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Corrupt Council roading engineer jailed

Former senior roading manager at Rodney District Council (RDC), and subsequently Auckland Transport (AT), Murray Noone, is serving a five-year jail term after being sentenced in Auckland’s High Court on February 22.

Freedom camping causes conflict on Coast

Visitors to the area who are camping for free near local beaches are costing ratepayers dearly, according to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

Thumbs up for new Warkworth play space

Climbing platforms, in-ground trampolines, flying foxes and a four-metre high swing are planned to take older children on a ride to remember at Lucy Moore Park.

Hibiscus Coast backdrop for Kiwi Christmas film

A family feature film, Kiwi Christmas, which begins shooting this week will primarily be filmed in and around Orewa, Puhoi and further north at Te Muri Bay.

Road change upsets countryside residents

Residents at a subdivision off Martins Bay Road say Auckland Council is breaking its own planning rules with the development of a public road through the subdivision.

Centre seeks alternative site

Long-standing plans to build a Family Centre in Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa are now up in the air as those behind the project investigate an alternative site.
 

Shaping the Coast

One month of 2017 has already gone wow! So much to do. The beautiful weather that summer brings looks like it has finally arrived.

Food matters

If there’s one thing we are spoilt for choice for here on the Hibiscus Coast, it’s exercise facilities.

Garden workout

With the focus on health and fitness in Mahurangi Matters this month, I thought I should extol the virtues of gardening
 

Top cricket coach bowls over business event

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson delivered two decades of cricket coaching experience to local business owners at a networking event, held at the Bayleys Real Estate office in Warkworth, on February 16.

Baldrock challenge draws record field

For the seventh consecutive year, Kaiwaka’s Top of the Rock challenge on February 12 drew a record number of entries, with 375 people competing – up from 350 last year.

Squash master returns to worlds

 Warkworth tennis and squash supremo Kaye Jackson will be less nervous than most athletes when she takes the court at the World Masters Games in Auckland next month.

Introducing: East Coast Men’s Barbershop

Custom bikes, cool signage and the ultimate man cave has set the scene for Leigh Sheehan’s new venture, East Coast Men’s Barbershop.

Business networkers hold visitors day

The business networking group BNI will hold a visitors day in Warkworth on March 22.

Large commercial property for sale

A large commercial property at the corner of Queen and Baxter Streets in Warkworth will be auctioned on Wednesday March 8.
 

Ambulance donors recognised

The Warkworth couple who donated an ambulance to St John late last year, Beryl and Doug Good, were the recipients of a Community Service Award from Warkworth Rotary last month.

Quilters deliver good medicine

Members of Mahurangi East Creative Crafts and Art (MECCA) spent over 200 hours producing two handmade decorative quilts for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.

Rodney women celebrate international day

Women of different ethnic backgrounds will share food from their culture to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.

Endangered dotterels threatened by cats

A quarter of the world’s remaining New Zealand dotterels are under threat from cat incursions and other predators at Omaha Spit.

Student discovers dumped kingfish in Mahurangi River

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating after nearly a dozen kingfish were dumped in the Mahurangi River last month.

NZ First weighs in on Te Arai

New Zealand First is concerned locals near Te Arai Beach are not being consulted as an exclusive coastal development progresses.

Girl from Gore plays in Leigh

Kiwi singer/songwriter Jackie Bristow will tour New Zealand this month with Australian musician and long-time collaborator Mark Punch.

Concert series surprise event

Warkworth Music will host an eight event programme this year, including a special documentary screening at Matakana.

Kowhai Singers salute retiring conductor

After more than 21 years as musical director of Kowhai Singers, Peter Cammell is laying down his baton.
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