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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

Introducing: Monster Housewash & Gutters

After 35 years painting cars, Tony Jillings of Arkles Bay was ready for a change. As well as wanting to run his own business, he was keen to get out of the enclosed spaces he worked in and into the fresh air. Last month, together with 27-year-old daughter...... Read More

Stream to reappear next year

Auckland Council’s plan to return a piped stream to wetland in D’Oyly Reserve, Stanmore Bay, has overcome the final hurdle of local board consent and work is expected to begin next January. The scheme has a budget of $1.5 million, $1.1...... 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