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Happy birthday Rotary

The Coast’s newest Rotary club, the Satellite Club of Orewa-Millwater, celebrated its first birthday by raising funds for the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club, with a sausage sizzle held at Pak ‘n’ Save Silverdale earlier this month.

Changing Faces: Charlie’s Gelato Garden

Gelato lovers can relax – it will be business as usual at Charlie’s, according to new owners Andrew Cole and Tania Nevill, who took over from Charlie Wrigglesworth and Heather King.

Introducing: Emi Deli Café Whangaparaoa

Already “world famous in Orewa”, a second Emi Deli Café has now opened in Whangaparaoa.

Introducing: The Dental Bach

The word ‘bach’ conjures up images of relaxing times at the beach and it’s that same calm environment with a friendly Kiwi feel that Dr Vishu Agarwal is aiming to recreate in her new dental practice.

Snells liquor store approved

Despite strong community opposition, Auckland Council has given the go ahead to an off-licence in the former Video Ezy shop, in Snells Beach.

Lease at Atlas site rolls over

A permanent use for the Atlas site, next to the Warkworth Showgrounds, is still in limbo.

Donkey devotion recognised

A Snells Beach man who has devoted more than 20 years to caring for the donkeys of Highfield Garden Reserve in Algies Bay has received official recognition of his service from Rotary.

Business women network

Business women in the wider Mahurangi area are invited to network, socialise and be inspired at a One Warkworth Business Association sponsored event at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, on Friday May 12.

Networking for young mums

Young mothers in the Wellsford area are being encouraged to join a weekly get-together being held at the Wellsford Plunket Rooms, in Rodney Road.

Pontoon houses seek building consent

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Owning the seabed, as Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour does at its marina, has allowed for innovative construction on floating pontoons.

Churches cater for future congregation growth

Schools are not the only organisations feeling the pressure of increasing population, with three local churches also in the process of expanding.

Ferries facing funding barrier

Auckland Transport responded positively to the local board’s plea on behalf of residents for a weekend ferry service from Gulf Harbour to and from the city, however funding is the next hurdle to overcome.

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.

Peaceful retirement justified

The well-earned retirement of a group of long-serving local Justices of the Peace was marked with a morning tea at Orewa Community Centre on April 19.

Rainy day fund dries up

Cr John Watson has criticised a recent move by Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee that could see the remaining $130 million of the Council’s Diversified Financial Assets Portfolio sold to pay off debt.

Bus station a 12 month process

Work is underway on increasing the parking capacity of the Silverdale Park and Ride and meanwhile, in a recent report to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, Auckland Transport produced a more detailed timeline for work on the next stage, which includes building the busway station.

Residents stand up for preferred street name

In a striking example of people power, the residents of a new subdivision in Stanmore Bay took action recently to secure the name they wanted for their local roadway, rejecting the developer’s preferred name.

Introducing: Fish Nets

When Dona and Hemantha Vidanage, with their daughter Lisara, moved from Sri Lanka to New Zealand seven years ago, they had a dream of one day starting their own business.

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Introducing: Stumpmaster

Fond memories of family holidays at Tawharanui meant Warkworth was an obvious destination when James Isaacs decided to move out of Auckland and set-up his stump grinding business, Stumpmaster.

Money Matters

Money Matters with Grant Clifton from Countrywise Financial.

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Nigel Kelly and Karyn Phillips are our new Building column writers, the Building column will run bimonthly karyn@trenzhomes.co.nz


Vicki moved with her family to Orewa in 2002, and runs her business on the Coast, Valuation Rodney, covering the North Shore and Rodney districts.


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