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World first drone delivery

Emma and Johnny Norman did not expect to be part of a world first when they were asked whether they’d like to have pizza delivered to their place by drone.

Bottle shop back in contention in Snells (+video)

Another liquor store is being proposed for Snells Beach, in what was formerly the Video Ezy store in Mahurangi East Road.

No to Red Beach retirement village

It’s back to the drawing board for Metlifecare, after its proposal to build a large retirement village in Red Beach was refused resource consent by independent commissioners.

Firefighters celebrate at Leigh

Former Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade members and supporters marked the station’s 50th anniversary over the weekend of November 18 to 20.

Final touches for historic homestead

Seven years after developers’ plans to demolish historic Stoney Homestead in Millwater were first revealed, in Hibiscus Matters, the restored facility is almost ready to be opened as a community hub.

Mahurangi College pulls plug on Prank Day

New Health and Safety laws, introduced on April 1, have put an end to the traditional Prank Day at Mahurangi College.

Tennis elbow

It may seem unfair that you can end up with tennis elbow without ever playing tennis!

Debt-free Christmas

Snoring. It doesn’t sound like a serious medical condition but it can be surprisingly disruptive, and is sometimes associated with other health problems.

Open for business

Christmas is fast approaching. For New Zealanders it’s holiday time and many business owners also slow their businesses down.

Whangateau hosts Trans-Tasman clash (+video)

The top touch teams from NZ and Australia went head-to-head at Whangateau Domain last month, when the Rodney Rams hosted a trans-Tasman touch tournament.

Marathon journey finishes for Warkworth mum

After surviving breast cancer during pregnancy, Warkworth police officer Katie Burton has completed the New York Marathon in four hours and 53 minutes.

Silverdale United upgrade more than skin deep

Silverdale United Rugby Football Club is embarking on a $1.4million upgrade of its facilities – one of the most significant undertakings in the club’s history.

Local folk: Dr Roger Grace, marine biologist

Whether looking through a microscope or the lens of a camera, Dr Roger Grace QSM has spent his life observing life on New Zealand’s coastline.

Get snap-happy this summer

Get your cameras ready, Mahurangi Matters and the TheCameraShop Warkworth are launching a photography competition, with over $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

Free festive meals spread Christmas joy

Plans are coming together for a free, friendly and fun community Christmas dinner that will be put on by Love Soup Hibiscus Coast for the first time this year.

Warkworth parking hits businesses (+video)

The need for more all-day parking in Warkworth came before the Rodney Local Board on November 17.

Changing places: Shadze of Lace

After 26 years of manufacturing women’s clothing in Leigh, Shadze of Lace has relocated to Warkworth.

Changing faces: Home from Home Childcare

Anna and Colin Chan are offering the same in-home childcare with the new option of home-based Montessori childcare.

Bottle shop back in contention in Snells (+video)

Another liquor store is being proposed for Snells Beach, in what was formerly the Video Ezy store in Mahurangi East Road.

Warkworth Christmas food box appeals to community

Get a box and some friends together and fill it with Christmas goodies for needy families – that’s this year’s appeal from the Warkworth Christian Foodlink.

Sale boosts Hospice fundraising (+video)

The Warkworth Wellsford Hospice has had a fundraising boost that couldn’t have come at a better time.

Shakespear Open Sanctuary celebrates first five pest-free years

It’s been five years since Shakespear Open Sanctuary achieved pest-free status by means of a strong focus on eliminating pests and the building of a 1.7km pest proof fence around the sanctuary.

KingsWay School students tackle wasteful ways

KingsWay School science teacher Samantha Stammers says both staff and students were shocked when they discovered how much rubbish the school produces.

Hope for extension to Orewa’s treasured bush reserve

The future of a piece of bush clad land alongside Alive Eave’s Scenic Bush Reserve in northern Orewa is the subject of keen interest, after it went on the market recently.

Top organist at Warkworth Anglican carol service

The Warkworth Anglican Church is holding a Christmas carol service on Sunday December 11 at 5pm.

Matakana Christmas comeback

After a three-year hiatus, the Matakana Christmas party will return to the village on Friday December 9.

Santa settles into Snowplanet in Silverdale

Santa has arrived at Snowplanet in Silverdale and, as you can see, he’s filling in time between ‘Ho Ho Ho’ duties with a bit of fun on the slopes.


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