Hibiscus Matters celebrates first decade

Editor Terry Moore, cuts the cake.

Mahurangi Matters advertising consultant, Rob Anderson, Hibiscus Matters graphic designer, Lorry McCarthy, and advertising consultant, Angela Gallagher.

From left, Local Board member Caitlin Watson, Cr John Watson, Julie King of Love Soup and Cr Wayne Walker.

From left, Cr John Watson, Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers and Pauline Stockhausen

Hibiscus Matters’ 10th birthday party at Estuary Arts Centre on August 4 was everything a birthday should be – a chance to celebrate with friends and enjoy some delicious food including a spectacular birthday cake made in the likeness of one of the paper’s front pages.

More than 40 invited guests attended the occasion. As well as Local Matters staff, NZ First MP Tracey Martin and Councillors Wayne Walker, Greg Sayers and John Watson were there, along with several local board members, business owners and representatives of community groups.

Guests also took time to check out the display at the arts centre, which ran for a week to mark the paper’s first decade.

General manager Jannette Thompson complemented the small team based in Orewa that create Hibiscus Matters, saying that the need for relevant, balanced, accurate and timely reporting on the Hibiscus Coast has never been more important.

“The pace of growth in Auckland’s north isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon and it will impact across the board, from health services and education to the provision of adequate sporting facilities and care for this community’s most vulnerable,” she said.

“Readers might not always agree with the opinions expressed in Hibiscus Matters, but we will continue to provide a forum for all points of view because we believe the best outcomes come from informed community debate.”


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