Community News

10 Dec

Christmas gig at the Rifle Range

The Wayne Taylor Band will be playing again at the Rifle Range amphitheatre in Hobsonville Point (opposite 6 Catalina Bay Drive) with a ‘Christmas Gig’ on Saturday 16 December at 5pm. This is a free community event. The band plays a nice mix of songs by The Beatles, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie and Billy Joel plus some originals.  For the Christmas gig the band will play these songs until 6pm, and then the focus will move to Christmas carols and a couple of Christmas original songs and items. Some young people and others will be involved with the Christmas music, which should finish around 6:30pm...

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6 Dec

Reduced wait times for colonoscopy and gastroscopy with Waitematā Endoscopy

With bowel cancer the second highest cause of cancer deaths in New Zealand (more than breast and prostate cancer combined), early treatment is essential, with endoscopy an integral part of early cancer detection and diagnosis. Now, West Auckland residents requiring private endoscopy services will have access to significantly reduced wait times...

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3 Dec

Christmas on the Point

Christmas on the Point is returning to Hobsonville Point on Sunday 3 Dec from midday until 2.30pm at the Rifle Range Amphitheatre. The event is being organised by Church Northwest and is being supported by Hobsonville Community Trust + many groups from the local community. There will be Christmas carols, local performances, a visit from Santa + Santa photo booth, food trucks, sausage sizzle, lawn games, and bouncy castle. The event is free, just bring money for food purchases or your own picnic and something to sit on. Please take your rubbish home with you and walk to the event if you can as parking is limited.

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1 Dec

A Journey of Passion and Purpose: The Genesis of Hobsonville Hearing

Hobsonville Hearing recently celebrated two years in business by relocating into a new, state-of-the-art clinical space located on level 1 inside the Hobson Centre at 124 Hobsonville Road. “It hasn’t been without its challenges,” says owner and audiologist Abby Johnson. The clinic was supposed to open on the 1st of September 2021, at that stage Auckland was two weeks into its longest lockdown and Abby had already finished up at her previous job. “In hindsight,” Abby says, “that extra time was a blessing in disguise. I worked full-time, 40 hours per week on marketing and building the website. I had no experience whatsoever and learned everything on YouTube and Google...

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30 Nov

Local Board Update

Saturday 7th of October marked the long-awaited opening of the Observation Green playspace in Scott Point.  The event was officially blessed by Te Kawerau ā Maki. Speeches followed and the ribbon was cut by local board members, then the fun began...

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27 Nov

Hobsonville Marina expands liveaboard community

Hobsonville Marina is laying out the welcome mat for customers living onboard boats.

Around 100 people, comprising 15% of Hobsonville Marina’s 592 vessels currently live onboard their boats. Marina manager David Hollingsworth, says that the marina which is one of the biggest in New Zealand, is well maintained, very secure and sheltered and that liveaboards contribute to the marina by providing vibrancy and a feeling of community and safety...

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24 Nov

Ask Dr Heather

A friend asked me the other day, why is sunscreen so important? With the upcoming long hot summer El Nino is expected to deliver (wahoo!), it got me thinking. Why do we bang on about sunscreen? It must seem like sunscreen companies are sponsoring us to (they aren't)....

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20 Nov

Get set for summer with Westgate Optometrists

Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Westgate Optometrists have a wide range of contemporary sunglasses with brands inclusive of Kate Sylvester, Nina Ricci, Furla, O’Neill, William Morris, Barkers and more – all can be paired with our polarised prescription lenses for single vision and progressive lens wearers. Purchase any complete pair of glasses and receive 50% off your second frame. Stop by to check out our range and have a chat to our friendly team. Opposite NorthWest Shopping Centre and the Kiwibank, just around the corner from Goode Brothers Restaurant. Phone: 09 831 0202 Website:

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17 Nov

A new chapter for Butter Baby

leek, industrial Butter Baby HQ opens its doors for takeaway in West Auckland.

Saturday 30th September 2023 - Brioche donut, Cinny bun and cookie darlings, Butter Baby are thrilled to announce the official opening of their new flagship kitchen and very first shop at Unit 70, 11 Northside Drive in Westgate, West Auckland...

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13 Nov

Importance of training your dog from the first day

What to do and what not to do.

Training your dog from the day you bring them home is crucial to help you build a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your doggo.

Early training sets the foundation for a well-behaved and happy pet, benefiting both you and your canine companion...

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9 Nov


Mortgage refinancing involves repaying your current mortgage and taking out a new loan with different terms, usually with the goal of obtaining better conditions. This can involve working with your existing lender or switching to a new one, depending on which best meets your needs...

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6 Nov


STIHL SHOP Westgate opened its doors to the public last month and to celebrate they will be holding a Grand Opening Weekend on November 11th and 12th! Head to their new store at 15 Kakano Road, Westgate for a weekend of product demonstrations, STIHL themed games and sensational opening specials across the entire STIHL range, Masport lawnmowers and Hansa Chippers.  Don’t miss chainsaws, linetrimmers, waterblasters all from just $279!

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4 Nov

Catalina Bay Farmers Market

Get ready to experience the joys of summer at Catalina Bay Farmers Market's upcoming events. As we close out 2023, we invite you to join us for two exciting family-fun events - our highly-anticipated annual Pet Day and the Twilight Market at Hobsonville Point. Take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere while indulging in the delectable treats and artisanal crafts...

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1 Nov

Mitre 10 MEGA Westgate – Ladies’ Night 2023

It’s that time of year again to get the girls together for a fabulous Ladies’ Night out at Mitre 10 MEGA Westgate.

A night of fun with plenty to take part in, we expect a large crowd on the night having received feedback from our previous events. The Ladies have told us how useful it is to learn practical DIY skills and this year we have many suppliers showcasing their products along with demonstrations and engaging activities...

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30 Oct

Many ways to volunteer for Hospice West Auckland

Volunteering is a rewarding and empowering way to make a difference to someone’s life that can help give meaning to yours. Time is one of the most precious things we can give each other. Often just having the time to make a cuppa for a patient, chat with a family/whānau member, or helping for a shift at one of our Hospice Op Shops can make all the difference to our organisation and the people we care for...

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27 Oct

Local Board Update

July and August have been busy months for the Local Board.  In July we approved spending for the next 12 months and approved ‘in principle’ amounts for Capex for the following two years.   Highlights include funding for ecology programs, remediation of storm assets, local crime prevention, an Albany plan, funding for community groups, an ethnic peoples plan and a movie in the park at Luckens Reserve.

The Hobsonville / West Harbour / Whenuapai area are planned to have many upgrades to assets over the next three years including:

- Completion and opening of Observation Green playground (opening October 2023)

- Te Kori Scott Point Stage 1a and 1b

- Whenuapai public toilets (hopefully in the playground beside the Parkhouse café)

- Fenced dog exercise areas in Whenuapai and Rosedale

- Starlight Park playground renewal

- Drinking fountains installed in selected playgrounds

Thank you to everyone who submitted and supported the local board over the Annual Budget process.  It’s a crazily busy time and there simply isn’t enough money to do everything that both we and the community would like.  Prioritisation is hard, but I feel we have achieved a good balance of projects across the board area. 

To find our more information look at our Facebook Page or sign up to our e-newsletter which contains regular updates about everything going on in Upper Harbour.  The QR code below will take you directly to the sign-up page.   Anna Atkinson, Upper Harbour Local Board Chairperson.

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23 Oct

Holistic eye care for every member of the family

Here at Westgate Optometrists we know that how we manage your vision today has a big impact on how well you’ll see the world tomorrow. The key is spotting potential eye health issues before they become major or irreversible. To achieve this our practice utilises the latest technology, such as our OCT-A machine, which allows us to see changes in the blood vessels beneath the retina and macular, a warning sign for Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration. By picking up on these problems at the earliest possible stage we can advise you on the best options to manage your condition going forward...

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20 Oct

Smart tips to slash food waste

In this second article on reducing food waste we look at more great ways to get more value from your food and significantly reduce food waste within the home.

FIFO (First In, First Out): When unpacking groceries, make sure to place newer items at the back of the pantry or fridge and move older items to the front. This practice ensures that food doesn't get forgotten and go to waste...

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16 Oct

Ever wondered if dog daycare might be good for your best friend?

Dog daycare can be a valuable option for your doggo for several important reasons:

1. Daycare provides socialisation opportunities for your dog.

Dogs are naturally social animals, and regular interaction with other dogs can improve their behaviour, reduce anxiety, and enhance their overall well-being. Socialisation at daycare can also help prevent behavioural issues stemming from fear or aggression towards other dogs...

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13 Oct

October garden to kitchen

This is a month of rapid new growth for the whole garden, so there is plenty of work to do. Spring is well underway, keep an eye on the weather, pay attention to weeding and feeding. A well-fed plant will better survive diseases, pests and drought...

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9 Oct

New proposed Property Management Bill

In the ever-evolving landscape of property management in New Zealand, a significant change is on the horizon. The government has introduced the Residential Property Management Regulation Bill, a transformative piece of legislation that promises to reshape the industry. As someone deeply involved in this dynamic field, I'm excited to explore the intricacies of this proposed bill. However, it's essential to dissect its implications and consider certain key aspects carefully...

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5 Oct

Orion Point: A jewel in the making

Metlifecare’s newest village, Orion Point, heralds a new benchmark in retirement living – one that’s grounded in exceptional design, luxury and sophistication.

The masterwork of acclaimed architects Ignite, the village is nestled on the peninsula between Hobsonville and Scott Points, and boasts sweeping coastal views, high-end accommodation and on-site amenities rivalling any five-star hotel...

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1 Oct

Fraser Dental Hobsonville

Fraser Dental in Hobsonville is more than just a dental clinic; it's a dedicated hub of dental care and community support. Nestled in the heart of Hobsonville, this full-service dental clinic is led by a team of top-flight clinicians, primarily composed of women, who bring a wealth of expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of dental procedures. What sets Fraser Dental apart is not just their commitment to delivering exceptional dental care but also their profound dedication to giving back to the community they serve...

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29 Sep

ALLOR Cosmetic Medicine

For the locals that like to stroll down the serene Waimarie Road in Whenuapai, some may have noticed a new clinic pop up at Number 72.  ALLOR Cosmetic Medicine is a boutique clinic, a labour of love for Dr. Heather Anderson, Aesthetic Doctor and Urgent Care Doctor...

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25 Sep

An eye-healthy tasty treat

Carrots are an amazing source of beta-carotene, so adding carrots to your meals regularly means that the cells of your eyes will be well guarded. Apart from using them to make delicious cakes, you can also include carrots when making salads and soups...

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21 Sep

Laser Whenuapai and Roofing Whenuapai Ltd

We had the most amazing morning with this awesome school Road Patrol Team from Marina View School. So much fun!

Marina View School welcomed us with their Road Patrol Team for hot milos, marshmallows and choccy fingers. Again, it warmed our hearts and reminded us that some of our most precious ones are these little future stars out there in those conditions helping get our families to and from school safely...

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18 Sep

Fun activities to enjoy with your furry friend

As the snow melts away and flowers begin to bloom, it's the perfect time to embrace the outdoors with your canine companion. At Pet Patch Pet Store, we believe that spring is all about bonding and creating wonderful memories with your furry friend. Here are some exciting activities to make the most of this vibrant season together...

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14 Sep

Building the dream ... or a disaster waiting to happen?

Many of us dream of building our own home, however this dream can quickly become a nightmare with escalating costs, delays, disputes with builders and a complex dispute resolution process.  There are ways to minimise the risks involved, so that the experience you have worked hard to achieve, doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth...

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11 Sep

Get funding now

There’s nothing better to unite a neighbourhood than a project or event run by the community, for the community. Unfortunately, most funders can’t support unregistered charities and that’s where we come in.

At Gift Collective, we help community groups do charitable work and receive funding without getting burdened with financial admin...

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7 Sep

Love Tennis event at West Harbour Tennis Club

Sunday 10th September from 10am to 4pm

The West Harbour Tennis Club in Picasso Drive is participating in the Annual “Love Tennis” event...

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4 Sep

Mike Pero Real Estate Hobsonville wins national awards

Kumeu/ Hobsonville Mike Pero Real Estate has been recognised at the annual Mike Pero Real Estate Nationwide Conference for representing the Best Marketing Campaign in New Zealand over 2022-2023 and also the Best Practice Franchise in New Zealand 2022-2023..

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1 Sep

New Stihl Shop to Open in Westgate

Attention all outdoor and garden enthusiasts!  A brand new STIHL SHOP is about to open its doors in Westgate, offering a wide range of outdoor power tools and accessories to help you tackle all your property maintenance needs.

Established by the award-winning team at STIHL SHOP Kumeu, the plan for their new Westgate store is simple – to provide the same high level of service and quality products, with a strong focus and commitment to supporting the local community, just like they do at Kumeu...

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1 Mar

Boston Café – Great Quality

Boston Café, 7 Northside Drive, Westgate. Located just a stone’s throw away from Mitre 10 Mega Westgate. Boston Café is the latest addition to the bustling Café scene in the area and under the meticulous and watchful eye of Antonio the quality of service, food and beverage offering is second to none...

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