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NZTA accused of highway robbery

Information released under the Official Information Act reveals that the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) neglected New Zealand’s worst intersection to unnecessarily justify the case for a motorway, according to the action group Fix Hill Street...... Read More

Orewa therapist up close and personal with Lions

Rugby fan and massage therapist Victoria Mathers got about as close as it’s possible to get to the visiting British and Irish Lions during their recent New Zealand tour. Victoria has worked in the health and fitness industry for around 30 years...... Read More

Centenary brings historic yacht to Arkles Bay

St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Whangaparaoa is celebrating the centennial of its chapel – one of the oldest buildings in the area that is still in use – with official events taking place next month. These include a chance to see the...... Read More

Borrow and return bags not coming back

A scheme to help Matakana become plastic-bag free by supplying a bank of reusable fabric bags at the local Four Square is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. Some 300 cloth bags made by volunteers have been snapped up by shoppers in...... Read More

Bic sailing big at Manly Beach

Manly Beach was packed with sails on July 7–9 as the biggest ever O’pen Bic Mid- winter Cup was held at Manly Sailing Club. A total of 85 young sailors took part –17 from the Hibiscus Coast and others from as far as Australia and...... Read More

From Raiders to the world

As rugby fans mull over the recent All Blacks and Lions test, Hibiscus Coast Raiders supporters from the early 2000s may recognise a familiar name – Ben Te’o. Ben played inside centre for the Lions in the first test, was on the bench for...... Read More

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