Latest News

Press Release: Government on high alert for stink bugs

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season...... Read More

Iconic tavern on market

What is believed to be NZ’s oldest riverside hotel, The Riverhead, is up for sale. The tavern began trading in 1857 and is described by JLL New Zealand director of hotels and tourism Nick Thompson as a rare opportunity. “Hence, it is being...... Read More

Police acknowledge IPCA report into tractor incident

The use of a taser on the 15-year-old driver of a stolen tractor in Kaiwaka last year was an unreasonable and excessive use of force, according to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA). Shortly after midnight on April 16 last year, Police...... Read More

Vandalism shocks Life Education Trust

Life Education Charitable Trust’s mobile classroom, featuring Harold the giraffe, is a familiar sight at local schools and trustees are angry, sad and disappointed that the unit was vandalised last weekend. The charitable organisation spreads messages...... Read More

Fundraising effort keeps counsellor at primary school

Ōrewa North Primary – one of the area’s smallest with a roll of just 381 students – took on a massive challenge, successfully raising more than $35,000 to provide students and staff with free mental health services. Over the last...... Read More

Air race proposal races for consent

A proposed two-day Air Races event in Orewa next March has some hurdles to clear before it can go ahead. Orewa Beach Carnival (OBC) representative Ken Ogilvie presented the proposal to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board in June, outlining the event which...... Read More

Orewa Boulevard plan consultation

Public consultation on the next stage of turning Hibiscus Coast Highway (where it passes through Orewa town centre) into a pedestrian friendly boulevard, is expected to begin this month. The proposed extension is from Riverside Road to Empire Road and...... Read More

Firm feedback on freedom camping

The community’s views on freedom camping were firmly stated to Auckland Council’s governing body again by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board at its September 18 meeting. In August, the Governing Body voted to start the process of creating a...... Read More

Costly Brightside refurbishment goes ahead

Ratepayers will spend around $100,000 bringing the Auckland Council owned former dairy and residential building at 1 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, up to building code and renovating it so that it can be leased to a commercial entity. This work has begun...... Read More

Mayoral front-runners front up on local issues

Anyone hoping to see leading mayoral candidates go head to head in a debate locally has so far been disappointed. Just two of the 21 mayoral candidates have made an appearance on the Coast – John Tamihere and Alezix Heneti, who were at the Grey...... Read More