Hibiscus News

Board grants

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board received 16 applications for its Quick Response Grants totalling $34,465 in the first call for application for 2017/18. The Board approved grants to 10 groups totaling $17,171. The successful applicants from the Coast...... Read More

First performance from Circle of Friends group

A theatre group made up of 11 young people, mainly teenagers, with a wide range of intellectual abilities launched its first show My! My! Mama Mia! in Silverdale last week. The show, described as “an adventurous adaptation of the original”,...... Read More

Introducing: Liquor Town

The owner/operator of the new liquor outlet in Moana Avenue, Orewa, Girish Patel, is offering customers much more than a place to buy beer, spirits and wines. His assistant manager, Bastiaan Bussen, is a graduate of the NZ School of Food & Wine in...... Read More

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

Keeping good company for a healthy old age

When looking for advice on how to stay fit and healthy, there is perhaps no better place to start than with someone who, aged 91, is still enjoying a healthy, active life. Meryl Wilson, nee Drinnan, has lived at Maygrove Village for the past 14 years. She...... Read More

Never too young for yoga

The benefits of yoga are well known, but the majority of practitioners are adults. However, one yoga teacher has chosen to specifically cater for children and teenagers. Caroline Collins’ two daughters, now aged 7 and 9, have been doing yoga...... 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