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Media release: Search continues for Mike McClennan

Police have resumed searching this morning for missing Orewa man Mike McClennan, 75, who was last seen on Wednesday evening. Search and rescue staff have spent the past two days conducting an extensive search of the area, after Mr McClennan was last...... Read More

Puhoi to have say on speed limit

The speed limit on State Highway 1 is under review, and Puhoi residents are invited to share their thoughts either online, or at a drop-in session at the Puhoi Centennial Hall on Sunday October 20, from 10am to 12pm. The New Zealand Transport Agency...... Read More

Press Release: Government on high alert for stink bugs

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season...... Read More

Iconic tavern on market

What is believed to be NZ’s oldest riverside hotel, The Riverhead, is up for sale. The tavern began trading in 1857 and is described by JLL New Zealand director of hotels and tourism Nick Thompson as a rare opportunity. “Hence, it is being...... Read More

Police acknowledge IPCA report into tractor incident

The use of a taser on the 15-year-old driver of a stolen tractor in Kaiwaka last year was an unreasonable and excessive use of force, according to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA). Shortly after midnight on April 16 last year, Police...... Read More

Vandalism shocks Life Education Trust

Life Education Charitable Trust’s mobile classroom, featuring Harold the giraffe, is a familiar sight at local schools and trustees are angry, sad and disappointed that the unit was vandalised last weekend. The charitable organisation spreads messages...... Read More

Fundraising effort keeps counsellor at primary school

Ōrewa North Primary – one of the area’s smallest with a roll of just 381 students – took on a massive challenge, successfully raising more than $35,000 to provide students and staff with free mental health services. Over the last...... Read More

Air race proposal races for consent

A proposed two-day Air Races event in Orewa next March has some hurdles to clear before it can go ahead. Orewa Beach Carnival (OBC) representative Ken Ogilvie presented the proposal to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board in June, outlining the event which...... Read More

Orewa Boulevard plan consultation

Public consultation on the next stage of turning Hibiscus Coast Highway (where it passes through Orewa town centre) into a pedestrian friendly boulevard, is expected to begin this month. The proposed extension is from Riverside Road to Empire Road and...... Read More

Firm feedback on freedom camping

The community’s views on freedom camping were firmly stated to Auckland Council’s governing body again by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board at its September 18 meeting. In August, the Governing Body voted to start the process of creating a...... Read More