Hibiscus News

Final cheque phase-out could hit seniors hard

The final closure of all cheque books as a method of payment is expected to disproportionately affect the elderly, disabled people and the charities that they support, according to one such charity, Stroke Central NZ. From July 1, most banks will no...... Read More

Changing places: NumberWorks’nWords

Silverdale academic tuition centre NumberWorks’nWords has moved – but only around the corner. The franchise was started by experienced teachers Olivia Stewart and Michelle Buckley three years ago in Central Boulevard, next to Farmers, but...... Read More

Introducing: Hibiscus Gifts

Lovers of distinctive gifts and quality homewares should head to Silverdale Village, where Hibiscus Gifts, a spacious new store has recently opened in Agency Lane. The shop is owned by Jing Wang, who moved to Red Beach with her family from west Auckland...... Read More

Changing faces: The Wade

One of Auckland’s most historic pubs is also one of Silverdale’s best kept secrets, which is something new manager Carrie Marshall is keen to change. She wants the many families moving to new housing developments in the area to venture off ...... Read More

Getting together vital for good health

The  Whangaparāoa Selwyn Centre got into the spirit of Gumboot Friday recently, holding a gumboot throwing competition for members. Its two centenarians, Wyn Chadwick and Claire Robertson, were among the enthusiastic participants. The Selwyn Centre...... Read More

Technology enthusiast to lead national SeniorNet forward

Warkworth technology enthusiast Marilyn Goodwin, 78, was elected chairperson of the national SeniorNet Federation last month. The federation aims to teach computer and other technological skills to over 50s. It comprises 58 individual learning centres...... Read More

Theft highlights charity’s need for more space

When thieves removed furniture destined for the homes of domestic violence survivors from the charity Woven Earth last month, it was a devastating blow. Woven Earth founder Kerryn Thrupp says it was gut wrenching to arrive at the organisation’s...... Read More

Founder of Hibiscus Hospice dies at 102

Don’t dwell on the past, always look forward and create your own future – that was the overriding philosophy of the co-founder of Hibiscus Coast Hospice, Carmen Urban, who died last month at the age of 102. Carmen and her husband Bob moved...... Read More

Auckland likely to lose America’s Cup defence

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says Aucklanders will be disappointed at Emirates Team NZ’s decision to look overseas for the next America’s Cup defence. Auckland Council ratepayers contributed $113m towards hosting the 36th America’s Cup...... Read More

Work underway on Ōrewa crossing

By the end of this month, Ōrewa should have a new pedestrian crossing over Hibiscus Coast Highway. The project is costing almost $250,000. The crossing is being put in near Estuary Arts Centre and the south Ōrewa bridge. It’s a busy place to...... Read More