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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.



Local folk: Thomas Stiven

The word ‘opportunity’ crops up a lot in conversation with 20-year-old Thomas Stiven, of Gulf Harbour.


Immersion gardening

I had been thinking about how to deal with a possible summer drought, but as it turned out drought was the least of my worries!

Silencing the snorers

Snoring. It doesn’t sound like a serious medical condition but it can be surprisingly disruptive, and is sometimes associated with other health problems.

Put in the hard yards

With the impending implementation of the proposed unitary plan many building companies and builders are experiencing a large increase in enquiry for subdivision, infill housing or minor units as people look to get ahead financially.

Surf support needed

As the end of the year approaches, I hope you are beginning to look forward to summer and the Christmas break.

Open for business

Christmas is fast approaching. For New Zealanders it’s holiday time and many business owners also slow their businesses down.


Projenz denies serious fraud charges in court

A company director accused of bribing senior managers at Rodney District Council (RDC) and Auckland Transport (AT) has said paying for lavish dinners, swanky accommodation and overseas travel for council staff was “an industry standard”.

Marathon man makes it to momentous finish line

Running five full, 42.2km marathons in a year has been a mission for Andy Connor of Red Beach.

Runners complete epic Whangaparaoa coastline challenge

Two runners from Whangaparaoa say they have seen the Hibiscus Coast from a whole new perspective after recently completing a 36.6km run around the peninsula.

Hibiscus businesses giving back

Hibiscus Matters’ Buy Local Give Local Christmas campaign has got off to a positive start with around $900 worth of vouchers already pledged or donated.

Scaffold goes up on The Nautilus

Work has begun on the Nautilus apartment building in Orewa.

Whangaparaoa Road site offered up for sale

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The Ministry of Education is carving a large piece of land off the side of Whangaparaoa College and putting it up for sale.

Men’s Shed almost nailed

Anticipation is growing among local men who want to see a Men’s Shed established in Silverdale, as plans for the shed take shape.

Have your say on Whangaparaoa centre plan

Plans to “revitalise” Whangaparaoa’s shopping precinct and library forecourt, which may include closing off all, or part of Main Street to cars, are moving forward.

Water quality ‘excellent’

Anyone heading into the water this summer can rest assured that the water quality is regularly tested.

Problem solver wins award

Bright sparks don’t come much brighter than Whangaparaoa College student Benjamin Mueggenburg.

War memoirs a labour of love

It’s been a long time coming, but Harry Dean’s book about his World War II experiences, My Pacific Star, has now been published, 40 years after his death.

Navy in port

Several Naval ships taking part in the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the NZ Navy are anchored around Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Canine creation

A sculpture made of repurposed materials at Fame Preschool in Whangaparaoa is on display at NZ Sculpture on Shore.


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