Hibiscus News

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

Housing areas no longer special

The recent revelation that 86 of Auckland’s 154 Special Housing Areas have not come to fruition has angered Cr John Watson, who says Council wasted money, time and resources with little impact on housing affordability for Aucklanders. Special...... Read More

Local folk: Pauline Roth-Williams

Some people dream of building a yacht and casting off for adventures on the seven seas, but few have the tenacity, opportunity or courage to make it happen. Orewa resident Pauline Roth-Williams is one of those few. She arrived in New Zealand aboard...... Read More

Safety of Dynamic Lanes trial under fire

Questions about the safety of the Whangaparaoa Rd Dynamic Lane trial were fired at Auckland Transport representatives at a public meeting in Red Beach, and many were left unanswered. Residents are concerned that the trial will worsen safety on the...... Read More

No takers yet for RSA land

No offers were made for the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA’s land in Vipond Road, which was marketed as “a prime development opportunity”. The sale of the 5200sqm piece of land at 20 Melia Place was agreed to by members in order to...... Read More

Ministry seeks further college land for housing

The vision for sale and development of a piece of Whangaparaoa College’s land has expanded, with Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) hoping to carve off a sizeable chunk as well as some of the college’s main driveway. Last...... Read More

Public warned to avoid slip site

At the end of May, the foot track that runs from the bottom of Arkles Drive to Whangaparaoa Road was closed by a big slip. At the time the Auckland Council told Hibiscus Matters it would be at least four weeks before the slip could be cleared and the...... 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