COVID-19 Coverage

Exemptions for stock care

Sheep and beef farmers, their workers, plus vets, should now be able to cross the Auckland-Northland border to tend livestock, following the granting of an exemption by the Ministry of Health late last week. Some workers had been turned back from border...... Read More

Iwi take charge of checkpoint

Representatives of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua have taken charge of the police checkpoint at Te Hana, and have raised Maori and United Tribes flags. The iwi met with police at the Te Ao Marama cultural centre last week to establish the terms of a shared...... Read More

Grocery volunteers re-group

Help is once again available to anyone unable to shop for themselves during Alert Level 3, with a number of groups and individuals offering assistance. Mahurangi Caremongers is back in business, and while not running organised shopping days at Warkworth...... Read More

Coast enters second wave lockdown

Pharmacies were inundated on the first day of Alert Level 3. The jump two levels, from Covid-19 Level 1 to Level 3, caught the community by surprise when it was announced late on August 11. This time the Level 3 lockdown applied to Auckland only,...... Read More

Coast travel agents facing grim “new normal”

Hibiscus Coast travel agents estimate that local travellers could still be owed $15 to $20 million in outstanding travel refunds. But they say that money could be in jeopardy if local travel stores close. Owner/operators Dennis Payne (House of Travel),...... Read More

Ryan Road community adopts checkpoint

Defence force staff are arguing about who will get to staff the checkpoint at Ryan Road in Mangawhai. The residents on the road have adopted the checkpoint and have been dropping off care packages to support the workers. Resident Steven Godfrey set-up...... Read More

New case not cluster connected

Results of genome testing from two Auckland Covid-19 cases that were under investigation have returned this morning, confirming one case is connected to the current Auckland cluster. However, the Ministry of Health says the second case is a man...... Read More

Zero Covid cases detected locally

Coast to Coast health conducted around 80 Covid-19 tests in Warkworth and Wellsford yesterday and, so far, no test has returned a positive result. Coast to Coast Health director Dr Tim Malloy hopes that the community outbreak in New Zealand is restricted...... Read More

Trading post keeps on giving and giving

Post volunteers and beneficiaries celebrate another big cash giveaway. Front row, from left, John Carr, Roger Mckay (Warkworth Christian Foodlink), Quentin Jukes (Homebuilders) and Charmaine Gravatt (Mahurangi Rugby Club). Also holding a cheque is Gaynor...... Read More

Election date change welcomed

Local politicians and political hopefuls have welcomed the postponement of the General Election by four weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this morning that due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland, the new date will be October 17....... Read More