Tender out for Penlink

Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has started an open tender process to select a consortium for the detailed project design and construction phases of the Penlink project. A spokesperson says at this stage, the design work is expected to...... Read More

Two ASB branches remain closed “for now”

Orewa is the only ASB branch open and the bank is unable to say when it will reopen its Silverdale and Whangaparaoa branches. ASB executive general manager, retail banking, Craig Sims, says the closure is due to issues around Covid-19. “The...... Read More

Construction shows confidence in business growth

Matvin Group announced its presence on the Hibiscus Coast by constructing what it says is currently the biggest commercial development in Silverdale. It is the first local project for the property development company, which also has a construction...... Read More

Apartments proposed for Whangaparāoa Road

Two homes that recently went up for sale on a busy section of Whangaparaoa Road, opposite Coast Plaza and next to Whangaparaoa College, are being offered as a single lot of 2208sqm, with resource consent  already granted to build 20 townhouses. The...... Read More

Enterprising students’ balm

Coming up with a recipe for natural lip balm was just one of the challenges faced by a group of Kingsway College students. As part of the Young Enterprise business programme, the group decided on the lip balm as their product, and did everything from...... Read More

Raffle supports Coast businesses

An annual raffle at Whangaparaoa School has changed focus this year, in an effort to support local businesses that may be struggling. School PFA member Laura Davis says when the travel raffle was not able to go ahead due to Covid-19, it was decided...... Read More

Logo for Kiwi businesses

Pete Vinken of Hatfields Beach is semi-retired, but says he is now working “18 hours a day” on an initiative that he hopes will help Kiwis who want to buy NZ made products. Buy NZ Made is not a new campaign, with previous logos including...... Read More

New radio station prepares to launch on Hibiscus Coast

The Hibiscus Coast is to host one of the first of many “news and advertisement-free” radio stations founded by former British TV presenter Noel Edmonds. Noel, who now lives near Matakana, plans to eventually launch 100 online community...... Read More

Local impact of Auckland Council’s budget cuts discussed

Details of what Auckland Council’s budget cuts may mean at a local level are only now becoming apparent, with that information being handed out in bite-sized chunks to local board members at recent workshops, largely in Confidential, with no media...... Read More

Dynamic lanes’ technical problems mounting up

Recent closure of the dynamic lanes for almost two weeks highlighted key challenges with the system, including resilience to heavy use and the quality of the LED lights. The system, which cost around $3 million, has operated on Whangaparaoa Road, from...... Read More