Animals - Doddery dogs

The presence of grey hair and the onset of muscle aches and pains is a reminder of the maturation process. We might be wiser, but our muscles, bones and joints are in gentle demise. There is good evidence that maintaining physical fitness and continuing...... Read More

On the farm - Our neglected friend

Today, I’m going to introduce you to a little known but indispensible member of our agricultural team, his name is Myc. Myc has been around for millennia, but he gets walked all over and ignored. The main problem for Myc is that he’s not seen,...... Read More

Country Living - Beautiful inside and out

Unpacking my groceries during lockdown, I noticed a few items that were not on my list. They were purchased by my husband who was the nominated grocery shopper. There were two packets of warm brown home hair dye, a home waxing kit and red nail polish....... Read More

Homebuilders - Essential self-care

As we head out of lockdown and back into our lives it may be worth taking a minute to ask ourselves how are we at self-care? It would be so easy to fall back into the busyness trap.  This is driven by living in a fast-paced, hectic world that equates...... Read More

Beer - Dealing to the Dark Side

Somehow, 2020 has managed to simultaneously feel like both the shortest and longest year ever. It seems only yesterday we were enjoying the long tail of summer, and Covid-19 was something only news-nerds had heard of. Yet somehow the shutdown month of...... Read More

Viewpoint - Wanted: Our GST

We’re acutely aware of how much property rates we pay as we get a regular bill. One positive thing about this is we’re focused on what’s done with our rates. On the other hand, last time you bought a coffee or went to the supermarket...... Read More

Hibiscus Matters letters - July 1, 2020

Apartments too high Paul Evans, Orewa. I refer to the item in June 17 edition (Apartments proposed for Orewa, p6). The story is a reminder of the pointlessness of the so called intent of the Unitary Plan to conform with the general building stock in...... Read More

Business after lockdown

If you own a business and employ staff you have probably received the Covid wage subsidy if your turnover has dropped by 30 percent from a similar period last year. There are also further subsidies available if the turnover has dropped by 40 percent...... Read More

Chickens home to roost

Firstly, I sincerely hope people have managed to come through the lockdown relatively unscathed. Unfortunately that’s not the case for everyone in our community. While our country has risen to the health threat outstandingly, the economic consequences,...... Read More

Why the repeats?

If you get prescriptions for regular medications from the pharmacy, you might have been surprised that you now have to pick up any three monthly prescriptions in monthly lots or ‘repeats’. Firstly, you need to know that that you will only...... Read More

Lemony awesomeness, courtesy of Nanna

Lemons are as essential as garlic or salt. Driving around the place on my foraging missions, it seems no Hibiscus Coast garden is without a lemon tree and there is such a glut of fruitful alchemy out there at this time! What other fruit does a cook...... Read More

Cartoon - Ngati Manuhiri enters fight on landfill

After keeping his cards close to his chest for months, Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust chairman Mook Hohneck told a gathering in Wellsford last week that his iwi will oppose the proposed landfill in the Dome Valley.  “I want to make it...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters 1 July 2020 - Readers Letters

Landfills unnecessary Your newspaper recently published comments from Steve Goldthorpe (MM June 17) regarding my earlier column on Waste-to-Energy. Mr Goldthorpe argued some important negative points on the subject of WtE. I am glad he did so, because...... Read More

Fishing - Snapper in the shallows

Boat anglers who have gone out fishing in the last few weeks since we have moved out of Alert Level 2 and 3, have given mixed reports of successful snapper catches. It appears that those who have reported that fishing in shallow waters in depths of 10m...... Read More

TOSSI - Plight of the kōkopu

The plight of a few native freshwater fish will mean different things to different people, and it can be difficult for us to consider another person’s – or a fish’s – perspective. New Zealand’s giant kōkopu population is...... Read More

One Warkworth - Speeding up

The quiet days of lockdown seem to be in the distant past. Life suddenly feels like a sports car going from nought to a 100 in six seconds. There has been a noticeable surge in activity around town, and the One Warkworth team has lots to organise to support...... Read More

History - Menacing motors

One day in 1912, Matthew Wech, of Pohuehue, harnessed his two horses to his Portland wagon and set out for Puhoi. His travels took him through a series of hills and hollows as the road crossed each ridge running down to Hungry Creek. At the crest of a...... Read More

Employment - Interviewing for success

Great news. Your CV has impressed and you’ve been invited to an interview.  Now for the critical preparation stage increasing your competitive edge and chance of being offered the job. Every interview is different – formal or conversational,...... Read More

Cuisine - Lower-carb lasagna

This is one of my favourite go-to dishes for the kids. It is easy, packed full of vegetables and tastes even better next day. I am all for girl power, but I do recommend a man’s assistance when it comes to slicing the pumpkin sheets. A strong arm...... Read More