Sweet inspiration in second Magnolia book

Baker and business owner Bernadette Gee (Bets) of Red Beach recently produced her second book, after the first one, Magnolia Kitchen, was a runaway international success. She says lockdown saw sales of the recipe book go through the roof locally as...... Read More

Fun in the sun as Santa arrives in Whangaparāoa

A sunny afternoon of games, food, live entertainment and craft stalls proved a winning recipe for A Very Coastie Christmas, held at Whangaparoa College on November 22. Local families found plenty to keep the children happy, with a range of free games...... Read More

Book writing a superpower

Writing could be Laetitia Tan’s superpower – words have been tumbling out of the 18-year-old Millwater resident since she was a child. “She was constantly writing,” her mother Valentina says. Initially it was a stream of stories,...... Read More

Christmas appeal focuses on keeping pets safe

Victims of family harm are bracing for a spike in violence over the Christmas period and with it, a rise in animal abuse. Police say they are attending significantly more incidents of family violence already this year due to the impact of Covid-19,...... Read More

Santa’s town centre schedule revealed!

Coast, Whangaparaoa (formerly Coast Plaza) Santa takes up residence at the centre (by Countdown) from December 3–24, 10am-4pm daily. No bookings needed for Santa photos - just turn up. Photos of pets with Santa, December 6, 13 and 20,l 8am-10am....... Read More

Principals fume as vaping on the rise

The days of smoking ‘behind the bike sheds’ at school has been replaced by vaping according to local college principals. New Zealand’s Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act was amended to include vaping, and the changes...... Read More

Wall keeps parishioners close

A dedicated fundraising effort and around five years of hard work is behind the recent building of a memorial wall at St Stephens Anglican church in Whangaparaoa. The 7m-long wall, constructed of fibreglass reinforced concrete, is like a honeycomb inside,...... Read More

Cambridge scholarship for promising neuroscientist

Searching for new treatments for conditions like Alzheimers and Huntington’s Disease will be the focus for Jennifer Palmer of Stanmore Bay when she heads to Cambridge University next year. Recently, she was awarded a three-year Cambridge Rutherford...... Read More

Community digs deep to bring Christmas cheer

Sarah Davis wants all children to enjoy the magic of Christmas.  The growing pile of gifts under the tree in the Mahurangi Matters office proves locals are thinking beyond their own friends and families when it comes to spreading Christmas cheer...... Read More

Anti-ageing compound shows promise

Tru Niagen is distributed from a 2000sqm warehouse on Omaha Flats Road. Pictured, Matakana Health director Kevin Glucina. A Matakana firm has the exclusive rights in Australia and New Zealand to distribute a medical supplement that it says boosts the...... Read More