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Medicinal cannabis trial could be lifesaver

Danny Battershill, who suffers from chronic and aggressive eczema, is trialling cannabis oil – his “last hope” – after raising money from the community. Danny spent eight months in hospital last year, including weeks in isolation,...... Read More

Kensington Park repair issue escalates

A dispute over repairs to a building at Kensington Park in Orewa has escalated with protestors taking to the streets with placards, causing deep divisions among residents. At the core of the problem are leaks believed to be coming from a drain beneath...... Read More

Orewa Beach seawall consent costs approach $1m

The cost of obtaining resource consent to build a seawall on the northern part of Orewa Beach is rapidly approaching $1 million. In March, Hibiscus Matters revealed that getting Auckland Council’s proposed seawall, from Kohu Street to Marine...... Read More

Second dog attack on sheep

Barely had the wounds healed on Dianne and Chris Bruce’s Arapawa sheep, when it was attacked by a dog for the second time. This is the third time in recent months that dogs have attacked sheep on lifestyle blocks in Red Beach (on the Weiti River...... Read More

Hammerhead sale deferred

A decision of Auckland Council has taken the sale of Gulf Harbour marina off the table – for now. Council CCO Panuku Development is proposing to sell the marina to Gulf Harbour Investments, which currently leases the site, in exchange for control...... Read More

Stanmore Bay apartments ready for resource consent

Five storey apartments planned for residential Stanmore Bay will soon go before Auckland Council for resource consent. Before they do, amendments are being made to the design after Council requested a review. The apartment blocks are proposed for...... Read More

Public outcry forces Council re-think on waste closure

Auckland Council has been forced to backtrack over plans to temporarily close the waste transfer stations at Snells Beach and Wellsford at the end of the month, following a public outcry and angry protests over the lack of notice or provision of alternative...... Read More

Community to guard stream

Thanks to continued funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, members of the Orewa community, supported by the Whitebait Connection, will once again be monitoring stream health on the Nukumea stream in Orewa. Water quality testing last year indicated...... Read More

Introducing - Shelly’s Barber Shop

With its bright illuminated signage, bold logo, spacious interior and huge mirrors, Shelly’s Barber Shop has already made a big splash on Wellsford’s main street. Opening the shop represents the fulfilment of a dream for Shelly Chandra,...... Read More

Introducing - Pronto Automotive

When Pablo Rabe and David Thomson, directors of Pronto Automotive, have put a lot of energy into training their staff, the last thing they want to do is lose them. So rather than see them disappear when they have become highly skilled, they open a...... Read More