Penlink project build-own-operate offer given thumbs down

An offer by a Chinese company to build, own and operate the Penlink Road and bridge has been turned down. The offer included a proposal to procure the project on a non-competitive basis. It was considered by Auckland Transport (AT), the NZ Transport...... Read More

Innovator tackles food insecurity on world stage

Dairy Flat’s Courtney Davies, 23, has some big ideas when it comes to agricultural innovation, which has landed her a place at the Bayer Youth Ag Summit in Brazil this November. Every two years, 100 delegates aged 18 to 25 are selected to participate...... Read More

Introducing: Northlink Physio

Building trust with patients is an important part of providing treatment that is effective and appropriate, according to physiotherapist Danny Chen, who has opened the clinic Northlink Physio in Orewa. Danny says most physio sessions are around 45 minutes...... Read More

Smart thinking needed for small home living

The waterless dehydrating composting toilet is suitable if no connection to septic or town sewerage is available. It’s easy to manage with urine being separated off while solids are dehydrated and can be emptied into the garden. People downsize...... Read More

Introducing: Leisure Pools

Installing a backyard swimming pool might not be top-of-mind for most people at this time of year, but according to the owner of Leisure Pools Auckland North, Alan Miller, it’s the perfect time to get the job done. “Build the pool during...... Read More

Introducing: Flip ‘n Fly Circus School

After a long search, Flip ‘n Fly co-founders Bayaraa Odonchimeg and Baya Khaltar have finally found a building tall enough to hang their silks, ropes and trapeze. Their new Circus School headquarters are in Foundry Road, Silverdale. Bayaraa...... Read More

Matakana Coast Tourism pulls out of i-SITE

Matakana Coast Tourism (MCT) has decided to pull out of the Warkworth i-SITE, saying it has found the visitor’s centre too much of a financial drain. The decision comes almost exactly a year after MCT teamed up with the One Warkworth Business...... Read More

Aversion to harsh chemicals inspires cleaning start-up

After Te Hana resident Johnny Hamer got kicked out of high school, he spent some time being homeless but eventually found out he could earn good money by cleaning people’s homes. But there was one downside. The harsh chemicals in the household...... Read More

Cars creating concern

Auckland Transport (AT) is sticking to its guns when it comes to continued complaints about the number of cars for sale that are parked along Whangaparaoa Road near the Peninsula Club retirement village. Raising the issue again, Hibiscus Matters pointed...... Read More

Relief in sight for park ‘n’ riders

There is relief in sight for Silverdale park and ride users, with details of the construction programme for the remaining work expected soon. The building of the bus station and remaining 90 parking spaces, which was to have been completed by next...... Read More