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Weekend ferry survey opens

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A recent Off the Record in Hibiscus Matters’ March 1 paper about the need for weekend ferries from Gulf Harbour to the city caused a lot of comment on social media.

Lions mark centenary with gift for Orewa community

The installation of two large outdoor tables with bench seats on Orewa Reserve recently is the result of almost a year of work behind the scenes.

New wheels for food rescue

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The Food Rescue service, which began almost a year ago on the Hibiscus Coast, now has its own dedicated vehicle thanks to a generous grant from Countdown.

Round two of seawall consultation begins

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A new set of images has been released illustrating how the proposed seawall that Auckland Council hopes to build at the northern end of Orewa Beach may look.

Better ferry service under discussion

Auckland Transport (AT) is currently looking into possible improvements to its ferry service from Gulf Harbour to the city, however there are no guarantees that any new services will be forthcoming.

Weed eaters return to parks and playgrounds

Weed eaters will again be whirring in our parks and playgrounds, after Auckland Council reversed its decision to use Glyphosate (Roundup) to tidy up edges instead, as a cost saving measure.

Trekkers share the love in Whangaparaoa

Anyone in the vicinity of the Plaza will have been aware of the visit of the Trillian Trekkers on Monday, March 20.

Gold award for Zeffer cider

A cider made in Silverdale was awarded a gold medal at the International Cider Awards held recently in the UK.

Answers delivered at Puhoi Station

The impending Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) amalgamation was discussed during a visit by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne to the Puhoi Fire Station on March 6.

Auckland Council promotes dangerous dog de-sexing by text

Owners of pitbulls and other menacing dogs are being targeted in a new de-sexing drive that Auckland Council hopes will reduce dog attacks on Aucklanders, particularly children.

Apartment plans gain consent

Auckland Council has granted resource consent that allows the upper floor of the building at 54–56 Rawhiti Road, Manly, to be converted from restaurant and office space into residential apartments.

Mud bonding families together

A muddy, technology-free camp entitled ‘Date with Dad – Rewilding the Child’ was the latest fundraiser for Stella Maris primary school in Silverdale.

Bowler makes a century

George Shadbolt of Stanmore Bay turns 100 this week, on March 31, and says he expects a bit more than just a telegram from the Queen.

Hen jumpers save the day

Angela McClame has given four ex-battery hens a happy, free-range life at her Stanmore Bay property and says they are settling in nicely a year after she adopted them.


Support for surf rebuild

One of the roles I have within our community and which is very special to me is as Patron of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club.

Thinking ahead

Advance Care Plans – we used to call them “living wills – were never very popular but things change and now they are big news in the medical arena. 

Let’s get travelling

Whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime or a quick break during the school holidays, here are some digital tools to help.

From one meal to the next

Leftovers are an inevitable part of cooking - sometimes we can accidentally cook too much while other times our eyes are bigger than our stomachs.

Targeting fattening fish

We have all noticed the cooler autumn morning and lower sea temperatures which heralds the tail end of the game fishing season (other than broadbill that is).


Local folk: Vincent Maire

One of my daughters enrolled at Ambury Park Centre for riding therapy in Mangere Bridge and she was very happy there.


Matakatia model making theatre magic

A chance meeting on Manly Beach led to innovations at the Pop Up Globe theatre – the world’s first temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s second Globe theatre – that is drawing crowds into Auckland.

Proposed rate angers Hibiscus Coast moteliers

Motel owners like Jan Guthrie have had sleepless nights since they crunched the numbers on a targeted rate that Auckland Council is proposing to levy.

Local rivers considered too small to be swimmable

According to Forest and Bird, none of the local rivers will be covered by the Government’s proposed new water quality standards.

Family fun at Stanmore gala

Stanmore Bay School’s field was transformed into a fairground for its annual gala on March 5.

Raft race floats funds for Stillwater community

Stillwater’s annual raft race is known as a wet and wild family fun day and this year’s event, on March 5, did not disappoint.

Record breaking Cook Strait crossing

There has been no shortage of media attention since Caitlin O’Reilly of Waitoki became the youngest female to swim across Cook Strait.

Health and safety concerns spell demise of mature trees

A group of mature liquidambar trees at Whangaparaoa School are likely to be felled, due to health and safety concerns.

Consent lodged for Manly Village apartments

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Developers of the five-storey apartment block in Manly Village (60–62 Rawhiti Rd) say there was a hold up with their building consent application, which they had originally hoped to lodge with Auckland Council five months ago.

Nautilus re-clad continues

The Nautilus apartments are gradually being swathed in plastic wrap as the two-year-long repair of the leaky building, which began at the end of last year, continues.

Masala settles

The owners of the Masala restaurant chain will forfeit $8 million, after coming to a settlement with the Crown.

Board goes into battle for return of weedeaters

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The issue of spraying chemical weedkiller on the Hibiscus Coast will be in the spotlight again as the contracts for the service come up for renewal.


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