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All go for Kowhai Festival

The Kowhai Festival will go ahead as planned this year and the theme is Kowhai Carnival. Festival committee member Angela Thomas says it will resemble Rio de Janeiro’s famous street parties. “Think feathers and funky masks, not creepy...... Read More

Maungaturoto attractions on show

One stop on the weekend programme is the award-winning Kauri Museum. Tourism related businesses in Maungaturoto have joined forces to offer visitors a weekend in the country on September 5 and 6. The programme includes visits to an organic farm, a...... Read More

Town Hall hosts “miraculous” jazz musician

Lucien Johnson’s music has been informed by his travels around the globe. Warkworth’s concert season traditionally features some jazz, and this year Warkworth Music is excited to host the Lucien Johnson Quartet. The quartet will perform...... Read More

Singers return

The Kowhai Singers returned for rehearsals in June. Warkworth’s Kowhai Singers choir has rescheduled its annual concert – formerly due in May – and will instead host two events at the end of August. This year’s concert, dubbed...... Read More

Carnivorous Plant Society set to dazzle following lockdown

Carnivorous Plant Society, from left, Siobhanne Thompson, Tam Scholes, Finn Scholes, Alistair Deverick and Cass Basil. Carnivorous Plant Society are celebrating being reunited after lockdown with a show at the Leigh Sawmill Café on Sunday, August...... Read More

Mahurangi musician claims Northland Rockquest win

Kate Popham was able to bring her own interpretation to Hawks and Doves. A protest song related to Black Lives Matter has won Mahurangi College student Kate Popham first prize in the Northland Smokefree Rockquest competition, giving her a chance to...... Read More

Local artwork shortlisted

Two local artists – one from Hibiscus Coast and the other from Warkworth – are finalists in the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize, one of NZ’s most prestigious art events. Artworks by Mia Wilson, of Stanmore Bay, and Merythr Ruxton, of...... Read More

Moments in time captured in exhibition

The Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club’s last exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre, held two years ago, drew a lot of attention and some sales, so they are doing it again. The current exhibition, called A Moment in Time, is on until August 9. Organiser...... Read More

Jak ready to raise roof post-lockdown

Popular covers band White Chapel Jak will kick off their  “Return of the Jak - Here’s to us Nu Zuland!” tour with two concerts at the Leigh Sawmill Café next month. They will follow up with another concert at the Warkworth...... Read More

New showcase encourages young artists to shine

An exclusive online exhibition and art supplies are being offered by Mangawhai Artists in a bid to encourage and nurture creativity among local children and young people. The Youth Art Showcase is looking for art submissions from artists aged from...... Read More