Hibiscus News

Supply meets demand at Love Soup

The food rescue charity has had a large amount of food come in because of the closure of cafés and restaurants. One 3m and one 2.4m shipping container were carefully lowered onto the driveway near Whangaparaoa Hall – base of food rescue...... Read More

Drought an additional challenge

Auckland Council and Watercare are asking everyone to heed their calls for water conservation, as Auckland’s drought continues. At an Emergency Committee meeting yesterday, Mayor Phil Goff said the message is “don’t wash your house...... Read More

Stanmore Bay toilets reopen

The closure of public toilets as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown had to be reconsidered because of the needs of essential transport workers and homeless people. As a result, 57 public toilets across Auckland have been reopened including two on the...... Read More

Penlink start date unchanged

Yesterday’s Government announcement of an infrastructure package designed to stimulate employment will not bring forward the building of the Penlink Road and bridge from Whangaparaoa Peninsula to Redvale. The building of Penlink is currently set...... Read More

Bear necessities for lockdown fun

Going hard-out at Halloween is not the only thing that The Circle in Manly, and nearby streets, is known for. During the lockdown, residents of this part of Whangaparaoa have found many fun and creative ways to support the Bear Hunt craze, as well...... Read More

Property on record high pre-lockdown

Media Release The Auckland residential property market was in full recovery mode before being stopped in its tracks by the Covid-19 lock down, according to Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson. “Confidence in Auckland property was...... Read More

Commercial leases “no easy answer”

Local businesses and commercial landlords are being urged to engage with each other, negotiate and explore every possible option for support and relief. With most shops and offices closed, and all hospitality outlets unable to trade, there are fears...... Read More

Fire volunteers keep wheels turning

Although low in crew numbers and unable to hold training sessions, Manly’s volunteer fire brigade is in good heart and well set up to handle the current crisis, according to its chief fire officer Shayne Kennedy. The service had to cancel its...... Read More

Rotarians deliver the goods

The three local Rotary clubs – Orewa, Whangaparaoa and the satellite club in Millwater – have combined forces to assist with grocery shopping during the lockdown for those who, for whatever reason, cannot get out themselves. Rotarian Brian...... Read More

Ballet lessons go online

A little thing like lockdown has not prevented Red Beach ballet teacher Lea Sandford from taking classes in her Lea Sandford School of Dancing. Lea began teaching dance 52 years ago, when she was just 15 years old, and has been taking classes in Red...... Read More