Community News

31 Dec

Watch your child flourish through more time outdoors

For many parents, getting out the door feels like an Olympic sport. Even though you’ve been in training for weeks, months or even years it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier, does it? Locating jackets, sun hats, extra snacks, those elusive drink bottles… and the keys, oh where are the keys?

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29 Dec

Activities for all at Te Manawa

Te Manawa is Auckland’s first fully integrated community hub. We offer a range of services including library and selected Council services, rooms for hire, CAB, free Wi-Fi and working spaces...

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26 Dec

The “2020 vision” for your local optometrists

A new year brings a fresh start and resolutions for most. For the team at Westgate Optometrists the upcoming New Year will be particularly momentous. We have been the original & exclusive optometry practice at Westgate Shopping Centre in Massey for many years...

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23 Dec

The Rainbow Whisk

As summer rolls around, come and enjoy our view at the Hobsonville Marina. We have a new menu and are now serving Atomic coffee. As we get closer to Christmas, we will be progressing into serving meals on Friday and Saturday evening...

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20 Dec

Canine body language

According to ACC – New Zealanders reported over 14,379 dog bites in 2018, costing over $5,925,000. Women are more likely to be bitten than men 7,722 compared to 6,657. People aged between 55-59 are more likely to be bitten, 1,069 reported. Children under the age of 14 received 2,495. Many bites are unreported or are not captured in ACC reporting for multiple reasons. But the fact is that dog bites are on the increase...

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17 Dec

Signature Homes - architectural design

Building a new home can be a stressful time.  Fortunately at Signature Homes we aim to work alongside you to ensure your build journey is enjoyable and runs as smoothly as possible.  We have a number of services in place to ensure a professional, efficient build experience.

One essential step is facilitating all your design needs, be it a house and land package, subdivision, knockdown and rebuild, or a custom design and build concept.

We are continuously developing ways to streamline your experience.  An area of progress in our Nor-west office is within our architectural design team.  We have relationships with a number of architects but felt the need for an in-house team member to be constantly on hand to meet with or consult regarding design.

Following a lengthy recruitment process we are pleased to introduce Daniel Yang, as our new Architectural Designer.  Daniel joins us with a Bachelor in Architecture, Master of Architecture (Prof) Hons. from Auckland University, and is a Licensed Building Practitioner (Design)  He has previously worked for Isthmus, GNR Studio, MC2 Architects and worked independently as a contractor.               

He is fluent in Mandarin and English.  Daniel loves the outdoors, enjoying hiking and fitness in the gym and playing badminton.  Originally from China, educated in New Zealand, with family locally and abroad.

Daniel has a lovely manner, fabulous sense of humour, a wealth of knowledge in local architecture and has an admirable work ethic.  We welcome him to our team and are excited for you to meet him.

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13 Dec

Palmers Westgate

The Silly Season is upon us. Avoid the queues at the mall and do your Christmas shopping at Palmers Westgate.

There’s plenty of gift inspiration in store for every person on your list.

From outdoor games, books for all ages, quirky retro toys, giftware and treats, to terrariums and houseplants that are wrapped and ready to give...

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10 Dec

Guest student contributor

Imagine a school where you can sit with your friends, wherever you like. Imagine a school where you choose to learn what interests you, not what your teachers choose. Hobsonville Point Primary School (HPPS) is that school...

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7 Dec

West Auckland property and tax lawyers

Gina Jansen Lawyers are a Kumeu law firm who specialise in property/conveyancing, retirement home agreements, tax debt, Inland Revenue disputes and any Court matter, such as debt collection, limited work licences, bankruptcies and liquidations...

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4 Dec

Hazardous items sending recyclable materials in smoke

Auckland Council is appealing to Aucklanders to do the right thing when they need to dispose of flammable and hazardous items following the third kerbside recycling collection truck blaze in less than a month.  The fires mean that potentially up to 19 tonnes of valuable recyclable materials have had to be sent to landfill instead of being recycled...

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1 Dec

Hobsonville Community Choir

Our very own ‘Hobsonville Community Choir’ will be performing Christmas songs all over Hobsonville Point this Christmas, along with a big ‘all choirs in’ Christmas charity celebration in town. Then there will be another Catalina Market performance on Saturday morning the 21st December and also a repeat of last year’s caroling at a local rest home...

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30 Nov

RTA amendments

I am going to continue from last month’s column were I was detailing some of the recent changes of legislation affecting Landlords and Tenants, specifically RTA (Residential Tenancies Act) amendments bill #2, last month I covered the landlord’s obligation to provide property insurance details to the tenancy, this month I will explain the other 2 changes from this piece of legislation...

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29 Nov

Laser Plumbing and Roofing

We are lucky to have a new Maintenance Plumber join our team here at Laser! Welcome Paul!  Paul is a registered plumber with many years of plumbing experience under this belt. He is experienced in all aspects of plumbing maintenance and is super friendly and efficient!

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27 Nov

Café Botannix Westgate

Café Botannix Westgate offers a relaxing setting to meet with family and friends.

Café Botannix is child friendly, with a dedicated play area and a new kid’s menu. Featuring some new favourites such as grilled chicken, delicious hokey pokey pancakes and spaghetti and meatballs, there’s something to impress even the pickiest eater...

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25 Nov

Oh no! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Christmas at Hobsonville Optometrists Glasses and Gifts

Once again that time of year has arrived and we are stocked up with an excellent selection of ‘different’ gifts and decorations. We have a wide range of unique items to suit every taste and budget - but everything is tasteful and delightful...

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22 Nov

Inner Wheel NZ

Inner Wheel District NZ291 held their first successful interest meeting at Hobsonville Point in October, and have planned a follow up meeting on Tuesday 19 November 7.30pm at The Headquarters, 214 Buckley Avenue, Hobsonville Point...

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20 Nov

Folk festival nears 50th milestone

Nearly 200 performers from across the world are set to help make the Auckland Folk Festival on January 25-27 the biggest and most diverse in its 47-year history...

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18 Nov

Hurt yourself? Try some peace and love

If you have hurt yourself, you will probably think of the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).  Recently there has been a new acronym suggested that better fits with current research, it is PEACE & LOVE. It helps cover the acute stage of an injury (PEACE) and also management once the initial acute phase has ended (LOVE).

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15 Nov

Just Jess Cake Co

Just Jess Cake Co is a local, home based A grade cakery that makes beautiful and delicious cakes, as well as fluffy donuts and custom stamped cookies. To add something special to your Christmas event, summer party or your wedding get in touch with Jess today....

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13 Nov

Dog and Co

Are you wanting some gorgeous portraits of your pets to put up on the wall, or is it time to update your family photos? Feel free to get in touch with Kirsty from Dog&Co. Photography to organise a photoshoot at one of the gorgeous locations that Auckland has to offer! More info on website:

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11 Nov

Pitch perfect suburban elegance

Step into the future of urban family living. Sleek, striking Wainui Cove is the perfect balance of opposites.

The four-bedroom, two living room showhome has striking street appeal with its black mono pitched pavilions offset by ivory coloured weatherboard pods...

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8 Nov

Selling a house with asbestos?

As many of you know, real estate agents are required by law to disclose any details of the property that may affect a buyer’s decision to purchase. The presence of asbestos can fall within this category, so it’s imperative you disclose to your estate agent the possibility of your home containing asbestos. Asbestos was heavily used in Muriwai from the 1950s-80s as a strong and durable building material to survive the wild West Coast.

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6 Nov

Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me

How did this hive of industry all begin?

Back in 1994 Karlene stopped working in the print/advertising industry to have their first son Graydon, she then took 10 years off to raise their three boys and develop a landscaping business, Earthbound Landscaping.  They both started Earthbound Honey in 2006 after a serious leg injury left Terry unable to continue his work in the print industry...

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4 Nov

Are you in a de facto relationship?

Do you sometimes stay the night at your girlfriend’s flat? Have you got a spare toothbrush at your boyfriend’s house?  Have you become extra cosy with your flatmate? Do you take your “friend with benefits” to visit family?

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1 Nov

A historic treasure restored in Monterey Park

Clark Cottage, a historic category one building, has officially opened at Summerset at Monterey Park, Hobsonville.

The beautiful Italianate villa was built around 1909 as a love nest for Thomas Edwin Clark and his wife Margaret by his father Rice Owen Clark II, a 1800s’ Hobsonville property owner and brickmaker...

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31 Oct

Low decile students need greater access to sport events

Health researchers are calling for low decile school students to have more access to organised sporting events following a new study showing the benefit of their participation...

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29 Oct

A clearer future for kiwi kids

It’s all smiles for Colwill School Massey principal Rob Taylor and Westgate Optometrists’ director/optometrist Ricky Lee as he hands over just over two hundred vouchers for free eye examinations and glasses for his students thanks to the Essilor Vision Foundation...

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27 Oct


Vaccinations get discussed a lot in our house.  Not only because I work within the medical field; or because we have a toddler; but because my husband and I have together collaborated on some research measuring people’s attitudes towards vaccination...

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26 Oct

A great time for new beginnings

You may like to consider joining a yoga studio. A regular yoga practice will improve your physical movement and stability, it will provide you with space to de-clutter your thoughts, and you’ll be surrounding yourself with awesome members for the local community...

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25 Oct

First stage of New Zealand’s largest retail store opens

The first stage of New Zealand’s largest retail store has opened with furniture and homewares retailer Nido launching their commercial furniture interiors division - the first of three stages before doors at the 27,000sqm site open to consumers later this year...

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22 Oct


Westbrook is your local friendly winery, just a hop skip and a jump up the road at 215 Ararimu Valley Road, Waimauku.  You are welcome to visit us and try some of our delicious wines.  Westbrook produces wonderful wines including our famous Crackling Rosé, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec and more...

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20 Oct

Education around canine body language

What it means for us and reducing the number of dog bites in NZ.

Over the past 10 years Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have recorded over 125,000 dog bites costing almost NZ$40 million. We have seen an increase from 10,764 reported bites in 2008 to 14,694 in 2017, which is an increase of over a 25%. What makes these statistics even more alarming is that, studies completed in the Netherlands have shown that under 40% of dog bites are actually reported...

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18 Oct

What matters to you?

“Scott is able to take complex and intricate building details and make them easy to understand.

He was always quick to answer any questions we had with relevant information that mattered to us...

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15 Oct


At Hydrovac, we’re experts in wastewater and septic tanks. In fact, we’re the largest privately owned wastewater treatment system service provider in New Zealand… and we’re local. We love helping our community so we want to share four good tips on how to get the best from your wastewater system by keeping it healthy and happy...

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13 Oct

Setting the traps to catch the rats that eat the birds and skinks at Hobsonville Point…

Hobsonville Point is home to a wide range of bird species, but it is also home to a large number of predators curbing the bird population.

The Hobsonville Point Pesky Pests brigade are a hardy group of ratters ranging from students at high school through to a resident of the retirement village and everything in between...

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10 Oct


This winter has seen more compliance changes for landlords than any time in history with the implementation of Minimum Standards for Insulation and the release of the Healthy Homes Bill which really comes into effect for landlords in July 2021. The other changes which have had a bit less media exposure is the RTA amendments bill #2 which lays out better clarification on 3 issues that have been troublesome for landlords in recent years, tenants liability for damage, unlawful residential premises and methamphetamine...

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8 Oct

Riverpark Action Group takes action on rubbish

On Monday 9th September a hardy bunch of Woodside Gardeners joined in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful/G J Gardner Clean-Up Week despite the threat of thunder and torrential rain...

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6 Oct

Running for good

Support Hospice Hero Lily to raise funds for her mum.

Lily Buttrick (Rachel Elizabeth) will be running the 2019 Auckland Marathon on October 20th to raise money for Hospice West Auckland; “Hospice have been so supportive of my mum and myself. I wanted to give something back to help other people who can use these services in the future.”

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3 Oct

North West Toy Library grand opening a success

On Saturday 6 July the North West Toy Library opened its doors for the first time. The grand opening was a grand success as children raced inside to play with all the toys on offer, have a turn on the bouncy castle or get their face painted...

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1 Oct

We’re better together

There is something wonderfully different about a New Shoots centre. You notice it the moment you walk in the door. From beautifully designed and sustainable buildings and toys, to the highly-trained and caring early childhood teachers, everything has been carefully chosen and mindfully presented - It’s a home away from home and a supportive community for you and your family...

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30 Sep

Reducing domestic violence

New Support Programme Set to Reduce Impact of Domestic Violence on The Trusts Team Members.

The Trusts West Auckland has become the first hospitality organisation in the country to receive the DVFREE Tick - an independent certification of their support for staff who are impacted by domestic violence...

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27 Sep

What does the Massey Community Patrol do?

It’s late Saturday evening, the skies are clear and the temperature is a chilly 8 degrees when we begin our patrol.  We have 3 people in the car tonight – one of them has never been on a late night weekend patrol – they’re in for a real treat tonight...

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25 Sep

Introducing Steph Pingyin

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Steph Pingyin, the newest edition to our growing Hobsonville Podiatry team. She is passionate about podiatry and enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Steph has a strong belief that every person is unique and therefore utilises a wide-range of treatments to help patients get back on their feet. Among these is orthotic prescription, hands on foot mobilising, acupuncture & exercise prescription...

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22 Sep

Just Jess Cake Co

Just Jess Cake Co is a local, home based and registered A grade cakery. Based in Hobsonville Point and owned by Jess Hekkens - a 24 year old caker, custom cookie and donut maker. And that’s right – it’s called Just Jess, because there’s just her (for now!)...

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20 Sep

Café Botannix is located inside of Palmers Westgate

Serving breakfast through to afternoon tea, Café Botannix offers a delicious menu featuring the finest seasonal produce and cabinets full of freshly baked treats and savoury delights made on site daily.

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18 Sep

Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust

Wow what a difference a year makes. With lots of hard work, support and dedication the team at Kids Safe with Dogs they are achieving great things.

Last year we told you the story of Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust who with their series of cartoon dogs, Jelly and friends, aim to educate children on dog safety with the goal of reducing dog bites in New Zealand...

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15 Sep

Maddren Homes strike gold again

Building award-winning homes is nothing new for Maddren Homes but they appreciate the recognition all the same, having just picked up three golds at the Registered Builders House of the Year awards...

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13 Sep

Palmers Westgate

September brings with it the busiest gardening season of the year, plus longer, warmer days which mean more time in the garden! Spring also means that birds and bees are starting to re-appear in your garden...

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11 Sep

Fly First Class - Without leaving the Hangar

The Hangar in Catalina Bay is the new collective space for collaborators and creatives with innovative co-working spaces, meeting spaces of varying sizes and a larger function space. It has an industrial vibe with a nod to its previous life as the Sunderland hangar. It is situated on the mezzanine storey of Little Creatures and is large, light and airy with a stunning view across the water...

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8 Sep

Asbestos and landlord responsibilities

Landlords must manage asbestos risks in their rental property to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) and the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Act (2016). According to these laws, landlords are considered to be a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) and are therefore responsible for identifying and managing all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) within their rental property...

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7 Sep

Headquarters Building

We are happy to confirm the reopening of the Headquarters Building and is available for hire from 2 September 2019. The building is at 214 Buckley Avenue, Hobsonville Point and was built in the art deco style in the 1930s, and used as the Royal New Zealand Air Force Headquarters...

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4 Sep

Hobsonville Choir’s captivating performance

Last Saturday night Hobsonville Choir members did something unique, - they joined together with five other ‘Everybody Sings’ choirs and performed in the Anglican Cathedral as part of the VoCo showcase of nine leading Auckland choirs.  It was a special experience with their music echoing around the huge auditorium...

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1 Sep

House of Travel Hobsonville

Would you like to win a trip to Europe? Read on.

Nothing excites House of Travel Hobsonville more than inspiring people through travel. The expertise of their experienced and award winning consultants covers all corners of the globe and all styles of travel. They cater to families, multi-generational groups, couples, small businesses and the single traveller...

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