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Time to move your butt

June is bowel cancer awareness month – and it's also when Bowel Cancer NZ holds its annual Move your Butt fundraiser. This...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 12:32

Ratepayers fund free flu jabs

As New Zealanders line up in record numbers for flu vaccinations, ratepayers will be funding free flu injections for Councillors...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 12:29

Ambitious goals set for ailing Gulf

On May 25, the Hauraki Gulf Forum adopted an updated set of ambitious goals for the Gulf. They include at least 30 percent...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 12:09

New option for doggie dos

An enterprising 20-year-old recently added home compostable dog poo bags to her company's range of eco-friendly products. Brie...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 12:06

Clean air temporary

The seven-week lockdown provided evidence of how pollution can vanish almost overnight benefitting the environment, according...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 12:02

Daffodils recycled in sculpture

Last September, Orewa College student Alice Watkins asked for Hibiscus Matters' help in her mission to save a big...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:46

Whangateau logging threatens harbour

Whangateau residents and environmentalists, incensed by the logging of pine trees near Ashton Road this summer, can only...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:42

No relief in sight for Rodney’s drought-stricken farmers

An empty dam on a Wellsford farm. The earth has opened up in Wellsford. Cracks so big, you could lose a dog down them....

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:32

Edmonds’ recipe for radio making waves in Matakana

News that UK entertainment legend Noel Edmonds has not only migrated to NZ, but is living near Matakana and launching 100...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:27

Joint appeal for Wellsford foodbank

Four community groups and businesses are joining forces to appeal for food items for Wellsford foodbank Loaves & Fishes. Wellsford...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:25

Local Folk - Dave Parker

For more than 50 years, Dave Parker has been at the forefront of nearly every major community initiative that has gone...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:23

One Warkworth cries foul over proposed toll road “tax”

A NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) proposal to make the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway a toll road has so far got a firm thumbs...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:19

Landfill feedback puts Local Board process under scrutiny

Rodney Local Board chair Phelan Pirrie has defended the Board's feedback on the Waste Management landfill resource...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:14

Auckland Transport bid for Matakana traffic calming trial

Repeated calls by Matakana residents for measures to slow traffic speeding into town along Matakana Valley Road could finally...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:07

Boost for unsealed road network

Rodney's extensive network of unsealed roads looks set to receive a long overdue funding and maintenance boost, with...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:04

Brace for cuts - Sayers

North Rodney should brace itself for bad news as a result of Auckland Council's increasing post-Covid funding shortfall. That...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:02

Sweet Appreciation - Paul Wilson

Congratulations to Paul Wilson, of Warkworth, who is a recipient of a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. Paul was nominated...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 11:00

Developer seeks plan change to ramp up housing

A private plan change (PPC) lodged by Mangawhai Central with the Kaipara District Council would allow developers Viranda...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:55

Rogans continue to fight rates’ penalties despite costs

Tireless campaigners against perceived unjust rates charges have vowed to fight on, despite losing their case in the Supreme...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:53

Beth stands in Kaipara ki Mahurangi

The deputy chair of the Rodney Local Board, Beth Houlbrooke, has been selected as the ACT party candidate for Kaipara ki...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:51

Kayne’s lane name rejected

Hopes by developer and Tara Iti golf course owner Ric Kayne to name a new Te Arai subdivision after his three daughters...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:49

Adjusting to Covid-19 creates sweet memories for agent

Before and after: Cindy delivering with her Dad today (above) and back in the '60s (below). Mahurangi travel agent...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:38

Leigh Sawmill Cafe suffering after Covid cancellations

A leading local music venue is hoping a national fundraising campaign can help it survive the cancellation of all concerts...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:35

Vivian closes in Matakana

Tough times brought about by Covid-19 has forced The Vivian – one of Mahurangi's most prestigious art galleries...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:21

HarbourCare mounts blue belt bid for local marine life

A local conservation group is hoping to establish a new ‘blue belt' marine protection zone between Leigh and...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:18

Students key to stopping Kauri dieback in Warkworth

From left, board of trustees chair Dean Iversen, environment group leader Natalie Caldwell, Kauri dieback advisor Zacc Forbes-Smith...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:15

Splash wins Pride award

Years of faithfully meeting customers' water treatment and transfer needs has won Splash Water Specialists the Whakahī...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:14

AT struggles to find rare lizards during link road search

Efforts to minimise environmental damage due to the construction of the Matakana link road got underway last month. Auckland...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:12

Forest Bridge seeks volunteer trappers for Dunn’s Bush

An upsurge in possum numbers at Dunn's Bush Reserve has prompted The Forest Bridge Trust to appeal for more volunteers...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:10

Wellsford residents clean up the streets

A group of seven environmental volunteers cleaned up 40kgs of rubbish from the streets of Wellsford in just one hour. Organiser...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:09

Dry weather expected to continue until Spring

Despite recent rains, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) meteorologists are forecasting that it...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:07

Through the lockdown lens

The Hibiscus Coast Photographic Club's lockdown competition showed many creative interpretations of the lockdown...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:07

Leigh winter swim

Brave swimmers looking for a chilly winter challenge are invited to head out to Matheson Bay for the annual Leigh Community...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:05

Women’s Centre seeks donated blankets for winter

Women's Centre Rodney has launched a Winter Warmer Appeal to ensure struggling families stay safe and warm this winter. The...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:03

Dry winter ramps up fire risk

With the onset of winter, the Auckland region has moved to an open fire season, but unusually dry conditions mean there...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 10:01

Festival of Lights cancelled

The Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights has been cancelled in the wake of Covid-19. Organising committee chair Murray...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 09:59

Court rules quarry exceeded extraction consent

Te Arai has been the focus of numerous controversies and legal challenges in recent times involving quarries, sand mines,...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 09:54

River rubbish down on previous years

Volunteers who turned up for an annual clean-up along the banks of the Mahurangi River got a pleasant surprise. The amount...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 09:51

Bid to protect native eels

Michelle Viljoen and Keelan Viljoen spot eels on the Matakana River jetty. Photo, Stephen Farrell. Richard Didsbury wants...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 09:48

Fighting fires and fundraising for leukaemia

Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade members Simon Manawaiti and Dan Auber refused to let lockdown hold them back from raising...

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Posted on 2 Jun 2020 09:47