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Fewer older volunteers

Next week, June 20 to 26, is national volunteer week. According to Volunteering New Zealand, more than one million people in Aotearoa volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy each year. That represents 159 million hours...... Read More

Final cheque phase-out could hit seniors hard

The final closure of all cheque books as a method of payment is expected to disproportionately affect the elderly, disabled people and the charities that they support, according to one such charity, Stroke Central NZ. From July 1, most banks will no...... Read More

Multisport centre granted lease

The Mahurangi Community Sport & Recreation Collective is a small but significant step closer to its long-held dream of developing a major new multisports centre at the Warkworth Showgrounds. At its meeting last month, Rodney Local Board granted landowner...... Read More

Warkworth Selwyn Centre indoor petanque championship

Helen Arents, left, and Rachel Luketina proudly show off their certificates following the inaugural Warkworth Selwyn Centre indoor petanque championship. Helen was the overall winner of the competition and Rachel was runner-up. Petanque is just one...... Read More

Government urged to review retirement village rules

Calls have been made for an urgent review into retirement village legislation to give residents more consumer protection from unfair contracts. Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson said in a new report last week that residents in the fast-growing...... Read More

Catwalk Arts calls for entries

2019 entry “Madame Moozlee” by Sephrah Rayner. Entries are open for the Harbour Hospice Catwalk Arts wearable arts awards, which will be held at at Mahurangi College on August 28. There are cash prizes totalling $2800 and a new “marvellous...... Read More

Holiday at home

With international travel on hold for the foreseeable future, “staycations” are the new trend for taking a break without having to travel far. Fortunately, Mahurangi and Kaipara have some of the best attractions that New Zealand has to offer....... Read More

Mothers give birth while waiting in Dome queues

Roadworks in the Dome Valley started in 2019 and are scheduled to finish late this year. Extensive roadworks in the Dome Valley have held up traffic for hours and forced two women to give birth in their cars, a frustrated Mangawhai commuter has discovered. ...... Read More

West Coast puts on waves for Logger Heads

Open logger 2021 champion Daniel Procter of Gisborne. Baylys Beach, on north Kaipara’s west coast, hosted pumping surf conditions for competitors at the eighth annual Logger Heads surfing event. With an almost non-existent swell forecasted at...... Read More

Maori new year celebrated in Mahurangi

Matariki starts this month. Communities across Mahurangi have organised a range of events featuring music, food and traditional crafts to celebrate Matariki – the Maori new year,  from June 19 to July 11. Matariki is named after the bright...... Read More