Priority Assistance service

Friday, 27 March: Countdown has launched a new service to prioritise the delivery of groceries to the homes of vulnerable customers, and is also working to increase capacity for online delivery shoppers. Eligible customers can apply for Priority Assistance...... Read More

Trapped tourists isolated in Little Manly

A small group of around five tourists who have so far been unable to return home are in lockdown at Whangaparaoa Lodge in Little Manly. Lodge owner Troy Clarry says hotels are playing their part in the coronavirus crisis, and could end up making rooms...... Read More

Surf lifesaving leaders say “stay out of the water”

Surf lifesavers were called out to a swimmer in trouble on a remote stretch of the Raglan coast just hours before the country moved to the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. In response, lifesaving officials have re-emphasised their advice to kiwis to stay...... Read More

Police keep close eye on crime

Rodney area commander, Inspector Mark Fergus says residents will be noticing an increased Police presence in the community under the Level 4 restrictions. “We are adapting and changing how we police, in response to the situation,” he says. Although...... Read More

Panic buying affects banana stocks

New Zealanders’ favourite fruit, bananas, are in short supply at some Countdown supermarkets. A Countdown spokesperson says that unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand over the last few weeks, as well as a delayed shipment, its stores do...... Read More

Age Concern works in new ways

Although the Age Concern Rodney office in Orewa is closed for the lockdown, the support services it offers the elderly are still available. Age Concern NZ chief executive Stephanie Clare says some of its services are being adapted from face to face...... Read More

Harbourmaster urges Aucklanders to stay off water

Auckland Transport (AT) is urging recreational boaties in the Auckland region to stay off the water during the four-week long COVID-19 lockdown. The Government has said people can go outside for exercise - while the level four restrictions are...... Read More

Helping hand extended

A new Facebook page has been set up to help anyone on the Hibiscus Coast who may be struggling and need a helping hand. Orewa teacher Matt Cade started the HBC Community Help page with Sue Howlett and Clare Hoyle. He says from day one, there was no...... Read More

Stay off school grounds

It may seem like the playground is empty and no one is around, but schools are reminding the public not to come onto school grounds for any reason. The Ministry of Education asked schools to advise the community that, along with school buildings, the...... Read More