Health

Community responsible for rising road toll

Rodney police are fed up with repeating the same old road safety messages, while the road toll continues to rise. From left, Snr Sgt Jason Homan, Acting Sgt Rosa Wallace and Rodney area commander, Inspector Bruce O’Brien at a local breathalyser...... Read More

Winter warmth appeal

Rodney Women’s Centre is asking for donations of clean blankets and warm bedding for the annual Give a Kid a Blanket appeal. The centre in Morpeth Street, Warkworth is a nominated drop-off point for the Auckland-wide scheme, which has been running...... Read More

Stamp collecting down but not out

Stamp collecting has become an increasingly niche interest as volumes of posted mail decline, but a local club is still flying the flag for dedicated collectors. Past president of the Hibiscus Coast Stamp Club, Royce Norton, remembers when a church...... Read More

Free dental day for carers

Lumino practices in Red Beach and Orewa were among 32 practices that opened their doors on May 5 for the annual community day in which Lumino The Dentists provide free dental care for a deserving group of people. This year the company teamed up for...... Read More

Homes handed over for community use

Cabra managing director Ian Boocock, right, hands the keys for two brand new homes to Hibiscus Coast Community House chair Carol Laidlaw. The homes have been furnished with donations made to the community house. From left, Shirley Parker of Steps Forward,...... Read More

Long-serving GP retires

After a 45-year career in medicine, spent mostly as a GP on the Hibiscus Coast, Dr Aideen Hawkins has decided it is time to hang up her stethoscope. “I’m leaving while I still love what I do,” she says. “It’s been a great...... Read More

Fresh approach to free fruit and vegetables

Fresh fruit and vegetables from local home gardens will soon be able to be shared around the community, free, via a range of new roadside stands. The stands are simple constructions put in a publicly accessible area. Anyone can put their excess produce...... Read More

End of the line for Whangaparaoa Railway

Railway owner Julie Pointon with goat Ash, one of a dwindling number of farm animals on the site. Scott Pointon prepared the steam engine for its final run, and is also the engine driver. Whangaparaoa Narrow Gauge Railway, which has been entertaining...... Read More

Successful rat catch at Stillwater

The Stillwater community held its first Great Knockdown rat catching competition recently, bringing in a grand total of 13 rats. The competition was held on April 22. It was organised by Aileen Lusty and Irene Sanders of the Stillwater Community Association...... Read More

Hospices combine for show

Hospice’s popular wearable arts competition is spreading its wings this year with a new partnership and a new venue. Catwalk Arts will be staged at the Orewa College Arts and Events Centre on October 6. Hibiscus Hospice is teaming up with its...... Read More