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Strings attached to Commission decision

A campaign for an independent North Rodney Council has moved one small step forward following a Local Government Commission decision released today.

AG’s Mangawhai report confusing

The Auditor-General Lyn Provost has today re-released a decision to decline reporting on the failed Mangawhai wastewater scheme, which was released 12 months ago.

Rare fish found in Army Bay

Local plumber Dean Thomas’ regular walk on Army Bay beach with his dog on August 6, the day after a big storm, turned up something more than a little surprising.

Mayor grilled on transport issues in Orewa

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Auckland Mayor Len Brown responded to questions from residents on transport issues for more than an hour at a meeting in Orewa last night.

Puhoi to Warkworth motorway consortia shortlisted

A contract for the building of the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway could be awarded as early as October next year following today’s announcement that three consortia have been short-listed.

Wireless whispers

The grapevine, or the Bush Telegraph if you prefer, is definitely alive and kicking in rural parts, says Julie Cotton.

The multi-tasking church

The year was 1862 and the Wainui residents were building a Presbyterian Church. Land for the church was donated by Irishman William Lamont.

Nurture vs nature

Little penguins, those cute and much loved creatures, have a dark side. Having set up home in a nest box, all evidence points to them pecking petrels to death.

Changing places: Restyle Boutique

Last week’s opening of the Restyle Boutique in Tamariki Plaza, Orewa, has given owner Linda Holden an opportunity to put her “head full of ideas” into action.

Manly venue confirmed for April Weet-Bix TRYathlon

One of the biggest children’s sporting events in New Zealand, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix TRYathlon, is to shift from the North Shore to Manly next year.

Planning 1985 – win some, lose some

In the next few issues Mahurangi Matters will take a look at issues around growth. Before we look forward, we thought we would look back 30 years.

Infrastructure limits business expansion

A claim that growth in Warkworth over the next 30 years will bring 1400 new jobs was challenged at an Auckland Council meeting in Warkworth on August 3.

Call for Warkworth planning fast-track

Developers rather than the community could shape the future growth of Warkworth unless planning for the town is fast-tracked, Warkworth planner Burnette Macnicol says.

Stitching’s role in mental health unpicked at Estuary Arts

Handcraft and stitching skills from days gone by are the focus of an exhibition called A Time Gone By that is on now at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.

Foil recycling improving green credentials

Next time you have hair colour applied at the salon, spare a thought for what happens to all those pieces of aluminium foil.

Pub brings out the poets

It seems that National Poetry Day does what its supposed to, bringing amateur and professional poetry writers out to share their work in the community.

Exhibition creates a buzz

The hardworking honeybee is the subject of an exhibition that’s on now at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.

Comedy at Leigh

Comedian Jeremy Elwood is headlining a comedy night at Leigh Sawmill on August 29. Jeremy is a regular on the TV show, 7 Days.

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