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Set netting concerns switch to Matakatia

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

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Coast fire regulations snuffed out

Council has put its plan to ban domestic open fires and phase out pre-2005 wood burners on hold awaiting a Government review.

Poppies spread messages of peace

Over the past two months, around 1000 red felt poppies have been made, most of which will soon tumble from a tree outside Estuary Arts Centre.


Local folk: Dr Rebecca Matthews

In a former life, Dr Rebecca Matthews, who holds a doctorate in Particle Physics, had the analytical left hemisphere of her brain well and truly switched on.

Circus workshop flies high

A circus atmosphere took over Orewa Library last week, as a holiday workshop held gave around 30 young people some training in the performance arts.

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.

Families share war tales

Stories shared by soldiers who fought in World War I are few and far between and are now treasured and passed down within families.

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.

Proposal to get Penlink across funding gap

The latest suggestion of a way to bring the building of the Penlink Rd up the list of funding priorities is to focus on its role as a public transport enabler.

Council scheme warming Hibiscus Coast homes

Hibiscus & Bays homeowners have received more than $1.8 million as part of Auckland Council’s Retrofit Your Home programme, which helps meet insulation and heating costs.

Flu vaccine for those at risk

Health authorities in NZ are aiming to have more than 1.2 million people immunised with the influenza vaccine this year.

Skate park progress ramps up

Skateboarders awaiting a revamped facility in Western Reserve, Orewa, may not have too much longer to wait.


Health: 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.

Viewpoint: Orewa interaction 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.

History: The Whangaparaoa Marshes

The sailing ship SS Whirlwind arrived in Auckland in July 1859 after a tempestuous three-month voyage from England.

Gardening: Ready for a cool change

With Terry Moore Not everyone enjoys autumn, particularly the damp squib that we have in Auckland compared with the fireworks provided by deciduous trees in colder parts.


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It could be several weeks before the Northern Action Group has a decision on its High Court appeal.

During the next year, we will follow the events of the Great War and share local stories.

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