Editor's Say

Christmas is upon us

As usual, the run up to Christmas is so busy you almost don’t have a chance to relax and celebrate the season of giving. This Christmas Hibiscus Matters collected supermarket vouchers for the Hibiscus Coast Community House’s foodbank, which...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Off the Record - 15 November 2017

Hayley Holt was among the star performers the Kowhai Festival Great Debate, making the case that ‘Brutal honesty is the best policy’. She pooh-poohed a suggestion by the opposition (Murray Chapman, Peter McCutcheon and Steve Reynolds) that...... Read More

Out with the old

Recent celebrations on the Hibiscus Coast indicate that Halloween is growing in popularity with families with young children and that even Guy Fawkes has its fans. Halloween evolved from a pagan celebration marking the end of autumn (thus the carving...... Read More

Paparazzi pest

While taking pictures at the Matakana School Gala, a Mahurangi Matters photographer felt he hadn’t quite captured the right image of Austin Peel, 2, fishing for ducks in a pond. Although Austin was being spirited away by his adult companion after...... Read More

Good riddance to bad rubbish

I returned from holiday last week to the welcome news that Countdown, followed by New World will, in response to consumer demand, be plastic bag free by the end of next year. It is a great start and reflects hard work and feedback by many individuals...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Letters - 18 October 2017

Honesty lacking   I dislike it intensely when people present opinion as fact. Councillor Greg Sayers, in his column last week, firstly presented one person’s opinion, in what was essentially a gossip column, as some sort of review of...... Read More

The cost of crossing

Recently I was reminded of the time when former Rodney District councillor John Kirikiri said that if a particular pedestrian crossing project did not get underway soon (I can’t recall exactly where it was), he would head down there with a tin...... Read More

High hopes

Voter turnout in New Zealand elections is woeful but there are signs that a stronger showing by Labour could get more people out on polling day; there is a feeling that this time, it could be a tight contest. The three Meet the Candidates sessions that...... Read More

Sold a pup

It has been six years and 10 months since Rodney Hide visited Wellsford and informed us all we were going to be dragged into the Auckland Supercity, whether we liked it or not. Nobody has seen Hide nor hair of him since. We were told that we would have:...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Off the Record - 20 September 2017

Hardly recognisable Come election time, political candidates are fond of having their faces emblazoned on billboards all around the electorate. Alas, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell must wonder if the investment is worth it.  While rubbing shoulders with...... Read More