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Elite yachting centre earmarked for Coast

The potential for a multi-million dollar High Performance sailing facility to be built on the Hibiscus Coast could have positive spin offs for local businesses and sailing organisations, but the idea is not welcomed by Albany Ward councillors.

Hibiscus Coast the focus of promotional video

The Hibiscus Coast is the star of a video produced by YouTube sensation and Manly resident Logan Dodds, which will be launched next month.

Manly Village apartments now on horizon

Owners of a group of shops in Manly Village have been given notice under their demolition clause as plans to build a five-storey apartment and retail complex on the site move forward.

Orewa seawall consent delayed

Appeals made on Auckland Council’s proposed Unitary Plan have affected the proposal to build a seawall along Orewa Beach from Kohu Street to Marine View.

Unitary Plan heads to court

Auckland Council has received 106 appeals against its decisions on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, which replaces legacy councils’ District Plans and sets out the rulebook for Auckland’s growth over the next 30 years.

Commissioners hear evidence on Metlifecare village proposal

Metlifecare’s proposal to build a large retirement village in Red Beach went before commissioners last week.

Whangaparaoa bike track on track

Whangaparaoa School is getting closer to its long-held goal of completing a bike and pump track on the school grounds that will also be open to the wider community.

What goes around, comes around for KingsWay School

KingsWay School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month (HM September 1) and its founder, Graham Braddock sent in his reflections on how things have turned full circle:

Spring downpours measured

Although rainfall on the Hibiscus Coast this year is not at an all time high, it has certainly been one of the wettest years in recent times.

Win for Coast ambassador

Orewa College student Jennifer Palmer took out first place in an international competition for young people judged on leadership skills and community service.

Teen focused on ballet dream

Beth Edwards has dreamed of being a professional ballet dancer almost from the first time she put on ballet shoes, at the age of three.


Leaner Council needed

All the hoardings are down, glossy brochures long since deposited in recycling bins and the election a fast fading memory for most.

What’s the frequency?

If you’ve been on the water recently, you may have noticed that Coastguard has changed its VHF open radio channels for the Hauraki Gulf.

Making soil

Like the ancient paradise gardens of Persia, urban gardens can be relaxing places to spend time.

Sun brings on cold sores

It’s around two months until Christmas and even less until sunny summer days are here. With stress and sunburn being two of the main triggers for cold sores, it’s at this time of the year that we start seeing quite a few sore lips coming into the pharmacy.


Whangaparaoa vandalism arrests made

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Five of the six offenders responsible for a night of vandalism and theft in Whangaparaoa last month (HM September 14) have been arrested and charged by police.

Council corruption surfaces in Court

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A landmark serious fraud case got underway in the Auckland High Court on September 27 with claims that corruption was widespread among transport staff at both Rodney District Council (RDC) and Auckland Transport (AT).

Gulf Harbour hosts floating classroom

A Coastal-Marine Research Group, based at Massey University, has signed an agreement to use a new Marine Education Centre, at Hobbs Wharf.

Penlink goes further down transport priority list

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The building of the Penlink Road has been placed even further down the transport priority list and other local projects are not even mentioned in an agreement that prioritises Auckland’s transport infrastructure.

More ferry services for Gulf Harbour

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Increased patronage is behind a decision by Auckland Transport (AT) to boost the Gulf Harbour ferry service with more sailing times and a new vessel.

Puhoi community rallies against intensification

Puhoi residents are planning to launch a legal challenge to the Unitary Plan, after last-minute zoning changes opened the door to substantial housing development in the village.

Red Beach retirement village opponents ‘lawyer up’

Red Beach residents opposed to the building of a large retirement village, on a five-hectare site on the former Peninsula Golf Club land, have formed an incorporated society and are in the process of engaging a lawyer, planner and landscape architect to make presentations at this month’s hearing.

Red Beach intensification win

Former America’s Cup skipper Chris Dickson has had partial success in attempting to have land he owns in Red Beach rezoned.

Plaza seeks greener effect

Work has started on a $200,000 upgrade of the courtyard outside The Plaza in Whangaparaoa that manager Anne Murphy hopes will produce a greener, more inviting and user-friendly space.

Extensions aid local SHAs

Owners of a couple of local Special Housing Areas (SHA) may be breathing a sigh of relief following Government legislation passed last month that extends the timeframe for their developments to progress under the SHA rules.

Caravan spreads sustainability message

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Students at Orewa Primary will be challenged to consider their environmental impact when the Tread Lightly Caravan visits the school this month.


Local folk: Olivia Bezett

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Committing to life as a professional artist in NZ is a leap of faith, but at the age of 17, Olivia Bezett of Orewa decided to leave school and give it a go.


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