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New fountains something to spout about

The healthy option of filtered water is being appreciated at Stanmore Bay School. These new drinking fountains were installed at the school over the recent holidays. They were paid for using PTA money raised by the community. As well as colourful...... Read More

Introducing: Ultra Trailers NZ

A lifetime’s experience in the marine industry has given Brent Morris a better idea than most about what boaties are looking for in a trailer. Strength and affordability, and a choice of models are at the top of his list. Brent’s latest...... Read More

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