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Auckland Council promises return to local contractors

Auckland Council is heralding a new era in the maintenance of parks, buildings and open spaces after June 30, which will open the door for more local suppliers to be involved.

Shooting range development hits hurdles at Makarau

Two months out from the planned opening of a major new shooting range in Makarau, owner Raymond O’Brien has run into problems with neighbours and Auckland Council consents.

Third interchange mooted

The NZ Transport Agency will investigate adding a third interchange on the new motorway networks proposed for Warkworth.

Warkworth growth accelerates school zone introduction

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Warkworth Primary School has introduced an enrolment zone in response to increased roll growth and a predicted future population boom.

Mangawhai funding ramps up activity zone

Funding has been secured to start building a cross-fit fitness gym at the Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ).

Sawmill Brewery wins gold

The owners and staff at the Sawmill Brewery in Matakana are celebrating after taking out a top award in a prestigious national competition.

Topp Twins get closer on tour

The Topp Twins shared a womb so travelling in a small red shed on wheels for their national tour will be roomy, jokes Jools Topp.

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.

Kawau Coastguard stands ready to train new volunteers

While normally on the receiving end of calls for assistance, Kawau Coastguard has issued an appeal of its own. The service, whose motto is ‘Saving lives at sea’, is in urgent need of more volunteers.

MatCARnival boosts carpark project

An intense six-months of work culminated in three days of colourful activity in Matakana recently when locals held MatCARnival and raised $45,000 towards the cost of a new carpark.

Springboard mentoring programme outlined

Lulu Perkins from Springboard Community Works, based at Snells Beach, was the guest speaker at last month’s Warkworth Men’s Fellowship Club meeting.

Optimism in forestry circles

A rise in the number of timber tree seedlings being produced indicates a recent decline in plantation forest replanting may be reversing.

Farm award recognises environmental work

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Rodney farmers outdid the field at the Ballance Farm Environment (Auckland) gala awards night held on March 29.

AIM digs in at Warkworth centre

The community organisation Adults in Motion has started a vegetable garden at their centre on SH1 in Warkworth.
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