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Heavy congestion while ferries not full

There’s been heavy congestion on the Auckland motorway network and local roads this morning as commuters start the working week with the Auckland Harbour Bridge operating at 50 percent capacity. Four lanes of the bridge’s centre span are...... Read More

Student voters head to polls

About 140,000 school-age voters will jump the gun on their adult counterparts when they start mock elections next week. A record-breaking 1034 schools are preparing to take part in the Electoral Commission’s Kids Voting civics education programme,...... Read More

Reprimand over motel arrests

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that police, while targeting the owners of a motel business in Warkworth, went beyond the bounds of a legitimate police intelligence operation. Their actions included two breaches of privacy, an unlawful...... Read More

Minister talks Penlink

Transport and urban development Minister Phil Twyford dropped into Whangaparaoa yesterday – a visit that included being pressed to get behind a four-lane Penlink. Currently the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is close to seeking tenders for construction...... Read More

Councillors pressure Watercare for connection fee cut

Fears of another summer drought have led three north Auckland councillors to push Watercare to reduce connection charges for households that are on tank supply, but could also access town water. Albany Ward Crs Wayne Walker and John Watson have joined...... 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

Traffic woes ongoing at supermarket entrance

The sound of car crashes is all too familiar to residents of a stretch of Whangaparaoa Rd that has become notorious since the New World shopping complex opened, in December 2015-early 2016. Attempts by Auckland Transport (AT) to improve the situation...... 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

Slice of Orewa history sold to local investor

Local investor Dr Cyrus Varan, says buying historic Orewa House was “an emotional decision”. The Red Beach professor of applied science, author and inventor, also owns the commercial building at 2 Hillary Square where ANZ Bank is located. He...... Read More

Families conquer Everest

People have come up with many inventive ways to keep themselves busy and productive during this Covid year, including two Coast families who did a virtual climb of Mt Everest. Stanmore Bay Primary School students Ella and Jacob Owen, aged 11 and 8, and...... Read More