Editor's Say

It’s good to be back

It is with a sense of great relief that we bring you this first post-Covid 19 lockdown issue of Mahurangi Matters. Relief that the PM’s high stakes gamble of throwing the country into lockdown with just 48 hours’ notice paid off and relief...... Read More

Resurrected chicken dinner

I must be in honest in saying that it is not often that I try and make something new out of left-overs. Recently I broke that mould. My son complained that last night’s chicken drumsticks were, I quote, “gross”. That was very unfortunate...... Read More

GrassFed in the City

Not once in the last six weeks has anyone told me that quitting meat will save the planet. It’s nice to have a break. Indeed, while it remains essential that we continue to scale up our efforts to minimise New Zealand’s environmental footprint,...... Read More

Water under the bridge

With the huge pylons in place and the girders starting to be placed on top of them, the fifth bridge across the river at Puhoi is taking shape. The first bridge, built in the 1880s, was known as the drawbridge, although its 22-foot centre span was turned...... Read More

Jeanette Fitzsimons and me

Jeanette Fitzsimons, who died this month, didn’t know me. But I certainly knew her. She was my lecturer for the Environmental Science paper I did as part of my degree at Auckland University and she filled our heads with the urgency of global warming...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters - 18 March 20 - Off the Record

Ideas for a permanent solution to the Hill Street intersection continue to flood in. Richard Papworth suggested to the Warkworth Area Liaison Group that this traffic light configuration might just do the trick.     ... Read More

Hibiscus Matters letters – March 4, 2020

Watercare concerns Jasper and Catarina Militia, Gulf Harbour (abridged) We read in Hibiscus Matters February 19 the title ‘Watercare says What Water Shortage?’. First thought that came to mind was Marie Antoinette and “let them eat...... Read More

A rubbish editorial

The thing I hear most often from Hibiscus Coast residents is how beautiful the beaches are and how lucky we are to be near this coastal environment. At the same time, rubbish is dropped everywhere and a lot of it ends up on the beach or in the sea,...... Read More

Universal Message

The response to the annual Hibiscus Matters Christmas appeal for food and vouchers for Coast families, who might be doing it tough this Christmas, has again been heartwarming. Several businesses have opted to donate instead of running a Secret Santa,...... Read More

Universal message

The response to the annual Mahurangi Matters appeal for presents and food for families who might be doing it tough this Christmas has again been heartwarming. Warkworth Lions, always so reliable, came in with boxes of toys, and the Warkworth Golf Club...... Read More