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Police operation aims to keep small Coast businesses safe

Police are making a concerted effort to try and prevent the violent robberies of dairies and liquor stores seen in other parts of Auckland from occurring here.

Land sale throws Hibiscus Coast RSA a lifeline

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It was standing room only in the cavernous lounge of the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA for an extraordinary general meeting held on May 7.

Benefits of homework challenged by new policy

Australian primary school Allambie Heights’ decision to do away with homework recently caused debate around the topic in New Zealand – Whangaparaoa Primary adopted a similar philosophy, which was put into practice at the start of this year.  

The Bachelor looks back

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The Bachelor NZ final is on this weekend (Sunday, May 21 on Three) and last week its star, Zac Franich, who is also head coach at Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, dropped in for a chat with Hibiscus Matters.

Roadside carving a first in Stillwater

A standout new feature on the road that winds down into Stillwater is causing drivers to pull over and get out to take a closer look.

Regency Lake quality guaranteed by Country Club

A dispute over payment for grass carp could have a big impact on the appearance and use of the artificial waterways around Gulf Harbour, including the largest one, Regency Lake.

Lack of volunteers sees Red Cross branch close

The local branch of the Red Cross will close at the end of this month, and long serving members say it is sad and disappointing that it has come to this.

Do we want the Hibiscus Coast soap box derby?

Unless an organisation steps forward to take over the running of the local Soap Box Derby, it may have run its last race.

Desperate plea for food answered by community kindness

The value of the free pantry outside Whangaparaoa Hall was highlighted earlier this month when a woman in desperate need left a note inside.

Intermediate classes debated

Unlike Silverdale School, which has been fighting tooth and nail to retain Year 7 and 8 classes, Gulf Harbour School is considering voluntarily divesting itself of intermediate provision.

Seawall submissions small in number

The public feedback period on the resource consent application for the Orewa coastal walkway and seawall closed last Friday, May 12. 


New ways to make contact

Earlier this month we had the release of the Little Spotted Kiwi in Shakespear Regional Park. What an inspiring community effort this is.

A question of commitment

I get quite excited when I hear about a New Zealander doing well on the world stage in athletics, or some educational attainment, or directing a really good movie, or in ground breaking medical or scientific research.

The power of ‘why’

The difficult thing about nutrition is that there seems to be a so-called ‘expert’ on every street corner telling you what you should (and shouldn’t) be eating – especially if you want to lose weight.

Winter work will pay off

Many gardeners think that as the autumn gardening season comes to an end it is time to collect seeds, harvest the fruit, cover the beds with compost and mulch and retreat inside with their favourite gardening books and seed catalogues to plan for the spring garden.


First Kiwi set foot in Shakespear

As the first Little Spotted Kiwi to be introduced at Shakespear Open Sanctuary begin to explore their new environment this week, they are being closely monitored.

Charges laid for gate crashing

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A local man has been charged with careless driving after a pest proof gate at Shakespear Open Sanctuary was torn off its hinges in January.

Search for Stig a community effort

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell continues his rise up the ranks, picking up the Defence portfilio in the recent parliamentary reshuffle.

Chamber CEO takes aim at local politicians over Penlink

Feelings ran high at a meeting held last Friday, ostensibly to discuss the Chamber of Commerce’s submission in favour of Penlink to Auckland Council’s Annual Plan.

Cause of land slip disputed

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Images of this 50m long slip in Matakatia appeared on TV following the storm in the wake of Cyclone Debbie early last month.

Bike rack – one year and counting

How long does it take to get a bike rack installed in a public place?

Temporary Men’s Shed sought

The Hibiscus Men’s Shed Trust recently received Building and Resource Consents from Auckland Council and the Trust has begun raising funds to make the construction of its proposed facility, on the former Silverdale bowling green at Silverdale War Memorial Park, a reality.

Churches cater for future congregation growth

Schools are not the only organisations feeling the pressure of increasing population, with three local churches also in the process of expanding.

Pontoon houses seek building consent

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Owning the seabed, as Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour does at its marina, has allowed for innovative construction on floating pontoons.

Orewa seawall submissions sought

Auckland Council publicly notified its proposal to build a seawall on Orewa Beach between Kohu Street and Marine View recently (HM April 1).

Ferries facing funding barrier

Auckland Transport responded positively to the local board’s plea on behalf of residents for a weekend ferry service from Gulf Harbour to and from the city, however funding is the next hurdle to overcome.

Gulf Harbour principal has great expectations

The newly appointed Principal of Gulf Harbour School, Mel Crosbie, says that the school is on a very positive trajectory with roll growth, a review of its core values underway and the introduction of its own sports teams.

Community honours veterans at ANZAC parade

A whistle blast marked the start of the 11am ANZAC Parade held at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA in Whangaparaoa.

Tree felling causes anger

The removal of five mature liquidambar trees from the front of Whangaparaoa Primary School on April 18 resulted in a number of distressed calls to Hibiscus Matters.

Rise in standards promised under new council contracts

New contracts for the maintenance of Auckland’s parks and facilities have been let and the local board is looking forward to meeting the contractors working in this area; top of its list is finding out how they intend meeting Council’s targets of reduced chemical weedkiller use, as well as how they will provide for more local suppliers to be involved.

Stolen jet ski located on peninsula

Police say that the opportunistic theft of a jet ski in Orewa recently is an example of the importance of securing and protecting expensive items.

Residents stand up for preferred street name

In a striking example of people power, the residents of a new subdivision in Stanmore Bay took action recently to secure the name they wanted for their local roadway, rejecting the developer’s preferred name.

Rainy day fund dries up

Cr John Watson has criticised a recent move by Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee that could see the remaining $130 million of the Council’s Diversified Financial Assets Portfolio sold to pay off debt.

Bus station a 12 month process

Work is underway on increasing the parking capacity of the Silverdale Park and Ride and meanwhile, in a recent report to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, Auckland Transport produced a more detailed timeline for work on the next stage, which includes building the busway station.


Local folk: James Taylor

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At local Anzac Day parades, an impressive array of medals adorns the chest of Arkles Bay resident James Tayler.


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