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Rodney Local Board spends $1.5 million on new footpaths

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Three new footpaths will be built in Warkworth over the next year as part of a $2 million Rodney Local Board project, but ongoing costs will hamper the Board for years to come.

Orewa Lions purchase lifesaving pod

Many babies’ lives could be saved thanks to Orewa Lions Club’s decision to fund the purchase of a Mondiale Lifepod incubator.

Narrow escape for Mahurangi family after fire destroys home

Danielle Searle is lucky to be alive following a house fire that completely destroyed her Big Omaha home this month.

Hammerhead decision: no esplanade reserve

Free public access to the Hammerhead, at the tip of Gulf Harbour Marina, may be affected by the decision of independent commissioners not to include an esplanade reserve.

Te Arai controversy continues as earthworks begin

Major earthworks in reserve land at Te Arai are sparking outrage, but the developer says it will eventually enhance the area.

Community garden grows into learning centre

The Theosophical Centre in Orewa is to expand its community garden and become a centre of gardening study, with the arrival of Northtec gardening courses next month.

Dramatic final flourish

Flower spikes more than a metre long have emerged lately from several Agave attenuata plants on the Coast.

Care needed

Winter arrived with a vengeance in the last week of June, with torrential rain across the greater Auckland area.

Getting maternal

Gosh the boys have been busy on the farm – hours upon hours spent getting the birthing centre and maternity wards ready.

Maiden voyage a winner for rebuild

A rebuilt catamaran called Slime has proved a winner for Mahurangi East boatbuilder John Hughes.

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Manly Bic regatta fires young sailors’ enthusiasm

More than 30 young sailors took part in a weekend of racing off Manly Beach recently –around half of them were competing for the first time.

Coast cheerleaders come out on top

Local cheerleading club All Star Infinity Cheer came away with top placings at the Cheersport competition held at the ASB Netball stadium in Auckland on July 9.

Our Patch - Puhoi: Bohemian settlement

History abounds in the village of Puhoi, giving visitors a welcoming, homely sense of place, even on the coldest days.

Our Patch - Puhoi: Locals talking

What’s special about Puhoi? We hear from locals Jenny Schollum, Kane Dinneen, Bob Turner and Sarita Mclaren.  

Our Patch - Puhoi: Getting creative

Inge Chappell ditched a high-pressure job as a marketing manager in Auckland and taught herself how to work with molten glass at her home studio in Puhoi.

Local Link: RE/MAX Realty Group

RE/MAX Realty Group is based in the Warkworth town centre, and is a franchise of the largest real estate company in the world.

Local Link: Rhodes for Roads

Rhodes for Roads is an experienced civil construction company that has been operating in Warkworth and the surrounding areas since 1985.

Introducing: Millwater Medical

In response to patient feedback where people still preferred the smaller more traditional General Practice, Silverdale Medical made the decision to open Millwater Medical in May this year.

Mahurangi makes a stand against child abuse

Three local family support services are calling for the community to take action and help turn around New Zealand’s child abuse record.

Burns survivor strides forward with confidence

Tracey-Maree Houia is confident, outgoing and looking forward to not only speaking, but also singing, at the World Burn Congress in America this year.

‘Everyday hero’ faces grow then shave challenge

The Cancer Society of Auckland and Northland was looking for ‘everyday heroes’ to have their heads shaved as a fundraiser, and Whangaparaoa IT manager Graeme Gallagher has answered the call.

Guava moth cover up

After losing an entire crop, around 50kg, of plums, last season to guava moth, James Welch of Gulf Harbour is fighting back and believes he has a solution.

Krippner folk at Whangateau Hall

Life on a dusty road has been the inspiration for Mahurangi band The Dirt Road Orchestra, which is playing the Whangateau Folk Club on Monday, July 25 at 7pm.

Coast talent on display in feel-good musical

Kingsway School science teacher Chris Wyatt found his way to the books of Victorian writer George Macdonald when he discovered that Macdonald’s work is credited with inspiring writers he admires such as J R R Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Puhoi markets local talent

Not that residents ever doubted it, but Puhoi is about to prove that it’s indeed Got Talent!


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