Staying Alive

Adam Johnston is Aotea’s full time, volunteer paramedic. Changes in our 24/7 services may be afoot and he tells us why Fifteen-years-ago, Adam Johnston was called to Aotea Great Barrier. When holidaying one calm winter day at his beach house … Read More

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The Garden in April

Autumn is a busy time in the garden although it never has quite the excitement that spring gardening has! Most of the summer crops will be over, but some will linger on into winter Peppers and chillis can go right … Read More

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Faecal Matters

Septic System Servicing and Maintenance Requirements on Aotea If you’re a property owner on Aotea Great Barrier Island, you likely received a letter from Auckland Council about the ‘new’ septic servicing compliance rules. Auckland Council now require wastewater systems to … Read More

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Birds and Dogs Don’t Mix

Something I hear often is “my dog is great with chickens.” That must mean it completely ignores them, because that what bird aversion teaches. If not, you need to take your dog back for more bird aversion training because it … Read More

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Barrier Brew For Sale

Great Barrier Island Brewing Company, the brainchild of local icons Mike Brown and Erica Archibald, is on the market The business, known for its bespoke beer and kombucha served at My Fat Puku café and the Social Club, represents a … Read More

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Aotea Schools Make a Splash

Swim sports event report from Mulberry Grove School Principal Ally Gibbs It was a bit of a grey day  in Tryphena and very high tide as the schools assembled for our annual swimming sports. Our pool is the beach at Mulberry … Read More

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