Environment

Whangaparāoa to become ‘the new Rodney’

Changes proposed to electoral boundaries before next year’s general election would significantly alter the Rodney electorate, which includes the Hibiscus Coast. The changes include replacing the name ‘Rodney’, with ‘Whangaparaoa’,...... Read More

Freedom campers speak out

Recently, after repeated abuse from local residents, Timothy Stewart installed security cameras on the caravan that has been his home for around eight months. Timothy, who describes himself as “a necessity camper”, stays on the Hibiscus Coast...... Read More

Mayor visits park and ride

The commencement of the last phase of work at the Silverdale park and ride was marked on November 15 with a site visit by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Crs John Watson and Wayne Walker also attended, along with Auckland Transport’s acting board chair...... Read More

Tyre dumping offender sought

Around 40 tyres were dumped in a reserve in Silverdale last month, and a local environmentalist who is undertaking pest control in the area suspects it is a repeat offender. The Oxbow Reserve, at 32-36 Hibiscus Coast Highway, runs from the highway...... Read More

Local volunteer honoured

Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird stalwart Pauline Smith was recently recognised by the national organisation with a Tī Kōuka Award. The award, which was presented last month, recognises Pauline’s voluntary contribution to conservation over a long...... Read More

New bird residents welcomed

Last month, Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird ran its seventh annual bird count and Pest Free Hibiscus Coast coordinator Jenny Hanwell says the early findings look exciting. Twenty-six volunteers stepped forward to undertake five minute counts across...... Read More

‘Bermageddon’ in Manly

Students of Silverdale School made signs of support for ‘Planet berm’. Plantings on the berm – the area between a house and the pavement – are fairly common on the Hibiscus Coast but one in particular has attracted national...... Read More

No end in sight for Whangateau cockle ban

There is still no end in sight for the ban on harvesting cockles from the Whangateau Harbour, now in its 10th year, experts say. The former Fisheries Ministry enforced the ban in 2009, at the request of locals, after 60 per cent of cockles were decimated...... Read More

Tāwharanui gets Green Flag

Tāwharanui Regional Park has won the coveted international Green Flag Award for the sixth year in a row. The Green Flag Award is given to parks exhibiting the highest standards of horticulture, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. In...... Read More

Snells track first stage finished

Snells Beach to Warkworth walkway project leader Gary Heaven held an afternoon tea in the bush to thank volunteers last month. Gary said the first section of the trail, from Hamatana Road to Grange Street, was now passable after considerable progress...... Read More