COVID-19 Coverage

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

Libraries and centres re-open

Everyone will need to play their part to keep safe when Auckland Council reopens most of its facilities, including libraries, pools and community centres, today (August 31). That’s the message from Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. In line with Auckland’s...... Read More

Exemptions for stock care

Sheep and beef farmers, their workers, plus vets, should now be able to cross the Auckland-Northland border to tend livestock, following the granting of an exemption by the Ministry of Health late last week. Some workers had been turned back from border...... Read More

Iwi take charge of checkpoint

Representatives of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua have taken charge of the police checkpoint at Te Hana, and have raised Maori and United Tribes flags. The iwi met with police at the Te Ao Marama cultural centre last week to establish the terms of a shared...... Read More

Grocery volunteers re-group

Help is once again available to anyone unable to shop for themselves during Alert Level 3, with a number of groups and individuals offering assistance. Mahurangi Caremongers is back in business, and while not running organised shopping days at Warkworth...... Read More