Council leaves skaters in the dark

Skateboarding by moonlight might sound appealing, but skaters using Orewa skatepark in the evenings this winter have had little choice. Most of the lights have been out at the skatepark and outside Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve for nearly...... Read More

Library hosts survivor’s story

There are dark episodes in New Zealand’s history when stories of unbelievable brutality not only shock the nation, but also resonate for years afterwards. At the centre of one such episode, 14 years ago, was Simonne Butler, who will speak at...... Read More

On the hunt for young gardeners

With reports that over a third of Kiwi kids are overweight or obese, the Garden to Table Trust has launched the T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards. The trust was established in 2009 and aims to teach children gardening, healthy eating...... Read More

Story telling talent recognised

It’s not often that a journalist turns up to an interview and becomes the subject of many questions herself. But that’s what happened when Hibiscus Matters went to congratulate 11-year-old Laura Dymond of Stanmore Bay. The Whangaparaoa...... Read More

Take a look at Coast book nook

The little library, or “book nook” that Andrea Dick set up by her letterbox in Tiri Road, Whangaparaoa, has been a source of new reading material for the whole family. It is becoming increasingly popular to put a mini-library at the front...... Read More

Students pumped about cycle track

Whangaparaoa School has added a pump track inside the 530m-long bike track that loops around its field. The pump track, made by TrailPro, is comprised of piles of clay, with a limestone track finish for durability. Riders need to use a pumping action...... Read More

Orewa centenarian celebrates

A five-kilometre workout on an exercise bike isn’t a bad way for anyone to start the day, let alone someone who is about to turn 100. Up until a few years ago, the workout would have also included a spell on a rowing machine, but John Wills gave...... Read More

Winning ways with wearable art

Hours spent in the fabric room at Orewa College, sometimes long after school has ended, has paid off for twins Maxwell and Geena Hutton, who recently won the college’s wearable arts competition for the third year running. This year’s winning...... Read More

Friendships grow through dementia support

Laughter, tears, grieving and sharing good times and bad has created a tight bond between four local women whose husbands have dementia. Maria Radford, Fran Dovey, Elaine Weavers and Barbara Wilkins met a few years ago at a Dementia Auckland carer...... Read More

Mike Pero assists with autism assistance dog

A local family, fundraising for an assistance dog for their autistic daughter Olivia has been given a boost by local real estate company Mike Pero, Whangaparaoa. The Mike Pero Foundation, along with Whangaparaoa business owners Mike and Kim Broome,...... Read More