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Great result for Orewa Beach Festival - Press Release

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust will have more money to fund rescues this year thanks to Hibiscus Rodders’ highly successful Anniversary Weekend Beach Festival at Orewa.

Gate crashers threatening sanctuary’s pest-free status

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The hard-won pest proof status of Shakespear Open Sanctuary has come under threat from a new quarter, with two crashes causing significant damage to the pest proof fence.

Family pet dies in shocking fountain incident

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In an incident believed to be extremely rare, a dog was electrocuted after jumping into a fountain in Orewa to cool off.

Source of significant smell still sought

An unpleasant stench noticed by residents of Swann Beach and Stanmore Bay in recent weeks has lead to investigations by Auckland Council and Watercare.

Treasured documents returned

A precious manuscript and photos stolen from Hilary Pedersen’s car around 10 years ago is now back in her hands after Hilary’s story appeared in Hibiscus Matters last November.

Council considers bowling former bowling club building

The issue of whether to renovate or demolish the former Bowling Club building in Silverdale Memorial Park will be considered by Auckland Council in the coming months.

Rodney MP joins Parkinson’s fundraising ride

A personal experience with Parkinson’s disease has prompted Rodney MP Mark Mitchell to join a 160km bike ride across his constituency in June.

Budget consultation begins

Auckland Council ratepayers have the opportunity from the end of this month through March to comment on Mayor Phil Goff’s first budget.

Probians forced to consider ‘what’s in a name?’

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Probus Clubs are facing an upheaval after being threatened with legal action if they continue to use the name ‘Probus’.

High hopes for gulf plan

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The recently-released Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Spatial Plan is recommending greater protection for the waters off Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Horse poo complaints raised

The sight of large amounts of horse poo in the Orewa Reserve car park and reserve has lead Maygrove resident Jill Jeffs and others to seek clarification of the rules around horses on beaches.

Local board guards reserves

Why should Hibiscus Coast residents be concerned about a Bill that’s currently going through Parliament, which relates to housing development on a Recreational Reserve in Tamaki?

Making Greenways happen

The Hibiscus Coast now has its own Greenways Plan – a document aimed at identifying and creating largely off-road routes for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, long boarders and scooters.

Upper Orewa subdivision seeks resource consent

Subdivision of 84.5ha of rural land into 575 residential lots, to be called Grand View Estate, is proposed for a site adjacent to a DOC reserve.


Shaping the Coast

One month of 2017 has already gone wow! So much to do. The beautiful weather that summer brings looks like it has finally arrived.

Food matters

If there’s one thing we are spoilt for choice for here on the Hibiscus Coast, it’s exercise facilities.

24-hour care needed

I recently had a painful accident.  Hurrying down the stairs in my home just before 8pm, I slipped on a step, skidded across the landing and crashed into the wall on my left shoulder.

Life-saving service

What did we get up to in the holiday period? For Coastguard Northern Region as a whole, December was the busiest month on record, with the Operations team logging nearly 16,000 trip reports – 1946 of them on New Year’s Eve alone!

Too hot to garden?

We are smack in the middle of a Hibiscus Coast drought with hardly enough water for our household needs, let alone to keep our gardens flourishing.


Local folk: Danny Battershill

A lifelong learner, Danny Battershill is a qualified chef, barista, bartender and restaurant manager. He has studied sustainable conservation, is a citizen scientist and musician.


Colourful craze rocks Coast

Creative parents, as well as their little ones, have been absorbed in a new craze this summer, with more than 1000 people on the Hibiscus Coast involved and many more nationwide.

Proof needed of Orewa weka sightings

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Local conservationists are intrigued and bemused by recent reported sightings of a weka in Alice Eave’s Scenic Reserve in Orewa.

Water carriers under the pump as pressure drops

The patience of local water carriers is running out, as the supply they rely on for their businesses, from Watercare, can no longer be counted on.

Long journey for lucky Tilly

Tilly is a little cat that has used up most of her nine lives – her most recent life-threatening adventure involved finding her way from Gulf Harbour to Albany.

Big fun at Big Dig

Hundreds of excited youngsters took part in this year’s Orewa Lions’ Big Dig on Saturday, January 21, putting a lot of energy into finding coloured ice-cream sticks buried in the sand.

Election spend by Coast Council candidates

It is surely the sign of a healthy democracy when election candidates who spend the most are not necessarily the ones voted in.

Lane trial issues ongoing

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Auckland Transport is working through technical aspects of the proposed trial of Dynamic Lanes on Whangaparaoa Rd and a “communications plan for stakeholders, residents and businesses, incorporating an education element” has been drafted, but the local board says concerns already raised have gone unanswered.

Consent meetings encouraged

Auckland Council is encouraging people seeking resource consents to consider pre-application meetings.

Whangaparaoa College land readied for sale

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A piece of land that was part of Whangaparaoa College and includes native trees that could be close to 100 years old is being readied for sale.

Ozone apartments revived

Initial plans for the apartments to be built at 85–89 Brightside Road (behind Whangaparaoa New World) show that a more intensive and taller complex is envisaged there than was proposed by the previous developer, Rick Martin.

Nautilus work under wraps

After gaining building consent in late December, Legacy Construction recently began work on repairing the Nautilus apartments in Orewa.

Gull Millwater makes progress

Gull NZ says its Millwater petrol/diesel station could be open by the middle of the year and that the likely takeover by Caltex Australia will not affect its pricing.

Clear reason to explore marine reserve

Visitors to Goat Island can now peer under the surface of the ocean without getting wet.

Park ‘n’ ride growing

As local commuters head back to work, increased capacity at the Silverdale park and ride is on the horizon.

Manly apartments await consent

Developers of the five-storey apartment block in Manly Village (60–62 Rawhiti Rd) say the project is ready to go once building consent is obtained from Auckland Council.

School in desperate bid to keep intermediate students

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Silverdale School is locked in a battle with the Ministry of Education after the Ministry advised it, last year, that it could be the subject of “decapitation”.

Christmas campaign concludes

This year, local businesses and the public donated a total of $1974-worth of vouchers to Hibiscus Matters’ Buy Local Give Local campaign.


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