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New plans for infamous Warkworth intersection

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New plans to reduce congestion at Warkworth’s Hill Street intersection are underway at Auckland Transport (AT).

Matakatia model making theatre magic

A chance meeting on Manly Beach led to innovations at the Pop Up Globe theatre – the world’s first temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s second Globe theatre – that is drawing crowds into Auckland.

Sea monster takes on spear fisherman at Mokohinau

A Snells Beach fishing charter operator is dining out on a close encounter with a giant ray.

Proposed rate angers Hibiscus Coast moteliers

Motel owners like Jan Guthrie have had sleepless nights since they crunched the numbers on a targeted rate that Auckland Council is proposing to levy.

Church unveils multi-million dollar investment

After 160 years in Bertram Street, Warkworth, Mahurangi Presbyterian Church officials have unveiled plans for a new $10.5 million church and community centre on land near Mansel Drive.

Engaging youth

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a part of an engaged and proactive community.

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Open minded approach

Being a young person, I have found that I have brought the median age of our local board down by quite a few years!

A safe haven

While we’ve had a few false starts, the Shakespear Open Sanctuary should receive its first kiwi in a few months.

Waipu off to winning start in Wellsford

The Waipu Premiers got their rugby season off to a winning start, beating the Wellsford Premiers 27-10 in the Bayleys Premiership at Wellsford on March 18.

Doubles tennis at the World Masters Games

Ex-Wimbledon player Beverley Billington (nee Vercoe) and husband Murray, president of Tennis New Zealand Seniors, will play together in mixed doubles tennis at the World Masters Games in Auckland.

Grass grief on local bowling greens

Both Warkworth Bowls Club and Mahurangi East Bowling Club had problems with their grass bowling greens this season.

Introducing: TankVac

Like many good Kiwi No 8 wire stories, Warren Agnew came up with his latest invention while trying to solve a problem.

Changing faces: Curves Orewa

Curves Orewa’s new owner, Karen Legg, is right at home in the bright, welcoming and user-friendly gym.

Bigger footprints and building budgets

The cost of building a home in the Auckland region has gone up by 70 per cent in the past 10 years.

Kickboxing champion takes on Parkinson’s

Kickboxing champion Danielle Teixiera has used her experience to tweak the NZ Counterpunch Parkinson’s programme.

Paddleboard yoga balances fun and fitness

This summer, SUP boards have replaced yoga mats for those taking SUP Yoga classes at Hatfields Beach.

Warkworth Police tackle ‘one for the road’

Warkworth Police are spearheading a new alcohol responsibility initiative following a fatal car crash in Kaipara last June.

Health and safety concerns spell demise of trees

A group of mature liquidambar trees at Whangaparaoa School are likely to be felled, due to health and safety concerns.

Local rivers considered too small to be swimmable

According to Forest and Bird, none of the local rivers will be covered by the Government’s proposed new water quality standards.

Bagging growing plastic waste dilemma

Warkworth resident Rachel Callender is calling for an initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in the Warkworth area.

Acclaimed duo on folk line-up

The internationally-acclaimed American folk duo Hungrytown will play at Whangateau on Monday March 27.

Concert series surprise event

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

Whangarei Heads hosts art trail

More than 40 artists are taking part in the Whangarei Heads Arts Trail on Easter weekend, April 15 and 16.


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