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Online voting proposed for 2019 council election

Auckland Council media release: Auckland Council’s Governing Body has given its in-principle support for conducting an online voting trial in the 2019 local government elections. At yesterday’s meeting (May 24), the Governing Body...... Read More

Public urged to have say on Hammerhead

Around 50 people came to the first public meeting held by Panuku Development Auckland about the Hammerhead in Gulf Harbour. Further meetings are being held next week. Panuku is proposing, on behalf of Auckland Council to do a deal with the lessee of...... Read More

Council approves Orewa Service Centre sale

Auckland Council voted yesterday to sell seven of its sites, including the Orewa Service Centre in Centreway Road. The process has moved exceptionally fast, after it was first revealed in Hibiscus Matters’ March 1 edition – at that time...... Read More

Puppet show glowing in the dark for Matariki

Puppeteers, from left Mita and Vai Puni Tupaea A 5m-long taniwha called Haututu that glows in the dark is just one of a whole constellation of giant, glow-in-the-dark puppets to feature in an upcoming show at Orewa’s Centrestage Theatre. The...... Read More

Community responsible for rising road toll

Rodney police are fed up with repeating the same old road safety messages, while the road toll continues to rise. From left, Snr Sgt Jason Homan, Acting Sgt Rosa Wallace and Rodney area commander, Inspector Bruce O’Brien at a local breathalyser...... Read More

RSA to sell bigger site

A decision made by members recently has taken the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA down a slightly different path in an attempt to secure its future viability. The club is struggling to survive and has considered a number of options, including selling...... Read More

Tide turns on North Rodney house prices

The tide has turned on North Rodney house prices, which were heading for a million dollar average, but the market is still looking no brighter for first home buyer. Last month the QV House Price Index showed average prices in the region had dropped...... Read More

Development site back on the market

These consented plans – or a completely new proposition – may be on the cards for this site in northern Orewa. The site of a proposed retirement village in northern Orewa is back on the market, after its owner, Coastal Properties, obtained...... Read More

Costs mount for complex seawall appeal

The complexity and potential cost of a Council versus Council Environment Court appeal over the building of a seawall on Orewa Beach is becoming apparent. Meanwhile, this path near Kinloch Reserve is the latest to succumb to erosion. A recent decision...... Read More

Dancing show ‘a dream’

As well as Zac Franich and Roger Farrelly (HM May 2) Hibiscus Matters has discovered another local who is hitting the dance floor in the current series of Dancing with the Stars. Hibiscus Coast resident Brad Coleman says he is living his dream, as dance...... Read More