Commuters seek answers as traffic gridlocks

Traffic has been getting worse and is reduced to a crawl along Vipond and Whangaparaoa Roads and Hibiscus Coast Highway to the motorway in the morning peak. The problem has been getting worse over the last couple of weeks but as yet it is unclear what...... Read More

Country park put up for sale

One of the region’s largest and most popular tourism, event and hospitality venues Matakana Country Park is on the market. The 20-hectare site is home to a number of different restaurants and businesses, including The Stables restaurant, Smiths...... Read More

Café Sandspit

Maree Pickett has had her eye on Café Sandspit for a while, seeing it as the perfect complement to her existing businesses serving Kawau Island and Sandspit. Maree has run the Mansion House Café on Kawau Island since 2006 and Kawau Cruises...... Read More

Monster Housewash & Gutters

After 35 years painting cars, Tony Jillings of Arkles Bay was ready for a change. As well as wanting to run his own business, he was keen to get out of the enclosed spaces he worked in and into the fresh air. Last month, together with 27-year-old daughter...... Read More

Orewa Seawall work seeks funding

Earlier this month, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board had an opportunity to put its case to the governing body for its top priority project – protecting Orewa Beach from the effects of further erosion. The local board wants to ensure that erosion protection...... Read More

Retirement complex proposal goes to hearing

Independent commissioners will consider the evidence relating to a retirement village proposed for north Orewa. The hearing, before Janine Bell, Trevor Mackie and Michael Parsonson, will be held in Orewa, starting on November 30. Developer Coastal...... Read More

Help us spread Christmas joy on the Hibiscus Coast

Christmas is a time of giving and local families in need will be the beneficiaries of this year’s Christmas Giving project by Hibiscus Matters in association with the Hibiscus Coast Community House foodbank and Love Soup Hibiscus Coast. We are...... Read More

New police commander taking charge in Orewa

Taking charge of Rodney’s policeforce is a role that Inspector Bruce O’Brien says he is especially invested in, having lived in the area since childhood. On October 30 Inspector O’Brien took over the role of Rodney Area Commander,...... Read More

Hibiscus Rebus turns 35

The Rebus Club of Hibiscus Coast (formerly Probus Club of Hibiscus Coast) celebrated its 35th year with lunch on October 19 at the Hibiscus Coast Bridge Club in Manly. Eleven former presidents of the club attended the lunch, as well as current president...... Read More

Bold bras support cancer charity

One wall of the Curves Orewa gym features 17 decorative and quirky bras, all made by members in an effort to raise funds for the cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. Curves co-owner Sri Lockyer says the gym has several breast cancer survivors and women...... Read More