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Labour swing cuts Mitchell’s margin

The massive swing to Labour in the 2020 general election had an impact in the new Whangaparaoa electorate, although Mark Mitchell has held onto what is still considered a safe National seat. However, the party vote in Whangaparaoa electorate went...... Read More

Consultation opens on Dairy Flat airport

The North Shore Aero Club at Dairy Flat is seeking Airport Authority status – a process that involves considerable effort and time, including consultation and a decision that rests ultimately with Government. A public meeting about the proposal...... Read More

Coast’s biggest retirement village gets green light

A retirement village proposed for Silverdale obtained resource consent at the end of last month, despite Auckland Council opposition. The village, named The Botanic (HM May 20) will fill an 8ha site near the park and ride on Small Road and, with 501...... Read More

Apartments go ahead on busy Whangaparāoa Road site

Things can move pretty fast in real estate and plans are now well advanced to build 20 apartments on a busy section of Whangaparāoa Road opposite Coast Plaza and next to Whangaparāoa College. The two adjacent sites (694 and 696 Whangaparāoa Road)...... Read More

Coast’s first Rockquest winners

Teenage duo Ben and Brody Glanfield of Stanmore Bay are Smokefree Rockquest winners, placing first in the solo/duo category at the online final last month. They are believed to be the first musicians on the Hibiscus Coast to win the prestigious competition,...... Read More

Watercare hook up offer in pipeline

Following the intervention of three councillors – John Watson, Wayne Walker and Greg Sayers – Watercare has approved a proposal for “a new discounted water service” for customers on rainwater tanks. Last month, the three councillors...... Read More

Penlink latest

Last week Transport Minister Phil Twyford wrote to Penlink Now chair, Stephen Lyttelton, to say that following advocacy by Labour list MP Marja Lubeck, the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Penlink Now, (HM October 1), a four-lane option will now be...... Read More

Candidates quizzed in Silverdale youth-focused event

A Meet the Candidates event designed to attract young voters turned out to be the only chance for locals to quiz candidates this election. Other events, including one planned by Grey Power, were casualties of Covid-19 gathering restrictions. At Northern...... Read More

Worms do their bit for sustainability

Wiggling towards a more sustainable future, New World Ōrewa has recently installed New Zealand’s first supermarket worm farm. The store’s newest co-workers are responsible for breaking down any green scraps and have an appetite of up to...... Read More

Safety high on Ōrewa town centre upgrade agenda

The work started in Moenui Avenue. From left, Fulton Hogan project engineer Emily Doyle, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chair Gary Brown, AT project manager Kyle Donegan and Destination Ōrewa Beach administrator Gayle Hill. A $1 million project aimed...... Read More