Tips for age-friendly bathrooms

Making a bathroom safer and more comfortable to use for your parents or other relatives (or even yourself) as they age requires thinking about upgrading the fixtures and fittings. There are many options specifically designed with older people in mind....... Read More

End in sight for Hibiscus Men’s Shed

Progress towards the building of the Hibiscus Men’s Shed in Silverdale is going ahead in leaps and bounds according to chair Maurice Browning, with a large chunk of funding recently received. Around $151,000 was needed to construct the shed’s...... Read More

Kitten rescued from truck dashboard

When a truck rolls into Truck Tech Solutions’ workshop in Silverdale, the last thing that staff expect is to be rescuing a kitten. Truck Tech Solutions director Helen Shaw says the truck driver is based in Dairy Flat, where there are a few stray...... Read More

Thousands raised by Primary students

A class of Year 5-6 students at Whangaparaoa School decided to run their own mini-gala recently, after the Covid-19 lockdown caused the cancellation of the school’s big fundraising gala. A learner-as-a-maker class of 28 students held the mini-gala...... Read More

Coast Labour candidate selected

The Labour Party has selected its candidate for the Whangaparaoa electorate – 71-year-old former aged care and social worker Lorayne Ferguson of Redvale. Lorayne returned to NZ seven years ago after a 34-year career in the UK. She has lived...... Read More

Hospice art show popping up in Orewa

Audrey Wescott of Wainui was especially keen to put her artworks into the Hibiscus Hospice fundraising exhibition after hospice cared for her granddaughter who died of cancer. Her granddaughter was just 15 years old and had a type of lung cancer which...... Read More

Maygrove gives Love Soup a hand

Maygrove Village resident Lleon Downes says a story in Hibiscus Matters’ May 20 issue about the increasing demands on food rescue charity Love Soup spurred him into action. Lleon has been encouraging other village residents to contribute non-perishable...... Read More

Memories flow for popular local constable

Flowers were left outside Orewa Police station last week in tribute to Constable Matthew Hunt who spent part of his career on frontline duties there. Mahurangi Matters and Hibiscus Matters extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Constable Matthew...... Read More

Ambulance welcome boost for Wellsford

Station manager Tracy Nicholas receives the keys for the new ambulance donated by Colin Buckton. Wellsford has a brand-new state-of-the art ambulance, despite black budgets at St John, thanks to a donation by life-long local resident Colin Buckton. St...... Read More