COVID-19 Coverage

Council offers support for businesses

Kaipara businesses that have been struggling as a result of Covid-19 could benefit from a $640,000 support fund approved by Kaipara District Council yesterday. General Manager of Sustainable Growth and Investment Sue Davidson says the Council is...... Read More

Air NZ sitting on millions

A Consumer NZ survey found 80 per cent of passengers on cancelled Air New Zealand flights have been stuck with credits, leaving the airline sitting on millions of dollars of customers’ money. Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said only six...... Read More

Library opening shelved

Orewa Library reopened today (May 20) together with 30 others, but it could be almost two weeks before Whangaparaoa Library opens its doors to the public. Auckland Council head of community libraries north and west, Darryl Soljan, says
the requirements...... Read More

Contact tracing app released

The Ministry of Health today formally released the NZ Covid Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand . Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to business...... Read More

Business groups unite to keep Coast in business

Business associations are working together in new ways to support local businesses as they get back to work. The Coast has three organisations that represent local businesses – Destination Orewa, which as a Business Improvement District (BID)...... Read More

Charity rises to challenge of lockdown food demand

Verna Lepou is among the Love Soup volunteers who stepped in to help during the lockdown. Food rescue charity Love Soup stepped into overdrive during lockdown, taking in large quantities of food – sometimes by the pallet load – and putting...... Read More

Thanks Essential Workers

Hibiscus Matters wants to thank some of the workers who kept essential services operating during lockdown. There were many more types of workers than we could include here, but here is a shout out to a few of the locals: Recycling truck driver/owner...... Read More

Twin blessing bursts bubble blues

In years to come, Warkworth twins Leah and Lexi Jollivet are unlikely to have much trouble identifying the historic event surrounding their entry into the world. They were born on March 26 – just hours after New Zealand went into an Alert Level...... Read More

Close shave during lockdown

Half the fun of getting one’s head shaved to raise money for cancer research and show solidarity with those suffering from the disease, would likely be attracting a good crowd to watch. That might prove tricky during lockdown but the Swift family...... Read More

Wellsford librarian cheers hundreds of lonely seniors

Wellsford library assistant Jessica Hallam found herself thrust into a new role of bringing comfort to lonely seniors during the Covid-19 lockdown. Although Jessica still had work to do during lockdown, including maintaining Wellsford library’s...... Read More