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Army Bay rescue

Hibiscus Coast Coastguard is praising the preparedness of two kayakers who were rescued off Army Bay, near Wellington Reef, on Saturday morning.

Orewa Lions purchase lifesaving pod

Many babies’ lives could be saved thanks to Orewa Lions Club’s decision to fund the purchase of a Mondiale Lifepod incubator.

Hammerhead decision: no esplanade reserve

Free public access to the Hammerhead, at the tip of Gulf Harbour Marina, may be affected by the decision of independent commissioners not to include an esplanade reserve.

Court investigates Waiwera development plans

The brakes have been put on a proposed 145-lot residential development in the Waiwera township after the developer was found to have undertaken extensive earthworks and vegetation clearing in breach of the Resource Management Act.

Rural subdivision proposal opposed by angry residents

The proposed subdivision of a large piece of rural land immediately north of Hatfields Beach, alongside SH1, has drawn opposition from nearby residents, who oppose the plan on environmental grounds.

Parking permits sought for Orewa residents

Residents of Centreway Road in Orewa, and surrounding streets, say they are fed up with overflow parking from staff working at Auckland Council’s service centre.

Hibiscus Coast homelessness in focus

Just before the sun sets, a group of people from the homeless forum are driving around, from Gulf Harbour to Orewa, checking parked cars to see if any are being lived in.

School news now in Chinese

When a group of Chinese students turned up at Silverdale School, ready for the school day, on a well-publicised Teachers Only day, principal Cameron Lockie became aware there was a communication problem.

Safety upgrade for SH1

The Government will spend millions on safety improvements on State Highway 1 between Warkworth and the Brynderwyn Hills.

Community garden grows into learning centre

The Theosophical Centre in Orewa is to expand its community garden and become a centre of gardening study, with the arrival of Northtec gardening courses next month.

ID changes for SuperGold concession holders

Seniors will no longer need a photo ID to get a new AT HOP SuperGold concession card, as Auckland Transport (AT) has relaxed the rules.

‘Can do’ attitude reflected in former councillor’s book

Jill Jeffs of Orewa likes to tackle problems, head on – it’s something that stood her in good stead throughout her life, including when she found herself as a young, pregnant mother living in a condemned building with no power, plumbing, car or phone – and also during four terms as a Rodney District councillor.

Guava moth cover up

After losing an entire crop, around 50kg, of plums, last season to guava moth, James Welch of Gulf Harbour is fighting back and believes he has a solution.

Brigade looks to rekindle fire station campaign

The Puhoi Rural Fire Force is trying to revive its fundraising campaign for a new station after getting stranded at the halfway mark.


Local folk: Julie Bartlett

The adage that ‘looks can be deceiving’ springs to mind on meeting Julie Bartlett at her home in Gulf Harbour.


Community support

On the 13th of June, we lost a much-loved father, husband and highly respected member of our community, Nick Saull.

Podcasting tips

More and more businesses are starting to think about how they can reach a broader audience.

How to hold on tight

Having just had World Continence Awareness week (at the end of last month), I thought it was timely to ask our clinic’s women’s health physiotherapist expert, Kath Pryce-Jones to tell us about this important but often under-reported and under-treated problem.

Dramatic final flourish

Flower spikes more than a metre long have emerged lately from several Agave attenuata plants around the Coast, where they are common in gardens both public and private.


Sharing the love: Love Soup’s free meal service begins

A free feast, for anyone who wanted to enjoy it, was served up on June 18 at the official launch of Love Soup Hibiscus Coast.

Toxic spray petition knocks on closed Council door

Almost 3700 people signed a petition calling for Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to stop using the weedkiller glyphosate/Roundup but, according to the instigator of the petition Georgina Blackmore, the Council is not prepared to discuss alternative options.

Wheelie bins wheeled out

The change from recycling crates to wheelie bins began on July 1 and there were a number of teething problems.

‘Deck the Hall’ the tune at Stillwater

The deck at Stillwater Community Hall is to be extended to increase useable space, with $60,000 budgeted for the work.

Playhouse auctioned for Hospice

A mini, playhouse-size version of the TV show The Block is taking place locally, with the proceeds going to charity.

What can you buy for half a million dollars?

Half a million dollars doesn’t buy you much in the way of property on the Hibiscus Coast any more, as the price of land skyrockets.

Large portion of pies for charity

No one remembers exactly when Silverdale company Dad’s Pies first began donating pies to the Salvation Army, or how the connection came about.

Orewa seawall takes next step

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board gave approval to the draft design for a seawall on Orewa Beach, from Kohu St to Marine View, last month.

Welcome mat out for new Whangaparaoa principal

Kevin Cronin says he could have stayed at Huapai District School, where he’s been happily ensconced as principal for nine years, for many more years – perhaps even until retirement.

Excellent teaching rewarded

Good teachers are worth their weight in gold, and there seem to be plenty of them around – there were just under 300 nominations for this year’s ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Shellfish warning still in place

The warning not to collect or consume shellfish in Whangaparaoa, which was put in place by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) a month ago was still in place as this issue went to print.

AT Hop card – use it or lose it

Dozens of senior citizens queued up at Age Concern in Orewa last month seeking help from Auckland Transport staff with registering for an AT Hop card.

Tank meter deal offered

Watercare has put up its wastewater charges for people on tank water, with the new fees effective from July 1.


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