High hopes for school gala fundraiser

Whangaparaoa School’s Gala this weekend is focused on raising as much money as possible to help pay for its new adventure playground (HM Feb 1). The playground is being constructed alongside the school’s pump track, with construction expected...... Read More

Tea and tributes for retiring chief fire officer

The local fire service farewelled one of its most long standing and respected members recently with a celebratory afternoon tea. Retiring chief fire officer Frank Mackereth devoted almost 60 years to serving the Hibiscus Coast community as a firefighter. He...... Read More

Courageous kids celebrated

A group of young people who attend Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and show courage in the face of all their challenges were honoured recently by Whangaparaoa Lions Club. It is the first time that Whangaparaoa Lions have given out the Children of Courage...... Read More

Yes or no to CCTV

Orewa business owners will be canvassed on a plan to implement CCTV in the town. Police initiated the idea of setting up a network of security cameras in Orewa in August, 2016, saying it would enable them to identify vehicles used by offenders and...... Read More

Proof of ID not easy for seniors

When former ASB customer 95-year-old John Lokes needed to open an account with the ANZ Bank recently he found that, for an older person, changing banks may not be as easy as you think. Banks in New Zealand are required to obtain photo ID from new customers...... Read More

More Op Shop options

Francesca’s – Hibiscus Hospice’s charity shop specialising in secondhand designer and high-end clothing, closed last month after trading in Silverdale Village for 11 years. At the same time, hospice closed its other store in Silverdale...... Read More

Lifesaving skills shared

A group of seven and eight-year-old Stella Maris students learned skills that could help in an emergency when St John visited the school recently. The school invited St John community educator Donna Taylor in for the first time, with all year groups...... Read More

Orewa free lunch served

The first free Serving Spoons lunch was served in Orewa last month and went down a treat with guests. Around 15-20 people attended the first lunch, on Monday, February 26, which organising committee member Valentina Pereira said is a good start. The...... Read More

Accolades accrue for Centrestage productions

Jessica Rogers won the best youth performer award for her portrayal of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Photo, Alex Jones. Right, Amanda Burnett sang her way to a NAPTA for best leading female in a musical for The Witches of Eastwick. She also won...... Read More

Knitters getting busy for Cats

Leg warmers may have gone out of fashion after the 1980s but a few Coast knitters are hard at work making as many as they can for an upcoming theatre production. Recently the National Youth Theatre Company asked its supporters to come up with the 600...... Read More