Covid cuts hit street projects

Many projects designed to improve the appearance, safety and accessibility of local streets will be deferred, as the budget is cut to the bone. Each term the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is given money for new footpaths, signs, street lighting and similar...... Read More

Slice of Orewa history sold to local investor

Local investor Dr Cyrus Varan, says buying historic Orewa House was “an emotional decision”. The Red Beach professor of applied science, author and inventor, also owns the commercial building at 2 Hillary Square where ANZ Bank is located. He...... Read More

Event planning focuses on the positive in Ōrewa

It’s not an easy time to be planning an event – so things are challenging for business organisation Destination Orewa Beach, which always has several in the pipeline for Orewa, particularly through summer. Some have already been pulled, including...... Read More

Changing faces: Pet Naturals

Pet owners who have come to depend on the advice of Pet Naturals manager Therese van den Bos will be pleased to know she is continuing in her role, despite the sale of the business. The new owner is Cindy Ren, who says she doesn’t see any need...... Read More

Expanding: Hirepool Silverdale

Fuelled by current and future growth on the Hibiscus Coast, Hirepool has opened a second branch in Silverdale. The company, which has had a branch in Silverdale Street for around 35 years, now has a new branch in Foundry Road. Hub manager, Andrew Jensen,...... Read More

Introducing - Tiny Living

Paul Smith, Kevin Lawton and Jarred Balle. Three Leigh builders are boxing clever with a brand-new business focused on tiny houses and pint-sized prefabs. Kevin Lawton, Jarred Balle and Paul Smith have been working for many years as Leigh Builders,...... Read More

Motorway and link road prompt new development bid

More than 1000 new homes could be built off Clayden Road if a plan change application is approved. Concerns have been raised over plans that could see up to 1100 houses and six shops built on 102 hectares of land, north east of Warkworth. A group of...... Read More

Employment expo back on

One Warkworth Business Association has rescheduled its inaugural Mahurangi Employment Expo. The event, which is a joint initiative with Mahurangi College and the Auckland Business Chamber, will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall on October 1 from 6pm...... Read More

Charities step up while facing unprecedented hard times

The Hibiscus Coast has dozens of community organisations that are struggling while facing unprecedented demand for their services. Chief executive of Auckland North Community and Development, Yvonne Powley, works with many local organisations, helping...... Read More

Silverdale getting serious about Lego

Playing with Lego can be a serious business – the makers of the plastic brick system have a kit specially designed for use in team workshops. A series of these Lego-based workshops has been held in Silverdale aimed at bringing the community together. Auckland...... Read More