Editor's Say

Local Opinion

Towards the end of last year, a survey by telco 2degrees found that community newspapers and magazines remain the leading source of local news for New Zealanders. A total of 29 percent of the 2000 people surveyed chose local papers, with the next most...... Read More

Freedom of expression

Motorists entering the Dome Valley got a quick summary of the case against Waste Management’s plans to develop a new landfill there. The unofficial sign indicated no swimming, dead fish in the waterways and hundreds of waste trucks clogging the...... Read More

Blessed to be Kiwis

If you’re a serial eavesdropper like me, you might be picking up on a bit of a common theme around Christmas this year. Lots of people are saying things like, ‘I don’t need anything’ and ‘we’re not giving gifts this...... Read More

Community spirit

Earlier this year local school students were asked to give their views on life on the Hibiscus Coast. Some of them said they would like to see more of a sense of ‘community’ or ‘belonging’. This was a little surprising for in...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters - Off the Record

Firies know their onions Safety first was definitely the order of the day at a recent Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade Sausage Sizzle fundraiser outside Repco in Morrison Drive, which raised almost $200 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ. A combination...... Read More

Generation gap

“What’s the world coming to?” asks a young local now resident in London. Thinking she was doing the right thing, she sent her grandmother a nicely hand-written letter and posted it by snail mail, only to get a prompt reply from her Gran...... Read More

Openness championed

Free speech is in the news and in this regard, a recent local debate on euthanasia in Orewa (see story p30) was an example of how people can express views that others heartily disagree with, or find offensive, on an emotive topic in a public forum, without...... Read More

Wanted rooster

A new resident appeared on Warkworth’s Alnwick Street last month and has been making a fair bit of noise since then. Nobody seems to know quite where the black rooster came from, but due to the noise it makes, most people know it’s there....... Read More

Putting the ‘dump’ back into dumpster

Dog walkers are always being urged to bag and bin their pooches’ poos, but it seems some at Omaha Beach have been a bit lax in choosing the right receptacle for their dogs’ end product. This heartfelt plea from builders was spotted where the...... Read More