Health

Lockdown cycle challenge delivers for youth charity

  Colin Roberts of Rodney Sports, pictured right, with Merv Huxford. Rodney Sports donated $500. Orewa accountant Merv Huxford decided that lockdown was the perfect time to take on a bike ride that would otherwise be too dangerous. Initially,...... Read More

Time to move your butt

June is bowel cancer awareness month – and it’s also when Bowel Cancer NZ holds its annual Move your Butt fundraiser. This campaign encourages New Zealanders to get off their butts and move more. The challenge is going ahead, despite the...... Read More

Ratepayers fund free flu jabs

As New Zealanders line up in record numbers for flu vaccinations, ratepayers will be funding free flu injections for Councillors and staff across the whole Council group. It is unclear exactly how long this has been offered, but it appears to have...... Read More

Daffodils recycled in sculpture

Last September, Orewa College student Alice Watkins asked for Hibiscus Matters’ help in her mission to save a big bunch of Daffodil Day flowers from landfill. The flowers, which are handed out annually in return for donations to the NZ Cancer...... Read More

Joint appeal for Wellsford foodbank

Four community groups and businesses are joining forces to appeal for food items for Wellsford foodbank Loaves & Fishes. Wellsford Plunket, Citizens Advice Bureau, Wellsford Four Square and Warkworth Food Rescue are collecting non-perishable food and...... Read More

Through the lockdown lens

The Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club’s lockdown competition showed many creative interpretations of the lockdown theme. Among the winners was this image by Agatha Lambert, who used the panic buying of toilet paper as inspiration, calling it Toilet...... Read More

Women’s Centre seeks donated blankets for winter

Women’s Centre Rodney has launched a Winter Warmer Appeal to ensure struggling families stay safe and warm this winter. The public are invited to donate new children’s and adult’s pyjamas, hot water bottles, socks, duvets and blankets...... Read More

Dry winter ramps up fire risk

With the onset of winter, the Auckland region has moved to an open fire season, but unusually dry conditions mean there are still risks. Warkworth Fire Station manager Devan Flewellyn says despite recent greening of grass, the ground is still dry. “You...... Read More

Fighting fires and fundraising for leukaemia

Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade members Simon Manawaiti and Dan Auber refused to let lockdown hold them back from raising money for leukaemia. The brigade had assembled a team to compete in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge, which was scheduled...... Read More

Library opening shelved

Orewa Library reopened today (May 20) together with 30 others, but it could be almost two weeks before Whangaparaoa Library opens its doors to the public. Auckland Council head of community libraries north and west, Darryl Soljan, says
the requirements...... Read More