Cartoon - Political theatrics at candidates meeting

After several postponements, the Wellsford candidates’ debate nearly reached its 100-person maximum under Level 2.5 when it was finally held on October 1, just as early voting started. The only empty seats were the entire front row. Moderator...... Read More

Cartoon - Living it up in lockdown

When Alert Level 3 lockdown was announced late on Tuesday, August 11, Mahurangi was resigned and disappointed. It had been over 100 days since the last case of community transmission in New Zealand, and life was just starting to feel like it was returning...... Read More

Cartoon - Sayers blasts Board for road sealing fail

Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers has delivered a broadside against the Rodney Local Board, saying its chair’s “totalitarian style” and the Board’s failure to work alongside him has hurt Rodney ratepayers and scuppered the chance...... Read More

Cartoon - Trust proposes high-speed ferry terminal

The Mahurangi River Restoration Trust, buoyed by the Government’s recent announcement to provide $9 million to clean up the Mahurangi River, is already thinking about the next stage. The Trust wants to establish a $7 million harbour precinct...... 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

Cartoon - Space course launched in Warkworth

Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory will be home to the first practical course in space exploration in New Zealand, starting next month. Students will have access to the country’s only radio telescope and will learn about the many projects...... Read More

Cartoon - Whangateau logging threatens harbour

Whangateau residents and environmentalists, incensed by the logging of pine trees near Ashton Road this summer, can only expect much worse to come, according to some. The logging of trees on less than  three hectares of steeply sloping land over...... Read More

Home delivery proves popular for butchers

Local butchers may have been disappointed not to have been designated an essential service from day one of lockdown, but most have ended up enjoying aspects of being forced to trade in a different way. Warkworth Butchery owner Rob Lees says after initial...... Read More