Vicious attacks on sheep shock Red Beach residents

This sheep was traumatised and severely injured by the attack and later euthanased. Five sheep on lifestyle blocks in Red Beach are dead, and one has been left badly injured after vicious attacks by dogs. Vets have warned the affected property owners,...... Read More

History made at Silverdale Fire Brigade

The appointment of volunteer firefighter Sarah Capon as station officer at Silverdale Fire Brigade is seen as a key moment in the brigade’s 66-year history. Sarah, who took up the level officer role on June 27, is now the first female fire officer...... Read More

Safety at school gate up for debate

Auckland Transport has rebuffed allegations from the Automobile Association (AA) that it is disconnected from schools and needs to take safety around schools more seriously. The AA surveyed 1600 members and also used information from its work with...... Read More

Retirement village pitfalls discussed

The Hibiscus Coast is a popular place to retire and retirement villages flourish here. The numbers living in villages in New Zealand are expected to rise substantially – currently 12.6 percent of people over the age of 75 live in villages and...... Read More

Doggie retirement village sets up in Dairy Flat

A retirement village for dogs is being set up in Dairy Flat, as part of an existing business. Pixies Doggy Hotel is creating the retirement option for old dogs because of demand, but also to provide alternative accommodation for some of the 10 dogs...... Read More

Youth centre gets governing body grant

Hibiscus and Bays local board member Caitlin Watson is “over the moon” at the news that Auckland Council voted through a one-off grant of $100,000 to the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre in the Mayor’s Proposal, in the Long Term Plan. This...... Read More

Stanmore Bay welcomes new principal

Matt Sides says that many challenges lie ahead as he takes up the role of principal at Stanmore Bay School in Term 3. He replaces Carol Abley, who was principal there for 30 years. Matt, who turns 40 soon, has been a Primary and Intermediate maths,...... Read More

Expo helps planning for special needs children

Valentina Pereira of Silverdale is doing her bit to help families achieve security and stability for their disabled children who may face living on the breadline as they transition to adulthood. Her 15-year-old daughter Laetitia has Down Syndrome and...... Read More

Women unite to fight ‘period poverty’

A scheme to help women who struggle to afford sanitary items every month has been extended to include Mahurangi. Last month, after becoming aware of the difficulties many women face in the community with finding enough money for sanitary items, Michelle...... Read More

Contest to celebrate impressive local women

Warkworth Museum is running a children’s competition celebrating local inspirational women as part of its activities to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Students from Year 4 to Year 9 can win cash prizes and books for their...... Read More