Environment

Kaiwaka residents to organise clean-up of McLean Park

An artist’s impression of one of the soon to be built footbridges. The Kaiwaka Can residents group will undertake a clean-up of McLean Park in Kaiwaka, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. Chair David Wright says the current state is unacceptable. “Currently...... Read More

$5 million plan to stop sediment flow into Mahurangi River

Examining the Mahurangi River catchment map, from left, Shelley Hackett, Adam Schelhammer, Colin Harvey (MERRA) and Leo Van de Wijdeven (landowner). Managers of a project designed to stop thousands of tonnes of sediment flowing into the Mahurangi River...... Read More

Time not up for Ōrewa clock

Ōrewa’s town clock was in a prominent position on Hibiscus Coast Highway, opposite the campground, and a number of locals noticed when it disappeared around eight months ago. A lot has happened since the clock was vandalised and taken down by...... Read More

Free weapons for war on weeds

Weapons in the fight against weeds are being made available for free community use at a new Pest Free Backyard Tool Library, which opens this weekend. The library, operated jointly by Restore Hibiscus & Bays and Pest Free Hibiscus Coast, has its first...... Read More

Auckland needs Pakiri’s sand, commissioners hear

Kaipara Ltd legal representative Morgan Slyfield. Commissioner chair Les Simmons. A new map produced by Kaipara Ltd sections off an area to be avoided by dredging, marked in grey. Hearings for Kaipara Ltd’s resource consent application to dredge...... Read More

Warkworth-Wellsford motorway heads to Environment Court

Warkworth resident Dianne Civil has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) resource consent for the Warkworth to Wellsford motorway. The appeal opposes the consent on the basis that it would allow...... Read More

Coast community helps brothers refloat boat

A storm, followed by theft, was a blow for the Dorina’s new owners. Photo, Gilbert Peterson. Restoring the boat, pictured in 2003, is a family project. Photo, courtesy Tad Motyl. The support of the community, including Coastguard Hibiscus, has...... Read More

Warriors challenge Watercare’s wastewater charges

Hibiscus Coast lobby group Water Warriors plans to take Watercare to the Disputes Tribunal and Commerce Commission over its refusal to lower its fixed annual wastewater charge for households with a rainwater tank. The group will seek support for its...... Read More

Worst fears realised at sanctuary

A single pregnant female stoat that got into Whangaparāoa’s Shakespear Open Sanctuary last spring gave birth, resulting in the biggest challenge to face the sanctuary since it opened 10 years ago. Two juveniles have been caught, but it is thought...... Read More

Council moves to restore Warkworth Wharf

Dedicated community efforts allowed the construction of the current wharf. Plaques honouring those who contributed to the wharf construction.  Auckland Council has started restoring Warkworth Wharf on the Mahurangi River. Council’s community...... Read More