Orewa therapist up close and personal with Lions

Rugby fan and massage therapist Victoria Mathers got about as close as it’s possible to get to the visiting British and Irish Lions during their recent New Zealand tour. Victoria has worked in the health and fitness industry for around 30 years...... Read More

Centenary brings historic yacht to Arkles Bay

St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Whangaparaoa is celebrating the centennial of its chapel – one of the oldest buildings in the area that is still in use – with official events taking place next month. These include a chance to see the...... Read More

Bic sailing big at Manly Beach

Manly Beach was packed with sails on July 7–9 as the biggest ever O’pen Bic Mid- winter Cup was held at Manly Sailing Club. A total of 85 young sailors took part –17 from the Hibiscus Coast and others from as far as Australia and...... Read More

From Raiders to the world

As rugby fans mull over the recent All Blacks and Lions test, Hibiscus Coast Raiders supporters from the early 2000s may recognise a familiar name – Ben Te’o. Ben played inside centre for the Lions in the first test, was on the bench for...... Read More

World Masters medals missing

Bowler Scott Curran of Dairy Flat was hoping to pass the two Gold medals that he won at the recent World Masters Games down to his son. The medals are for Mixed Pairs (age 30–39) and Men’s Fours (40–49). Scott says he left his medals...... Read More

Boat designed with Hibiscus beaches in mind

A new boat design is the result of some clever thinking about ways to improve the less interesting parts of boating – finding a park for the trailer and getting the boat in and out of the water as quickly as possible. The result is the Penguin,...... Read More

Whangaparaoa Primary champions of league

Warriors player Shaun Johnson can be justifiably proud of the league team at his former school, Whangaparaoa Primary. The school’s Year 5 and 6 league team won the Champion of Champions League Tournament early this month. The team competed in...... Read More

Sporting prowess recognised

Nominations are open for the Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards, which recognise exceptional performances and contribution to sport in the North Harbour region. Previous winners include Lydia Ko, Lisa Carrington, Shaun Johnson, and Tom...... Read More

Mahurangi denied trophy with hard fought draw

Despite boasting one of their better performances, Mahurangi College has failed again to seize the Hauraki Plains Exchange Trophy following a close clash. The annual meet against Hauraki Plains College, at Ngatea, was held on July 4 and 5, with students...... Read More

Premiers coach says growth good for rugby

Warkworth’s growth may provide a boon for Mahurangi rugby, according to departing Mahurangi Premiers head coach Koen McGee. Koen will officially step down from his role this month after serving his three-year tenure with the squad, which this year...... Read More