Housing areas no longer special

The recent revelation that 86 of Auckland’s 154 Special Housing Areas have not come to fruition has angered Cr John Watson, who says Council wasted money, time and resources with little impact on housing affordability for Aucklanders. Special...... Read More

Safety of Dynamic Lanes trial under fire

Questions about the safety of the Whangaparaoa Rd Dynamic Lane trial were fired at Auckland Transport representatives at a public meeting in Red Beach, and many were left unanswered. Residents are concerned that the trial will worsen safety on the...... Read More

No takers yet for RSA land

No offers were made for the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA’s land in Vipond Road, which was marketed as “a prime development opportunity”. The sale of the 5200sqm piece of land at 20 Melia Place was agreed to by members in order to...... Read More

Ministry seeks further college land for housing

The vision for sale and development of a piece of Whangaparaoa College’s land has expanded, with Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) hoping to carve off a sizeable chunk as well as some of the college’s main driveway. Last...... Read More

Public warned to avoid slip site

At the end of May, the foot track that runs from the bottom of Arkles Drive to Whangaparaoa Road was closed by a big slip. At the time the Auckland Council told Hibiscus Matters it would be at least four weeks before the slip could be cleared and the...... Read More

Celebrating a decade of local news service

Ten years ago, on August 8, 2007, Hibiscus Matters published its very first issue. The newspaper, which is still owned locally by Jannette Thompson, aims to provide a strong, independent media voice with a distinct point of difference from competing,...... Read More

School lunch wrap study snowballs

A class study that began with a few pieces of plastic wrap has snowballed, making children and their families more aware of the environmental impact of plastic. Teacher Sandra Grech of Whangaparaoa School says she was motivated to bring the issue to...... Read More

Not-so-random acts of kindness

Lia Bell’s lack of mobility, due to cerebral palsy, stress fractures and arthritis, means husband Glyn is not only her primary caregiver, but also looks after nine-year-old Zac and is the family’s driver, shopper and sole income earner. The...... Read More

Robots getting ready to rumble

Robots battled it out in the country’s first Mini Robot Rumble last weekend, and a small team of Orewa College students was among those who took part. The inaugural Mini Robot Rumble is an Auckland University Robotics Association initiative that...... Read More

Scholarship seeking to help music in the community

Queen’s Service Medal recipient Daphne Stevens of Orewa has always gone to great lengths to motivate young people with a love of music. This year she has set up and funded a new scholarship, the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship,...... Read More