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Fuel prices: why we pay more

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The price of fuel on the Hibiscus Coast has become a bone of contention, with drivers taking to social media in large numbers to ask why prices are consistently higher here.

Nautilus repair plan angers business owners

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Repair work to Orewa’s leaky Nautilus apartments has moved a step closer, but the proposal to close one side of Keith Morris Lane for around two years so that the works can take place has angered business owners and landlords.

Town centre planning for Whangaparaoa

Whangaparaoa Town Centre is next in line to receive the attention of a town planner, thanks to funding from ratepayers.

Seniors to get help with HOP

Super Gold Card holders are concerned about the need to have to have a HOP card by July.

Unitary panel weighs up lifestyle block proposal

The proposed development of a large piece of undulating rural land between Hatfields Beach and Waiwera (known as Chin Hill) is being considered by the Auckland Unitary Plan panel.

Sailing opportunity open to local teenagers

Local real estate agent Karen Franklin is once again on the lookout for a young person who would like to go on a Spirit of NZ voyage, but would normally not be able to afford the price tag of close to $2000.

Homeless asked to move on

A couple who have been sleeping rough in Stanmore Bay Reserve for several months have been asked to move on by Auckland Council.

Love Soup dished up on Coast

Food will soon be distributed to families in need from a base at Whangaparaoa Community Hall, thanks to Julie King and her team from Love Soup.

Fishery officer recruitment drive planned

A recruitment drive to find more Honorary Fishery Officers (HFO) on the Hibiscus Coast begins in the next few months and Sue Martin, who has served as an HFO for 10 years, says they are needed.

Crowds throng to market

Cars lining both sides of East Coast Road in the vicinity of the Silverdale Adventure Park signalled that Anzac Day was to be one of the facility’s biggest yet.

Professor explores Gulf

Orewa Professor Kerry Howe’s connections with the Hauraki Gulf run deep and include a great deal of time spent kayaking or sailing its waters, as well as thorough research into history and environmental matters.

Musical swap meet at Plaza

Guitarist Reg Keyworth says the Auckland Secondhand Music Gear Swap Meet he has organised for this month (NZ Music month) in Whangaparaoa is attracting a lot of interest from people with instruments or musical equipment to swap or sell.

Under new management: dramatic changes hoped for at Centrestage

Centrestage’s new managers, Stephanie McKellar-Smith and Ross McKellar, have been in theatre all their working lives and are excited about the possibilities for Orewa’s community theatre.

Tree chopped in Council error

A dead pohutukawa tree on Army Bay beach that has formed a natural sculpture, climbing frame and backdrop for wedding photos has had most of its limbs removed due to a Council error.

Local folk: Julie Raine

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At the age of 17, when I started working in engineering, I was faced with a lot of men in their dingy offices smoking, and topless girly calendars on the wall.


Grand advice for grandparents

Grandkids. I love them. Everything they do is cute and at the end of the day you can hand them back.

Video is hot

There has been a lot of talk at the Social Media Marketing Conference in San Diego about “live video”, real-time video where you can interact with those online.

Veterans honoured

Anzac Day was a chance for us to reflect on the effects of a war that touched the lives of every New Zealand family, and honour our veterans’ contribution to the peace, freedom, and security our country enjoys today.

Sales strong on Coast

I was recently reminded via social media how much Orewa has changed.


Major revamp planned for Waiwera

New plans for a multi-million dollar development in Waiwera have surfaced, which the developer says will turn the rundown resort back into a national tourism destination.

Orewa tsunami evacuation routes identified

Footage of the enormous wave that engulfed the Pacific Coast of Japan in 2011 was shocking – and Auckland Council says that the Orewa community needs to be prepared should a similar tsunami happen here, while stressing that the risk is low.

Wheelie bin solutions uphill slog for some

Paul and Janette Wilkinson’s steep driveway in Arkles Bay is something they’re happy to negotiate in return for living in a home with fine views across the water, but it is less than ideal when it comes to getting a wheelie bin to their gate.

Guava moth’s grip on community’s crops grows

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Kaylene McNabb and Jim Watson of Manly have a fruitful orchard in their back garden that includes feijoas, macadamias, lemons, oranges, apples, grapefruit, plums and peaches.

George Lowe site gets SHA

The final tranche of Special Housing Areas was jointly announced by the Minister for Building and Housing, Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown on April 7.

Traffic remedies investigated

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Persistence is paying off when it comes to Cr John Watson’s campaign to fix traffic problems on Whangaparaoa Road that have occurred since Whangaparaoa New World opened.

Increase in school zones as Hibiscus Coast rolls grow

Population growth is forcing local primary schools to create zones and, in the case of Silverdale School, to shrink its existing zone; the changes at two schools take effect at the start of Term 2.

Whangaparaoa principal heads Auckland association

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Whangaparaoa College principal James Thomas is now head of the Auckland Secondary Schools Principals’ Association – an organisation that he says has the ear of the Ministry of Education.


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