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Christmas campaign concludes

This year, local businesses and the public donated a total of $1974-worth of vouchers to Hibiscus Matters’ Buy Local Give Local campaign.

Pair found guilty in council corruption case

A former senior roading manager at Rodney District Council (RDC) and Auckland Transport (AT) and a council contractor have been found guilty of a seven year relationship of bribery and corruption.

User pays budget coming

A fuel tax, a targeted rate for development land and levy on accommodation providers are being floated as ideas to fund major infrastructure projects, as Auckland Council looks to limit rate rises.

‘Outstanding’ community response restocks foodbank

The shelves of the local foodbank, which were almost empty at the end of last month, are now filled to capacity, with boxes and bags piled high to take the overflow – the result of an outstanding response to a story in the last issue of Hibiscus Matters.

Donations for homeless women stream in

Bags of personal hygiene products and toiletries for homeless women were dropped off at the Hibiscus Matters office over the last fortnight in response to a story in the December 1 paper.

Silverdale switches on 4.5G

Move over 4G mobile phone technology – Spark has already switched on 4.5G, recently upgrading its existing cellphone tower on Hibiscus Highway just past the Millwater Parkway intersection.

Pile of soil the last straw for Red Beach residents

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Residents of The Fairways are among the worst affected by the residential development taking place on the former Peninsula Golf Club land in Red Beach.

Whangaparaoa Plaza gets new name in time for Christmas

The Plaza in Whangaparaoa has a new name to coincide with an ongoing refurbishment programme.

Development challenges Orewa infrastructure

An Orewa subdivision that local politicians hope could be “a poster boy” for good development had its formal launch on December 2.

‘Show me the money’ the cry for Penlink Road

Frustration was evident all round at a Penlink meeting held for local business representatives in Silverdale last week.

Motorway group fronts ahead of construction

The group that will build the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is already expecting to finish the project ahead of schedule, announcing plans to open before Christmas in 2021.

Town Centre plan discussed

There was keen interest from local residents who stopped to share their thoughts on how Whangaparaoa’s town centre could develop.

Off road fun planned for Silverdale site

Surf Mountain in Silverdale will offer on and off-road tracks for drift trikers, long boarders, dirt scooters and mountain boarders.

Summer water sliding begins at Silverdale Adventure Park

A 100m inflatable waterslide now snakes its way down a hillside at Silverdale Adventure Park.

Santa comes to Stillwater Christmas picnic in park

Stillwater’s first Christmas in the Park market, on December 3, was all about the children, with games such as sack races, arts and crafts, face painting, a Jingle Bikes competition and of course a visit from Santa.

Hibiscus Coast set net monitoring over

There will be no monitoring of set net activity on the Hibiscus Coast this summer – instead Auckland Council is relying on the public to keep a watch on our beaches.

Big Dig funds go to outdoor gym gear

A set of fitness equipment designed for use in outdoor parks is coming to Orewa Beach, thanks to the Orewa Lions and The Big Dig.

Restricted fire season begins

A restricted fire season came into force for the mainland of the Auckland Rural Fire District from December 1. This means you need a permit to light a fire in mainland rural areas.

Meet our walkers

Although our newspapers can all be read online, getting one in the mailbox is still something many people look forward to.

Hibiscus Coast builds reputation as dining destination

While there is already a good range of dining options on the Hibiscus Coast, some local restaurateurs believe a wider choice of international cuisines could make the area even more of a dining destination.

Get your consent application off to a good start

Auckland Council wants to help customers develop better consent applications through encouraging pre-application meetings.


Local folk: Gendi Dwight

Chartered accountant Gendi Dwight first went to church in 2005 – and only because her four-year-old daughter was keen.


Board gets down to business

With Christmas fast approaching, it is getting near to the time of the year when we reflect and start to plan ahead. Life however continues at a relentlessly hectic pace.

Summer bites

With summer sitting right on our doorstep and the fishing being red hot at the moment I thought I would pen a few tips and tricks to get the season started.

Our tsunami plan

At about 1.30am on November 14, I awoke to the trilling of my Coastguard pager.

Water care needed

Our streams get a hard time. Between 100 and 200 kilometres of waterways lose their natural state each year across the Auckland region.

The burning question

Living in New Zealand we are often bombarded with messages about the dangers of sun exposure, and rightly so.


Hot video launched

Representatives of local tourism and related businesses as well as members of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and Auckland Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker gathered in Silverdale last night for the launch of a much-anticipated video clip.

Buy Local Give Local Christmas campaign gathers steam

There is less than two weeks to run in Hibiscus Matters’ Buy Local Give Local Christmas charity campaign.

Final touches for historic homestead

Seven years after developers’ plans to demolish historic Stoney Homestead in Millwater were first revealed, in Hibiscus Matters, the restored facility is almost ready to be opened as a community hub.

Demand causes Hibiscus Coast foodbank crisis

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Once again the local Foodbank faces poor supplies of the basics at Christmas.

Hearing for Moir Hill development at Puhoi

A resource consent hearing for an 1800-hectare residential development at Moir Hill will be held at the Puhoi Centennial Hall from December 6 to December 8 from 9.30am.

Transparency issues raised

The issue of whether or not to open the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board’s workshops to the public and the press will be debated again by members.

Councillor pushes for tsunami sirens

Recent earthquakes in the South Island and Japan have not only shocked the community, but also reignited concerns about the lack of tsunami warning sirens here on the Hibiscus Coast.

Help rolls in after Kaikoura earthquake

Local schools and organisations are mobilising to assist people affected by the recent earthquake that has had a devastating effect in Kaikoura as well as impacting north Canterbury, Blenheim, Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa.

Rotarians give from the heart

Orewa Rotarians gave generously to the community at their meeting in Rotary House, Silverdale on November 22, handing out a total of $10,000 in donations to local individuals and groups.

Commissioners say ‘No’ to high rise Red Beach retirement village

It’s back to the drawing board for Metlifecare, after its proposal to build a large retirement village in Red Beach was refused resource consent by independent commissioners.

Orewa North retirement consent put on hold

Residents opposed to the building of a large retirement resort in Orewa North face an anxious wait, as a hearing scheduled for next month has been cancelled.

Police wary as Crate Day looms

Rodney Police are asking for responsible behaviour from those attending Crate Day, on December 3 and have asked that it be moved from Manly Beach.

Silverdale United upgrade more than skin deep

Silverdale United Rugby Football Club is embarking on a $1.4million upgrade of its facilities – one of the most significant undertakings in the club’s history.

World first drone delivery

Emma and Johnny Norman did not expect to be part of a world first when they were asked whether they’d like to have pizza delivered to their place by drone.

Video meets mixed response

A video promoting the Hibiscus Coast, launched this week, will be open sourced so that anyone in the region can use it.


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