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Heavy congestion while ferries not full

There's been heavy congestion on the Auckland motorway network and local roads this morning as commuters start the...

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Posted on 21 Sep 2020 13:22
By Media release Author

Student voters head to polls

About 140,000 school-age voters will jump the gun on their adult counterparts when they start mock elections next week. A...

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Posted on 17 Sep 2020 11:47
By Media release Author

Reprimand over motel arrests

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that police, while targeting the owners of a motel business in Warkworth,...

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Posted on 17 Sep 2020 11:19
By Media release Author

Minister talks Penlink

Transport and urban development Minister Phil Twyford dropped into Whangaparaoa yesterday – a visit that included being...

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Posted on 16 Sep 2020 10:41

Councillors pressure Watercare for connection fee cut

Fears of another summer drought have led three north Auckland councillors to push Watercare to reduce connection charges...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 16:42

Coast’s first taste of Covid testing station

On the first day it was open, almost 50 Hibiscus Coast residents took the opportunity to drive through a Covid-19 Community...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 16:40

Traffic woes ongoing at supermarket entrance

The sound of car crashes is all too familiar to residents of a stretch of Whangaparaoa Rd that has become notorious since...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 16:38

Covid cuts hit street projects

Many projects designed to improve the appearance, safety and accessibility of local streets will be deferred, as the budget...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 16:09

Slice of Orewa history sold to local investor

Local investor Dr Cyrus Varan, says buying historic Orewa House was “an emotional decision”. The Red Beach professor...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 16:04

Families conquer Everest

People have come up with many inventive ways to keep themselves busy and productive during this Covid year, including two...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:52

Spotlight on local heritage

While New Zealanders are currently using masks and sanitiser to fortify themselves against the spread of Covid-19, earlier...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:50

Back on track at Eaves’ Bush

The first walkers were invited back into Eaves' Bush in Orewa on August 31, with the fence taken down from the Old...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:43

Event planning focuses on the positive in Ōrewa

It's not an easy time to be planning an event – so things are challenging for business organisation Destination...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:34

Changing faces: Pet Naturals

Pet owners who have come to depend on the advice of Pet Naturals manager Therese van den Bos will be pleased to know she...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:30

Expanding: Hirepool Silverdale

Fuelled by current and future growth on the Hibiscus Coast, Hirepool has opened a second branch in Silverdale. The company,...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 15:21

Tsunami sirens go up in Orewa

The Hibiscus Coast's first tsunami sirens were installed by Auckland Council in Orewa on September 2. Installation...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 14:50

Wheelchair fashion on a roll

Zara Weissenstein is determined to help young adults like her, with a disability, to look and feel better through fashion...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 13:58

World-first NZ chair gives life balance

A Kiwi-designed electronic wheelchair described as “the closest thing to walking” is making inroads into overseas...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 13:56

Character canes for the forward thinking

Gone are the days when a simple stick would suffice for walking support. The character cane market now caters to the upwardly-mobile...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 13:54

Mentor programme new for Hibiscus Coast youth

This month sees the launch of a new initiative on the Coast to support the area's young people through mentoring. The...

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Posted on 15 Sep 2020 13:43

Introducing - Tiny Living

Paul Smith, Kevin Lawton and Jarred Balle. Three Leigh builders are boxing clever with a brand-new business focused on...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 15:30
By Sallly Marden reporter@localmatters.co.nz

Living it up in lockdown

When Alert Level 3 lockdown was announced late on Tuesday, August 11, Mahurangi was resigned and disappointed. It had been...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:32
By Alysha Dudley online@localmatters.co.nz

Cemetery committee seeks relatives of dead

Some graves at are in poor repair. The poor state of many of the graves in the All Saints Kaukapakapa Cemetery has prompted...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:29

Online expert sounds warning on Covid conspiracy theories

Nat Torkington A former government technical advisor is warning social media users of the potential harm of conspiracy...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:26

Vandals orchestrate campaign to trash Labour Party hoardings

Sometimes painting over the word “Stopping” has resulted in an acceptable fix for Ms Lubeck. Vandalism has...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:21
By Jonathan Killick news@localmatters.co.nz

Eel poisoning linked to land use

Auckland Council investigators have found that tests into the death of dozens of eels at Te Arai Stream are inconclusive. On...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:20
By Jonathan Killick news@localmatters.co.nz

Advance stands for local seat

Carolyn Minnée Advance NZ party candidate Carolyn Minnée has joined the growing list of hopefuls who will...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:16
By James Addis editor@localmatters.co.nz

Drought-busting bid to cut water fees

Councillors Wayne Walker, John Watson and Greg Sayers want Watercare to cut connection costs for people on tank water who...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:13
By Sallly Marden reporter@localmatters.co.nz

Offshore sand dredging opposed

Critics of sand mining say it is eroding the beach at Mangawhai. Auckland Council has received 661 submissions following...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:11
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AT admits Sandspit Road sealing work unsatisfactory

Tim Lynch was appalled to discover new seal “disintegrating” a month after it was laid.   Auckland...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:08
By James Addis editor@localmatters.co.nz

Motorway and link road prompt new development bid

More than 1000 new homes could be built off Clayden Road if a plan change application is approved. Concerns have been raised...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:06
By Sallly Marden reporter@localmatters.co.nz

Employment expo back on

One Warkworth Business Association has rescheduled its inaugural Mahurangi Employment Expo. The event, which is a joint...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 13:03
By James Addis editor@localmatters.co.nz

Campaign helps free American black man after 44 years

Flashback: Owen Mansill posting a card to Ronnie Long at a mail box in Neville Street, Warkworth. Ronnie spent decades in...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:56
By James Addis editor@localmatters.co.nz

War memorial gets official listing as historic place

Adrienne Miller with military historian Grant McLachlan, who wrote the 400-page submission for the Matakana War Memorial...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:54
By Sallly Marden reporter@localmatters.co.nz

Chain gangs on the Wellsford line

The new programme will be a more modern take on the chain gangs of old. Chain gangs of prisoners working on the northern...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:51

Road sealing frustration

The vexed issue of the lack of funding to seal the region's extensive network of metalled roads was aired again at...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:49

Mangawhai Ratepayers Association winds up after 52 years

A new residents' association has formed to keep an eye on the development of Mangawhai Central. The executive committee...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:44

Whangaparaoa Rd changes proposed

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing to make changes to Whangaparaoa Rd where it meets Main Street and Tower  Hill. The...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 12:00

Mahurangi Oysters make finals

Mahurangi Oysters has been nominated as a finalist in the New Zealand Food Awards. Foodie fans can vote for them for the...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 11:36

Quiz funds hall

A recent quiz night, organised by the Puhoi Centennial Hall Committee just before lockdown, raised about $1600. The money...

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Posted on 14 Sep 2020 11:32