Hibiscus News

Coast top in potato tops

Potato top pies, from Dairy Flat Bakery, top,  and Bakers Oven, above, are expected to be in high demand since they took the top two spots in a national pie competition. Some of the best potato top pies in the country can be found right here on...... Read More

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

First petrel moves into custom-built nest box

The concerted efforts of volunteers at Shakespear Open Sanctuary to attract seabirds to nest on cliffs have paid off with the first grey-faced petrel moving in to a purpose-built nest box recently and giving it the seal of approval by laying an egg. Birdcalls...... 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

Our People reach out to city’s homeless

A group called Our People from Stillwater is reaching out to homeless people in Auckland city, providing practical help and a caring presence on the street. Like many good projects, this one began “over a couple of wines” shared by friends...... 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