Ten years ago, on August 8, 2007, Hibiscus Matters published its very first issue. The newspaper, which is still owned locally by Jannette Thompson, aims to provide a strong, independent media voice with a distinct point of difference from competing, internationally-owned publications.
It was soon obvious that readers enjoyed it and, in turn, supported our advertisers – some of whom have been with us since the very early days. And so the newspaper, published twice a month, grew by covering local issues and events and meeting the people who give the place its pulse.
Our website and Facebook page have become a key part of our ongoing success.
A small team in Orewa puts Hibiscus Matters together, supported by the staff of our sister paper Mahurangi Matters, based in our head office in Warkworth.
We are excited to be celebrating our first decade, and wanted to provide an opportunity for the public to share the occasion with us.
The community is therefore invited to come and see our little exhibition, which will be at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa from July 31 to August 4.
It features a selection of stories and images that will resonate with local residents and show the value of the coverage we offer, and the stories we have brought to the community over the years.
We hope to see you there.