Hibiscus Matters letters - August 15, 2018

Failing the locals Michael James, Orewa (abridged) Here is a partial list of the failings of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport as of late: Orewa suicide pedestrian crossings; fire sale of Orewa Service Centre; relying on the public to complain...... Read More

Road rage

I hope everyone is getting through winter okay and I guess we are all looking forward to the first day of spring. I don’t know about you but the year seems to be moving very quickly. I am enjoying being part of a big, strong and well organised...... Read More

Home loans for the self-employed

A recent experience of my own has prompted this month’s column, and it’s something a lot of Kiwis share. Whether you’re a sole trader or have a small company, the situation can be similar. With something like 15–20 percent of...... Read More

Manly Warrant of Fitness

I’ve just taken my car in for a warrant and a service. There were a couple of issues, but my awesome mechanic fixed things so I wouldn’t end up with any major problems. They replaced my oil filter and adjusted my drive belts, making sure...... Read More

Would a cake ...

The backlash against Kath’s Devine Cakes for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding has prompted a Warkworth man to seek to establish a new political party. Read more Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters 15 August 2018

4 lanes good, 2 lanes bad The story in the latest Mahurangi Matters about the Matakana Link Road (MM August 1) is concerning. The suggestion that a two-lane road will later be extended to a four lane rightly has alarm bells ringing. Why do we continue...... Read More

Fighting talk

Bikie turf wars pale in comparison to the turf war I’m currently battling on this farm. My turf war is the battle for the 1.4km of farm driveway stretching from the farm gate to my house, which includes six gates. I tell you now, it is a war I have...... Read More

Spring into action

After a relatively early and sharp intro into winter, it seems we’re already starting to warm into spring. Although I’m sure we’ll still get a few cold snaps as the season progresses. With the end in sight, it’s a good idea to...... Read More

Pets in pain

Winter’s aches and pains are a reminder that we are not as supple and agile as we once were. The idea of jumping up onto the bench, table or bed are not the simple processes they once were. Muscles, ligaments and joints lose strength and flexibility...... Read More

Mystery of the missing child

Terence Kennedy left Ireland, aged 24, in 1844. He came to New Zealand via America and Australia and purchased 300 acres of bush where Schollum’s Access Road, off SH 1, now is. He arrived five years before the Bohemian settlers of Puhoi. As soon...... Read More

The magic of acceptance

There is a term known in counselling as ‘unconditional positive regard’. This was coined by psychologist Carl Rogers and it essentially means to accept a person exactly as they are. This is something that we could all probably do with experiencing...... Read More

Stung by bandits

The once fine and noble New Zealand beekeeping industry, made up of valiant beekeepers who loved this hobby and produced sufficient honey for us all, has vanished. It has been replaced by greedy and often irresponsible corporate entities, foreign market...... Read More

Reviving the kokako

The kokako, sometimes called the blue-wattled crow, is one of New Zealand’s many unique species. It is about the size of a magpie, with strong legs for hopping and climbing trees. Its beautiful blue-grey wings are rounded and only good for gliding,...... Read More

More cash for Rodney

Last time I updated Mahurangi Matters readers, Council’s 10-year budget – the blueprint for how our city will grow and develop over the next 10 years – was out for public consultation. Thank you to everyone who contributed their views...... Read More

Hibiscus Matters letters - August 4, 2018

Skybus out of reach Glenda and Graeme Dykes, Red Beach I saw recently that Skybus is now offering a new service from Albany. ‘Hoorah’, I thought, as we use the Skybus service when catching flights. But the powers that be have out-clevered...... Read More

Local projects funded

July heralded our new financial year and the first year of Auckland Council’s new Long-term Plan. Our local board’s advocacy supported by our usual high level of local public submissions has been highly effective, with many of our projects...... Read More

What’s science got to do with it?

Gardening, like everything else in nature, is based on cycles that are all interdependent. If you want to get on top of insects in your garden you have to know why these pests get out of control; in short, know something about the dynamics of balance. Perhaps...... Read More

The cashflow challenge

Being in business is exciting, no two days are the same, there is no income cap, and you can create your business and do it your way. And while there are different reasons you may have started your business in the first place, most business owners want...... Read More

Fears of second ‘Hill Street’ bottleneck

A suggestion that the proposed Matakana Link Road be reduced from four lanes down to two has alarmed local community groups, who fear it may create traffic snarl ups to rival Hill Street. Auckland Transport (AT) is under pressure from the New Zealand...... Read More