COVID-19 Coverage

Sailor on track for Christmas reunion - just

Dmitry Pelevin is now just 500 Nautical Miles from being home with his son in Gulf Harbour for Christmas Day (HM December 2). At the start of the year, Dmitry was in Russia when Covid-19 closed borders and cancelled flights, making it a challenge...... Read More

AT’s speedy response wins award

Auckland Transport (AT) was recognised for its digital response to Covid-19 with a win in the ‘fast-tracked project’ category at the Association of Local Government Information Management awards. The awards were instigated so that technical...... Read More

Coast’s first taste of Covid testing station

On the first day it was open, almost 50 Hibiscus Coast residents took the opportunity to drive through a Covid-19 Community testing station that was temporarily set up in Silverdale last week. The testing station opened on September 10 and operated...... Read More

Covid cuts hit street projects

Many projects designed to improve the appearance, safety and accessibility of local streets will be deferred, as the budget is cut to the bone. Each term the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is given money for new footpaths, signs, street lighting and similar...... Read More

Charities step up while facing unprecedented hard times

The Hibiscus Coast has dozens of community organisations that are struggling while facing unprecedented demand for their services. Chief executive of Auckland North Community and Development, Yvonne Powley, works with many local organisations, helping...... Read More

House cleaners stay afloat

Due to the current drought, and water restrictions put in place by Watercare, the use of outdoor hoses and taps is prohibited. This makes it hard for residents to complete those exterior cleaning tasks. However, some professional exterior cleaning...... Read More

Covid cross-country applies social distancing rules

Cross-country running events at local schools were disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdowns – in Wentworth College’s case, this happened twice – and Wentworth came up with an inventive alternative. Director of sport Peter Watson says the...... Read More

Covid restrictions hammer business

Sharley Haddon fears she may lose her beloved horses and riding business after nearly 40 years. Mahurangi businesses are putting on a brave face but are realistic about even tougher times ahead, given the restrictions, lockdowns and associated economic...... Read More

Eaves’ Bush back on track

The first walkers were invited back into Eaves’ Bush in Orewa this morning, with the fence taken down from the Old North Road entrance to the reserve. Only one 0.65km stretch of track has reopened, and a small group of volunteers from the Eaves’...... Read More

Men’s masks missing

Ever keen to gather important local data, a Mahurangi Matters columnist surveyed mask wearing at Warkworth New World on August 27.  Sixty-five per cent of females wore masks and 35 per cent of males wore masks. Time to lift your game, gents. ... Read More