A new door opens

Unfortunately I can’t help but feel your local board has just been handed the poisoned challis! No matter what we do in response to the damage caused by the lockdown, we can’t possibly make everyone happy and we can’t solve everyone’s...... Read More

Kia kaha business owners

My column this month was meant to be on proposed changes to visa rules for businesses looking to hire migrants but even my articles and the Government’s proposed changes to immigration rules are not immune to Covid-19! I would like to take a moment...... 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

Mahurangi Matters - 3 June 2020 - Readers Letters

Terrible tolls Tolling the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is exactly the wrong thing to do (MM May 20). A toll of $2.80 will double the traffic flow on the old State Highway from 7000 vehicles per day to 15,000 vehicles per day. Even a toll of $1.50...... Read More

Fishing - Thinking outside the boat

I am sure for all of you boat owners it was tortuous under Levels 4 and 3 to look at the boat and not be able to use it. With the wonderful weather we were experiencing, every boatie must have been chomping at the bit wishing he could get...... Read More

History - Land hunting

Henry and William Marsh emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Ida Zeigler in 1863.  Although not part of an organised group, they still qualified under the 40-acre scheme.  Coming from a family of tenant farmers in Shropshire, this was their chance...... Read More

Environment - Love a duck

Every May, the mallard ducks return to my valley, doing the rounds between my garden through to the neighbours’ ponds and pools. Mallards are homebodies. Research from the New Zealand Fish and Game Council concerning the tagging of mallards found...... Read More

Cuisine - Fabulous fibre

It turns out that most New Zealand adults are consuming less than the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre – in fact about half the recommended amount. You might be wondering why that might be a problem. Well, the big thing is that there are...... Read More

Health - Care during covid

Okay, everyone is talking about the coronavirus and there is a heightened awareness of every cough, cold and sneeze. I was surprised that the sales of Corona Beer decreased recently, maybe they should have diversified into toilet paper manufacturing!...... Read More

One Warkworth - Love local

Sir Edmund Hillary’s famous words, “We knocked the bastard off” certainly resonate in today’s world as we hope and pray that we’ve beaten Covid-19 while we look to regain some sense of day-to-day normality. As I walk around...... Read More

Science - Time for a rethink

Covid-19 has provided humanity with a pause to consider the status quo and hopefully to make both short-term and longer-term adjustments for a better and brighter future. The most obvious learning from Covid-19 and the earlier SARS and MERS pandemics...... Read More

Viewpoint - Countering Covid

It is now over seven weeks since New Zealand entered lockdown and I am proud to say that together our efforts have resulted in very low numbers of new Covid-19 cases being reported each day. A big thank you is owed to our frontline staff for working...... Read More

Adapting to change

Life has changed so much - and will continue to change. As humans are creatures of habit we don’t always like change, because adapting our minds and bodies to new ways is hard work. That’s why starting a new eating plan or sticking with a...... Read More

Hibiscus Matters letters - May 20, 2020

Mind-boggling Shane Bygrave, Tindalls Bay The apartments shown in your March 18 paper, which Council has allowed to be built by the water in Gulf Harbour are totally unsuited to this location, in my view. It is not only the height but the lack of a...... Read More

Industrial area not a done deal

This is my second term on the Rodney Local Board. I represent the Dairy Flat subdivision, which includes Dairy Flat and Wainui – both areas that Hibiscus Matters covers. I am passionate about ensuring that our area does not lose its rural character...... Read More

Winter revelations

As we move from autumn towards winter, the skies above us change. Orion, who dominates the summer skies is moving off and is now setting in the early evening. Following Orion, the “Dog Star”, Sirius, is also moving out of our night skies....... Read More

New normal for doctor’s visits

We live in extraordinary times. As a nation we have given up so much to protect our people. The lockdown has had a huge impact on us all for a number of reasons, including the fear of falling ill, the economic uncertainty and the inability to see loved...... Read More

Lockdown lessons

I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on what has been the younger generation’s closest thing to a ‘wartime moment.’ One of the biggest lessons that struck me during isolation was that we are made for community. Personally,...... Read More

Time to garden

The drought showed many that gardening in the future will be dramatically different. Every biological reaction in the garden depends on water, and five months without rain focused the mind on the interaction of climate and vegetation. Extreme wilting...... Read More