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Carpark sale thwarted – for now at least

An Auckland Council bid to sell Warkworth’s Baxter Street carpark was defeated at the last minute after Cr Greg Sayers and Rodney Local Board Chair Beth Houlbrooke joined forces to fight the proposal.

Weekend ferry survey opens

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A recent Off the Record in Hibiscus Matters’ March 1 paper about the need for weekend ferries from Gulf Harbour to the city caused a lot of comment on social media.

Motorway a mixed bag for town businesses

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The new northern motorway extension will bypass Wellsford and Te Hana, reducing the heavy traffic through the towns by as much as 90%.

Round two of seawall consultation begins

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A new set of images has been released illustrating how the proposed seawall that Auckland Council hopes to build at the northern end of Orewa Beach may look.

Picking up the pieces after sawmill fire

The owners of the Matakana Sawmill, Dean and Kim Munro, are picking up the pieces after a large fire destroyed part of the business on March 13.

MP Peters says local policing falls well short of the mark

NZ First Leader and Northland MP Winston Peters highlighted Warkworth’s poor crime resolution rate when he spoke as a guest of Warkworth Rotary on March 10.

Auckland Council promotes dangerous dog de-sexing by text

Owners of pitbulls and other menacing dogs are being targeted in a new de-sexing drive that Auckland Council hopes will reduce dog attacks on Aucklanders, particularly children.
 

Primary school progress

It was great to see the $13.4 million investment in Warkworth Primary School.

Water is life

They say ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ and, with unpolluted water, that seems to be the case.

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Support for surf rebuild

One of the roles I have within our community and which is very special to me is as Patron of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club.
 

Waipu off to winning start in Wellsford

The Waipu Premiers got their rugby season off to a winning start, beating the Wellsford Premiers 27-10 in the Bayleys Premiership at Wellsford on March 18.

Doubles tennis at the World Masters Games

Ex-Wimbledon player Beverley Billington (nee Vercoe) and husband Murray, president of Tennis New Zealand Seniors, will play together in mixed doubles tennis at the World Masters Games in Auckland.

Grass grief on local bowling greens

Both Warkworth Bowls Club and Mahurangi East Bowling Club had problems with their grass bowling greens this season.

Te Arai access in spotlight

The developer of a luxury subdivision and golf course at Te Arai claims that it is improving access to Te Arai Beach.

Resident fuel demand

The first residents of the Oaks on Neville, in central Warkworth, could be moving in by May next year.

The only way is up for Oaks

After a difficult start during the groundwork phase, construction of the Oaks retirement development is back on track, according to project manager Dave Stott.
 

End of the road for meals on wheels

A drop in demand and changing demographics have led to the demise of two long-running local services for the elderly run by the Rodney Charitable Health Trust.

Paddleboard yoga balances fun and fitness

This summer, SUP boards have replaced yoga mats for those taking SUP Yoga classes at Hatfields Beach.

Harbour oyster farms reopen

Sewage or vomit from a vessel was the most likely cause of an oyster contamination earlier this year that forced the temporary closure of five oyster farms on Mahurangi Harbour.

Interactive ocean posters

Marine life in the Hauraki Gulf has been brought to life by three interactive educational posters released by Young Ocean Explorers and the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

Wellsford water upgrade

Plans to improve and upgrade Wellsford and Te Hana’s wastewater treatment plant took a significant step forward last month

Kauri Park 50th anniversary

Each year thousands of people visit Parry Kauri Park on Thomson Road, Warkworth.

Acclaimed duo on folk line-up

The internationally-acclaimed American folk duo Hungrytown will play at Whangateau on Monday March 27.

Concert series surprise event

Warkworth Music will host an eight event programme this year, including a special documentary screening at Matakana.

Whangarei Heads hosts art trail

More than 40 artists are taking part in the Whangarei Heads Arts Trail on Easter weekend, April 15 and 16.
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