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

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 ?

20 minutes ago

From Kauri Road to Soldiers Bay Place

John Gillon from John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board

Today the Kaipatiki Local Board unanimously approved a change in name for the southern part of Kauri Road (off Balmain Road) to "Soldiers Bay Place".
For a number of years, many of the local residents have been having problems with emergency services, couriers, friends and relatives not being able to find their properties due to Kauri Road being split in the middle by bush. There is no vehicle access to each half of the road from the other, so while they are technically the same road on council plans, in reality they are distinct roads. Today we have solved that issue by renaming the southern portion.
Soldiers Bay Place was the preferred name of residents, as the road is located near Soldiers Bay and that would further assist in their addresses being located.

Note: Those residents that are currently on Kauri Road but use a Balmain Road address will be able to choose whether to opt for the new Soldiers Bay Place address or keep their current Balmain Road address. Council staff will be contacting them to discuss this prior to the new street signage being installed.

Adrian Tyler and I have been working on this issue on behalf of residents for a long time now, and it is great to finally make it a reality :)

15 hours 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.