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Proof of ID not easy for seniors

When former ASB customer 95-year-old John Lokes needed to open an account with the ANZ Bank recently he found that, for an older person, changing banks may not be as easy as you think. Banks in New Zealand are required to obtain photo ID from new customers...... Read More

Butchery’s future uncertain

The future of the Mad Butcher outlet in Silverdale is uncertain as its owners seek a sale of the whole group. It is the latest development in what has been a somewhat turbulent history for the local Mad Butcher since it moved from Orewa. The butchery...... Read More

Boaties casting off to raise funds for helicopter

Keen anglers should be getting their rods and reels ready to win cash and prizes worth $70,000 at the 15th annual Leigh Fishing Contest on Saturday, March 17. This year’s top prize is a Surtees 495 Workmate boat and 60HP Honda outboard package,...... Read More

Introducing: Main Street

Carol Sommerville, owner of Main Street fashion store in Orewa, knows what it takes to create an enjoyable shopping experience where customers chat as they try on items, and get useful advice and suggestions from staff. Having worked in the fashion...... Read More

Introducing: Protints

Anyone who has struggled to fit a screen protector onto a mobile phone will understand how difficult it is to get a perfect, smooth result. On a much larger scale, Raymond Rihari, co-owner of Protints, has perfected this task – he first learned...... Read More

More Op Shop options

Francesca’s – Hibiscus Hospice’s charity shop specialising in secondhand designer and high-end clothing, closed last month after trading in Silverdale Village for 11 years. At the same time, hospice closed its other store in Silverdale...... Read More

Better ferry service

With the recent rise in fares for the Gulf Harbour ferry, there is increasing pressure for a better service. Last month Karthiga Kanesha, who travels to and from work on the Gulf Harbour ferry every day, started a petition asking Auckland Transport...... Read More

Close look at outfall

Five local politicians got a guided tour of the upgrade taking place at Watercare’s Army Bay wastewater treatment plant last month, including heading out by boat to see the future location of a new outfall pipe in Tiritiri Matangi Channel. The...... Read More

Lifesaving skills shared

A group of seven and eight-year-old Stella Maris students learned skills that could help in an emergency when St John visited the school recently. The school invited St John community educator Donna Taylor in for the first time, with all year groups...... Read More

Orewa free lunch served

The first free Serving Spoons lunch was served in Orewa last month and went down a treat with guests. Around 15-20 people attended the first lunch, on Monday, February 26, which organising committee member Valentina Pereira said is a good start. The...... Read More