Hibiscus News

Commercial leases ”no easy answer”

Local businesses and commercial landlords are being urged to engage with each other, negotiate and explore every possible option for support and relief. With most shops and offices closed, and all hospitality outlets unable to trade, there are fears...... Read More

Fire volunteers keep wheels turning

Although low in crew numbers and unable to hold training sessions, Manly’s volunteer fire brigade is in good heart and well set up to handle the current crisis, according to its chief fire officer Shayne Kennedy. The service had to cancel its...... Read More

Rotarians deliver the goods

The three local Rotary clubs – Orewa, Whangaparaoa and the satellite club in Millwater – have combined forces to assist with grocery shopping during the lockdown for those who, for whatever reason, cannot get out themselves. Rotarian Brian...... Read More

Ballet lessons go online

A little thing like lockdown has not prevented Red Beach ballet teacher Lea Sandford from taking classes in her Lea Sandford School of Dancing. Lea began teaching dance 52 years ago, when she was just 15 years old, and has been taking classes in Red...... Read More

Ventolin inhalers back in pharmacies

A temporary shortage of Ventolin inhalers appears to have been remedied. Ventolin is one of the common drugs used in the inhalers that asthmatics need in an asthma attack. People with chronic breathing difficulties are also one of the groups most at...... Read More

Modelling underpins response

A series of mathematical models warning of the consequences for the lack of early action to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were released this morning. The Ministry of Health says the models reinforce the importance of the current lockdown and other government...... Read More

Rubbish collections as usual

Auckland Council has confirmed that kerbside rubbish, recycling and food scraps collections will continue as usual during the Covid-19 lockdown. Bins and bags should be placed kerbside by 7am on your normal collection day. Council says that as more people...... Read More

Dairies provide essential service

Local dairies in Whangaparaoa report they are busier than usual as people shop for essentials such as milk and bread, as well as chips and cigarettes. Small dairies have a one-person in/one-person out rule to ensure a safe distance is maintained...... Read More

New rules for ambulance travel

The St John ambulance service has made changes to the way it supports patients during transportation to hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. St John medical director Dr Tony Smith says while St John understands that patients often like to have...... Read More

Priority Assistance service

Friday, 27 March: Countdown has launched a new service to prioritise the delivery of groceries to the homes of vulnerable customers, and is also working to increase capacity for online delivery shoppers. Eligible customers can apply for Priority Assistance...... Read More