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Give a voucher this Christmas

It’s not always obvious, but there are a lot of families in our local community who, after paying the mortgage or rent, struggle to find enough to pay the bills and buy food.

Hibiscus Coast foodbank faces empty shelves at Christmas

Donations are desperately needed to restock the local foodbank, which is critically short of many staple items at its busiest time of year.

Warkworth baker beats the best

Warkworth baker Ainsley Cole has out-baked the best to clinch the coveted Foodstuffs NZ Baker of the Year title.

Skaters jump at chance to try Orewa’s new skate park

Excitement has been building in recent weeks as the final touches are put on Orewa’s new skate park in Western Reserve.

Soul-searching time for Council as NAG edges forward

NAG’s application to split from the supercity has been labeled a wake-up call by several Auckland Councillors.

Settlement’s ‘father’

The first Mahurangi land sales took place in 1853 with Henry Pulham and his brothers-in-law all purchasers. 

Paradise found

Some years ago I decided to have all my ornamental gardens set up in raised beds, to improve drainage and to make gardening a bit easier.

Plastic free Christmas

I remember in the 80’s when credit cards were a relatively new thing in New Zealand and getting one was a real novelty.

Weiti block development pushing ahead

The scale of the development being undertaken by Williams Land on the Weiti Block was brought into focus when developer Evan Williams made a presentation to last month’s meeting of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

Kudos for tackling rugby sideline antics

The Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club won the inaugural Club of the Year trophy at the North Harbour Rugby prizegiving last month for its tough stance on sideline bullying.

Surf lifesavers race out of the starting blocks

Local lifeguards have a busy and exciting programme of competition from now until Christmas.

Saving lives at sea begins on land

You’ve got your boat, you’re up early, and you’re ready to enjoy a great day out on the water. It’s easy to let your safety slip from your mind.

Treatment plant gets multi-million investment

The ageing pipe that takes treated wastewater from the Army Bay treatment plant out into the Tiri Channel is to be replaced at an estimated cost of $28 million.

New Warkworth Rotary club organises AIM outing

The young adults of AIM (Adults in Motion), along with their carers and the staff, were recently treated to a trip down the Mahurangi River on the Jane Gifford organised by the new Provisional Rotary Club of Mahurangi Sunrise

Auckland pest management review raises weed alert

Invasive weeds dominated discussion at a public meeting on pest management in Warkworth last month, as attention moves from possums to pampas.

Star Wars marathon in Matakana

Star Wars fans awaiting the new seventh episode, The Force Awakens, have no excuse for missing the launch in Matakana, as the cinema is staging a 94-hour screening marathon.

Ukulele sessions coming to town

Sue Robertson has four strings and a dream of starting a monthly ukulele jam session on the Warkworth waterfront, starting on January 15 at 5pm.

Carolling kids sing at Lucy Moore Park

There will be no silent night at Lucy Moore Memorial Park on December 4, when about 150 children will be in full song for the Carols by Candlelight concert.

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