Editor's Say

Universal Message

The response to the annual Hibiscus Matters Christmas appeal for food and vouchers for Coast families, who might be doing it tough this Christmas, has again been heartwarming. Several businesses have opted to donate instead of running a Secret Santa,...... Read More

Universal message

The response to the annual Mahurangi Matters appeal for presents and food for families who might be doing it tough this Christmas has again been heartwarming. Warkworth Lions, always so reliable, came in with boxes of toys, and the Warkworth Golf Club...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters - Off The Record 23 October 2019

Close encounters Politicians and journalists have an uneasy relationship at the best of times. Things got a little more strained when Mahurangi Matters ran a story about Rodney First’s unhealthy control over community social media pages. Nevertheless,...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters 2 October 2019 - Off the Record

Still a little bit country A reader sent in the photo above as a reminder that although we might be part of Auckland, the local drinking establishments don’t quite have that gentrified Ponsonby air about them ... well, not yet anyway! Speaking...... Read More

Candidates campaign on open workshops

For this paper, it is significant that the issue of public access to the local board’s closed and confidential workshops has become an election platform for this year’s Hibiscus & Bays Local Board candidates (see story in Election lift out...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters 17 July 2019 _Off the Record

Wedded bliss Mangawhai’s Mady Jessup shared an insight into his married life on the Mangawhai Locals Page last month. “I’m so bored,” he writes. “It’s my silver wedding anniversary, so I bought a map of the world and...... Read More

Local Opinion - June 19, 2019

The news that $1 million of taxpayers’ money is to fund journalists working for private and public media businesses has been greeted with anger by a number of community newspapers, including Local Matters, publishers of Hibiscus Matters and Mahurangi...... Read More