thierry Rolland tells Stuff.

Click 'read more' for our full report.

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1 day ago

We Say/You Say: Anzac Day

The Team from Community News

Hi Auckland,

How are you commemorating Anzac Day? What stories have been passed down through your whānau?

April 25 marks the 106-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, one of the most costly campaigns for the Allied Forces during World War I.

Anzac dawn and commemorative services up and down the country are scheduled to get underway after widespread cancellations last year, due to the nation being under Alert Level 4 restrictions.

The NZDF have advised of a reduced presence of military personnel at Anzac services due to deployment at MIQ facilities.

You can check out where the Anzac day services are on this interactive map on the RSA website.

Feel free and share your stories below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used your local community paper.

2 days ago

Ever noticed the empty buses ? What's the answer ?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, If buses are running near empty, maybe the traditional way of providing public transport needs a rethink. Read the story below on the empty buses of Hobsonville Point. What's the answer ?

2 hours ago

Historic Pohutukawa Restored to Quay St

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

While the city sleeps, Auckland's urban forest will welcome home the first of seven mature pohutukawa in Quay St.

The dual-crane operation will take a painstaking nine hours from 7.30 pm Wednesday night to return the majestic tree from Teal Park to its original home.

The 40-year-old pohutukawa will take pride of place in the city's new Te Wananga waterfront space about midnight, weather permitting.

Reuniting the city centre with the sea, Te Wānanga will open for Aucklanders in June.

Mayor Phil Goff said he was pleased to see the first tree returning to bring shade and much-needed greenery to Auckland's CBD.

Studies showed trees had a positive effect on the community's health and well-being, he said.

The pohutukawa were moved to Teal Park a year ago and tended by Auckland Council arborists.