COVID-19 Coverage

Cemetery still coping with Covid-19 disruptions

Life has returned to normal, but not quite, for staff at Auckland Memorial Park and Cemetery in Silverdale. General manager Graeme Cummins says funeral services and associated activities have returned to pre-covid levels with one noticeable point of...... Read More

Mahurangi traveller relieved after Covid journey ordeal

Scotts Landing resident Kelly Grovehills vows she will frame her airline boarding passes after a harrowing seven-week ordeal attempting to return to New Zealand in a world plagued by Covid-19. Kelly set off on her adventure of a lifetime in January,...... Read More

Cartoons cheer Village residents

Cartoons displayed by retired pharmacist Alex Saywell helped brighten lockdown for the residents of Hibiscus Coast Retirement Village and the project will be part of an upcoming exhibition of residents’ Alert Level 4 achievements. Alex, aged...... Read More

School produces pandemic book

Red Beach School is to produce a book packed with recipes, short stories, poems and pictures of arts and crafts, sports, DIY and adventures that its families busied themselves with during the Level 4 coronavirus lockdown. It is hoped the book will...... Read More

Council offers support for businesses

Kaipara businesses that have been struggling as a result of Covid-19 could benefit from a $640,000 support fund approved by Kaipara District Council yesterday. General Manager of Sustainable Growth and Investment Sue Davidson says the Council is...... Read More

Air NZ sitting on millions

A Consumer NZ survey found 80 per cent of passengers on cancelled Air New Zealand flights have been stuck with credits, leaving the airline sitting on millions of dollars of customers’ money. Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said only six...... Read More

Library opening shelved

Orewa Library reopened today (May 20) together with 30 others, but it could be almost two weeks before Whangaparaoa Library opens its doors to the public. Auckland Council head of community libraries north and west, Darryl Soljan, says
the requirements...... Read More

Contact tracing app released

The Ministry of Health today formally released the NZ Covid Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand . Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to business...... Read More

Business groups unite to keep Coast in business

Business associations are working together in new ways to support local businesses as they get back to work. The Coast has three organisations that represent local businesses – Destination Orewa, which as a Business Improvement District (BID)...... Read More

Charity rises to challenge of lockdown food demand

Verna Lepou is among the Love Soup volunteers who stepped in to help during the lockdown. Food rescue charity Love Soup stepped into overdrive during lockdown, taking in large quantities of food – sometimes by the pallet load – and putting...... Read More