Hibiscus News

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

Back to the drawing board for Freedom Camping bylaw

Auckland Council has done a complete 360° turn on its Freedom Camping bylaw proposals, deciding to leave things as they are while staff prepare a completely new proposal. The process of developing a freedom camping bylaw under the Freedom Camping...... Read More

Call for whale sightings in the north

National Geographic is asking anyone who spots orca to get in touch, as it begins filming north of Auckland. The film crew will be situated north of Auckland for three weeks from today, gathering orca footage for a TV series. There will be four episodes,...... Read More

Cancer survivor runs marathon for charity

Twenty-one year old Jenni Palmer says she learned some powerful lessons from her first hand experience with cancer, and also from sailing on the tall ship Spirit of NZ. She is hoping to connect the two by providing a young person affected by cancer with...... 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

Lucky escape from terrifying truck incident

It was lucky that no-one was injured, including a police officer, as a stolen scaffolding truck was driven around local roads at speed before crashing in flames. The incident took place on Sunday, August 11. The driver appears to have travelled a considerable...... 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

Soft approach to storm defence at Stanmore Bay

Diggers have been removing rocks from the foreshore of Stanmore Bay and forming sand dunes in their place. A total of 24 truckloads of rock have been removed from the reserve edge – this previously covered around 100m of the foreshore. The rock...... 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