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Fun under a Mahurangi sun

Time to get creative on the beach at Mangawhai. Members of the extended Smith family took up the beach sculpturing challenge, with this laid-back hippo coming second.  One of the region’s favourite jumping, diving and bombing spots, Big Omaha...... Read More

Sweet Appreciation with Chocolate Brown

Congratulations to Wally Treadwell, of Warkworth, who is a recipient of a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. He was nominated by Claire Kronfeld, who wrote:    “I recently asked Wally if he would be able to create some wooden divisions...... Read More

Diversity colours exhibition

Hibiscus Coast artist Susannah Law picked up the Supreme Award at the 24th annual Great Summer Art Exhibition, held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, over New Year. Susannah, a professional artist who runs Red Door Studio in Orewa, took home...... Read More

Work starts on Hill Street

Auckland Transport (AT) will press ahead with temporary improvements to the Hill Street intersection in the coming weeks but remains undecided about a controversial barrier arm. Phase 1 of the improvement project will see the installation of a pedestrian...... Read More

Local Board machinations

Independent Rodney Local Board members have hit out at the Rodney First ticket saying its effective control of the board is undemocratic and lacks transparency. Six members of the nine-member board are part of Rodney First, and Rodney First members...... Read More

Fickle weather dries up records

The driest December in Warkworth since the year 2000 kept the annual rainfall count from setting records last year. Instead, Warkworth experienced its fifth wettest year since 2000. Just 22 millimetres of rain fell in December. The previous low was...... Read More

Country Park sale continues

The Matakana Country Park leisure and retail complex remains unsold a month after tenders closed. Among the tenders was a surprise $6.25 million bid from the Matakana Community Group (MM December 13). Bayleys agent Mark Macky said last week the site...... Read More

Motorway route progresses

The indicative route for the 25km Warkworth to Te Hana motorway is expected to be released by the New Zealand Transport Agency next month. Information days will be held in Warkworth, Wellsford and Te Hana, but dates were not confirmed when Mahurangi...... Read More

New Year list honours locals

From left, the late Russell Kemp, for services to Maori. Vern Dark, for services to business and education. Isobel Greenwood, for services to the community. Services to Maori, education and the community earned three Mahurangi residents awards in this...... Read More

The Small Town Rake

A short story .... Try to imagine my astonishment when sales for this, my originally-entitled The Life and Times of a Garden Rake, soared to top the all time bestseller list. And not only in this country. Although banned in most of the Middle East,...... Read More