Mahurangi News

Brigades battle Snells Beach house fire

Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade is still on the scene of a house fire on Rangimaarie Crescent in Snells Beach. Four appliances attended from Mahurangi East, Warkworth, Leigh, and Matakana stations. Fire and Emergency says about 60 per cent of...... Read More

Celebration rekindles Wellsford kindy memories

Memories of Wellsford Kindergarten’s early years were shared at a celebration last week, which marked the centre’s 50th year. Pictured are long-time kindergarten supporters, from left, Sue Crockett, Wendy Palmer and Delwyn Cramond, with...... Read More

Mixed reaction to Warkworth Structure Plan

Auckland Council has received more than 200 submissions on its controversial draft Warkworth Structure Plan. The plan will shape what Warkworth will look like in 30 years when its population is expected to swell to more than 25,000 people. The plan...... Read More

Post-Christchurch security prompts Anzac re-think

Organisers of Anzac Day services across the Rodney district are in flux after police last week recommended consolidating smaller services in the interests of public safety. Several services have been cancelled and many of those that are going ahead...... Read More

Makarau gun club silenced

The Vipassana Meditation Centre has won its fight to close down the shooting range in Makarau. The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by the Vipassana Foundation Charitable Trust Board against a Certificate of Compliance granted to the Auckland Shooting...... Read More

Landfill disasters down south confirm campaigners’ fears

Michelle Carmichael, right, on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour at Point Albert presents a petition to Northland National MP Matt King and Labour list MP Marja Lubeck urging the Government to ban landfills near waterways. The 1200-signature petition...... Read More

Painting honours navigator

A painting of a Lancaster bomber was unveiled in the Warkworth RSA pool room this month in honour of one of the association’s founding members. RSA past president John Stephen says he had long wanted a picture of a Lancaster in the pool room,...... Read More

Rain fails to stop Easter fun

Torrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of scores of eager Easter egg hunters at Horizon School in Snells Beach for their recent Easter Eggstravaganza fundraiser. Food and raffle stalls were relocated undercover, but the obstacle course and...... Read More

Warkworth crossings spark heated public criticism

A Warkworth-Wellsford bus driver has added her voice to a flurry of complaints about the siting of to new pedestrian crossings in Warkworth. Heather Moyle, who drives the 998 bus, says the crossings are too close to the roundabout at the bottom of...... Read More

Brass honours Bruce Borthwick

Local musician Bruce Borthwick was awarded a long service certificate last month for 62 years of playing in brass bands. It was presented to him at a swinging event that quavered the timbers of the Warkworth Methodist Church. The party was a musical...... Read More