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Local bands head to Rockquest finals

Livewire from left, Nik Redwood, Kaea Heke, Nathan Strong and Aniwa Heke. Soup of the Day, Oskar Primbs, Isaac Noser, Lilah Ferguson and Connor Goodall. Two bands Livewire, of Mahurangi College, and Soup of the Day, from Rodney College, will battle...... Read More

Art awards go out with a bang

The Rodney Art Awards will be presented for the final time in 2018 and organisers plan to finish up in style. North Rodney Community Arts council chair Joy Bell says the Council plans to dissolve itself following the awards, but will allocate its remaining...... Read More

Brews bring back awards

Finding a good drink in Mahurangi won’t be difficult after two local breweries came up trumps in the New World Beer and Cider Awards last month. Sawmill Brewery collected one of 12 champions trophies for best pale ale with its eXtra Pale Ale...... Read More

Rising opera stars will figure in Winter Series

Rising young New Zealand opera stars will feature in the Auckland Opera Studios Winter Series at the Sculptureum in Matakana. The three winter recitals will be held on June 24, August 5 and September 2. The first concert will feature New Zealanders...... Read More

Students’ chance to shine at poetry

Students from seven local schools are being invited to express themselves in verse or rhyme this month for the annual Mahurangi Matariki Youth Poetry Competition, being held at Mahurangi East Library’s Winter Words evening on Wednesday, June 27...... Read More

Choir brings love to Leigh

Residents in the Leigh area are being encouraged to wet their whistle and sign up for a winter singing programme at the Whangateau Hall on Wednesday nights. The 10-week programme starts on June 20 and is open to everyone from non-singers to soloists...... Read More

Beijing Opera comes to Silverdale

Traditional instruments such as this are used for practice only, as players are hard to find. Early morning joggers and dog walkers in Millwater may have been treated to a sample of Beijing Opera recently in their local park. This is where performer...... Read More

Hundreds of works at Hospice art sale

Carolyn Annand, whose work features in the Hibiscus Hospice art exhibition and sale this weekend, first took up a paintbrush around 16 years ago, encouraged by a good friend and a DIY mentality. She wanted an artwork for her two-year-old daughter’s...... Read More

Lenses focus on festival

Members of the Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club have a busy month ahead as they prepare for two local exhibitions that are part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Around 40 images by around a dozen of the club’s top photographers will feature...... Read More

Singer-songwriter’s journey inspires film audience

The inspiring story of New Zealand singer-songwriter Donna Dean is the subject of a low-key, but movingly honest, documentary that will screen at the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday morning, June 2. The Sound of Her Guitar, made in 2016, was directed...... Read More