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Orewa Lions calling it quits on The Big Dig

One of Orewa Beach’s most popular and longest standing community events, The Big Dig, will not be held this summer and its long-term future is uncertain.

Community to have say on aged care plans

Red Beach residents opposed to the extension of Halldene Rest Home have achieved their goal of having the resource consent application publicly notified.

Families fight proposed school zone changes

Rural families who have students at Silverdale School, are angry at a proposal that could see them placed out of zone.


BUY local GIVE local Christmas campaign gathers momentum

Donations are beginning to come in for the Buy Local Give Local campaign, which runs from November 4–December 9.

Christmas tree decoration fosters festive spirit

This week, in the lead up to the Orewa New World Santa Parade, expect to see several of these 2m high trees, painted by local volunteers of all ages, appear around Orewa town centre.

Happy birthday Orewa Library

There has been a library serving Orewa’s book lovers since 1984, but according to its longest serving librarian, Raewyn Bielby, the opening of the current facility in 1995 was an important milestone.

Recycling project making great grotto for Santa

The idea of making Santa a grotto out of recycled 2-litre plastic milk bottles began on a small scale, with the igloo destined for inside one of Apples Childcare’s classrooms.

Turning bottle tops into art

Silverdale School aims to progress its reputation as a committed Enviroschool with two murals currently under construction.

End of era as Hungry Creek closes Puhoi campus

The Hungry Creek Art & Craft School is closing its Puhoi campus at the end of this month and relocating to Glenfield on the North Shore.

Army Bay treatment plant to get multi-million dollar investment

The ageing pipe that takes treated wastewater from the Army Bay treatment plant out into the Tiri Channel is to be replaced at an estimated cost of $28 million.

First public outing for First Response vehicle

The Manly Fire Brigade’s volunteer fire fighters are often first on the scene for medical, as well as fire, emergencies on the Coast and the latest addition to their fleet is designed specifically for medical callouts.


Local folk: Megan Fairley

After 16 years as an Intensive Care Paramedic with St John, Megan Fairley says she has seen “every bizarre accident possible”, as well as dealing with a number of dangerous situations.


Set netting ‘fiasco’

It was Groucho Marks who once said “politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies”.

Vigilence and vigilantes

Imagine hopping over the fence and hacking off a corner of your neighbour’s house with a chainsaw to improve your view.

Hard workers on the water

Scows were once an integral part of coastal shipping in this country, especially in northern waters.

‘Mayday’ not called for

The busy season for our local Coastguard Hibiscus volunteers is upon us.

Signs of stress

If you’ve ever wondered why your eye keeps twitching, what the white spots on your nails might mean, or why your tongue is looking different in some way (for example with a yellow coating), then read on.


Storm of protest over Orewa Beach seawall proposals

The seawall that Auckland Council proposes to build for erosion protection on the northern portion of Orewa Beach has already run into headwinds, although the first public consultation doesn’t take place until the end of this month.

Community ‘ignored’ in set net decision

The anger and disappointment felt by those who fought for a permanent ban on set netting at Arkles Bay was expressed online last month after Hibiscus Matters posted a story on Auckland Council’s decision (October 13).

Rules for berm plantings causing concern

Hibiscus Coast residents who have planted beyond their front gates and onto the berms will be subject to new rules that are being finalised by Auckland Transport (AT).

Christmas cheer for community, Buy Local - Give Local

With Christmas just around the corner, your community newspapers, Hibiscus Matters and Mahurangi Matters, are once again spreading the news about our Buy Local Give Local campaign.

High powered walkabout for Orewa town centre

Representatives of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, as well as Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt and deputy chair Greg Sayers were shown around Orewa town centre by Council’s Auckland design office general manager Ludo Campbell-Reid last week.

High tea celebrates bakers

A High Tea with all the trimmings seems like the perfect opportunity to hear from some inspirational speakers, while raising funds for Red Beach dementia care provider Platinum Community Centre.

Leaving a legacy – carvings valued by Whangaparaoa School

Traditional Maori carvings that are being created for Whangaparaoa School will bring a unique cultural element to the Hibiscus Coast that, until now, has been lacking.

Homestead takes shape as useful community facility

New homes and shops are not the only things under construction in busy Millwater –historic Stoney Homestead has also been a hub of building activity.

Galas get going on Coast

Gala season is in full swing, with Wainui School’s Ag Day, Silverdale School’s Country Show Day, Dairy Flat School’s Ag Day and Stanmore Bay School’s gala held in recent weeks.

French say ‘merci’ to Orewa World War II veteran

Ninety-seven year old Flight Lieutenant Doug Smith describes his service in World War II as “hairy at times, but also very good fun”.



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