New cat on the beat

Snickers, the cat based at Whangaparaoa Police station, has made a lot of friends on his local beat, which includes Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa Library and Hoyts cinema. Now his adventures can be shared online, as the Police have given him his own Instagram...... Read More

Getting out with preschoolers

Looking after young children can be tiring and socially isolating. Parents sometimes have the perception that others are finding parenting easier than they are and can then fall into the trap of comparing their children to others. One way to gain and...... Read More

Playgroup helps keep Maori language alive

When sisters-in-law Melissa Crockett-Joyoue and Lili Crockett couldn’t find a local preschool facility specialising in teaching Te Reo Maori, they decided the only option was to start one themselves. The result is Tipua Te Reo, a playgroup that...... Read More

Celebrating a decade of local news service

Ten years ago, on August 8, 2007, Hibiscus Matters published its very first issue. The newspaper, which is still owned locally by Jannette Thompson, aims to provide a strong, independent media voice with a distinct point of difference from competing,...... Read More

School lunch wrap study snowballs

A class study that began with a few pieces of plastic wrap has snowballed, making children and their families more aware of the environmental impact of plastic. Teacher Sandra Grech of Whangaparaoa School says she was motivated to bring the issue to...... Read More

Not-so-random acts of kindness

Lia Bell’s lack of mobility, due to cerebral palsy, stress fractures and arthritis, means husband Glyn is not only her primary caregiver, but also looks after nine-year-old Zac and is the family’s driver, shopper and sole income earner. The...... Read More

Get your dancing shoes on

‘Dance is for everyone’ is the mantra of local dance teacher Caery Barrett – something she is passionate about after she leapt over several barriers put in front of her own desire to dance. She says as she was growing up in South...... Read More

Robots getting ready to rumble

Robots battled it out in the country’s first Mini Robot Rumble last weekend, and a small team of Orewa College students was among those who took part. The inaugural Mini Robot Rumble is an Auckland University Robotics Association initiative that...... Read More

Scholarship seeking to help music in the community

Queen’s Service Medal recipient Daphne Stevens of Orewa has always gone to great lengths to motivate young people with a love of music. This year she has set up and funded a new scholarship, the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship,...... Read More

Pioneer Village seeks support

Recently elected president of the Silverdale & Districts Historical Society, Murray Sampson, says key to the future of the organisation will be attracting more volunteers. The Society is responsible for the running of the historic Pioneer Village....... Read More