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Land sale throws Hibiscus Coast RSA a lifeline

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It was standing room only in the cavernous lounge of the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA for an extraordinary general meeting held on May 7.

Meeting rejects Matakana link road options

Auckland Transport’s (AT) Matakana Link Road team may be forced to return to the drawing board after people at the first public consultation meeting were angered that none of the four options presented connected to the motorway.

Lack of volunteers sees Red Cross branch close

The local branch of the Red Cross will close at the end of this month, and long serving members say it is sad and disappointing that it has come to this.

Snells liquor store approved

Despite strong community opposition, Auckland Council has given the go ahead to an off-licence in the former Video Ezy shop, in Snells Beach.

Do we want the Hibiscus Coast soap box derby?

Unless an organisation steps forward to take over the running of the local Soap Box Derby, it may have run its last race.

Vale Betty Paxton, 1926 - 2017

About 200 people attended the Mahurangi East Community Centre in Snells Beach to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Elizabeth (Betty) Paxton who served on the Rodney District Council for 11 years.

Right wins over might

The NZ Commerce Commission made an important and courageous decision this month when it declined a proposed merger between Fairfax and NZME.

First 180 days

Wellsford is not getting a fair deal and this has nothing to do with the Northern Action Group (NAG).

New ways of contact

Earlier this month we had the release of the Little Spotted Kiwi in Shakespear Regional Park. What an inspiring community effort this is.

Mahurangi win at team champs

Mahurangi College sailed its way to victory in the bronze fleet at the Secondary Schools Team Sailing National Championship at Algies Bay last month.

Local Masters finish on podium

The World Masters Games last month have been dubbed ‘the best games ever’ by the International Masters Games Association.

Skaters assess revamped Stanmore park

Stanmore Bay skatepark reopened recently after its $100,000 makeover.

Changing Faces: Charlie’s Gelato Garden

Gelato lovers can relax – it will be business as usual at Charlie’s, according to new owners Andrew Cole and Tania Nevill, who took over from Charlie Wrigglesworth and Heather King.

Chocs away for new business visitors

Fifteen new businesses enjoyed an array of treats from Warkworth’s Chocolate Brown as part of a Visitors Day organised by business networking group BNI recently.

New vintage market underway in Matakana

The demise of the Sunday Vintage Markets in Matakana in March has led to the formation of a new monthly market at Matakana Community Hall, starting on May 27 and 28.

Need for reusable protection

Two women starting a local chapter of a global initiative to provide disadvantaged young women with free, reusable sanitary protection, have found it is needed nearer to home.

Fun, friendship and funding

After years of putting on lavish Pink Ribbon high teas for women, this year has special meaning for Jane Bentley.

Pink fundraisers on Coast

Locals are getting behind Pink Ribbon Breakfast month in a big way this year, with breakfasts (and lunches) being held all over the Coast to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Regency Lake quality guaranteed by Country Club

A dispute over payment for grass carp could have a big impact on the appearance and use of the artificial waterways around Gulf Harbour, including the largest one, Regency Lake.

Innovation at whitebait facility

The Manaki Whitebait fish farm in Woodcocks Road, in Warkworth, is developing what could be the key to keeping whitebait from extinction and still on the dinner table.

Group keen to get green light for recycling centre

Hopes to establish a community recycling centre at the Lawrie Road waste transfer station in Snells Beach have taken a step forward, following a successful public meeting to gauge support for the idea.

Theatre collaboration targets bullying

Warkworth Theatre Group and budding actors from Mahurangi College have teamed up to stage a play about bullying.

OWL community hub hosts art exhibition

Wellsford artist Taipari Connelly hopes his exhibition at OWL Community Hub in Wellsford will encourage other young creatives to pursue their talent.  

Shop of Horrors opens at Centrestage Theatre

Young performers are raising the bar this year at Centrestage Theatre, tackling two musicals instead of the usual one.


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