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Plan to turn Tomarata into festival hub

Thousands of people could be heading to Tomarata for music festivals and other events if a resource consent application is approved.

Former coach stands for Council

Former Rugby league coach Graham Lowe will stand against current Albany Ward councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker in the local body elections.

AT rule change enables private road sealing

Residents who will have to wait decades to have their roads sealed have been given an alternative – pay for it yourself.

Tug of war continues over free Hammerhead access

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Despite 370 submissions being made in opposition to subdivision of the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour, less than 30 people turned up on day one of the hearing.

The future of volunteering

The Hibiscus Coast community relies heavily on an army of unpaid workers.

Mahurangi retailers hit by tobacco crime

A number of Mahurangi cigarette retailers have been targeted in tobacco burglaries and store owners are concerned the problem will be exacerbated as the cost of tobacco rises.

Early moves in elections

With local body elections looming, and nominations opening next month, it is already clear there will be big changes at local board level, and fierce competition for the Rodney and Albany Ward seats.
 

Civic pride

This month’s Viewpoint is about presenting a new point of view about what Council should be doing to revitalise civic pride in Rodney.

On the road

I find the distance I live from suburbia a constant source of both my ultimate pleasure and constant pain.

Improvements in pipeline

It’s heartening to see the gains the Hibiscus Coast is getting compared with many parts of Auckland.
 

Doing it sideways popular

Drift trikes, designed to veer sideways rather than straight ahead, were developed in New Zealand and have a small but dedicated following on the Hibiscus Coast.

Weather challenges golfers

Heavy rain and strong winds tested amateurs at the Mangawhai Invitational and Tom Bonnington Cup at the Mangawhai Golf Club on May 28 and 29.

Turf grows hockey

Warkworth senior hockey has seen registrations triple since the inception of the new turf at the Warkworth Showgrounds last year.

Then & Now: Warkworth

See an elevated view of Warkworth in the 1920s compared to now.

Matakana resident builds world’s fattest Indian

Ken Campbell loves an engineering challenge, but his latest venture would probably be daunting, even for the late, great Burt Munro.

Our Patch - Kaiwaka: Slow down through our town

The lights in Kaiwaka may have dimmed in recent years, but the community spirit is still very much alive and well.

Introducing: Pure Pouch

Dave and Debra Kay have spent years developing a way to provide the community with pristine drinking water without adding to the mounting environmental cost caused by plastic PET bottles.

Introducing: The Vintage Vault

Bronwyn Davies has broken into the old BNZ bank building in Warkworth and refilled the empty vault with an eclectic mix of vintage treasures.

Introducing: Zen Shiatsu Taka

Takayuki Hashimoto has opened Zen Shiatsu Taka in Algies Bay to show how a traditional Japanese approach to health can be transformative.
 

Marathon journey for mother

Warkworth police officer and mother of two Katie Burton will soon make good on a promise she made to herself while lying in Auckland Hospital undergoing treatment for pancreatitis.

Invention solves wheelie bin dilemma

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A Kaipara Flats family has come up with a solution for residents facing a long, rough ride to get their new wheelie bins to the curb.

Hibiscus Coast promoted by local YouTube talent

The Hibiscus Coast is about to be showcased as never before, in a high-energy video made by YouTube sensation and Manly resident Logan Dodds.

Rent musical rocks Centrestage Theatre

The cost of rental accommodation remains a hot topic in Auckland along with its associated social repurcussions.

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Get your folk on at Whangateau

Auckland folk duo Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard are the feature act at the Whangateau Folk Club night at the Whangateau Hall on Monday June 27.
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