Awhitu Peninsula

Doors open at Connemara

It’s a hidden jewel on the Awhitu Peninsula and its welcoming doors are open. Connemara Country Lodge was built in 1907 for a wealthy doctor in Epsom. The 111 year old property has a big history, being used as a bordello, a home for single mothers, women’s refuge and now a refurbished home. It was moved to Pollok in 2003, […]

Westpac Helicopters W1 and W2 assist in Pollok on the weekend

On Sunday 4 March, W2 crew were tasked to Pollok on the Awhitu Peninsula (pictured) at 12.50pm to assist a boy involved in a head-on collosion where one vehicle carrying five passengers collided with another vehicle. The boy suffered multiple injuries and was flown to Starship Hospital in a serious condition. At 1.02pm W1 Whitianga crew were tasked to assist with […]

Council deem trees survivable

An Auckland Council arborist assessed the trees on the Awhitu Peninsula including Wattle Bay and Hudsons Beach on Tuesday 27 February. “Following a bout of storms last month, a number of trees on the Awhitu Peninsula suffered superficial damage and have been assessed by an Auckland Council arborist,” said Agnes McCormack, Auckland Council Head of Operational Management and Maintenance. “The […]

Ashes burial section at Kohekohe cemetery

Kohekohe Cemetery, located in the rolling hills of the Awhitu Peninsula, now has an ashes burial section. Local resident Dawn Renall has put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to make this achievable. Her husband, and retired Waiuku Fire Chief, the Late Bill Renall QSM, was the first to be interred in the section on Sunday 11 February, […]

Hudson’s Beach Norfolk Pine under threat

Wendy Jones, who owns a bach at Hudsons Beach, has great concern for the forty year old Norfolk Pine near her bach. “This recent storm has damaged the beach to the extent now it’s absolutely heart breaking”, said Wendy. “Now the Norfolk Pine that means so much to so many is under threat.” Wendy is a descendant of the Hudsons […]

Ongoing saga of Hudsons Beach after floods/storms

Inaction of council with regard to the retaining wall – Residents have been waiting a month for action. Rubbish remains with exposed nails, without the protection of the wall properties continue to be flooded and the erosion is heading towards the road. The longer the wait the more costly for clean up. If something had been done prior to this […]

Stormy weather batters Franklin

Franklin was in for another battering last week as the storms were there to wash away the heat of the summer sun. Once again, the Awhitu Peninsula took the brunt of an easterly storm, coupled with the super moon and king tides. On Thursday night, high tide was around 4.4 metres at Hudson’s Beach. Now, what was left of the […]

Students sign on

Often teens get a bad wrap, receiving criticism for being self absorbed, “grunty” and lazy. However, a number of Waiuku College students have been applying their artistic skills in support of keeping our beaches beautiful. At their annual week long camp held last month on the Awhitu Peninsula, the year 10 students led by teacher Jane Patterson, put word power […]

Police Patch 03 October 2017

Last week a specialist Police team executed a drugs search warrant with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad, at an address on the Awhitu Peninsula. A commercial style drug manufacturing lab was located along with a large quantity of manufactured drugs. Three persons are now before the courts on Supplying and Manufacturing charges. That this type of activity is […]

Beachcare for Awhitu?

Would the Awhitu Peninsula benefit from a beachcare group? This is the question being raised and the Awhitu community are encouraged to join in the conversation. Karen Opie, founder of the Port Waikato Beach Care group, is giving an illustrated talk on the successes their group has achieved. Local resident, Anna McNaughton, advises, “The Port Waikato group connected with DOC, […]


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