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Warkworth to Wellsford proposed motorway route released

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The proposed route for the Warkworth to Wellsford leg of the northern motorway has been released.

Gate crashers threatening sanctuary’s pest-free status

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The hard-won pest proof status of Shakespear Open Sanctuary has come under threat from a new quarter, with two crashes causing significant damage to the pest proof fence.

Armed rustlers confronted in Makarau

A young Makarau woman is recovering from a face-to-face encounter with an armed man attempting to shoot cattle on her property at night.

Family pet dies in shocking fountain incident

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In an incident believed to be extremely rare, a dog was electrocuted after jumping into a fountain in Orewa to cool off.

Resident claims works put property at risk

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A Takatu Road resident is livid that works associated with the current road sealing programme could leave her with an enormous bill

High hopes for gulf plan

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The recently-released Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Spatial Plan is recommending greater protection for the waters off Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

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

Life saver seeking silverware

Omaha surf life saver Mike Fitzgerald has entered his first World Masters Games in search of a new achievement.

Coast takes out crucial cricket match

Hibiscus Coast Cricket’s senior team is in a strong position after a crucial game against Eden Roskill.

A milestone regatta (+video)

Sailors set a fast pace in what were ideal conditions for the Mahurangi Regatta held in the Mahurangi Harbour on January 28.

Businesses want faster UFB rollout

Warkworth, Snells Beach, Matakana, Omaha and Wellsford are all on the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to-do list, but exactly who, when and where is still uncertain.

Changing faces: Warkworth Digital Design & Print

The new owners of what was Warkworth Print, Kim and Richard Batley, are no strangers to the printing industry.

Introducing: Super City Solar owner Ashley Jones

Electrical engineer Ashley Jones is passionate about renewable energy and says getting off the grid is easier and cheaper than people think.

A way back to health

Louise Heeney of Stanmore Bay has said goodbye to the days when the numbers on the scales ruled her life.

Singing for wellbeing

Singing makes you feel good – and its value as therapy is becoming more widely known.

Osteoarthritis course

Although movement of joints affected by osteoarthritis causes pain, it seems as though ‘rotation, rotation, rotation’ is one of the things now prescribed for people suffering from this debilitating condition.

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Extreme weather ranges in 2016

Last year saw extremes at both ends of the rainfall scale in Warkworth, with the wettest year since 2003 and the driest December since 2000.

Gate crashers threaten pest-free status

The hard-won pest proof status of Shakespear Open Sanctuary has come under threat from a new quarter, with two crashes causing significant damage to the pest proof fence.

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Source of significant smell still sought

An unpleasant stench noticed by residents of Swann Beach and Stanmore Bay in recent weeks has lead to investigations by Auckland Council and Watercare.

The buskers are back in town

Stunts, juggling, uni-cycling and even contortion acts will turn the streets of Orewa into a performance showcase later this month.

Paintings show Coast in a new light

After more than 20 years as a professional artist, Robin Midgley of Orewa is about to hold his first solo exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre.

Garden opera back by popular demand

The Auckland Opera Studio will hold an outdoor concert in the grounds of 144 Jones Road Omaha on Saturday February 25.


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Local folk: Danny Battershill

A lifelong learner, Danny Battershill is a qualified chef, barista, bartender and restaurant manager. He has studied sustainable conservation, is a citizen scientist and musician.

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