New bus service links Maungaturoto south

A weekly community minibus service has been launched between Maungaturoto and Warkworth every Thursday, with round trips costing $5 per adult and free for under-16s.

The van leaves Maungaturoto at 9.30am and stops at Kaiwaka and Wellsford before reaching Warkworth around 10.45, then returns at 1.30pm.

The new service is a collaboration between Kate’s Place Community House in Kaiwaka and Otamatea Community Services (OCS) in Maungaturoto.

Kate’s Place coordinator Kirstie Brown says the weekly minibus trip is for “anyone and everyone” who would like to go shopping, visit the doctor or dentist, see friends or get to services like WINZ.

“OCS has supplied the van, we have supplied the driver, and we are coordinating and managing bookings,” she says. “We are working together to make sure people in outlying areas are able to access more services and have a regular social outing.”

Seats must be booked in advance and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

OCS also runs a free shopping trip from Maungaturoto to Whangarei on the fourth Wednesday of every month, which leaves at 9.30am and returns around 3.30pm.

For more information and bookings, call 09 431 2661 or 029 773 9085, or go to Kate’s Place -community house on Facebook.