Learning English through art

Rosie Hutchinson is the education coordinator at Estuary Arts. A short course teaching English as a second language through art will be launched at Estuary Arts Centre in Term 3. The course will essentially cover traditional drawing techniques, but...... Read More

Cemetery status unclear

Members of the Ahuroa community are attempting to clarify the status of the Komokoriki (Ahuroa) Cemetery. Auckland Council says the cemetery was closed in 2008, but it is understood there have been at least two burials since then. Council operations...... Read More

New pastor for Snells Beach Baptist

John DiCicco with his wife Jasmin. John DiCicco has been appointed the new pastor of the Snells Beach Baptist church. Pastor DiCicco, 25, was welcomed to the church during an induction service led by Northern Baptist regional leader Reti Ah-Voa on...... Read More

Social media after death

By Alysha Dudley, Local Matters, Digital Coordinator It is almost impossible to exist in today’s society without having an online presence of some description and as time goes on, staying offline is becoming increasingly harder. This begs...... Read More

Harbour Hospice honours long-serving volunteers

Long-serving volunteers were honoured with a high tea. 30-year volunteer Maureen McQuarrie was presented with flowers by Warkworth Hospice Shop manager Liz Sanderson. 25-year volunteer Jenny Howlett with her long service certificate. 10-year volunteer...... Read More

Bequest generosity helps meet Hospice shortfall

Some of the funds Harbour Hospice has received through bequests have contributed to the redevelopment of its unit in Takapuna to be constructed this year. Harbour Hospice has made up funding shortfalls caused by Covid-19, thanks to the generosity of...... Read More

Preparing financially for a funeral

Savings up to $10,000 with the Funeral Trust are excluded from government asset testing. Organising and paying for a funeral is a difficult task during an emotional time, but there are steps that can be taken to smooth the process for loved ones. Warkworth’s...... Read More

Headstone unveiling reunites mother and daughters

Pauline Batchelor of Nelson, left, and Christine Holmwood, of Raglan, at their grandmother’s graveside, high on a hill in Pakiri. Insert, Ruby Biorklund. The sad saga of a young single mother who died of Spanish flu in 1917 and her orphaned daughter...... Read More

Choosing executor a key decision

While the importance of having an up-to-date will is commonly understood, not everyone understands how vital it is to have the right executor. Professionals who work in this area see many instances where not understanding the role of an executor has...... Read More

Pass on your knowledge before passing on

Let’s face it, none of us are getting out of here alive, so live your life to its fullest. However, one of the most important things that you can do in preparation for your inevitable departure is to let your family and friends know your wishes...... Read More