Environment

Crossing problem solved?

A lick of white reflective paint has been applied to the grey pavers on Orewa’s new pedestrian crossings, making them much more visible to traffic. The crossings, put in place by Auckland Transport from the town centre across Hibiscus Coast Highway,...... Read More

Single use plastic bag ban begins on Hibiscus Coast

Countdown Orewa and Silverdale have this week become the first local supermarkets to no longer provide customers with free, single use plastic carrier bags. The move came as Government announced, last Friday, that it is consulting on a mandatory six...... Read More

Council seeking more freedom camping sites

Hopes that this summer would see firm rules in place to restrict freedom camping on the Hibiscus Coast have been dashed, with Auckland Council announcing on July 31 that its new Freedom Camping bylaw will not be finalised, as planned, this summer. Resident...... Read More

Vehicles cost nearly half a million

Introducing 10 new electric cars to Auckland Council’s fleet cost almost half a million dollars. The 10 Hyundai Ioniq cars were purchased recently – two of them will be added to the general pool of vehicles kept at Orewa Service Centre...... Read More

Landfill remediation planned

An Auckland Council owned site on Whangaparaoa Road that has been leased by the same company for decades is to undergo landfill remediation. Whangaparaoa Earthmovers has been based at 645 Whangaparaoa Road (next to the recycling centre) for more than...... Read More

Ward changes proposed

Changes to the boundaries of Auckland Council’s wards are being considered and public consultation is open now. The six-yearly boundary review – Auckland’s first following amalgamation – is designed to ensure the public interest...... Read More

Outfall pipe settles on seabed

Watercare has successfully floated a new wastewater outfall pipe from Kaiaua to the Tiri Channel, off Army Bay, where it was sunk onto the seabed. The 450m long pipe was pulled by a tugboat overnight, travelling just three knots (three nautical miles...... Read More

Help create a park at Green Road

The Rodney Local Board is looking for ideas from the community as it works on plans for a 154-hectare park proposed for Green Road in Dairy Flat. Whether it’s picnic areas, sportsgrounds, horse riding, playgrounds or formal gardens, all ideas...... Read More

Men’s shed now open Saturdays

Plans are firming up for the Men’s Shed that is to be built on the Hibiscus Coast, and in the meantime the hours are being extended at the temporary shed in Stanmore Bay. The new Hibiscus Men’s Shed chair, Maurice Browning, hopes to bring...... Read More

Zero-waste trailblazer sets sights on business

A Whangaripo woman who has led a local charge to increase sustainability and cut plastic usage has won the Trailblazer category in the 2018 Auckland Zero Waste Awards. Josie Jackson was up against more than 30 people, including national initiatives,...... Read More