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Nautilus faces ‘rock and hard place’ decisions

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The owners and landlords of businesses in Keith Morris Lane, under the Nautilus, are feeling a little more positive after voicing their concerns about the impact that repair work on the building may have on them.

Mahurangi farm off the lay

One of New Zealand’s largest commercial duck egg producers, based in Kaipara Flats, has scaled down production.

Local folk: Nigel Capon

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On November 20 last year, veteran fire fighter Nigel Capon and his wife Maria were at home reading to their grandson when his pager went off.

Traffic frustrations aired

Frustration with Mahurangi’s traffic woes came to a head this month during consultation on a draft transport plan for the area.

Whangaparaoa Primary students focus on chess

Chess is taking off in a big way at Whangaparaoa School – a recent open day there attracted more than 50 students keen to learn from scratch, or improve their game.
 

Transport gains for Coast

It’s maybe still not quite the case of ‘all good things coming to those who wait’, but 2016 is at least going to see a few good things happening with transport locally.

One hundred years young

The first Port Albert church was built on a site near Market Street (now Bennett Street) in 1864.

Pain conference a pleasure

A few weeks ago I attended the NZ Pain Society conference. It brings together health professionals involved in the management of persistent pain in NZ.
 

Coast football training

This week sees the launch of a programme at the Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club in Stanmore Bay that technical director Mauricio Rojas says is unique in NZ.

Bowls indoor green

Bowls Orewa, which is one of the biggest bowling clubs in Auckland, is hoping to add an indoor green.

Video: Inter-school clash

It was a nail-biting finish in the annual Mt Roskill College exchange with Mahurangi College, held at Mahurangi this month, with Mahurangi narrowly losing in the final fixture.

Then & Now: Queen St

See the corner of Queen Street and Wharf Street in Warkworth as it was in the early 1900s compared to now.

Snells Beach artist

The work of Snells Beach potter Jocelyn Adolf, who moved north from Greenhithe in 2005, is inspired by her surroundings.

Snells Beach stats

The resident population of Snells Beach at the time of the 2013 census was 3552, a 7.6 per cent increase since the 2006 census.

Changing Faces: HomePlus Rodney

Devonport couple Stephen and Sue Sheehan have taken over HomePlus in Morrison Drive in Warkworth to offer a range of products to help people customise their homes.

Changing faces: Matakana Smokehouse

After sailing the world together, Sophie and Michael Isbey have taken on the Matakana Smokehouse and are settling back in Mahurangi to start a family.

Introducing: Paprika Indian Kitchen

A new restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast is promising both Indian and European cuisine, but with a twist.
 

Maygrove in the pink for breast cancer fundraiser

When Raewyn Wootton of Orewa walks into a local business, at this time of year, they know what she wants and most are happy to help.

Mixed season for rare birds

The number of northern New Zealand dotterels visiting Omaha Shorebird Sanctuary after the breeding season has increased to more than 200 for the first time.

Capital show

Warkworth artist Sonia Fraser is heading to Wellington to put her work on show along with hundreds of other artists at the NZ Art Show.

Artists share skills

A new opportunity to share and learn art and craft techniques has been set up in Warkworth.

Recovery brings artists

Moving on from life in Christchurch, after the earthquakes, has been difficult for artists Neil and Lindsay Hey, despite the fact that they made a new start in Gulf Harbour in 2014.
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