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Free food – Hibiscus Coast Community Pantry opens

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The combined efforts of a Dairy Flat business, community organisations and an electrician who “just wanted to help” has seen the area’s first free Community Pantry built in Whangaparaoa, making free food easy to access for anyone who needs it.

Hill Street improvements mooted

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Some interim improvements to the Hill Street intersection in Warkworth are being finalised by Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency.

Whangaparaoa vandalism arrests made

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Five of the six offenders responsible for a night of vandalism and theft in Whangaparaoa last month (HM September 14) have been arrested and charged by police.

Time to deliver verdict on Supercity

The Local Government Commission is holding a range of public meetings in Mahurangi this month.

Local folk: Olivia Bezett

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Committing to life as a professional artist in NZ is a leap of faith, but at the age of 17, Olivia Bezett of Orewa decided to leave school and give it a go.

‘Yankee’ past explored

They were here for just a few years, but the impact US soldiers had on the Mahurangi was profound, according to research librarian Carolyn Skelton.
 

Job interviews underway

Every three years a bunch of people dust off their CVs and ask ratepayers for a job – it’s local body election time.

A little history

As early as 1881, negotiations had begun to purchase Hauturu Island from the Maori for a wildlife sanctuary.

Emergency planning

July and August saw two periods of exceptionally heavy rain that fell for extended periods of time.
 

Win for firefighter

Manly Fire Brigade Volunteer Mike Williamson, placed second overall and first in Masters at the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.

Expansion for tournament

Two new teams will enter the Rodney Cricket Competition this season, bringing the total up to seven.

Badminton future in doubt

Falling membership could see the 30-year-old Mahurangi East Badminton Club fold next year.

Our path - Maungaturoto: Heart of the Kaipara

Visitors to the small rural community in the heart of the Kaipara District might feel they are heading off the beaten track. Maungaturoto is centrally located.

Our patch - Maungaturoto: Locals talking

"The community spirit is alive and well and it keeps getting stronger. It’s a great place to live.”

Our patch - Maungaturoto: Past tense

The name Maungaturoto translated from Te Reo means mountain standing in a lake or lagoon.

Introducing: Bowtech

Living with intense pain became the norm for Sally Barrett after she severely damaged her back while lifting something incredibly heavy.

Introducing: Phone Booth

Young tech-savvy Mischa Wislang has opened a pop up store called Phone Booth in the Whangaparaoa Plaza.

Introducing: DC Realty

A local real estate agent and an accountant have teamed up to become specialists for commercial leases and business sales in Mahurangi.
 

PINC comes to Mahurangi

Women diagnosed with cancer in Mahurangi now have access to the PINC rehabilitation physiotherapy programme.

King stands up for health

Mike King openly admitted his ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction during a speech to Mahurangi College Year 7 and 8 students on September 5.

Growing great teens

Yvonne Godfrey, author of 'Parenting Yadults', believes that parents and caregivers should ask more of their teens.

Free pest control workshops in Mahurangi

Three free pest control workshops will be held in Mahurangi as part of the Forest Bridge Trust’s campaign to create a wildlife corridor across Rodney.

Crayfish decline continues to impact marine reserve

Marine experts are calling for stricter controls over the crayfish fishery following new research that shows numbers are still declining in the Goat Island marine reserve.

Skipper fined for fishing in reserve

A commercial fisherman, who was contractor for a Warkworth-based fishing company, has been fined $25,000  after pleading guilty to fishing in a marine reserve.

Show on track for success

The team at Peaches and Pickles Productions like a challenge and putting on a Andrew Lloyd Webber musical performed on roller skates is their biggest to date.

Look out behind you Robin!

Robin Hood and his merry men (or women) can expect to hear cries of “look out behind you!” at a pantomime-style production at Centrestage these school holidays.

‘Yankee’ past explored

They were here for just a few years, but the impact US soldiers had on the Mahurangi was profound, according to research librarian Carolyn Skelton.
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