Whangaparāoa to become ‘the new Rodney’

Changes proposed to electoral boundaries before next year’s general election would significantly alter the Rodney electorate, which includes the Hibiscus Coast. The changes include replacing the name ‘Rodney’, with ‘Whangaparaoa’,...... Read More

Local board fails to open workshops to public

The Hibiscus representatives on the local board, all four of whom campaigned one way or the other on ending closed confidential workshops, have failed to make this happen at the start of the term. Ideally this needed to be voted on early in the term,...... Read More

Mayor visits park and ride

The commencement of the last phase of work at the Silverdale park and ride was marked on November 15 with a site visit by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Crs John Watson and Wayne Walker also attended, along with Auckland Transport’s acting board chair...... Read More

Introducing: Wash Works

Not content with having military serviceman, pub owner and All Blacks captain on his CV, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford is about to add another career to his name. Wash Works in Silverdale, a carwash centre that can accommodate cars, boats and campervans,...... Read More

Rower lands US scholarship

A Wentworth rower’s skill on the water has earned her a four year scholarship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, United States. Year 13 student Parekura ‘PK’ Kellow signed the scholarship documents at Wentworth College on...... Read More

Changing faces - World Travellers

The new owner of World Travellers Warkworth, Gareth Winslow, has returned to NZ after living and travelling overseas for the last 17 years. He has travelled to 40 countries, lived in China, Malaysia and Germany, and speaks four languages. After a...... Read More

New team plans to shake up local board

The new Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair, Gary Brown, takes up the role with no political experience, but says logic and commonsense are what is required. Gary received the second highest number of votes for the Hibiscus subdivision of the local board...... Read More

Coast teacher aides take action over low pay

Teacher aides care for some of the most vulnerable kids in schools, yet 90 percent of them are paid less than the Living Wage. It is their job to work with children who have special needs of all kinds, supporting them to make progress within the school...... Read More

Liaison group slows Ōrewa Boulevard public consultation

Auckland Transport (AT) is to set up a ‘community liaison’ group before it finally puts its plan for the $1.3 million Orewa Boulevard extension out for public consultation. AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says the liaison group will include...... Read More

Hibiscus Community RSA reveals new clubhouse design

The latest design for the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA’s new clubrooms went before Auckland Council for resource consent recently. The final proposal has been developed over more than a year after initial plans proved unworkable due to geotechnical...... Read More