Changing faces: Fairy Godmothers

The flexibility of home-based childcare is one of its advantages, as well as the low ratio of educators to children and its affordability, according to the new owners of Fairy Godmothers, Rodney and North Shore. Anna and Colin Chan have taken over...... Read More

Introducing: Valentino’s Gelato & Café

A new café on the corner of Whangaparaoa Road and Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay, is likely to become a popular spot this summer. As if two chefs cooking up a storm in the kitchen weren’t enough, owners Paul and Jan McKearney have included...... Read More

Introducing: Willow Bespoke Facial Lounge

Skin is the largest organ in the body so it sometimes surprises beauty therapist Karen Brooke that more people don’t take better care of it. “The focus can sometimes be more on beautification rather than skin health,” she says. “When...... Read More

Fundraiser spreads to Africa

What started as a fundraiser for the St Stephens Anglican Church building project in Whangaparaoa has evolved into a campaign to help evangelists in Tanzania. For the past five years, Helen Hardcastle, wife of the vicar of St Stephens, has been making...... Read More

Authors share stories for Hospice

Eight well-known NZ authors will share their stories at a fundraising event for Hibiscus Hospice on Sunday, October 29. The afternoon will include book readings, door prizes, a book sale and signings. Among the authors attending will be Professor Rod...... Read More

Board boss faces tough questions on health...

Chair of both the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) and Auckland Transport (AT) Dr Lester Levy faced a battery of tough questions from Mahurangi community leaders this month as services struggle to cope with burgeoning demand. Media was excluded...... Read More

Commercial block for sale

What is believed to be the largest commercial property in Snells Beach is on the market. The standalone building at 270-278 Mahurangi East Road houses The Warehouse retail centre including underground parking for 90 vehicles. Its rateable value is...... Read More

Park & Ride idea floated to fix parking woes

One Warkworth Business Association has mooted a Park & Ride facility for Warkworth and is testing community support for the idea. Association manager Murray Chapman says every day he is accosted by people in the streets of Warkworth upset that they...... Read More

Aroma Café Restaurant & Bistro

Big changes are underway for Quince Café, which will shortly become Aroma Café & Bistro under a new owner. This will mean new décor, new menus, evening opening hours and a lunch delivery service for the café, which is located...... Read More

Orewa seawall still awaits consent

No decision has yet been made on whether Auckland Council can build a seawall on Orewa Beach between Kohu Street and Marine View. The proposal involves building a seawall approximately 600m long, with a footpath and landscaping on the public reserve...... Read More