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What you say about us …

Deborah Colson, Community Hub Activator, Pest Free Hibiscus Coast:
“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your support of our event. It was really well-attended with some people specifically mentioning that they had seen your article. We gave out 36 trap boxes in a two hour event, with a bunch more that were pre-ordered that we will be delivering in the next week or so. And lots of native bird masks were made. A great success! Many thanks! ”
June 2021

Helene Blomfield, Estuary Arts volunteer:
“Thank you so much for the chestnut article – it generated lots of tickets and also offers of help. It was amazing and made me a bit famous! We had a wonderful day raising over $1500 for the Estuary Arts Centre.”
June 2021

Local Matters 2005 Ltd is the umbrella company for two free community newspapers – Mahurangi Matters and Hibiscus Matters – which are delivered to letterboxes and businesses fortnightly. The company also runs the website localmatters.co.nz, a number of social media pages and publishes the annual tourist publication Destination. Local Matters is owned by Mahurangi local Jannette Thompson.

Mahurangi Matters is an established publication which has been coming out in one form or another for close on 30 years. Based in the area’s main town of Warkworth, its distribution of 15,200 papers stretches from Puhoi to Waipu, coast to coast. On the other hand, Hibiscus Matters is a more recent addition with the first paper published in August 2007. It started with a circulation of just 16,000, which has ballooned to over 25,800, reflecting Auckland’s push north to the Hibiscus Coast. Both Warkworth and Silverdale are identified in Auckland’s Unitary Plan as satellite growth centres, bringing many challenges as former holiday destinations morph into residential suburbs.

Both papers are unashamedly hyper local with stories that reflect the diverse interests of our readers, from rural news in the north to health, education, sport, history, politics and urban growth issues. Our journalists pride themselves on getting the story first and many of our stories are subsequently picked up by national broadcasters and other media.

We have a legion of loyal local businesses that have been supporting the papers for many years and our advertising sizes are designed to cater for all budgets, big and small. Generating business for these companies is part and parcel of why we exist.