Hibiscus Matters letters - August 5, 2020

Book bias alleged Jo de Joux, Yes for Compassion, Wellington (abridged) I am contacting you from [lobby group] Yes for Compassion. On 14 July, Hibiscus Matters posted an interview with Caralise Trayes about her book The Final Choice. She has written...... 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

Mahurangi Matters - 5 August 2020 - Readers Letters

Heartfelt thanks Ellie and I would like to publicly thank all the people that have helped us in so many ways since we received the devastating news advising that Matthew lost his life on June 19, 2020, whilst working as a Police Officer, a career he...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters - Off the Record - 5 August 2020

Pic-y rodents Students trapping rats around the grounds of Mahurangi College have found their local rodents are fussy eaters. The school’s forest project coordinator, Colin Binsted, told last month’s Rodney Local Board meeting that the bog-standard...... Read More

Science - The motoring revolution

We are at the start of an extraordinary and exciting decade of evolution in automotive technology – progressing from internal combustion vehicles, to hybrid electric vehicles, to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, to plug-in electric vehicles, to...... Read More

Hauturu - Spineless wonders

I have written about what a haven Te Hauturu-o-Toi is for native birds, plants and reptiles. It is also a haven for over 500 of our native invertebrates and that is only the ones that have been found and identified there. There could well be that many...... Read More

Health - Sweet destruction

Sugar is an interesting topic – especially if you are trying to cram into last year’s swimsuit after lockdown indulgences. There seems to be a myriad of misunderstandings around sugar, I hope to clarify a few things. The sugar story starts...... Read More

Fishing - Mixed blessings

This last month the weather has definitely not played fair. Feedback has been scarce as there have been very few days where the wind has not blown or it hasn’t rained. Nevertheless, some of the more hardy have gone and had a fish. There...... Read More

Cuisine - Always seasonal, always local

One of the joys of living at Omaha Beach is the extraordinary number of farm stands offering freshly picked produce grown in the fertile soils of Omaha Flats. Year round, there’s always something to buy, and, due our temperate climate, this tiny...... Read More

Workshops a sensitive issue

This year my family and I are celebrating 50 years on the Hibiscus Coast. We certainly have seen and experienced a great deal of changes over the years but one thing certainly stays the same, and that is, that the community feeling and spirit ...... Read More

Team comes first

When I started out in business it was just me and my business partner in a windowless office at the very top of Queen Street in Auckland. The only thing we had to focus on was keeping our customers happy – simpler times. Although I very much enjoyed...... Read More

Spring in a syrup

Plants that wake when others sleep, hills soon splashed with wild flowers, grass a new and richer shade of green and the air scented with fresh and familiar smells. Papatūānuku is breathing and she makes me swoon. So much food adventure to reconnect...... Read More

Bellbird sightings welcome

The arrival of hihi (stitchbirds) at Shakespear Open Sanctuary last month (HM July 1) means that all three of New Zealand’s honeyeaters are now in residence, the other two being tuis and the korimako (bellbird). Tuis are a regular feature on the...... Read More

One Warkworth - Big wins

It’s been an interesting and a very challenging year, and if we only look at the last part you could be forgiven for thinking it has been a really rough year, but let’s put it in perspective. The first part of the 2019/2020 financial year...... Read More

History - Sinking ship

Early on September 23, 1866, Captain Alexander Unthank’s cutter Bonneta crossed the Manukau Bar heading north to the Kaipara settlements. She carried a full cargo of goods, plus two passengers. A hard northeasterly gale was blowing. Bonneta safely...... Read More

Environment - Roadside rights

Winter is on its way out, but the nights are still cool, and across the country fires are keeping families warm and houses cosy. But firewood is expensive and it burns quickly on cold nights. So, out on rural roads, resourceful people with chainsaws and...... Read More

Viewpoint - Stick to essentials

Great to meet with the NX2 Northern Express Group at Puhoi last week, getting updated on this tremendous roading project, world leading roadway design technology at our backdoor. A couple of nights later, however, attending a community meeting to discuss...... Read More

Hibiscus Matters letters July 15, 2020

Senseless spending on humps Chris Casey, Manly (abridged) As per your article (HM July 1) the $150,000 spent on this one road, Laurence Street, could have been used to help seal some of the loose metalled roads within Rodney. Now the speed bumps have...... Read More

Claytons open workshops

Readers with long enough memories may recall Claytons. It was one of the first ‘non-alcoholic alcohol’ drinks in NZ, packaged to look like whisky. The ad went something like: ‘Claytons – the drink you have when you’re not...... Read More