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Christmas cheer for community, Buy Local - Give Local

With Christmas just around the corner, your community newspapers, Hibiscus Matters and Mahurangi Matters, are once again spreading the news about our Buy Local Give Local campaign.

Happy birthday Orewa Library

There has been a library serving Orewa’s book lovers since 1984, but according to its longest serving librarian, Raewyn Bielby, the opening of the current facility in 1995 was an important milestone.

End of an era for Snells school as principal moves on

In her 30-year career in education, Snells Beach School founding principal Jill Corkin has been at the helm of three schools and been involved with some of the biggest changes in education in the country.

Orewa Lions calling it quits on The Big Dig

One of Orewa Beach’s most popular and longest standing community events, The Big Dig, will not be held this summer and its long-term future is uncertain.

Christian education trust expands at Snells

A religious trust has bought a large block of land in Snells Beach and plans to build a school which could eventually cater for 600 students.

Pukeko research

Since 2008, students from Canada have come to Tawharanui to study pukeko because of their cooperative breeding patterns.

Paradise found

Some years ago I decided to have all my ornamental gardens set up in raised beds, to improve drainage and to make gardening a bit easier.

Raising the flag

In the year 1900 flags were appearing at schools all over the country and on June 25, 1900 the “Union” flag was raised for the first time at the Upper Waiwera School.

Introducing: Yogi’s Bar

Yogi’s bar, newly opened at Fairway Bay Marina, Gulf Harbour, is known for its friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Motocross win for Max

Five-year-old Max McDonald of Tindalls Bay is in his element riding his 50cc Yamaha trail bike at full throttle over jumps and around corners.

Surf lifesavers race out of the starting blocks

Local lifeguards have a busy and exciting programme of competition from now until Christmas.

Saving lives at sea begins on land

You’ve got your boat, you’re up early, and you’re ready to enjoy a great day out on the water. It’s easy to let your safety slip from your mind.

Treatment plant gets multi-million investment

The ageing pipe that takes treated wastewater from the Army Bay treatment plant out into the Tiri Channel is to be replaced at an estimated cost of $28 million.

Forty years of giving back

Forty years ago, North Shore Riding for the Disabled took its first steps with two riders, 10 helpers and four horses, providing an opportunity for people with physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities to experience the therapeutic qualities of horse riding, assisted by volunteers.

Turning bottle tops into art

Silverdale School aims to progress its reputation as a committed Enviroschool with two murals currently under construction.

Festival celebrates cultural diversity

A special Christmas concert and feast celebrating the culture and customs of Pasifika residents will be held at Mahurangi College in Warkworth on Saturday November 28.

Pirates and Clydesdales for Country Show day

Musical pirates, a Mini-Farming Challenge and Clydesdale horses are just a few of the attractions at the Wellsford Country Show on Saturday November 21.

Organ and Trumpet Concert

Trumpet and Organ Classics is the title that organist Timothy Noon and trumpeter Bill Stoneham have given to the concert they will present in Warkworth, on November 29.

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