Environment

Campaign to support bushfire victims

Dozens of local businesses, community organisations and individuals have leapt into action to help victims of the Australian bushfires via a new region-wide fundraising group. Mahurangi Bushfire Aid is the brainchild of Warkworth resident Paul Wilson,...... Read More

Cheeky Rotarians fix Hill Street for a pittance

After decades of waiting for the notoriously clogged Hill Street intersection to be upgraded, Warkworth Rotarians decided to fix it themselves. And while Auckland Transport improvement plans for the intersection will cost millions, Rotarians managed...... Read More

Showground lighting debacle

State-of-the-art lighting at Warkworth Showgrounds, which was installed less than three years ago, is to be replaced. While the lighting met resource consent conditions at the time, Rodney Local Board has been advised that the glare from the lights,...... Read More

Kaipara community handyman shows imagination

There is hardly a house in Hoteo and Kaipara Flats that George Wech has not done some work on since he started as a builder aged 14, but it is his castles and pirate ships that can most be described as eye-catching. His creations include a life-sized...... Read More

Horse damage at cemetery upsets grieving widow

A grieving wife and mother is feeling frustrated in her attempts to get horses removed from the Glorit Cemetery, on State Highway 16. Dianne Glavish, of Warkworth, visits the cemetery every couple of weeks where two of her sons, a daughter and her...... Read More

Library provides spot for groups

Local clubs and groups have a new promotional tool to attract new members and publicise their activities, thanks to Warkworth Library and the local Men’s Shed. A large, glazed noticeboard for the library’s outside wall has been made, which...... Read More

New school art competition

Environmental group Mahurangi Action has launched a pilot art competition in schools that aims to encourage young people to value the unique maritime environment in which they live and foster their creativity. This year the Coastal Heritage Art competition...... Read More

Cocktail of contaminants has unknown impacts

The discovery of traces of everyday compounds such as caffeine, artificial sweeteners and pharmaceuticals in groundwater is raising concerns in the science community. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has been coordinating groundwater...... Read More

Call for ocean problem solvers

Champions of the marine environment of all ages are being sought by Seaweek organisers for this year’s Ocean Champion competition. Entrants have to choose a challenge that will help to address a specific problem in the marine environment and...... Read More