South Road heads south

Concerns about the stability of local cliff faces after prolonged periods of rain this winter now extend to the roads above – in particular at a site on South Ave in Whangaparaoa. Part of the road, which goes along the top of the cliffs at Little...... Read More

Coast clean ups called for

For three years, Sion Stavrovski of Matakatia has been picking up the rubbish he finds around the areas’s roadsides, beaches and parks when walking his dog. Last month, on a walk from his home to Manly Village and back he found 5kg of rubbish....... Read More

Calls for plastic bag levy growing

A pair of Orewa College students have joined the call for a ban on single use plastic bags, starting a petition which currently has almost 170 signatures. Ashley Vujcich and Jennifer Butcher started the petition as a Year 13 social studies project...... Read More

Funding for green projects

Auckland Council has a total of nearly $363,000 available to fund ideas focused around the environment and sustainability in the region. Applications for this year’s Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grants programme opened this month,...... Read More

Recycling Centre officially unbuckled

Local politicians, supporters from the community and business, joined Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste for the official opening of the Whangaparaoa community recycling centre. Everything, from the sign to the ‘ribbon’ at the official opening of...... Read More

How many truly affordable homes?

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee has requested a review of all Special Housing Area files to ascertain how many affordable houses have actually been provided pursuant to the Auckland Housing Accord. Under the Housing Accord, 154 Special...... Read More

Bus service to change hands

Changes are in the wind for the local bus service, which has some drivers concerned. Recently Auckland Transport announced that its preferred tender for the Hibiscus Coast contract comes from Go Bus Transport – currently the service is run by...... Read More

Hibiscus Hospice joins alliance

Hibiscus Hospice has joined its counterparts on the North Shore and Warkworth/ Wellsford in an alliance designed to help all three make best use of limited resources. Under the Northern Hospice Alliance, the three hospices will share resources and...... Read More

Harcourts Foundation giving to the community

Donations from the Harcourts Foundation will help two local community groups to provide much-needed services. Last month, Harcourts presented a cheque for $4000 to Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, which will be used to fund first aid courses for its...... Read More

Puhoi plans bus turnaround

Work has started on planning a proper school bus turnaround in Puhoi Village to improve child safety and reduce congestion. The Puhoi Community Forum hopes to fundraise to see the turnaround built in an open space, opposite Puhoi River Motors. Buses...... Read More