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

Scramble to bring in stunning harvest

Drought conditions that have devastated farms in much of the country have proved a major boon for Matakana vineyards. Matakana Winegrowers president Hegman Foster says 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for local wines and will perhaps rival the...... Read More

Decades-old cheques found buried under bank

RE/MAX Warkworth has unearthed bundles of banking documents from beneath the recently refurbished BNZ building in Neville Street. It includes a record of deposits and withdrawals dated August 28, 1948 with familiar local names such as Morrison, Vipond,...... Read More

Desperation in district as big dry turns to drought

Fleets of sanitised milk tankers have arrived in north Rodney to help reduce wait times for water tanker deliveries. An emergency response was triggered last week after Councillor Greg Sayers and Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke held meetings with...... Read More

Dotterels defy developers at Snells Beach

A pair of nesting dotterels has survived hell and high water, thanks to a new perch built by a group of Snells Beach residents, led by seabird photographer Michele MacKenzie. Michele says the dotterels were stuck between a rock and a hard place when...... Read More