Park & ride hits speed bump

The cost of building an interim park & ride on the former Atlas site, on State Highway 1 (SH1) just north of Warkworth, has ballooned to $5.6 million. The park & ride is one of the projects being funded by the Rodney Local Board’s targeted rate...... Read More

Hobbs farm not sold yet

Tenders closed for the 13.43ha piece of land at 198 Pinecrest Drive on March 19. Bayleys Whangaparaoa agent Roger Sumich says it is not sold at this stage, but that there are a number of interested parties. The land is the final portion of a farm...... Read More

Vegetable seedlings hot property in uncertain times

by Simon Godfrey, owner of We Do Landscaping A local garden centre has reported that vegetable sales are currently at springtime levels – Spring is normally the busiest time of year for sales – with people keen to grow their own food at...... Read More

Scientists push back against proposals

Clockwise from back left, Zoology professor James Dale, Assoc. Prof Marine Biology David Aguirre, Snr lecturer Adam Smith, Assoc. Prof Marine Biology Karen Stockin and Masters student Hayden Pye. Proposals that include deep cuts to the staffing budget...... Read More

Frontline businesses take Covid-19 hit

While the world comes to grips with the spread of Covid-19, the impacts are beginning to filter down to townships on the Coast, particularly dining and travel businesses. Destination Orewa Beach manager Hellen Wilkins says hospitality businesses, especially...... Read More

Six-storey apartments approved for waterfront

Another non-notified resource consent has allowed a set of six-storey tower blocks on the water’s edge to gain Auckland Council approval under the radar. The buildings are to be built at 102-130 Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour, by the roundabout...... Read More

Council gets an earful on Council Controlled Organisations

Auckland Council held a one-on-one drop-in session at the Warkworth Town Hall to get feedback for a review on Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and residents took their chance to air their gripes. Council is undertaking a wide-ranging review of...... Read More

Five Hibiscus Coast women accept yellow Zonta roses

Hibiscus Coast Zonta Club president Janet Hope. The way in which women make connections in the community came through strongly at a ceremony held in Orewa on March 6 to mark International Women’s Day, which is also Zonta International Rose Day. The...... Read More

Changing Faces: Coffee Club, Orewa

Customer service is high on the list of priorities for new Coffee Club owner, Scott Smith. Scott and his wife Della took over the Orewa cafe, in Florence Avenue, last month. He says he is enjoying getting to know customers on a first name basis. “There...... Read More