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10th August 2015 Issue

Changing tide at Sail Rock

​After 13 years it’s time for a change says Margaret Fish, owner of iconic Mangawhai eatery Sail Rock Cafe & Restaurant.

Currently taking her annual winter break, Margaret has listed the popular eatery for tender with Bayleys Real Estate.

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Register your dog online

The Kaipara District Council and Reg the Dog have joined together to offer dog owners the ability to renew their dog registration or register a new dog online.

All those with dogs registered with the Council should have received letters over the last few weeks that tell them how to register or renew their dog(s) online.

Council welcomes Mangawhai Wastewater report

At a Council meeting in Mangawhai on July 28, Kaipara commissioners received the final report from the Mangawhai Community Waste Water Scheme (MCWWS) advisory panel following its work reviewing the scheme over the past six months.

Panel members highlighted their key findings:

Ed Said - Are we playing chicken

Birds other than Kiwi have featured in the news lately with Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau caught boarding a plane in Invercargill with five Kereru tucked up his jumper.Had they been in his hand luguage its doubtful anyone would have known. 


Moving ceremony for special gift

Monday July 20 signified a special occasion for Otamatea High School. Not only was it the commencement of term three but the school held a blessing ceremony to receive a special taonga which had been gifted to the school.

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Exciting new calling for minister

The Anglican Church is doing something a little non-traditional in the Mangawhai and Wellsford area: sharing a minister.

Reverend Wayne Thornton was recently installed as priest-in-charge of the two separate mission districts and will be dividing his time between them.
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Call for emergency services fund

The Anglican Church is doing something a little non-traditional in the Mangawhai and Wellsford area: sharing a minister.

Reverend Wayne Thornton was recently installed as priest-in-charge of the two separate mission districts and will be dividing his time between them – Tuesdays and Wednesdays he will be in Mangawhai; Thursdays and Fridays he will be in Wellsford; and he will take services on alternate Sundays.


Did You Know.....

Mangawhai gets national exposure, Zonta offers extra placing, Plant thief strikes museum garden, Group to document local history, Final fundraiser for Dorothy, Booking essential for taste of France, snippets and more!

Out and about News and views with Jo Roberts 

Community planting day needs volunteers this Saturday

Are you available to help with planting out at the Heads this Saturday, August 15, 10am until noon? The Northland Regional Council (NRC), Kaipara District Council (KDC) and the community are working together on a restoration plan for the Mangawhai Heads sand dunes
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MRRA has lost its way

Early this year, Commissioners invited six members of the Mangawhai community to give their time to review the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme. We wanted them to review its fitness for purpose. We wanted them to review the capacity of its two key parts – the processing plant in Mangawhai and the Brown Road farm where treated liquids are disposed of. 

Waipu kids need help for activity area

A group of forward-thinking parents in Waipu have been trying to establish a recreation and entertainment facility for local kids for many years.

In 1987 there was a proposal put to Council citing Waihoihoi Park as a suitable venue.


What is the key to a happy family life

Jehovah’s Witnesses will discuss the keys to family happiness in their forthcoming series of 79 “Imitate Jesus” conventions held throughout Australasia during 2015, presented in 13 languages. 


Final fling for Dorothy

Dorothy Freeman who has coordinated the local Daffodil Day fundraiser for the last 11 years has decided that it is time for someone new, with new ideas, to take over.


Dry sense of humour was legendary


Family, friends and colleagues recently joined together to celebrate the life of Mangawhai resident, Colin Bennett, who passed away on July 23, aged 77.

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Worzels World - Its a taxing time

It is said that death and taxes are life’s only certainties, and personally I’m not entirely convinced about death. But if ever you are tempted to believe that the government doesn't care about you. Stop paying tax and you will find they care a great deal.


Business Scholarships for Northpower

Northpower Limited has secured its third prime ministerial scholarship.

Josie Boyd, Northpower’s general counsel, will be among 12 senior executives and business owners to attend one of the world’s most prestigious business schools after receiving a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship.
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MRRA Court action to continue

Mangawhai ratepayers are taking their rates concerns back to the High Court for a second judicial review, this time adding the Northland Regional Council into the mix.

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) are responsible for the wellbeing of waterways throughout much of the north and the Kaipara, as well as environmental management and pest control.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t block innovations
Dear Mangawhai Waste Water Advisory Panel: The conclusion in your final report is that 100 percent mandatory connection to the Scheme is the best!

We are living in a free country and the benefit of free trade is that competition brings good quality for good prices. Mandatories need good reason. Monopolies limit innovations and progress......

Mangawhai Probus Club

Te Hana Marae hosts mid-winter Christmas - Probus members celebrated a Mid Winter Christmas party at Te Hana Marae.
Operatunity concert details - Mangawhai Probus is again bringing an Operatunity Concert to town entitled I’m In Love With Vienna
Next meeting - Mangawhai Probus meet every third Thursday in the month at the Senior Citizens Hall

Kaiwaka Clinic to keep you moving

It’s a long way between Queenstown and Kaiwaka but massage therapist Jodie Hillock has made the transition over several years and, in the end, to the benefit of Kaiwaka.

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Rave reviews for tartan art

Complements are flowing in to the Waipu Museum Art ‘N Tartan organising committee after the highly successful 2015 event held last month.

Held in the brand new Celtic Barn, director Helen Frances again produced an exciting and moving show.

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Big turnout for games night

A near capacity crowd filled the Mangawhai Golf Club on July 23 for the Mangawhai Zonta Club’s hugely successful Trivial Pursuit night. A total of $6,125 was raised during the event, and this means Zonta is able to offer two Spirit of Adventure Scholarship opportunities this year. 
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Higher honours for rugby boys

In this big year of World Cup rugby, several local boys are shining bright within their grades. Two boys from Rodney College – Kingi Herewini (pictured) and Chase Houghton – have made the Northland U15 Rugby team. 

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Kaiwaka Sports Association Briefs

Fast Five Netball - Who's keen to give Fast Five netball a go?
Rugby - The Hawks prizegiving will be combined with the IMB prizegiving 
Gymnastics - Stephanie Brown will step down as president of our gymnastics club at the end of the year.
Youth Night - Have you heard that there is now a Fitness and Fun evening for children on Friday evenings?

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