Hibiscus News

Sailor crosses oceans to be with son for Christmas

Covid-19 is preventing many families from being together this Christmas, however one father has gone to great lengths to get home from the other side of the world to be with his son in Gulf Harbour when he opens his presents on Christmas Day. Dmitry...... Read More

Door open to non-toxic weed control methods for Coast

After a five-hour debate on November 12, it is now possible to end the domination of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate for weed control along local roads. Glyphosate was named “a probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organisation...... Read More

Airborne sculpture costs soar

  A request to Auckland Council for more details of the stated $170,000 cost of the Airborne sculpture recently erected on Moana Reserve in Orewa was revealing. Not only were the costs of each part of the process detailed, but also the fact that...... Read More

Axe yet to fall on firewood business

Silverdale Landscape Services in Stillwater continues its fight to stay open after receiving an abatement notice from Auckland Council (HM November 4). The business includes supply of firewood and this work resulted in a large number of complaints...... Read More

Water restrictions ease

Auckland’s mandatory water restrictions will ease, following an Auckland Council decision at its November 26 meeting. From December 14, residents will be able to use hand-held hoses fitted with trigger nozzles, although they are still urged to...... Read More

Second test for Orewa’s sirens

Orewa’s new tsunami sirens were tested for a second time last week. Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) general manager Kate Crawford said the sirens were activated three times on November 23 and measured for volume and clarity from eight sites...... Read More

Whangaparāoa offered cheaper water connections

The lower cost fee for connecting to the public water network was announced last month. At this stage it is for Whangaparaoa residents only and is a trial. Local councillors successfully lobbied Watercare for the lower cost option to give people on...... Read More

St John thanks long serving volunteers

Catherine Smith receives her medal from Mike McAulay.  Awards recognising long service with the St John ambulance service were presented in Silverdale on November 14. St John Silverdale hosted the North Auckland Service Awards, and representatives...... Read More

Silverdale volunteer firefighters honoured

Whangaparaoa MP Mark Mitchell, centre, with members of Silverdale volunteer Fire Brigade that were awarded their long service and good conduct medals for 14 years service. From left, Darren Hodgetts, Daniel Capon, Sarah Capon, Mike Price. Silverdale...... Read More

Spotlight on Bluelight winner

Whangaparaoa College School student Madison Blackburn (Downs), aged 16, was awarded a top prize of ‘Overall Merit Award’ at a Blue Light Camp in Auckland, held last month. Blue Light life skills coordinator Abbe-Mae Henry says it was Madison’s...... Read More