Environment

Press Release: Hibiscus Coast busway station to be completed

The contract for the second stage of the Hibiscus Coast busway station has been awarded to the Wharehine Group for $6 million. The contractor is based in Wellsford and it expects to start work on the station next month. Construction of the station...... Read More

Back to the drawing board for Freedom Camping bylaw

Auckland Council has done a complete 360° turn on its Freedom Camping bylaw proposals, deciding to leave things as they are while staff prepare a completely new proposal. The process of developing a freedom camping bylaw under the Freedom Camping...... Read More

Call for whale sightings in the north

National Geographic is asking anyone who spots orca to get in touch, as it begins filming north of Auckland. The film crew will be situated north of Auckland for three weeks from today, gathering orca footage for a TV series. There will be four episodes,...... Read More

Soft approach to storm defence at Stanmore Bay

Diggers have been removing rocks from the foreshore of Stanmore Bay and forming sand dunes in their place. A total of 24 truckloads of rock have been removed from the reserve edge – this previously covered around 100m of the foreshore. The rock...... Read More

Marine Village gets behind pest free programme

Residents of Gulf Harbour Marine Village are the latest to become part of the Pest Free Peninsula project. From left, Forest & Bird volunteer Paul Wilkinson, Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents’ Association facilities manager Steve Law and Forest...... Read More

Shed makes progress

Earthworks are about to begin on the Silverdale site where the Hibiscus Coast Men’s Shed will be built. The Men’s Shed has a piece of land near the Silverdale Rugby Club, of around 500sqm, which the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has allocated...... Read More

Big haul of guns handed over in Orewa buy back

A total of 248 firearms and 1283 accessories/parts were handed in by 144 gun owners during the Police’s gun collection event in Orewa this month. The collection took place at Sharks Sports Club in Victor Eaves Reserve on Sunday, August 11. Acting...... Read More

Coastguard event displaying plenty of ‘flair’

Around 50 people gathered on Stanmore Bay beach on a cold wet winter’s night to find out more about flares. Coastguard Hibiscus holds a Flare Demo evening every year as a training session for crew and boat owners, highlighting the importance...... Read More

Diseased feral pigs cause chaos in Puhoi

Mounting fears over an explosion in the number of diseased, feral pigs overrunning land in and around Puhoi boiled to the surface at a meeting at the Puhoi Centennial Hall on August 3. The meeting was organised by the Forest Bridge Trust, which called...... Read More

Kaipara clean-up money welcomed as ‘a good start’

It’s not nearly enough, but it’s a great start – that’s the verdict on the Government’s announcement last week that the Kaipara Harbour would be one of the main beneficiaries of a $12 million fund to help clean up catchments...... Read More