Boat club cleans up act with major investment

An investment of more than $200,000 by a local boating club will see a state of the art filtration system built in the hope of improving the water quality of the Weiti River. Weiti Boating Club sits on the banks of the Weiti River in Arkles Bay and...... Read More

Costs of Orewa seawall consent revealed

The cost to Auckland Council as it seeks resource consent to build a seawall on the northern part of Orewa Beach has so far cost ratepayers well over half a million dollars. Figures released to Hibiscus Matters under the Official Information Act show...... Read More

Traps set at Hatfields Beach

Traps were placed around Hatfields Beach last month to help rid the area of rats, mustelids (stoats and weasels) and possums. Hatfields resident Colin Christie decided to set and check a trap line to support the pest control work that Hibiscus Coast...... Read More

Village hearing ongoing

Independent commissioners adjourned the resource consent hearing into the proposed multi-storey retirement complex at Annalise Place, Orewa to seek more information from the applicant. The plans that went before the commissioners on March 2 show that...... Read More

Better ferry service

With the recent rise in fares for the Gulf Harbour ferry, there is increasing pressure for a better service. Last month Karthiga Kanesha, who travels to and from work on the Gulf Harbour ferry every day, started a petition asking Auckland Transport...... Read More

Close look at outfall

Five local politicians got a guided tour of the upgrade taking place at Watercare’s Army Bay wastewater treatment plant last month, including heading out by boat to see the future location of a new outfall pipe in Tiritiri Matangi Channel. The...... Read More

Kiwi population doubles

The little spotted kiwi population of Shakespear Open Sanctuary has doubled with the introduction of a second group of 20 from Kapiti Island. The first kiwi were reintroduced to the open sanctuary last April. There has been one fatality and around...... Read More

Warkworth hit by deluge

Last month, 273.2mm of rain pelted Warkworth, the highest since records going back to 1985. The previous high was 226mm in February 2004. The downpour spelled trouble for local businesses. Kaipara Hills farmer Stephen Dill says he really noticed the...... Read More

Rare lizard found in Warkworth

A rare species of lizard has been spotted at Parry Kauri Park in Warkworth. It is believed to be the first time the Forest gecko has been seen at the park and conservationists are hailing it as a triumph of predator-control efforts. The lizard was...... Read More

Residents claim proposed quarry expansion threaten

Mangawhai residents are up in arms about a proposed expansion of Lake Road Quarries, saying it will have serious consequences for the natural environment and poses a health and safety risk. The Lake Road Preservation Society, comprising around 35 neighbours...... Read More