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10th June 2019 Issue

Striking for fairness and a future

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Ed Said - What day is this?


Big boost to school science programme

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Councillor comment 

Footpath upgrade I have previously had several reports of people tripping on uneven footpaths.
Coastal walkways open days  Following on from ‘Alamargate’
Molesworth Drive shared path Thank you for all your feedback

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Get creative at winter workshops


Home is where the art is 

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Letter to the Editor

Harbour health I add further comments re the ecological health of Mangawhai Harbour (MHRS). Since 1991 the dedicated volunteers of the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society have worked tirelessly to restore our harbour to its near original structure and ecological health.


Pink competition highlights kindness

A sea of pink greeted Kaipara’s mayor recently as he ventured into local schools to judge a dress-up competition designed to highlight a serious social issue. 

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QSM a group effort says Christine

As if attaining a award for citizenship just last year was not enough, local identity Christine Bygrave again put Mangawhai in the national spotlight being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in last week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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All aboard the book train

Inspired by the kindness seen in her new home town, a local woman’s idea to bring a different option for book lovers can now be categorised as a creative work of non-fiction thanks to some helping hands.

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Proposed bylaw changes divide dog lovers

Canine health and freedom were on top of the agenda at a recent meeting where the community could express their views on proposed new council restrictions for Mangawhai’s four-legged residents. 
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Celebrating the volunteers

National Volunteer Week is all about recognising and celebrating the amazing work by people around the country who donate their time to help their communities.


Gardening with Gael - Life above and below the soil

Winter, it appears, is finally here. June is the first of the winter months and I am relieved to hear that the temperatures in the north are dropping.  The peonies, roses and tulips and some of the deciduous trees will be happy too.


Pipe band revival on the cards

There are few things that stir the blood like the skirl of the pipes, and now a revival is on the cards in Waipu that has sadly been missing in recent times. 

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Harbour history and care passed to younger generations

Sand mining concerns, mangrove controversy and adverse effects from past environmental events were all hot topics in a presentation given to local schoolchildren recently, to educate and highlight the current health and history of Mangawhai’s harbour. 
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A matter of balance

With New Zealand’s mangroves generally regarded either as a nuisance to be uprooted or a natural vegetation to be left alone, a former NIWA principal scientist says the answer to the controversial ‘what to do with mangroves’ question essentially comes down to how people would like their estuaries to be.

Worzels World - Standing in the way of progress

It is becoming increasingly difficult not to give way to sadness. Contrary to popular opinion, and my own occasional boasts, it really isn’t much fun being right about certain things. It was over a decade ago when I had a lively discussion with a friend, which to those listening may have seemed more like a fullblown argument.

Young songwriter loves rush of performing 

One of Mangawhai’s young musical prodigies had the chance to showcase her talent to a wider audience recently, being asked to perform on a popular radio show as part of New Zealand Music Month. 
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Superb first round sets up Bonnington win

Mangawhai’s annual Tom Bonnington Cup for elite men golfers this year attracted a field of outstanding calibre with nearly half the field holding handicaps of scratch or better.

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Audit to review building consent process

People applying for future resource consents in Kaipara will be relieved to know a review of the system, which has caused frustration for applicants in the past, has been given the green light and may lead to an overhaul of the consent process. 
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