Guides back under canvas

Local businesses have come forward to assist Orewa Guides to get outdoors this summer, after their camping gear was stolen last month (HM November 20). After seeing Hibiscus Matters’ story, outdoor company Kathmandu got in touch, with a generous...... Read More

Christmas comes early for foodbank

The foodbank at Hibiscus Coast Community House has been restocked, once again, thanks to the generosity of local residents, businesses and organisations. Community House manager Christine Alesbury says the influx of donated goods came in response to...... Read More

Ōrewa Santa Parade the biggest yet

Young spectators enjoyed a high high-five from stilt walkers. Members of the DaeHan Taekwondo Club demonstrate their skills.  Did you see us? Hibiscus Matters’ advertising consultant Angela Gallagher, left, and graphic designer Lorry McCarthy...... Read More

Tree focus for fundraising

The Tree of Remembrance is a way to honour special people who cannot be with us at Christmas while supporting the work of hospice in the community. A Tree of Remembrance went up in Farmers in Silverdale Mall on November 14 and, from December 9-23,...... Read More

Teenage golfer plays four rounds for charity

A local teenager is taking part in an event described as “an endurance golf marathon” to raise funds for the Cancer Society. Fifteen-year-old Callum Wall’s first golf club was actually a stick, which he used to fire back the golf...... Read More

Coast emergency services team up for Operation Croc

For the first time, four Coast emergency services have teamed up to train together. Staff and volunteers from Police, Silverdale St John, Silverdale Fire Service and Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club took part in the exercise, called Operation Crocodile,...... Read More

Award for outstanding service

Hibiscus Coast local coordinator Barbara Hamer received the national Totara Award for outstanding service to Guiding at last month’s Te Tai Tokerau regional GirlGuiding Leader awards. The award is given to a leader who has made an outstanding...... Read More

Friday fair fuels fundraising

Lucy Krinkel, 18, takes the wheel of Constable Bryan Ward’s police car. The inaugural Red Beach School Night Fair, on November 15, attracted a big crowd. Committee leader for the event, Rachelle Hughes, says hosting the fair on a Friday night...... Read More

Silverdale Pony Club celebrates 50th birthday

Lucia Thomson, 11, and her horse Annabelle in Hawaii-inspired fancy dress costumes. Oskar Wood, 5, right, with his Nan Sally Wood. Oskar and sister Kelia’s matching 50th cake and present costumes won second place in their age groups in the fancy-dress...... Read More

Snells Beach sunscreen maker shocked at lab revelations

The Snells Beach manufacturer of a boutique sunscreen has voiced his dismay after a Consumer NZ report discredited the laboratory that tested his product. CoSkin director Dr Alistair Lane said everyone who used the US-based AMA Laboratories is now...... Read More