COVID-19 Coverage

Rates must be paid

The Northland Regional Council is pleading with people to not stop paying their rates or cancel direct debits. Council chair Penny Smart says if rates are not paid then the region’s recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown will be slower, more painful...... 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

Demand for water rising

Rainfall last month has topped up some water tanks across the district but extra use during quarantine has increased demand for water tanker deliveries. According to a weather station in Sandspit, scattered falls during March amounted to twice the rainfall...... 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

Helping women in crisis

Mahurangi churches are on the lookout for spare housing units to assist women and children in crisis during the current Covid-19 lockdown. The Mahu Vision Community Trust – a ministry of the Mahurangi Presbyterian Church – says it anticipates...... 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

Market and gym flooded

Fire crews were called to a Snells Beach food shop this morning after a burst water pipe caused extensive flooding. The Food Market owner Aliesha Stent arrived at her Mahurangi East Road premises to find water pouring through the ceiling and a strong...... 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

Food aid on its way

Auckland Council has set up a system to assist Aucklanders struggling to access basic household supplies. Starting from tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1), Aucklanders who are unable to afford groceries, or who are in self-isolation with no access to...... Read More

Lockdown in Shanghai

Think lockdown is pretty tough going in Mahurangi? Imagine living high up in a multi-story apartment in Shanghai with no escape. Robayne Magnusson discovered a Snells Beach family who are doing just that ... It’s Day Nine of lockdown in the Pahl...... Read More