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11th February 2019

Surf’s up for New Year

Lazy summer days, big blue skies and a scorching heat wave made beaches the most preferred place to be over the recent holidays, the bonus of having the trained, watchful eyes of lifeguards adding a welcome safety element to having fun in the sun and surf.
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Ed Said - Getting show on the road

Just when it appeared that Kaipara was again going to be the Cinderella on the list of recipients, the Governmental visit last week to the Otamatea Marae brought with it the allocation of a $27 million infrastructure investment package from the PGF (Provincial Growth Fund). 

Government sees bright future for Kaipara District

Te Uri o Hau ancestral marae, Otamatea, played host to Government ministers, local politicians and invited guests on February 3. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced the Provincial Growth Fund is investing $20.39 million in Kaipara 
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Personnel boost for emergency services

Residents in east Kaipara in need of St John assistance will soon receive twice the care due to a significant boost in ambulance staff receiving remuneration.

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Info evening to answer Art n Tartan questions

Want to know more about the Waipu Museum Art n Tartan contest and show? Do you fancy entering but haven’t had the courage? Or maybe you would like to be a helper backstage or in the dressing room?


Local RSA in good health despite report
says president

A war veterans long-standing support organisation has recently been advised that to ensure survival they have to become more attractive to younger members.

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Ticket sales brisk, don’t be disappointed

Bookings for the March Mangawhai Walking Weekend are more than 17 per cent ahead of last year. Several walks we featured previously in the Focus are sold out, including Art ’n Garden Walk, Bald Rock and Kauri Bush Walk, and Botanical Walk.

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Outgoing CEO to maintain links with Northland

Northland Inc chief executive officer David Wilson has resigned after more than five years at the helm of the regional economic development agency. The 59-year-old is relocating back to Auckland to join his family.
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Dry weather predicted to continue in February

Ongoing hot, dry summer weather has been great for Northland’s holidaymakers and tourism sector, but with no significant rain on the horizon the increasingly parched conditions have prompted a local authority warning to conserve water. 


Gardening with Gael - Eggplant always an eyecatcher

My friend Adrienne swept down from the north last week bearing gifts from her garden. Among the array of fruit and vegetables were two plump shiny aubergines or eggplants. 

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Call to tackle wilding conifer spread in Northland

The increasing impact wilding conifers are having on Northland’s coastal margins, dune lakes and rare gumland ecosystems has prompted the Northland Regional Council (NRC) to drive the push – with assistance from Landcare Research – to fully assess the extent and impact wilding conifers are having on the North.
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Strong ties to Mangawhai for new dentist

As long as any of our family can remember Ellen (aka Dossie) has wanted to be a dentist. Even when, at the age of ten, to correct her teeth she wore a night brace with head gear in the style of Lisa Simpson of ‘The Simpsons.’
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Teaching the brain to control pain

Hi, my name is Banoo Matin, a naturopath and medical herbalist specialising in ozone therapy as well as SCENAR. I work in Auckland and at Waipu Natural Health, where I have completed over 3000 hours of internship and training in ozone therapy and SCENAR with Dr Wayne McCarthy ND.
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Letters to the Editor

Cames Road danger Do people realise that should the Insley Road Bridge close, the only way into Mangawhai, apart from through Kaiwaka, will be Cames Road?
Selfish killing shellfish How is it that these few (pictured) think they have an inherent right to drive their heavy vehicles across shellfish breeding grounds, potentially crushing millions of juvenile shell fish, then to pillage what is left of the mature population.

Marsden Cove exhibition sees big visitor numbers

Combined Art Exhibition brought many extra visitors to Marsden Cove over Anniversary weekend. The exhibition, sales and demonstrations took place in the large marquee supplied by Hopper Development at Marsden Cove.
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Worzels World - An impending threat

Once upon a time I was a logical and reasoned person. I have repented and become a dreamer instead. I prefer it. In an earlier age I was a radio technician. I have a couple of certificates that attest to this. Took five years of study, with some fairly heavy duty maths and some pretty interesting practical work, but with the usual big organisation constraints.

Nothing like sailing the Snake Bank Regatta

The Snake Bank Regatta, run annually by the Marsden Yacht & Boat Club, is a no holds barred race for any person of any age with any craft powered by a paddle or hand, entirely man or wind powered.
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New rescue helicopters to meet demand

The launch of Northland Rescue Helicopters’ (NRH) two new choppers in March comes at a time when the service is in demand more than ever with 2018 the busiest year on record.
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Help and support for troubling hormones

For local women struggling with the unremitting effects of turbulent and fluctuating hormones, a coming seminar on alternative, natural treatments which prove to markedly reduce these symptoms might be just what the doctor ordered. ‘An Evening of Special Interest to Women’, held at Headz for Hair salon, Mangawhai Heads on February 27, is being brought to the community by ‘Patient Advocate for Natural Hormone Therapy’

Award-winning musician to perform in Kaiwaka

Award-winning guitarist and composer Dave Flynn brings audiences on a fantastical musical voyage across the globe. Performing at the Absurdistan Hall, Kaiwaka, Flynn will take the audience ‘Around the world in 80 minutes’. 
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