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Anthony Morris

In November 2004 life changed dramatically for the founder of arguably NZ’s most famous pottery works, Morris and James, of Matakana.  Anthony James, then 65,...

Ngaire Rathe – Omaha identity

One person who qualifies more than most as a ‘local folk’ is the matriarch of the Rathe family. Born at the Warkworth District Hospital, Ngaire...

Tim Blackbourn

This week marks the end of 13 years of schooling for 88 graduating Year 13 students at Mahurangi College.  They officially signed off on December...

Dr Bill Ballantine – Marine biologist

A major redevelopment is on the drawing board for the Leigh Marine Laboratory, at Goat Island.  Auckland University plans to make it into one of...

Richad Izard OBE

At a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister in Hamilton recently, Alpha Aviation opened its new manufacturing facility.  The plant will produce one of the...

Ken Campbell

Movie audiences around the world are about to learn the story of New Zealander Bert Munro, a man who spent a lifetime perfecting his classic...

Shona McCullagh

Local resident Shona McCullagh’s idea of time-out from her career at home in Leigh is flying to New York one week to talk to a...

Tyrone Vincent

An estimated 130,000 hungry customers pass through the doors of  Matakana’s Pop In Patisserie every year. The glass display cabinets offer an ever-changing selection of...

Local Landmark – Big Omaha Wharf

Located off the Leigh Road, Big Omaha Wharf echoes of a time when scows plied the deeper water of Whangateau Harbour and the hammers of...