Sailor crosses oceans to be with son for Christmas

Covid-19 is preventing many families from being together this Christmas, however one father has gone to great lengths to get home from the other side of the world to be with his son in Gulf Harbour when he opens his presents on Christmas Day. Dmitry...... Read More

Water restrictions ease

Auckland’s mandatory water restrictions will ease, following an Auckland Council decision at its November 26 meeting. From December 14, residents will be able to use hand-held hoses fitted with trigger nozzles, although they are still urged to...... Read More

St John thanks long serving volunteers

Catherine Smith receives her medal from Mike McAulay.  Awards recognising long service with the St John ambulance service were presented in Silverdale on November 14. St John Silverdale hosted the North Auckland Service Awards, and representatives...... Read More

Silverdale volunteer firefighters honoured

Whangaparaoa MP Mark Mitchell, centre, with members of Silverdale volunteer Fire Brigade that were awarded their long service and good conduct medals for 14 years service. From left, Darren Hodgetts, Daniel Capon, Sarah Capon, Mike Price. Silverdale...... Read More

Spotlight on Bluelight winner

Whangaparaoa College School student Madison Blackburn (Downs), aged 16, was awarded a top prize of ‘Overall Merit Award’ at a Blue Light Camp in Auckland, held last month. Blue Light life skills coordinator Abbe-Mae Henry says it was Madison’s...... Read More

Animal Health Centre

Pet owners who are keen to adopt a more back-to-basics health care regime for their dog or cat may find what they are looking for at a new centre in Moana Court, Orewa. After working on animal health issues for more than 40 years, animal naturopath Sarndra...... Read More

Introducing: The Family Centre for Natural Medicine

The founder of a new health hub in the Whangaparaoa Plaza believes the range of skills the centre is pulling together will offer clients a more holistic way to get healthy and stay healthy. Registered homeopath, Kate Fitness, is the driving force behind...... Read More

Introducing: Manly Vet Hospital

Looking after a family pet comes with the same care and responsibility that human members of a family would expect. That’s the philosophy behind the Orewa, Millwater and now Manly Vet Hospitals. Owner Brett Finlayson says for many clients, their...... Read More

Final week for Christmas cheer collection!!

Hibiscus Matters’ annual Christmas collection is underway, and donations are slowly coming in. We are now in the final week – all donations must be in by Monday, December 7! This gives the charitable organisations time to make up their...... Read More

Police extend helping hand

For the third year running, local Police will act as Santa Claus, bringing joy to local families in need. They are collecting ‘luxury’ grocery items such as festive biscuits, sweets, chocolates, spreads, coffee, sauces, juices and puddings...... Read More