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Leigh Fire Brigade ceremony rights a wrong after 23 years

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One of Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade’s founding members was recognised for his 26-years service last month, nearly 23 years after his death.

Schools raise thousands for Vanuatu rebuilding effort

Local schools have been at the forefront of efforts to assist the people of Vanuatu in the wake of last month’s devastating cyclone.

Set netting concerns switch to Matakatia

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Problems with set netting at Matakatia was the main issue highlighted on the Hibiscus Coast by monitoring over summer.

Associate minister inspects Mahurangi College repairs

A further $2 million has been made available to address weather-tightness issues at Mahurangi College.

Alison Holst bows out

One of New Zealand’s favourite cooks, Dame Alison Holst, who lives in Orewa, has been writing a monthly column for Hibiscus Matters for six years.

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Orewa a highlight

The Have Your Say event at the Orewa Community Centre was, for me, one of the highlights of Auckland Council’s 10-year budget consultation period.

Pool still on agenda

I am often asked, “how is the pool coming along?” Submissions on the Long Term Plan continue to show strong support for a pool for Warkworth. 

Nostalgia motivates new Mangawhai Tavern owner

One of Mangawhai Tavern’s new owners has reclaimed a bit of family history.  Rick Smith's family owned and managed it for three decades.

Silverdale rugby kicks off with Open Day

The cricket bats, balls and wickets are back in the shed, and that other game, rugby, is the focus of attention once more with the World Cup just five months away.

Young Entrepreneurs: Rebecca Lane

I have had Bramble for just over a year and we currently employ seven staff, including some part-timers.

All ages commemorate World War I

Young and old will come together in Wellsford on Anzac Day to remember locals who served in World War I.

Board challenges Council over costs

Auckland Council’s involvement in community and small public works could be doubling costs.

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The psychology of sledging

Many will have heard the debate in the weeks following the Cricket World Cup, surrounding the perceived behaviour of the Australian cricket team, in their win over our Black Caps.

On a mission to save our seed supplies

Planting a seed, watching the seedling grow and harvesting the resulting fruit or vegetables, herbs or flowers to enjoy or eat, may seem like the most natural thing in the world.

Poppies spread messages of peace

About 1000 hand made red felt poppies are tumbling from a tree outside Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve, Orewa.

Kowhai Festival planning underway

The Kowhai Festival ‘Big Day Out’ in Warkworth will be held on Saturday October 17.

Paparoa gallery enriches community

Artists in Paparoa are celebrating the opening of the White Rock Gallery as an outlet for the district’s creative community.

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