Health

Urgent health clinic opening in Warkworth

An urgent health care clinic, which will operate from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, will open at the Rodney Surgical Centre in Warkworth within weeks. The new facility will be operated by Wellsford-based primary care service Coast to Coast Health...... Read More

Police impressed by holiday behaviour

Police say the summer festive period has been quiet, with only one arrest made outside High Life at Ascension Winery on New Year’s Eve. Warkworth Police Sergeant Mark Stallworthy has worked New Year’s Eve for 14 years in a row and says...... Read More

New Year honours

Two Warkworth residents have been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.       Paul McGill was named an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for 39 years service with the NZ Fire Service and Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ). Mr...... Read More

Transgender play to inform school students

A Sandspit playwright’s transgender play has won a major grant from Creative New Zealand to produce performances for school students starting in Warkworth. Testostrogen, by Joanna Pearce, tells the story of a man dealing with a powerful inclination...... Read More

Mahurangi health: A charity case

News that a new urgent health care clinic will open in Warkworth will be a relief to Mahurangi residents. But Jonathan Killick discovers the region’s health needs remain heavily dependent on charity. He spoke to fire brigades, St John, district...... Read More

Local entrepreneur launches kids’ wrist band tracker

Takatu entrepreneur Beth Kelly has invented a wristband for children and parents that can track the wearer’s position anywhere in the world, and she is looking for local mums who want to try it out. The tracker is a low-profile rubber wrist band...... Read More

Wellsford Plunket saviour receives recognition

More than four years of relentless fundraising to renovate and revitalise the Wellsford Plunket Rooms has been officially recognised, with Tania Hamilton being named Plunket’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year for the northern region. Tania was one...... Read More

Four decades of firefighting honoured at Warkworth

The end of the year saw the end of an era at Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade, when Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Ian Davies retired after 40 years’ service as a firefighter. He was formally thanked and presented Akworth brigade’s Honours Night,...... Read More

One-off cash boost for Mahurangi Schools

Mahurangi School principals have reacted with cautious enthusiasm to a Government commitment to pump $400 million to improve the condition of their school properties. Last month, the Government announced nearly every state school in the country would...... Read More

Bridge offers mental workout

While those who have over-indulged in Christmas cheer will be thinking of hitting the gyms this month, the importance of keeping mentally fit is just as important, according to Warkworth Bridge Club tutor Jeanette Grimmer. The club is running a 10-week...... Read More