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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.

Local Folk: Ian Morrison

In the early 1950s, when Ian Morrison started school in Warkworth, there was little, if any, knowledge of learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

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%.

Champions find lost cash

The Champion Bakery in Wellsford has returned $10,000 cash to a South Korean visitor after a bag containing the money was left outside the shop.

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.

Couple moving swiftly on from historic family property

Despite generations of history and a road named after their family, one couple near Wellsford are happy to settle quickly to make way for the new motorway.

Diners’ spirits undampened

It takes more than a Tasman Tempest to put Warkworth Lions and Mahurangi Rotary off their strid

Carnival fun to raise funds for new classroom furniture

The Leigh School Carnival on Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the primary school’s new innovative learning environment.

Antiques support arts hub

An Antiques Fair at Matakana School on Easter weekend will raise money for the school’s new arts hub.

Opera talent to resonate

Rising opera star Marlena Devoe will launch the Auckland Opera Studio’s new winter series in style at The Vivian Gallery on Saturday April 8.

Legends to play Warkworth

Country music legends Eddie Low and and Kevin Greaves have travelled the world entertaining and now they are coming to Warkworth RSA, on Saturday April 8.

Love Spud defy ageist odds

Mahurangi band Love Spud’s first album, Shoddy Rotten Dream, shot to No 6 in the NZ Album Charts in March, despite the odds being stacked against them.

Tractors trek through town

A convoy of nine vintage tractors dating from 1949 made its way along Warkworth’s Queen Street on March 15 as part of a trek from Kaihere to Cape Reinga and back.

Hectic start for Rodney rep

Despite owning a business, being a local politician, sportsperson and a member of several community groups, Tessa Berger is ready to take on more.

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.

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.

Kauri Park 50th anniversary

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

$9m wetland upgrade system planned for Wellsford water

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

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.

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.

Mahurangi residents fuel demand for apartments

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

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.


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