DHB seeks nurses

Waitemata District Health Board is embarking on its biggest recruitment drive ever, seeking 100 new nurses before the end of June. The DHB wants the nurses for a range of new positions throughout the district spread across different departments. Chief...... Read More

Snells water concern

Snells Beach’s water treatment plant would fall foul of new rules outlined in a proposed Water Services Bill. Watercare has confirmed that the bore water supplied to Snells Beach and Algies Bay has a a typical pH of between 8.3 and 8.4. Draft...... Read More

Ministry of Health supports fluoridation bill

Sodium fluoride is often added to water and toothpaste. A Government proposal to amend legislation related to drinking water will make fluoridation of water in Rodney and Kaipara more likely. Treatment plants in Warkworth, Snells Beach and Wellsford...... Read More

Teenager completes epic run for refugees

Shay Broomhall reaches Bluff after a marathon journey that took 105 days. Despite suffering a knee injury that took him out of action for more than two weeks, teenager Shay Broomhall succeeded in completing his epic fundraising run from Cape Reinga...... Read More

Northland gets top X-ray

Northland District Health Board has upgraded its X-ray imaging systems, which it says will better serve the people of Northland. The board says the MOBILETT Elara Max and Ysio MAX systems, based at Whangarei Hospital, deliver cutting-edge digital X-ray...... Read More

Ivy returns to Hot Diggety Dog

Ōrewa Lions’ 2018 Hot Diggety Dog Show, and lessons with the Hibiscus Coast Dog Training Club, were a winning combination for American Staffordshire cross Ivy and her owners Gareth Jenkins and Rochelle O’Callaghan. Gareth describes Ivy...... Read More

Jenny loses it again

Jenny plans a fantail tattoo on her bald patch. Snells Beach’s “crazy sewing lady” Jenny Bartlett endured another close shave at Snells Beach Library this month to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). It’s...... Read More

Final race exhilarating for Team NZ grinder

Team NZ grinder, Mike Lee of Red Beach (HM March 3), was on board for every second race, as the grinders were rotated. Luck fell his way, and saw him grinding on what proved to be the final race against the Italians. He says the Kiwi team went out...... Read More

Free monthly lunch in Mangawhai for seniors

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but Otamatea Community Services will be offering just that for Mangawhai residents from April onwards. A new monthly senior and community lunch will be held in the Mangawhai Community Hall, in Fagan...... Read More

Health board tight-lipped on increased surgical services

A push by Warkworth Area Liaison Group (WALG) to secure more surgical services for the growing Mahurangi region has received a non-committal response from the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB). WALG secretary Steve Haycock wrote to WDHB director...... Read More