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Community celebrates Warkworth Town Hall restoration

The Mayor didn’t make it as scheduled, but in true theatrical style, the show went on, and the Warkworth Town Hall was officially re-opened on Saturday February 25.

Old hall rekindles movie magic

When 86-year-old Lorraine Hatfull visited the renovated Warkworth Town Hall she was surprised to see the old ticket booth was still there.

Call for innovative approach to Mahurangi waste recovery

An inspiring approach to waste recovery, which was set up at Helensville in 1996, could be used as a model for a similar operation in Mahurangi.

Bigger house footprint pushes up building budgets

The cost of building a home in the Auckland region has gone up by 70 per cent in the past 10 years.

Springboard award

Snells Beach-based charity Springboard Community Works made it to the semi-finals of the Community of the Year Award on February 22.

Carpark carnival hits overdrive

Final preparations are underway for MataCARnival, which will be held over three days in Matakana from March 24 to 26.

Grand returns to town hall

A ‘mistake’ in the design of a storage room in the newly-reopened Warkworth Town Hall has cost Warkworth Music $3470.

Costly ‘welcome’ to Matakana

Residents along Matakana Valley Road have been angered by a decision to install and then remove a ‘Welcome to Matakana’ sign, which they say cost ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars.

Sea monster takes on spear fisherman at Mokohinau

A Snells Beach fishing charter operator is dining out on a close encounter with a giant ray.

Jewel of a find in charity shop

It’s the sort of find that secondhand shop devotees dream of.

Young butcher nails award

When it comes to presenting a slice of lamb or a loin of pork, Warkworth butcher Michael Irving has proved he is a cut above the rest.

Reminiscing on early Omaha

The guest speaker at the Warkworth Fellowship (ex-Probus) Club was Ralph Neville (pictured), who reflected on growing up in Matakana and Omaha.

Royal ball funds playground

The annual Prince & Princess Ball will be held at the Beehive Childcare Centre, in Snells Beach, on Friday March 24, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Warkworth Police tackle ‘one for the road’

Warkworth Police are spearheading a new alcohol responsibility initiative following a fatal car crash in Kaipara last June.

Kickboxing champion takes on Parkinson’s

Kickboxing champion Danielle Teixiera has used her experience to tweak the NZ Counterpunch Parkinson’s programme.

Warkworth School spices up Twilight Fiesta fundraiser

Fancy dress competitions, music from White Chapel Jak and professional skateboarders are some of the highlights in store at the Warkworth School Fiesta on March 24, from 3pm to 7pm.

Growth puts Warkworth cemetery under pressure

Warkworth could soon be looking for a new cemetery.

Vintage Chev the way to go

For those who want their final ride to be in style, Morrison Funeral Directors in Warkworth has the answer.

Leigh Fishing contest casts wide for rescue helicopter

Behind the fun at the annual Leigh Fishing Contest on March 25 are some sobering facts and figures.

Schools embrace diversity in environmental education

Young people have an important role to play in restoring and caring for the environment, and local school curriculums reflect that responsibility.

Bagging growing plastic waste dilemma

Warkworth resident Rachel Callender is calling for an initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in the Warkworth area.

Mandatory approach on fencing waterways

The Government is ramping up the pressure on farmers to exclude all stock from waterways.

Jump in funds for Ahuroa Hall renovations

The Ahuroa Pony Group held its annual show jumping event at the Matakana Country Park on February 26, raising $700 for the Ahuroa Hall renovation.

Do-it-yourself approach creates perfect wedding day

Minimal overheads, million dollar views and spectacular photographic backdrops are enticing more couples to opt for open air and DIY wedding venues.

Spice it up with Champagne

Most people, when organising their big day, have lists of things to do from organising the dress and flowers

Make a wedding checklist

Before starting to plan a wedding, it’s important to get yourself into the right frame of mind.  

Imagination fires wedding band choices

There is a lot of choice when choosing your wedding rings.

Name change not a legal issue in New Zealand

As the big day approaches, the bride has at some point to make up her mind whether or not she will change her surname to her husband’s.  

Keeping a lid on venue costs

While the wedding venue is a primary consideration, finding accommodation for the bridal party or family guests can be equally important.

Invitations a matter of taste

Paper or paperless? That’s the big question when it comes to wedding invitations.  
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