Press Release: Hibiscus Coast busway station to be completed

The contract for the second stage of the Hibiscus Coast busway station has been awarded to the Wharehine Group for $6 million. The contractor is based in Wellsford and it expects to start work on the station next month. Construction of the station...... Read More

Park and ride completion plan still parked

Details of when work will begin on the final stage of the Silverdale park and ride are not yet available, and a contract for the work was still awaiting sign off last week. The building of the bus station and remaining 90 parking spaces, which was...... Read More

Gantry collapse investigated

The collapse of one half-gantry on Whangaparaoa Road on August 5, which Hibiscus Matters publicised on its Facebook page, was a bit of an eye-watering moment for Graham Townsend who had just driven underneath it. Graham describes seeing it fall in his...... Read More

Departing local board member disillusioned

After one term on the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, member Vicki Watson is counting down the meetings until she can leave. Elected in 2016, Vicki decided not to stand again this year, saying she has found her time in local government frustrating. “In...... Read More

Kingsway student on national stage

Kingsway School student Mi Rae Han, 16, says she was honoured to present the closing speech at the NZ Business Hall of Fame gala dinner in Auckland on Thursday August 15. Mi Rae gave the speech as a representative of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES),...... Read More

Only men can fill Santa Claus’ big black boots

At a time when gender is increasingly broad, fluid and widely inclusive, the Orewa Santa Claus will always be a male, according to organisers of the Orewa Beach Santa Parade. The community parade is put on by local business association Destination Orewa...... Read More

Introducing - Let it Brew

Let it Brew, the Beatles-themed cafe at 1 Queen Street, has been capturing the imagination and attention of Warkworth locals since it opened on June 24, 2019 – coincidentally, the same day that the Beatles performed in Auckland in 1964. The uniqueness...... Read More

Introducing - The Kitchen Tailor

After finding its cabinets eagerly sought after in various parts of the North Island, The Kitchen Tailor, based in Snells Beach, is keen to develop a much stronger base in the Mahurangi area. The business, which is owned by master joiner Adam McNeil...... Read More

Changing Faces - McDonald’s Warkworth and Wellsford

Community involvement is at the heart of Ken and Cherie Harlock’s vision as new owners of McDonald’s in Warkworth and Wellsford. Having lived locally for five years and owned Orewa McDonald’s for nearly three years, they know the area...... Read More

Shed makes progress

Earthworks are about to begin on the Silverdale site where the Hibiscus Coast Men’s Shed will be built. The Men’s Shed has a piece of land near the Silverdale Rugby Club, of around 500sqm, which the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has allocated...... Read More