Coast teachers supported in day of strike action

The national teachers’ strike on Wednesday, August 15, will be felt on the Hibiscus Coast, with primary schools closed and large numbers of teachers catching the Gulf Harbour ferry and buses to get to the Queen Street march and rally. No local...... 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

Band needs your vote

A local band of teens, Barracuda Swim School, could still get into the national Smokefree Rockquest final, if they receive the most votes from the public. Voting for the People’s Choice, by text, is on now. The band, which featured in Hibiscus...... Read More

Timely advice for women renting rooms

Women’s Centre Rodney is urging women to thoroughly check potential boarders and flatmates before renting out rooms. Centre manager Colleen Julian says high accommodation costs force many women to consider renting out a spare room. “They...... Read More

Rodney activists seek ban on gay conversion therapy

Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps of parliament last week seeking the banning of conversion therapies that aim to make gay people straight. The petition, containing 5157, signatures was organised by the Rodney Area...... Read More

Older workers untapped resource

An ageing population, a declining birth rate and a deepening skills shortage means a perfect storm is brewing on how New Zealand manages its ageing workforce. A white paper called Act Now Age Later, launched by the Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin,...... Read More

Wheelchair football packs a punch

The short film made about Wentworth College Year 9 student Logan McColl tugs on the heartstrings, showing the positive effects for everyone involved of including a disabled person in an activity. The film was made for the Focus on Ability awards, which...... Read More

Slam dunk for Whangaparaoa College

Basketball got a $4600 boost at Whangaparaoa College recently, with the installation of a new adjustable height hoop. The hoop was paid for with a grant obtained from Sport Gulf Harbour by the Coast Youth Community Trust (CYC), which has a close relationship...... Read More

Uplifting message from mental health advocate

Mental health advocate Mike King brought a simple and positive message to Whangaparaoa College recently, when he spoke to the Year 10 and 11 students and seniors on August 2. “Despite what people think, we don’t go into schools and focus...... Read More

Barter barber comes to Puhoi

Among the drawcards at the Puhoi Village Market on Sunday, July 29, was Sam Dowdall, otherwise known as The Barter Barber. Sam, a hairdresser from the Bay of Plenty, became increasingly troubled by the number of his friends and clients who ended up...... Read More