Hibiscus Matters Letters - October 2017

Penlink alternatives Victoria Egli, Stanmore Bay. Published October 18, 2017 The post-election edition of Hibiscus Matters reminded me that coasties are still in favour of Penlink. Coasties have an opportunity here to lead the way in innovative, smart,...... Read More

Good riddance to bad rubbish

I returned from holiday last week to the welcome news that Countdown, followed by New World will, in response to consumer demand, be plastic bag free by the end of next year. It is a great start and reflects hard work and feedback by many individuals...... Read More

Summer checklist

With Labour Day approaching, it’s the time of year again to clean out the bait bin, dust off the fishing gear and blow the cobwebs off the outboard. It’s boating season! This means it’s also time to take care of that essential pre-summer...... Read More

The youth wave

A wave of youth activation and participation is rolling on to our shores. Parliament has recently received its youngest MP in 42 years, the Green Party’s Chloe Swarbrick (23). On a local level, Rodney’s youngest Local Board member, Tessa...... Read More

A pain in the ... toe!

I’ve just worked out that it is only 10 weeks until Christmas. No, I am not an early shopper (although every year, I swear I will be more prepared) but I was planning our staff Christmas party. So here comes the eating, drinking and being merry...... Read More

Dogs still threatening kiwi

Now that spring is here at last, there is a lot happening in Shakespear Open Sanctuary. Most notable is the safe arrival of our resident flock of godwits, back from their breeding season in Alaska having flown non-stop across the Pacific in a week or...... Read More

Assessing Council’s performance

I was asked by media this week how I thought the Super City had performed for our community and whether, as a model, it delivered local democracy. I’m sure all residents will have reflected on these questions and have their own strong views on...... Read More

Spring into action

Spring is a busy time in the garden, with pretty much every veggie crop able to be sown or planted out now. One trap many gardeners (including myself) fall into at this time of year is planting cold-sensitive crops, such as tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant,...... Read More

No sex please, we’re dogs

From a veterinary perspective, unless you are planning to breed pups from your dog, we  strongly recommend you get it de-sexed. Here’s why: Behaviour Testosterone and hormones secreted from the testicles are the reason male dogs cock their...... Read More

Hateful hypocrites

We farm with love, compassion and  a deep sense of awareness and respect for the environment. This is the message I preach to every carbon monoxide producing, milk guzzling, vegetable munching, meat eating, farmer bashing hater, evidenced at this...... Read More

Fabulous local beers triumph

The McLeod’s team celebrate the success of their Longboarder lager. Envelope please. The annual New Zealand Brewers Guild awards were held in Christchurch earlier this month. This is the pinnacle of the New Zealand brewing industry and where...... Read More

Time to relax. Yeah right.

Planting the dunes at Tawharanui. Now that most of this year’s plants are safely in the ground, you might think the Tossi team can relax. This year we planted almost 19,000 plants. These are a mix of more than 20 native species. The bulk...... Read More

Time to ditch electronic devices

Welcome summer, our elusive friend. Hopefully, the season will bring us all the vitamin D and outdoor enjoyment we need to boost our feel-good factor very soon. We’ll move our bodies and expand our physical and natural environments with picnics,...... Read More

Fixing a muddle for businesses

New Zealanders mostly work in businesses with less than 20 employees. Surprisingly, there are only 5100 or so companies with more than 50 employees. While there are many different forms of entities, including self-employed, companies, trusts and partnerships,...... Read More

Pulling together Puhoi’s past

It was not long after Puhoi’s centenary in 1963 that a real enthusiasm to preserve  Puhoi’s unique history started to grow among Puhoi villagers. In 1976 a public meeting nominated a committee to form a properly constituted historical...... Read More

Some dog owners

Runner Jackie Russell takes seriously Mahatma Gandhi’s advice to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” That thinking has led her to risk her neck scrambling down muddy banks to gather up and properly dispose of plastic bags...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Off the Record - 18 Ocotober 2017

Eric hands over the cash. Never underestimate a woman The Labour candidate for Rodney Marja Lubeck has plenty to smile about these days. Not only did she sweep into Parliament on the party list, she also received double the number of votes of the...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Letters - 18 October 2017

Honesty lacking   I dislike it intensely when people present opinion as fact. Councillor Greg Sayers, in his column last week, firstly presented one person’s opinion, in what was essentially a gossip column, as some sort of review of...... Read More

Fixing fiscal holes

As I write this edition of Money, the country is about to go to the polls and vote for who should run the country for the next three years. I can’t remember a campaign in the past 20 years or so that has been fixated on just one or two key issues. Where...... Read More