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The future of volunteering

The Hibiscus Coast community relies heavily on an army of unpaid workers.

Tug of war continues over free Hammerhead access

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Despite 370 submissions being made in opposition to subdivision of the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour, less than 30 people turned up on day one of the hearing.

Early moves in elections

With local body elections looming, and nominations opening next month, it is already clear there will be big changes at local board level, and fierce competition for the Rodney and Albany Ward seats.

Invention solves wheelie bin dilemma

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A Kaipara Flats family has come with a solution for residents facing a long, rough ride to get their new wheelie recycling bin to the curb.

Cycle lanes for cyclists only

The Hibiscus Coast Highway cycle lane that heads out of Orewa towards Red Beach has recently been the cause of a few scrapes –  but between cars, rather than bikes.

Building skills rewarded

Adam Johnson originally wanted to join the police when he left Whangaparaoa College, but says he is pleased that his interests instead lead him into a career in building.

Rodney retailers hit in tobacco fuelled crime wave

A number of Rodney and Hibiscus Coast cigarette retailers have been targeted in tobacco burglaries and storeowners are concerned the problem will be exacerbated as the cost of tobacco rises.

Teen awarded Spirit voyage

A 16-year-old Orewa College student, Cameron Trought, who enjoys helping others, has received a helping hand himself, earning a voyage on the Spirit of NZ.

Men’s Shed development at Silverdale challenged

The Men’s Shed’s plan to establish a base in Silverdale has been challenged by other community groups interested in the same site.

Asbestos discovered in Council owned community facilities

A group of Auckland Council owned community buildings in Silverdale have tested positive for asbestos and a process is underway to have it removed.

Boost for electric vehicles

Mahurangi couple Steve and Dee West have received an EECA award for their fast charging stations for electric vehicles.

Highway speeds a danger to school students

Dairy Flat School is making a concerted effort to bring down the speed of traffic that roars past its entrance on the busy Dairy Flat Highway.

Health warning issued as Coast shellfish poisoned

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A toxin found in shellfish that has not been detected in this area since the 1990s is back, leading to a public health warning from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Stargazers invited to Orewa

There is a chance to stargaze with someone who knows exactly what he’s looking at, when Niven Brown brings his telescopes to Orewa Library for the first time.

Have your say on Red Beach village

The retirement village to be built in Red Beach, on the former golf course, is now at resource consent stage and the public can have its say on the proposal.

Finally some HOP help!

Super Gold Card holders need to have to have a HOP card by July 1 to obtain the same service as they do now with their Super Gold card on public transport after 9am.

Coast to get new off-road links

Fancy walking out your front gate and taking a pleasant stroll or cycle along a series of mainly off road paths and byways, through the Coast to your destination?

Penlink route subject to appeal

Landowners close to the proposed route for the Penlink Road have raised issues, appealing the designation of the route. Both appeals come from developers with land off East Coast Road.

Safety at schools

Whangaparaoa School has enrolled in Auckland Transport’s safety at the school gate programme.

Bollards to hold back campers

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has taken steps to restrict parking, campervans and even camping on grassed areas of the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour marina.

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Local folk: Tyler Broughton

While most people would agree that being an entrepreneur is a good thing, 17-year-old Red Beach resident Tyler Broughton has found out the hard way that it can also land you in hot water.

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Improvements in the pipeline

It’s heartening to see the gains the Hibiscus Coast is getting compared with many parts of Auckland.

Have you got a ponytail pounder?

There are a many different types of headaches including tension, cluster, sinus headaches and the ultimate in painful headaches, the migraine.

Discover a special place

The Okura Walkway has a special character that with goodwill and cooperation can be greatly enhanced over the next few years to be worthy of regional park status.

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‘Dynamic lanes’ latest solution for Whangaparaoa Road gridlock

A system that uses LED lights to improve the flow of traffic at peak times is to be trialled on Whangaparaoa Road.

Conservationists clash over kauri dieback protection

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A stretch of track through Okura Bush, just south of Stillwater, will be one of the first in the country to have a new track system installed that aims to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, with work scheduled to begin next month.

Protestors shutdown Council meeting

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Protests by people opposed to the chemical weedkillers that are increasingly being used by Auckland Council contractors in parks and reserves shut down the Council’s May 13 meeting.

Hibiscus Coast promoted by local YouTube talent

The Hibiscus Coast is about to be showcased as never before, in a high-energy video made by YouTube sensation and Manly resident Logan Dodds.

Court settles hall ownership

The trustees of Whangaparaoa Community Trust (WCT), which includes Auckland councillors Wayne Walker and John Watson, are claiming a “total and emphatic victory” after High Court judge Justice John Fogarty handed down his decision last month.

Local board wins back land

A piece of land alongside the Weiti River which was to be sold by Auckland Council has been secured as a public reserve.

Out with the old and in with the new at Youth Village

After almost 100 years, the original sleeping cabins at Peter Snell Youth Village in Army Bay were removed last month and will be replaced with a new block.

Bright future for Silverdale rescue dog Kane

A Border Collie rescued from the Silverdale pound is now working on the frontline of New Zealand’s airport security.

Community heads uphill in mass tsunami drill

“Organised chaos” is what many were expecting when Auckland’s first mass tsunami evacuation drill took place in Orewa last week and already there are things that Civil Defence observed which need attention should a real tsunami hit.

Spout hits the Coast

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A waterspout appeared in Arkles Bay earlier today, causing a lot of comment on the Hibiscus Coast. The spout was seen over the water and then headed inland where it dissipated over Karepiro Drive on Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Banner control in the spotlight

Local business association, Destination Orewa, is concerned that Auckland Transport’s (AT) plan to take over control of town centre promotional banners will reduce the community focus of the banners and increase charges.

LINZ figures for Hibiscus Coast

Property data released by Land Information NZ (LINZ) for the first time last month appears to confirm that the Hibiscus & Bays area has the third highest number of people purchasing property who have overseas tax residency, in Auckland.
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