East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The Drone Film Fes­ti­val Aus­tralia and New Zealand (DFFANZ) is set to soar across Auck­land screens later this year; and they want to see New Zealand’s best aerial footage. The best drone film re­ceived by DFFANZ will re­ceive the op­por­tu­nity to shoot their next film in Thai­land, with two re­turn flights Aus­tralia to Thai­land and $1000 spend­ing money. Other prizes in­clude DJI Mavic Pro from Har­vey Nor­man, gear from Henty bags, Black­magic De­sign cam­era equip­ment and soft­ware pro­grams by Light­works, Cy­ber­link, Hit­film and Sky­tango. Films can be en­tered at­free­­ti­val/ dffanz. Sub­mis­sions close Au­gust 18.


Auck­land has re­ceived its first is­land re­gional park. An­nounced by the Auck­land City Coun­cil, Browns Bay will be the city’s new­est re­gional park. Friends of Re­gional Parks ap­plauded the Auck­land Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, say­ing Browns Is­land will add to the re­gion’s chain of price­less parks along the coast. The new re­serve would open up a num­ber of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties such as boat­ing, day walk­ing and camping. There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teers to re­store the ecol­ogy of the is­land which was rav­aged by re­cent scrub and grass fires.


Auck­lan­ders have helped raise much-needed funds for the West­pac Chop­per Ap­peal. This year the re­gion con­trib­uted $275,000 to­wards the fundraiser. All do­na­tions re­ceived by the West­pac Chop­per Ap­peal were dis­trib­uted back to the 16 res­cue he­li­copter ser­vices around the coun­try. West­pac’s gen­eral man­ager of marketing Andy Kerr said the to­tal raised was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from the com­mu­nity. ‘‘We’d like to thank ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted around the coun­try, and to those that gave of their time to or­gan­ise the wide va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing events this year.’’ New Zealan­ders from across the coun­try raised a to­tal of nearly $1.3 mil­lion.

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