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Whangaparaoa vandalism arrests made

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Five of the six offenders responsible for a night of vandalism and theft in Whangaparaoa last month (HM September 14) have been arrested and charged by police.

Penlink goes further down transport priority list

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The building of the Penlink Road has been placed even further down the transport priority list and other local projects are not even mentioned in an agreement that prioritises Auckland’s transport infrastructure.

Trike club rides to rescue

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 A drift trike club has built a new custom trike for 17-year-old Hamish Fergusson after his trike was stolen from his family home at Snells Beach on August 20.

Free food – Hibiscus Coast Community Pantry opens

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The combined efforts of a Dairy Flat business, community organisations and an electrician who “just wanted to help” has seen the area’s first free Community Pantry built in Whangaparaoa, making free food easy to access for anyone who needs it.

Home detention sentence in Council serious fraud case

A former Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport employee has escaped a prison sentence after admitting he accepted over $100,000 in bribes.

Vandalism spree in Whangaparaoa

A scene of devastation greeted staff and students at Whangaparaoa College on Friday morning.

Weed spray ‘turn around’ by Auckland Council

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Aucklanders opposed to the spraying of glyphosate (Roundup) for weed control in public areas are claiming “a significant victory” after a decision made recently by a Council committee.

Who’s the boss at War Memorial Park?

Changes at Silverdale War Memorial Park are causing disquiet among the organisations currently based there, with the latest issue being who has authority to make decisions about the park.

Library gets thumbs up from students

Whangaparaoa School officially opened its new library on August 30 with an official blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Bus schedule changes

Auckland Transport (AT) is making tweaks to local bus schedules, after monitoring the way that its new network, introduced on the Hibiscus Coast last year, is working.

What goes around, comes around for KingsWay School

KingsWay School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month (HM September 1) and its founder, Graham Braddock sent in his reflections on how things have turned full circle:

Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre avoids ‘PR disaster’

The Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre considers it has avoided “a PR disaster” after an error that would have seen senior membership prices rise by more than 100 percent was recently discovered.

Pets prepared for Ag Day at Dairy Flat School

It was a scene reminiscent of the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb, when dozens of lambs, as well as kids and calves, arrived at Dairy Flat school recently.


Local folk: Olivia Bezett

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Committing to life as a professional artist in NZ is a leap of faith, but at the age of 17, Olivia Bezett of Orewa decided to leave school and give it a go.


Health Board needs your vote

We have all seen the billboards dotted around busy roading areas and intersections, indicating that yes, it is that time again – time to start voting in the local body political elections.

Garden a minefield for purists

An activity as apparently simple as gardening can raise quite a few issues of environmental ethics if you are going to be purist about it.

Dairy Flat farmer killed in action

Thomas Ivan Prosser was a self-employed farmer in Dairy Flat when he enlisted for WWI on August 25, 1914. 


Orewa businesses say ‘maybe’ in CCTV coverage survey

Initial results from a survey of Orewa businesses are inconclusive as to whether a CCTV system is wanted for the town centre, or not (HM August 17).

Battle ahead for opponents of Orewa retirement resort

More than 60 people attended a public meeting held on August 13 to spread the word about Coastal Properties’ plan to build a large retirement resort in Orewa North (HM August 17).

Parking permits’ time expires

Elderly people who play indoor bowls or cards at Orewa Community Hall each week will suffer as a result of Auckland Transport’s refusal to continue providing a parking exemption.

Celebrating 40 years of Orewa Croquet Club

It’s 40 years since the process of forming Orewa Croquet Club began, with a meeting at Leonie and Harold Salt’s Orewa home on September 15, 1976.

Auckland Council signs may go bilingual

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Auckland Council signs on Council property could soon be in both English and Maori.

Bringing back the Kiwi – how the community can help

The process of returning Little Spotted Kiwi to the Hibiscus Coast has reached the fundraising phase, with 20 birds to be released in Shakespear Regional Park’s open sanctuary next autumn – at a total cost of around $66,000.

Art takes flight in Orewa

Turning a toilet wall into a thing of beauty is the challenge handed out to artist Ruby Watson of Warkworth – and it’s one that she is excited to take on.

Shed seeks new members

More than 50 men (and even a few women) attended a meeting held in Orewa recently to find out more about the Men’s Shed proposed for construction in Silverdale.

New Rotarians get in the swim

The area’s newest Rotary Club, based in Millwater is about to dip its toe in the water, organising its first big fundraiser – a Swimarathon.


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