Hibiscus News

Council closes facilities

In line with Auckland’s move to Alert Level 3, Auckland Council has closed all of its community facilities, effective immediately. This includes all playgrounds and other facilities within our parks, like park benches and basketball courts, as...... Read More

Axe falls on Whangaparaoa Warehouse

The fate of The Warehouse Whangaparaoa, where closure was being considered, is now decided. A community petition with more than 1700 signatures aimed at keeping the store open was unsuccessful, with The Warehouse chief executive Pejman Okhovat announcing...... Read More

Neighbours protest as giant trees felled

Recently the felling of 30 native trees in Avondale made headlines when Green Party candidate and activist Steve Abel and others got involved. At the same time, something very similar was happening in Millwater with more than 50 residents protesting. Around...... Read More

Drilling down: local impacts of Emergency Budget

Auckland Council last week adopted its Emergency Budget for 2020/21 – named ‘emergency’ in response to the estimated loss of revenue of $475 million this financial year due to the Covid-19 response. The budget also allowed for more...... Read More

Auckland’s fuel tax – should it stay or should it go?

Local election candidates are strongly divided on whether Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) should remain. Recently National Party leader Judith Collins promised it would be scrapped if National leads the next Government. The fuel tax began...... Read More

Eaves’ Bush track to reopen

A partial opening of Eaves’ Bush in Orewa is expected in the coming weeks, as the first stage of work is completed, but a full reopening of the reserve is a long way off. The bush was closed in mid-June last year for the Auckland Council funded...... Read More

Auckland Transport washes hands of landslips

Residents say that construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Dairy Flat and Coatesville Riverhead Highways is having negative downstream effects on their neighbouring properties. Auckland Transport (AT) began work on the roundabout...... Read More

Neighbours lawyer up over covenant

David Dinneen and his wife downsized to a property in Orewa last year and were very happy in their new home in The Grange subdivision – until a dispute with neighbours over trees began. The couple spent around $150,000 on landscaping their ‘forever...... Read More

Intoducing: Intrigue

As the name suggests, the new boutique in Orewa called Intrigue is a place to discover an eclectic mix of fashion sleepwear, shoes, jewellery and other nice-to-have accessories. For the owner, Carol Sommerville, opening a second shop was an opportunity...... Read More

Covid causes further Nautilus delays

The completion date for repairs to Orewa’s Nautilus apartments has been pushed out again due to the Covid-19 shutdown. Work began on repairing the leaky building at the end of 2016 and was expected to take two years. Currently work on the level...... Read More