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Orewa retirement resort plan meets staunch opposition

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Plans to build a large “retirement resort” on a site in Orewa that is adjacent to native bush, a stream and historic buildings is opposed by Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird and local residents who say its size and bulk are out of scale with its surroundings.

Auckland Transport employee guilty

A former employee of Auckland Transport and Rodney District Council has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution.

Licence cancellation a Real Estate benchmark

Local real estate agent Alan Morton-Jones had his licence permanently cancelled by the High Court this month – a decision that is not only rare, but also provides an important precedent for the industry.

Gull hopes to land on Coast

Gull NZ has applied for resource consent to build a petrol (and diesel) station on the Hibiscus Coast, near Millwater.

CCTV proposed for Orewa

Businesses in Orewa have been canvassed to see whether there is support for a user-pays CCTV camera system within the town centre.

New fares benefit commuters

Auckland Transport has redesigned its public transport fare stage system. The new system, called Simpler Fares started for bus and train services on August 14.

Expert expedites Whangaparaoa town centre revival

Collaboration and inclusiveness are important if the space outside Whangaparaoa Library is to be revitalised into a community hub, according to overseas expert Milenko Matanovic.

Works begins at Link Crescent

Neighbours of the residential development at 20 Link Crescent in Whangaparaoa will see fences go up and trees felled on the land, starting this week.

Orewa students build bridges

Building model bridges that would stand up to engineering tests was a challenge relished by a team of five Orewa College students this month.

Refined sugar not so sweet at Council Leisure Centres

Auckland Council’s recent decision to remove sugary drinks from vending machines at its Leisure Centres may eventually influence what is sold at the café at the Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre.


Local folk: Andu Iordache

Orewa psychologist Andu Iordache grew up in communist Romania, dreaming of chocolate, bananas and the life he imagined people lived in Western countries. Forging a life for himself in NZ was not easy, and although he visits Romania often he considers himself a Kiwi. He spoke to Terry Moore.  


Showing youth the way

There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. 

The good oil

I’ve always known fish oils were good for you because apart from all the science behind it, I have seen the results with my own eyes.

Recreating a forest

Shakespear Open Sanctuary now has 19,600 more seedings planted, thanks to the hundreds of supporters who helped get them into the ground. 


Tune into Radio Whangaparaoa

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Whangaparaoa’s own community radio station will hit the airwaves within a few months.

Tsunami warning sirens a major investment

A network of sirens that can give residents warning of an approaching tsunami, costing $50,000 each, is being considered for Orewa.

Unitary Plan recommendations unpacked for Coast

Changes have been made to the notified Auckland Unitary Plan that allow for increasing housing density and green field development, however according to local councillors, the Hibiscus Coast will have got off relatively lightly if the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations are adopted this month.

Car park commandeered for Nautilus repairs

Orewa Library will surrender the use of part of its car park for around two years so that repair work can be carried out on the leaky Nautilus apartment block.

Penlink appeals settled out of court

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Appeals relating to the designation of the Penlink Road have been settled by mediation without the need for a hearing in the Environment Court.

Men’s Shed members sought

As the Hibiscus Men’s Shed moves ahead with its plans to establish a shed in Silverdale, it is seeking members from the local community and will hold a public meeting this week to encourage that process to begin.

Community garden plots available

Whangaparaoa residents who are keen to get their hands a little dirty are invited to attend the launch of a community garden in the grounds of the Whangaparaoa Hall on Saturday, August 13.

Hibiscus board walks on the wild side

Environmental funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board will be directed towards two projects under the umbrella of the Weiti Wildlink.

Horticultural Society back in bloom

The Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society has been saved from the brink by Marion McCracken, who stepped into the role of president at a special general meeting held on July 18.

Electricity powers posties

Posties are set to hop aboard new electric vehicles, with NZ Post taking delivery of its first shipment of new electric delivery vehicles in Auckland last month.

The Big Dig resurfaces

Orewa Lions is pulling out all the stops and has set a date this summer for bringing back its popular Big Dig event.

Consent comes through for Orewa Beach clubrooms

Good news came in twos for the Orewa Surf Club last month.

Trains boats and planes transport viewers to simpler times

The addition of planes and boats to the model train show at Whangaparaoa Hall last month was a crowd pleaser, according to organizer Philip Wrigley of the Auckland Marklin Club.

Dynamic lanes discussed

Auckland Transport’s plan to trial dynamic lane controls on Whangaparaoa Road to improve traffic flow at peak times will be discussed at a Council workshop this month, after which there will be public consultation.


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