Supply meets demand at Love Soup

The food rescue charity has had a large amount of food come in because of the closure of cafés and restaurants. One 3m and one 2.4m shipping container were carefully lowered onto the driveway near Whangaparaoa Hall – base of food rescue...... Read More

Bear necessities for lockdown fun

Going hard-out at Halloween is not the only thing that The Circle in Manly, and nearby streets, is known for. During the lockdown, residents of this part of Whangaparaoa have found many fun and creative ways to support the Bear Hunt craze, as well...... Read More

Fire volunteers keep wheels turning

Although low in crew numbers and unable to hold training sessions, Manly’s volunteer fire brigade is in good heart and well set up to handle the current crisis, according to its chief fire officer Shayne Kennedy. The service had to cancel its...... Read More

Rotarians deliver the goods

The three local Rotary clubs – Orewa, Whangaparaoa and the satellite club in Millwater – have combined forces to assist with grocery shopping during the lockdown for those who, for whatever reason, cannot get out themselves. Rotarian Brian...... Read More

Ballet lessons go online

A little thing like lockdown has not prevented Red Beach ballet teacher Lea Sandford from taking classes in her Lea Sandford School of Dancing. Lea began teaching dance 52 years ago, when she was just 15 years old, and has been taking classes in Red...... Read More

Ventolin inhalers back in pharmacies

A temporary shortage of Ventolin inhalers appears to have been remedied. Ventolin is one of the common drugs used in the inhalers that asthmatics need in an asthma attack. People with chronic breathing difficulties are also one of the groups most at...... Read More

New rules for ambulance travel

The St John ambulance service has made changes to the way it supports patients during transportation to hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. St John medical director Dr Tony Smith says while St John understands that patients often like to have...... Read More

Priority Assistance service

Friday, 27 March: Countdown has launched a new service to prioritise the delivery of groceries to the homes of vulnerable customers, and is also working to increase capacity for online delivery shoppers. Eligible customers can apply for Priority Assistance...... Read More

Trapped tourists isolated in Little Manly

A small group of around five tourists who have so far been unable to return home are in lockdown at Whangaparaoa Lodge in Little Manly. Lodge owner Troy Clarry says hotels are playing their part in the coronavirus crisis, and could end up making rooms...... Read More

Surf lifesaving leaders say “stay out of the water”

Surf lifesavers were called out to a swimmer in trouble on a remote stretch of the Raglan coast just hours before the country moved to the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. In response, lifesaving officials have re-emphasised their advice to kiwis to stay...... Read More