1000th birth at Winton Maternity Centre

Winton Maternity Centre has celebrated a landmark moment since its reopening nearly  30 years ago. On Friday, March 9 the 1000th baby was born at the Winton Maternity Centre since its reopening on February 1, 1991. The first baby born since the...... Read More

Costs of Orewa seawall consent revealed

The cost to Auckland Council as it seeks resource consent to build a seawall on the northern part of Orewa Beach has so far cost ratepayers well over half a million dollars. Figures released to Hibiscus Matters under the Official Information Act show...... Read More

New provisions for glass recycling

Tauranga City Council has been making provisions for city glass recycling in response to Tauranga’s private kerbside collection providers ceasing to accept glass for recycling at the beginning of this month. To cope with the expected influx of...... Read More

Butchery’s future uncertain

The future of the Mad Butcher outlet in Silverdale is uncertain as its owners seek a sale of the whole group. It is the latest development in what has been a somewhat turbulent history for the local Mad Butcher since it moved from Orewa. The butchery...... Read More

Behind the scenes look at the rescue helicopter

The 2018 Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Open Day is on Sunday 18 March, allowing members of the community to take a seat in the cockpit and get up close to the hardworking crew. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter team will be joined by members...... Read More

Revved up for fundraising

Trail rides and hill climbs will provide a fun day of fundraising for Balfour School next weekend. Held biennially, the Balfour School Trail Ride and Hill Climb is a family-orientated event where kids and adults alike can tear up the tracks or just...... Read More

Thinking about a museum for Tauranga

Renowned ‘museologist’ Ken Gorbey believes museums are a sign of ‘cultural maturity’, and that it’s time Tauranga had one. He was the presenter at the second in a series of public breakfasts to discuss the merits of museum...... Read More

Best crowd yet for Concert by the Lake

The fourth annual Concert by the Lake in Matamata proved a big hit on Sunday, drawing it’s largest-ever crowd from around the district and beyond. Rotary Matamata publicity officer David Hulme says around 570 people turned up to watch Kiwi artists...... Read More

Papamoa Bulldogs showing new attitude

The British bulldog is a muscular and hefty fellow - wrinkled face, pushed-in nose, snaggle-toothed and pugnacious. The Papamoa Bulldog is a smarter, leaner, faster and stronger breed. At least this season. “There’s been an edge to their...... Read More

Parkrun jogs into Wanaka

Local runners of all abilities are being invited to stretch their legs on Saturday mornings as part of a worldwide fun and fitness initiative. Parkrun, which operates in 20 countries across the globe, offers people the chance to run, jog or walk a five-kilometre...... Read More