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Business Whangaparaoa - Our History

In the beginning ...

Servicing our Hibiscus Coast community, Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade, attended a number of “town centre” meet ups held across our local business districts in Whangaparaoa in 2023 to give advice and tips for business owners and community on fire, flood and general safety.

In order to assist and support all our local businesses we have collated all their tips and comments and provided information about the Brigade and services in our region and these tips  below –

The Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade has been operational for approximately 60 years. There are currently about 30 members of the brigade with approx. 16 being operational members. All members are volunteers.

The Brigade averages approx. 380 call outs pa with a high percentage of these being medical. Neighbouring Silverdale Brigade averages approx. 1,200 callouts pa and have a fulltime crew of 4 career firefighters on duty 9-5pm Monday to Fridays. Silverdale is the busiest fire brigade in New Zealand.  

It is worth noting Whangaparaoa Peninsula often gets storms worse than a lot of other parts of Auckland due to being an open and exposed Peninsula.

Tips and Advice

  • There is a lot of activity at night along the Peninsula, eg rubbish fires.
  • Make sure your alarms are up to date and if you have an outdoor alarm panel make sure access to this is clear for access by the brigade if needed
  • Make sure you tag your machinery. Very important for safety and to avoid fire risks.
  • You should make sure you have identified the risks in your business and have put in place preventative maintenance
  • Keep your gutters clean. A simple request  but one which can avoid problems.
  • You should always hope for the best but plan for the worst in your business
  • If you would like advice on risks in your business you are welcome to contact either the Manly Fire Brigade directly or the national centre and someone will be able to come out and help you.
  • You can help the fire teams by just being smarter in what you do in your business
  • Any issues always call 111 – not the Manly station which is not always manned
  • When there’s a storm don’t call 111 for more minor things such as a power line down, etc please leave calls for more life threatening emergencies.
  • When you know a storm is coming take action around your home and business yourself such as tying down or moving outdoor furniture, make sure your gutters are clear and it’s clear around storm water drains. If flooding starts often you can dig your own trenches to divert water. The fire brigade can do this but probably have more urgent events to attend.
  • Shops, if you know you could be flood prone be ready with sandbags to block entrances.
  • Always make sure your exits remain clear for emergencies
  • Don’t leave boxes or pallets outside. Kids love to come along at night and light fires.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure it is swept regularly.
  • We do have an ambulance based in Karepiro Drive but it can be busy and can sometimes take up to 1-2 hours to arrive. If a situation is not life-threatening, please consider self-driving to the closest A&E
  • If a medical is life-threatening, eg cardiac the ambulance will be diverted to the situation asap
  • There are many defibrillators located around the Peninsula – know where your closest 1-2 are and if they are accessible 24/7.
  • When you see the lights flashing at the fire station, please stop to let the fire truck out
  • If a fire truck comes up behind you, please don't pull over opposite a middle of the road round about
  • Make sure you always have working smoke alarms both in your house and your business - And check them
  • If you get caught in her fire remember you have three minutes to dead
  • Remember the meta heater rule - If you do ever hang washing in front of a heater, make sure it is a minimum of one meter away
  • Never put a flammable material next to a log burner
  • If you are in a business premises bear in mind, any customer needs to be able to run to any door with an exit sign above it and should be able to open it when the premises is open to the public.
  • There are sometimes spates of arson so be aware
  • If you can, lock your rubbish bin lids
  • Pull your rubbish bins away from the building a little – if they then are subsequently set on fire hopefully they will fizzle out without further damage
  • There are currently grants available for fog cannons if any business is interested

The Fire Brigade are always on the lookout for volunteers particularly during the day. If you are able to turn up during the day and want to help please contact them. Call outs do not take up a lot of time and you can be part of a great team.

O Mahurangi – Penlink will form a vital transport link in north Auckland as more people live and work in Silverdale, Whangaparāoa and the Hibiscus Coast. The new two-lane road and shared walking and cycling path will provide improved travel times between Whangaparāoa and wider Auckland.

View the latest updates below and for previous updates refer below.

O Mahurangi - Penlink Latest News - 31 August 2023

Find out more about the project at the following links -

Visual Updates - Tolling - Tolling Pricing Tables - Frequently Asked Questions - Publications

View a flythrough of the Penlink route

Past Newsletters

Calling Whangaparaoa business owners - View the plans and have your say on Penlink tolling with Waka Kotahi

Date: Thursday 3 February
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Online Microsoft Teams Meeting

Cost: Free

Microsoft Teams meeting details -

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Have your say ...

Business Whangaparaoa would like to invite all Whangaparaoa business owners for a presentation on the proposed tolling of Penlink and to have your say.

Following the Government’s confirmation of Penlink as a proposed toll, two-lane road with a shared path for people walking and on bikes, Waka Kotahi has evaluated Penlink’s suitability as a toll road. Findings from the tolling assessment show that tolling Penlink would provide for safe and reliable journeys and reduce travel times with fewer carbon emissions.

Government funding for the Penlink project has been provided for the planning and construction of the project only, so the ongoing costs of maintaining and operating the road need to be found from other funding sources to ensure the road remains safe and resilient.

Tolling revenue from Penlink could be used to pay for maintenance and operations costs rather than seeking funding from the National Land Transport Fund, which is under increasing pressure.

The decision to seek consultation on tolling Penlink follows approval from the Minister of Transport on our proposal to consult with the public and Waka Kotahi Board approval on the tolling assessment.

Based on feedback from public consultation and technical tolling reports, the Government will make a decision on tolling Penlink. The decision making process for tolling Penlink may take more than a year. If the Government approves tolling Penlink, the tolling scheme would be in place when the road is open in 2026. 

Public consultation on tolling will be underway between Monday 17 January and Sunday 13 February 2022. More information on a proposed tolling scheme will soon be available on

Penlink route

Register today ...

Penlink tolling registration form (#17)

Join Business Whangaparaoa as we start to our 2022 network event series

Date: Thursday 7 April
Time: 7.00 am to 8.30 am
Venue: Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Ngapara Street, Red Beach

Cost: Members: $21.85 / Non-Members: $34.50 (inc GST) includes breakfast

Logic Explains, but Emotions Talk – Getting your 2022 business plan to stick!

There are only two reasons why we do what we do. Either it is because we have developed a habit and we repeat our behaviours almost unconsciously, or secondly, because there is a reward that we expect which we value more than the effort we put into the activity that leads to this reward.

So, when you create a New Year’s resolution or a yearly plan for your business, is this done mostly in the first or second scenario explained above?

Your business plans will seldom stick if they require you to dig deep and for you to verbalize 10 times ‘this year I will be sticking to the plan!

There is another way that will double your chances of sticking to your plan, we will explore this.

A huge thank you to our sponsors -

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board
G J Gardner logo

Register today ...

Sean Foster registration form (#16)

Join Business Whangaparaoa for drinks and nibbles

Date: Wednesday 15 December
Time: 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm (come along anytime)
Venue: Paraoa Brewing Co, 719 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay

Join Business Whangaparaoa for an early evening drink and nibbles to thank our members for their support over 2021 and also to celebrate Christmas and the summer holidays!!

Member special priced drinks and free nibble s for everyone.

Please advise attendance if possible to Sarah at

Business Whangaparaoa Christmas drinks 2021

Business Whangaparaoa Inc

Annual General Meeting Notice

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of

Business Whangaparaoa Incorporated

On Friday 10 December 2021 at 7.30 am

Online via Google Meet

Please advise your attendance to Sarah on by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021

If you would like to stand for our Executive Committee, or nominate a business owner, please complete the form below

Attached documentation below - 2021 Agenda Notice and Nomination Form | Minutes of the 2020 AGM on 4/12/20 | 2020-21 Approval Financials | Treasurer's Report | 2021-22 Indicative Budget | Chair Report

Date: Thursday 14 October
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.15 pm
Venue: Google Meet

​Cost: Free

We'd love Red Beach Business Owners to join us by Google Meet (we'll send you an invite by email) for an opportunity to get to know your neighbour businesses, hear from our Whangaparaoa Community Constable with updates on local crime and business security tips and tell us what you want to see locally to help you in business from Business Whangaparaoa.

Tell your Red Beach neighbours they are welcome to join us for an informal catch up with other local businesses to share recent triumphs and frustrations and see how we can work together.

If you can't join us but would love to have your say please email Sarah on

Meeting details -

Red Beach Businesses Meet Up
Thursday, October 14 · 4:30 – 5:15pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(NZ) +64 9-886 4066‬ PIN: ‪189 400 328‬#
More phone numbers:

Date: Wednesday 29 September
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue: Zoom

Organiser: Silverdale Business

​Cost: Free

How to value your business and plan for the future with Lester de Vere, Business Broker, ABC Business Sales


Dates: Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 August
Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Photo Carnival, 48A Scott Road, Stanmore Bay

Contact: 021-190-8580 or

​Cost: $40.00 for members, $60.00 for non-members

Due to demand from those unable to attend during the times of our recent profile shoot event we are extending this to suit times better for those on less flexible timetables.

Contact David and Danni direct at Photo Carnival and sort a time to suit you. Session takes 10-15 mins max and you will get 3 x professional photos ready for web or print.

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