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Search for rodent on at Shakespear Sanctuary

An unwelcome Christmas present was delivered to Shakespear Open Sanctuary when rat footprints were detected in a tracking tunnel. Rats are a threat to vulnerable native wildlife, including many of the bird species that now live within the open sanctuary. The...... Read More

Journeys inspire Coast painter

Gulf Harbour artist Graham Young loves painting about as much as he loves travelling New Zealand’s highways and byways. So, perhaps it is not surprising that he has produced another book of stunning images that represent both these passions. New...... Read More

Artwork welcomes returning students

A bland set of concrete stairs has been turned into a feature by local artist Treena Wilton and Kingsway students. Treena says the work is a swansong for students who left the school in 2015-2017. New entrants and returning students at Kingsway Junior...... Read More

Time for Janet Fitzgerald to take a well earned bow

Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Janet Fitzgerald, top, and Edwin Munro receive their prestigious Paul Harris awards for service to the community from Governor of Rotary District 9910, Jerry Norman. Edwin’s had the addition of five sapphires,...... Read More

Physio supports Kiwi team

Stanmore Bay physiotherapist David Cooper will take to the international sporting stage next month when he joins the New Zealand athletics team in Denmark as the the tour physiotherapist. The team will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships...... Read More

Wellbeing, not weight loss, the key to good health

When it comes to making New Year resolutions, the top three are – lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. But how do we judge if we are making progress? New research shows that a person is more likely to stay true to their exercise and...... Read More

Stepping into fitness line

One way to get fit, and improve coordination, agility and flexibility, is to join a line dancing class. Fitness and fun go hand-in-hand for line dancers, according to Country Heartbeat Dance instructor Sue Wellesley-Davies. Sue has been teaching...... Read More

Elderly more susceptible to summer heat

Residents at the Hibiscus Coast Village, in Red Beach, celebrated the re-opening of their recently-renovated café and bar on February 30. Metlifecare chief executive Glen Sowry (right) and food and beverage manager Gareth Carden did the cake...... Read More

2019 Mangawhai Bowl Jam

Shaun Boucher thrilled the crowds at the 2019 Mangawhai Bowl Jam held at the Mangawhai Activity Zone on February 2. Shaun took second place in the Open section. First place went to Bowman Hansen, his third win in a row. The skating competition attracted...... Read More