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Proudly NZ Owned A division of Local Matters Your LOCAL Community Newspaper 15 February 2012 FREE Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa Tablets taking off at college A Year 9 science class at Orewa College show the devices that are gradually taking over from pen and paper. Developers go head-to-head over golf club land rezoning Opening shots have been fired in a battle between two competing developers on the Hibiscus Coast. Millwater developer WFH Properties Beach on land currently owned by Board meeting. is unhappy about Peninsula Land Peninsula Golf Club and stated its At the heart of the matter is the fact Development’s proposal to create opposition in no uncertain terms at more than 500 residential lots in Red this month’s Hibiscus & Bays Local continued page 2 D E T WAN 100% GUARANTEED Trade-in deals on selected E FISHER & PAYKEL V I L A R refrigerators DEAD O Eddie Law As students returned to school this month, the Year 9 classes at Orewa College became pioneers – the first at the college to be required to use iPads or tablets for classes. It is a noticeable change in the classroom, with papers, pens and books nowhere to be seen. Principal Kate Shevland says the vast majority of the school’s 350 Year 9 students are equipped with their own iPads, tablets or laptops and that the school is working with around 15 Year 9 pupils who do not have a device. When the proposal to introduce iPads compulsorily was first aired with parents last July it caused alarm in some quarters, with issues raised such as cost and health. Kate says it’s early days yet, but so far the process has been a smooth continued page 2 Inside this issue Education on the Coast pages 10 to 12 Travel feature pages 13 to 16 Local business pages 20 & 21 E372BRT 8e 9 $w9 d ra T h it WE ARE LOCAL & WE CARE WHANGAPARAOA MALL. PH 424 7870 WE SPECIALISE IN APPLIANCE SERVICING 324 MAIN RD, OREWA. PH 426 4439 Visit Hibiscus Matters online at

Hibiscus Matter Issue 100, Feb 15, 2012

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