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New Rodney faces around Council table (+video)

It’s a new era for local government in Rodney, with Penny Webster trounced by Greg Sayers for the Rodney Ward Councillor position and six new members on the Rodney Local Board.

Orewa seawall consent delayed

Appeals made on Auckland Council’s proposed Unitary Plan have affected the proposal to build a seawall along Orewa Beach from Kohu Street to Marine View.

Retirement projects dominate Warkworth town skyline

Warkworth is set to become a destination for retirees with two more multi-storeyed retirement apartments planned for the CBD and a new retirement village proposed on the town’s western fringe.

Manly Village apartments now on horizon

Owners of a group of shops in Manly Village have been given notice under their demolition clause as plans to build a five-storey apartment and retail complex on the site move forward.

Plan to fast track Warkworth ‘Millwater’ development

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A 40-hectare site in Warkworth, formerly known as the ‘Stubbs block’,  could be turned into a “Millwater-style” development in a matter of years after it was recently bought by developers.

Elite yachting centre earmarked for Coast

The potential for a multi-million dollar High Performance sailing facility to be built on the Hibiscus Coast, with Gulf Harbour marina the likely location, could have positive spin offs for local businesses and sailing organisations, but the idea is not welcomed by Albany Ward councillors Wayne Walker and John Watson, who describe it as “a big concern”.

Leaner Council needed

All the hoardings are down, glossy brochures long since deposited in recycling bins and the election a fast fading memory for most.

Getting to work

As your elected representative I will work hard to provide the leadership and the strong voice required to promote our beautiful region and to deliver results. 

What’s the frequency?

If you’ve been on the water recently, you may have noticed that Coastguard has changed its VHF open radio channels for the Hauraki Gulf.

Mahurangi captain shoots Harbour team to silver

​Mahurangi College student Jordon Thomas captained his North Harbour team to silver at the boy’s U13 Hatch Hockey Tournament in Christchurch this month.

Prems gearing up for season double

The Kaipara Flats Premiers are looking to capture both the Lion Red Cup and Oxford Trust Two Day Competition this season.

Bike track no obstacle for Gulf Harbour School

A bike track with obstacles so you can test your maneuvering skills, is to be built at Gulf Harbour School and will be open to the public.

Our Patch - Kawau Island: Jewel of the Hauraki Gulf

Kawau islanders may be low in numbers, but they have a seemingly endless supply of energy for community led projects that keep the island alive.

Our Patch - Kawau Island: Conservation

Tracks that have been closed on Kawau due to safety concerns are being re-opened.

Our Patch - Kawau Island: Past Tense

Kawau Island is believed to be named after Kawaupaka – the little white throated shag, which breeds on the island.

Changing Faces: Kowhai Coast Jewellers

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend, but when California-native Greg Winegar started to grade diamonds he was also smitten.

Introducing: Kleur Gallery & Makerspace

Glass artist Inge Chappell is combining her talents and starting a new, expanded gallery in Warkworth.

Mangawhai growth exceeding predictions

Mangawhai is experiencing rapid growth with the local school rocketing to capacity, property prices rising and developers eyeing up opportunities.

Warkworth Food Rescue service booming (+video)

A Food Rescue service which started in Warkworth in August is already being heralded as a huge success. 

Octogenarian rides 232km for hospice

Eighty-three year old Jim Sonerson rode non-stop for six hours at the Kowhai Festival, raising over $420 for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.

Rodney meal service looking for new mouths

As more people move to the area, a local not-for-profit group is promoting a free frozen meal delivery service.

Sustainability earns silver for Stanmore Bay School

Stanmore Bay School has become the first in this area to reach the Silver Enviroschool standard.

Hibiscus Coast bird counters needed

Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird will be counting birds again on the Peninsula next month and is seeking volunteers to help.

Jellyfish giants visit Mahurangi beaches

A number of giant, purple jellyfish having been washing up on Mahurangi shores recently.

Ready steady Matakana School gala

Matakana School gala organisers are expecting another early morning stampede of bargain hunters when the gates open at 7.30am on Saturday October 22.

Stalls aplenty at Leigh Community Preschool Gala

The Leigh Community Preschool Gala on Sunday October 23 is taking on a market theme this year to broaden its appeal to the community.

Mangawhai Beach School agricultural and gala day

Organisers of the Mangawhai Beach School agricultural and gala day are aiming to beat last year’s fundraiser on Saturday 22.


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