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Police boost water courses

Students taking part in North Rodney Blue Light programmes can continue to enjoy water-based activities after a $1500 donation from the New Zealand Police Managers Guild Trust.

Mahurangi women meeting need for reusable protection

Two women starting a local chapter of a global initiative to provide disadvantaged young women with free, reusable sanitary protection, have found it is needed nearer to home.

Music mothers take tea stop

Mainly Music mothers from Mahurangi were given a special Mother’s Day morning tea on May 10.

Montessori has Warkworth link

From starting a Montessori school to becoming president of the Montessori Association New Zealand (MANZ), Kaipara Flats resident Dave Stott has been instrumental in developing Montessori education in New Zealand.

Fun, friendship and funding

After years of putting on lavish Pink Ribbon high teas for women, this year has special meaning for Jane Bentley.

Mental health championed

A Maungaturoto mother is spearheading a national campaign to increase Government funding for women to receive more help for antenatal and postnatal depression.

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.

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.

Pink fundraisers taking off on the Hibiscus Coast

Locals are getting behind Pink Ribbon Breakfast month in a big way this year, with breakfasts (and lunches) being held all over the Coast to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lumino Day brings out smiles

Dentists, hygienists and support staff at Lumino Red Beach, pictured, provided free services to eight deserving family carers as part of its annual Lumino Day on May 7.

Fuel up for community causes

Motorists filling up at Warkworth’s Z petrol station throughout May have the chance to nominate a favourite charity or neighbourhood group to give them the chance of winning a share of $5000.  

Stimulating therapy introduced for dementia patients

An affordable programme designed to benefit people with dementia will be run regularly on the Coast, following a successful trial last year.


Live, laugh, share – volunteer

Every year, New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of volunteers to their communities.

Volunteers vital for society

The contribution that non-for-profit organisations make to New Zealand society is immense and ranges across many disciplines, from education and the environment to emergency services and health care.

Substantial volunteer army vital to keep hospice going

One of the largest volunteer organisations in the district is the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.

Volunteers AIM for maximum community involvement

Watching individuals with disabilities develop is the inspiration that has spurred Jane Blackbourn on to 10 years of volunteer service at the Warkworth charity Adults in Motion.

Mentors and mates the key to Springboard’s success 4U

Niall Presland-White grew up with a mum and two sisters so knows what it’s like to need some guy time.

Boxing to help local youths

Waitemata Police is currently looking to develop two boxing academies to help tackle male youth behavioural issues, with one to be based in Wellsford.

Helping hand for Epilepsy

A national charity is offering home support and education to help local people diagnosed with epilepsy.

Hospice Shed set to close

Warkworth Wellsford Hospice’s Shed 29 on Glenmore Drive will close at the end of May when its lease comes to an end.

Pharmacy welcomes services of Robbie the robot

He may not have arms and legs or a swiveling head, but Robbie the robot is still more than capable of doing his share of the pill dispensing work at the Unichem pharmacy in Manly Village.

Survivors offering support

Jane Bissell of Arkles Bay says when she first turned up to a Breast Cancer Support meeting, 16 years ago, she found it comforting to talk “with someone who gets it”.

Pink breakfasts encouraged

This month is Pink Ribbon Breakfast month.


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