Hibiscus News

High hopes for school gala fundraiser

Whangaparaoa School’s Gala this weekend is focused on raising as much money as possible to help pay for its new adventure playground (HM Feb 1). The playground is being constructed alongside the school’s pump track, with construction expected...... Read More

Tea and tributes for retiring chief fire officer

The local fire service farewelled one of its most long standing and respected members recently with a celebratory afternoon tea. Retiring chief fire officer Frank Mackereth devoted almost 60 years to serving the Hibiscus Coast community as a firefighter. He...... Read More

Farmers’ doors open and shut

Silverdale Mall in Millwater Parkway, owned by the James Pascoe Group, opens on March 22. James Pascoe is the parent company of Farmers, Whitcoulls, Pascoes, Stevens and Stewart Dawsons. Farmers, Whitcoulls, Stevens and Specsavers are all deserting...... Read More

Boat club cleans up act with major investment

An investment of more than $200,000 by a local boating club will see a state of the art filtration system built in the hope of improving the water quality of the Weiti River. Weiti Boating Club sits on the banks of the Weiti River in Arkles Bay and...... Read More

Costs of Orewa seawall consent revealed

The cost to Auckland Council as it seeks resource consent to build a seawall on the northern part of Orewa Beach has so far cost ratepayers well over half a million dollars. Figures released to Hibiscus Matters under the Official Information Act show...... Read More

Courageous kids celebrated

A group of young people who attend Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and show courage in the face of all their challenges were honoured recently by Whangaparaoa Lions Club. It is the first time that Whangaparaoa Lions have given out the Children of Courage...... Read More

Traps set at Hatfields Beach

Traps were placed around Hatfields Beach last month to help rid the area of rats, mustelids (stoats and weasels) and possums. Hatfields resident Colin Christie decided to set and check a trap line to support the pest control work that Hibiscus Coast...... Read More

Village hearing ongoing

Independent commissioners adjourned the resource consent hearing into the proposed multi-storey retirement complex at Annalise Place, Orewa to seek more information from the applicant. The plans that went before the commissioners on March 2 show that...... Read More

Yes or no to CCTV

Orewa business owners will be canvassed on a plan to implement CCTV in the town. Police initiated the idea of setting up a network of security cameras in Orewa in August, 2016, saying it would enable them to identify vehicles used by offenders and...... Read More

Proof of ID not easy for seniors

When former ASB customer 95-year-old John Lokes needed to open an account with the ANZ Bank recently he found that, for an older person, changing banks may not be as easy as you think. Banks in New Zealand are required to obtain photo ID from new customers...... Read More