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Pest invades Coast fruit crops

A pest that can have a devastating effect on fruit and nut crops is making its presence felt on the Hibiscus Coast this summer.

Hammerhead back in public eye

Subdivision of the land known as The Hammerhead at the tip of Gulf Harbour Marina will take place, following a High Court decision in 2009 and recent resource consent application.

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BOOT possibility for Penlink

Work going on behind the scenes to push building Penlink is beginning to bear fruit, with those involved saying there is a significant shift in attitude among the powers that be.


More Adventure Park fun

Whoops of enjoyment can be heard around the Adventure Park in Silverdale as children race down the luge or enjoy the junior play area’s many attractions.

Council awaits review of glyphosate/Roundup

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It appears that Auckland Transport (AT) has put the issue of chemical weed spraying on roadsides into the ‘too hard basket’ – or at least handed it over to Auckland Council.

Nautilus repairs delayed

Major repair work on the Nautilus apartments, which those involved had hoped would begin this month, has been delayed.

Peters’ speech highlights shortfalls in RMA reform

The economy, unemployment and immigration, Resource Management Act (RMA) reform, and separatism were the staple ingredients of NZ First leader Winston Peters’ State of the Nation address in Silverdale on January 26.

Health and safety changes have principals concerned

Schools are re-evaluating their outdoor education programmes in light of new legislation, which takes effect on April 4.

Residents voice summer set netting concerns

Emails are rolling into Auckland Council from people concerned about set netting at local beaches.

Arkles author relaunches controversial book

A work of science fiction by Arkles Bay author Les Watkins, which caused a sensation around the world when it was first published in 1978, has re-surfaced as the inspiration for a documentary.

Students reap what they sow in Dairy Flat School gardens

Dairy Flat School is taking nothing for granted when it comes to teaching children about growing their own fresh food.

Voluntary euthanasia submission shared

The controversial issue of ‘assisted dying” is something Dave Mullan of Red Beach has given a lot of thought to over the years, as it has been very close to home in both his professional and personal life.

Hearing held for rest home

Red Beach residents opposed to the extension of Halldene Rest Home will have an opportunity to present their submissions to commissioners this month.

Silverdale lights considered

The building of traffic lights at the intersection of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Silverdale Street is once again on the table, with things looking positive according to Silverdale Area Business Association committee member Lorraine Sampson.

Forward thinking to upskill Hibiscus Coast youth

New opportunities are being offered to young people on the Hibiscus Coast – in particular the one in 10 youth who are unemployed or those who have left school without NCEA Level 2 qualifications.

Fine issued for damage to protected plantings

The issue of residents pruning trees on public land is an ongoing concern according to Auckland Council’s acting manager, parks, Chris Burgess.


Local folk: Chris Wyatt

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Kingsway School science teacher Chris Wyatt sees no conflict between his religious faith and his passion for science.


Gone fishing

Fishing is one of our favourite pastimes regardless of the season and as a coastal electorate it is even more significant for our community.

Dive into live streaming

Summer has hit. I love the summer months as I spend a lot of time on the beach swimming and walking. That’s the beauty of where we live. Coast life. Living and working in the region makes it feel like you are on permanent holiday.

Good medicine considers all options

Do you have treatment from an acupuncturist, a herbalist or a Bowen therapist? Do you use homoeopathic remedies or dietary supplements?

Who you gonna call?

Every summer, Coastguard Hibiscus shifts to a roster than keeps one or other (and sometimes both) of our vessels on the water pretty much all day, every day of the busy season.

Lunchbox inspiration

Here are some back-to-school breakfast and lunchbox ideas to suit food lovers, vegetarians, fussy eaters and even morning grouches as the kids start trickling back to school.

Good-natured boaties

It’s interesting to see people’s behaviour when out on the water – for some reason which I can’t fathom, a level of goodwill is often apparent – a level that is not always found when travelling on land. Maybe there is no boating equivalent for ‘road rage’?


Skaters jump at chance to try new skate park

Excitement has been building in recent weeks as the final touches are put on Orewa’s new skate park in Western Reserve.

Foodbank faces empty shelves at Christmas

Donations are desperately needed to restock the local foodbank, which is critically short of many staple items at its busiest time of year.

Clubrooms reach consent stage

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After almost a decade, plans to rebuild Orewa Surf Club have made a significant step forward, receiving approval from the landowner and Local Board, last week.



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