Health

Vandalism shocks Life Education Trust

Life Education Charitable Trust’s mobile classroom, featuring Harold the giraffe, is a familiar sight at local schools and trustees are angry, sad and disappointed that the unit was vandalised last weekend. The charitable organisation spreads messages...... Read More

Fundraising effort keeps counsellor at primary school

Ōrewa North Primary – one of the area’s smallest with a roll of just 381 students – took on a massive challenge, successfully raising more than $35,000 to provide students and staff with free mental health services. Over the last...... Read More

Family challenges college enrolment decision

A local family is challenging an enrolment decision made by Orewa College and the issue has been taken all the way to the Ministry of Education. The college has rejected the enrolment application of the three Naidu children, who currently live out of...... Read More

Silverdale’s not so secret garden

I was asked by Silverdale School if I would be the gardener for their Garden to Table programme.  One look at the unlikely site that the school wanted to develop into a garden would have had most gardeners quickly departing. The area was covered...... Read More

Artist’s garden an escape

Living in a brand new part of Millwater, Catherine Mitchell’s garden is not near the coast, but she has created a tropical and coastal feel on her small plot with her plant and hard landscaping choices. “A lot of the gardens around here are...... Read More

Ag Day honours Earwaker family

This year’s Dairy Flat School Agriculture Day, on October 19, will be held in memory of Charlie and Dalice Earwaker. Principal Debbie Marshall says the Earwakers were very strong supporters of the school for many years. “Charlie and Dalice...... Read More

Appreciative crowd for kapa haka

Silverdale School’s hall was packed with spectators for this year’s Tu Maia festival on Friday September 13, where 14 groups performed kapa haka. The line-up included 11 schools, two kindergartens, and the festival’s opener, the Tiheru...... Read More

Intellectually disabled artist reaches finals of art award

A Warkworth class for artists with intellectual disabilities has seen one of its participants achieve national recognition for her work. Julia Quelch was one of 30 finalists in the annual IHC Art Awards. Julia flew to Wellington for the awards gala...... Read More

Free smear test clinic at Warkworth women’s centre

A free cervical screening clinic is coming to Women’s Centre Rodney in Morpeth Street, Warkworth on Tuesday, October 22, from 10am to 1pm. Specialist women smear takers from the Well Women & Family Trust will carry out the screening, which is...... Read More

Free seat checks

Parents are invited to get their children’s car seat checked for free at a Plunket-organised clinic on Friday, October 18, from 10am-midday. A mechanic will be in attendance to carry out the checks and install free anchor bolts (some exclusions...... Read More