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Project umbrellas conservation efforts

The map shows the Restore Rodney East boundaries. The area between Warkworth and Leigh, including Tāwharanui, will be the focus of a new environmental initiative called Restore Rodney East, which starts next month. The project is being funded by the...... Read More

Bunny business has Tossi hopping

Rising feral rabbit numbers in the Tawharanui Regional Park is costing the volunteer group Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc. (TOSSI) extra dollars in preventative fencing. While a proper survey of the rabbit population has not been undertaken...... Read More

Labour of love reforests former Araparera dairy farm

  Thomas and Mahrukh Stazyk. Wharehine provided gravel for the roads and was involved in the installation of the foundation poles. At the platform opening were managing director Rob Gibson, left, and general manager Andy Booth. Unitec student...... Read More

Sweet Appreciation - Stephen Ryder

Stephen Ryder Congratulations to The Oaks on Neville resident Stephen Ryder, of Warkworth, who is a recipient of  a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. Stephen was nominated by staff and residents of The Oaks who wrote: "Stephen really enjoys...... Read More

Vestiges of traditional boat building alive and well

The boatyard has some 50 craft on site. Pam and George have an impressive collection of tools. The boatyard is nestled among mangroves at Tramcar Bay. Wilson family descendent Jess Hunt still sails on the Hope. The Tara Iti was brought home to...... Read More

Adventure playground opens in Matakana

Brendan Coghlan’s enthusiasm for ninjas prompted him to include a ninja warrior course in the new Matakana playground. A top adventure playground that has delighted visitors to Paihia for the last 15 years opens with numerous additional features...... Read More

New director for Matakantata Choir

Jenny Eirena Matakantata Choir has appointed Jenny Eirena as its new musical director. A teacher specialising in music, Jenny formerly conducted choirs at Mahurangi College and more recently at an international school in Papua New Guinea.    Jenny...... Read More

Hospice care inspires artist

Clare Woods at work in her home-based studio. Clare has donated Spring Flight to be auctioned at mARTakana Spring Flight by Clare Woods will be among the colourful and vibrant works for sale at mARTakana – Harbour Hospice’s annual fundraising...... Read More

Learn bridge in Warkworth

The Warkworth Bridge Club is running a 10-week Introduction to Bridge course at its clubrooms in Alnwick Street, starting on February 18. The lessons will be held on Thursdays this year, from 3pm to 5pm. Participants will then be encouraged to move...... Read More

College tiny house sold

Ryan Steven believes it was the first tiny house auction in NZ. A tiny house built by students at Mahurangi College sold for $80,000 at an auction last month. The 24 square metre house had a kitchen, lounge, double bedroom and bathroom. It was fully...... Read More