Fun under a Mahurangi sun

Time to get creative on the beach at Mangawhai. Members of the extended Smith family took up the beach sculpturing challenge, with this laid-back hippo coming second.  One of the region’s favourite jumping, diving and bombing spots, Big Omaha...... Read More

Sweet Appreciation with Chocolate Brown

Congratulations to Wally Treadwell, of Warkworth, who is a recipient of a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. He was nominated by Claire Kronfeld, who wrote:    “I recently asked Wally if he would be able to create some wooden divisions...... Read More

Diversity colours exhibition

Hibiscus Coast artist Susannah Law picked up the Supreme Award at the 24th annual Great Summer Art Exhibition, held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, over New Year. Susannah, a professional artist who runs Red Door Studio in Orewa, took home...... Read More

Healing sunscreen developed

A Snells Beach inventor is aiming to revolutionise the sunscreen market and a range of medical products through the use of a special gel and natural plant products. Dr Alistair Lane was gifted the formula for the gel from friend Graeme Robertson, who...... Read More

Matakana calls for volunteers

The Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade wrapped up 2017 with a total of 152 calls, and a plea for six more volunteers. During the year, the brigade responded to 81 medical calls, 43 building structure fires, 16 vegetation fires and 12 motor vehicle accidents. Senior...... Read More

Better lifejackets a drawcard

Coastguard NZ is again helping boaties replace their old, damaged or out-of-date lifejackets with brand new ones, with its Old4New campaign. The initiative has run for three years and offers an opportunity for boaties to trade in their old lifejackets...... Read More

Stillwater welcomes Santa

Jingle bike winner Jacob Diedericks of Titirangi, who decorated his bike while visiting his grandmother in Stillwater. Egg throwing was a messy, but popular. Children line up in the Jingle Bike competition Making Christmas decorations. The Stillwater...... Read More

Hot rodder weekend fires on all cylinders

Between 400-500 hot rods are expected to roar into Orewa for the three-day Rodders Beach Festival, which runs from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28. This is the ninth year that the crowd-pleasing event, which is a fundraiser for the Auckland...... Read More

Looking back on 100 years

Moira Wendelborn, who turns 100 on December 19, grew up on a small farm in Waihi, in a family of nine boys and nine girls. There was not much money around, but there was “every animal and fruit tree you can think of”, and a large vegetable...... Read More

Double fun for wedding anniversaries

The Rebus Club of Orewa put on a surprise celebration for four of its members who were celebrating their long lasting marriages recently. The two couples were both celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries. Bunty and Brian Mudge were married on...... Read More