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11th May 2015 issue



Gallipoli trip of a lifetime

Charlie and Sue Shepherd have recently returned from the trip of a lifetime.

“On November 15 2013 at 12.01pm I went on-line and entered my details for the New Zealand ballot for passes to attend the 100th Anzac Anniversary at Gallipoli in Turkey,”says Sue.
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Ed Said - A season for everything

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy autumn, mainly due to the weather – still warm enough for shorts and shirtsleeves, no more sweltering nights, maybe just pulling the duvet up a wee bit with the onset of a little chill but happy to be past the sultry nights of summer

A life dedicated to family and community

A community gathered last Thursday to farewell and celebrate the life of Marie Flavell.

Marie grew up in Auckland, the eldest daughter of Carlton and Lillian Pollard. 
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Horse play expected at anniversary

When the threat of bad weather caused the postponement of the 40th Hakaru Pony Club anniversary last September, it only served to increase enthusiasm for the event and allow organisers more time to catch up with old members and associates in the hope of making the day more memorable.
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Subsidised poplars, willows up for grabs

Landowners keen to take advantage of a local authority scheme offering subsidised poplars and willows to help better control erosion and protect water quality need to get in quickly says the Northland Regional Council.

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Did You Know

Half-way mark for MAZ, Free computer support on offer, More ‘friends’ needed, Beach clean-up this weekend, Art for arts sake, Harvest Blue goes pink, snippets and more.

Out and about in Mangawhai with Jo Roberts

Waipu Cove gets seal of approval

This unusual visitor to Waipu Cove was snapped last week by local woman Robyn Davies while on an early morning jog along the beach.

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Call for Northlanders to give generously

More than 5,900 rescue missions were undertaken by local rescue helicopters around New Zealand last year including 800 patients carried in Northland alone.

The 2015 Westpac Chopper Appeal has kicked off with a nationwide street appeal where all donations will go back to the region they’re collected from.

Community feedback process at work

The Advisory Panel is continuing to meet with key community groups and individuals as it gathers information to be included in its report to Council. The Panel extends a grateful thank-you to all of you who have taken the time to provide feedback.


Rolling Stones tribute hits sweet note

Rolling Stones tribute band Brown Sugar was created in mid-2014 by a passionate group of musos with extensive experience across various bands over many years.


Letters to the Editor

An open letter: Fire brigade bullying I want to make it clear that I am not involved with the local fire brigade or the NZ Fire Service in any way.
Save our estuary
Dear Mangawhai Community Waste Water Advisory Panel:
Speeding priorities
I received a speeding ticket from our vigilant and trustworthy police this past summer.

Warm welcome awaits at Willow Creek

A virtual lifetime in the City, including fourteen years employed in a variety of roles at Auckland University, finally ran its course last year and, having spent time in Mangawhai where her parents now live, Amanda Lyne decided Mangawhai was for her.
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New walk track skirts golf course

Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust ‘trackies’ are pleased to announce a new track for your walking pleasure.

From the distant reaches of Paul’s Track in the Mangawhai Community Park to Thelma Road North, walkers can stroll along below the golf course,
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North City Developments: Have your say on Private Plan Change, Cnr Molesworth Drive and Estuary Drive

Council approved a Land Use consent application to construct and operate a petrol station, car and boat wash-down facility and future mixed business area. The petrol station included a 550sqm service station building and a car-port canopy of 795sqm with four pump stations. The future service business area had a gross floor area of 620sqm.

Buzz in the Bay

Waipu Razza, Take a Kid Fishing Day, Lints Award for Bream Bay, Ruakaka skate park, Charity golf tournament, Radio Waves Pickle Off, Bream Bay Bridge Club, Homework help, Marsden Cove Market, Art n Tartan Wearable Art Awards and much more.

Worzels World - Its a dirty world

There are dirty tricks, and dirty deeds done dirt cheap – which may be an alliterative allusion to situations slightly soiled or perhaps an AC/DC song.

According to Nicky Hager there is dirty politics.

Trust thanks Mangawhai community

Members of the newly-formed Mangawhai Walking Weekend Charitable Trust, which now organises and administers one of Mangawhai’s biggest annual social outdoor events, is happy to heap praise on walkers and volunteers who were involved in the 2015 event in March.


Bullying under spotlight on Pink Shirt Day

On Friday May 22, schools, workplaces and communities around New Zealand will wear pink and celebrate Pink Shirt Day as a sign of their commitment to preventing bullying and embracing diversity.

Celebrations are being planned nationwide, from school-wide mufti days to parties in town centres.

Full house for community discussion of famous Maori battle

Writer and historian Roi McCabe attracted a sell-out crowd at the Annual Maungaturoto Rotary Foundation Address held at Kaiwaka recently.

Every seat was filled as locals came to hear a description and discussion of the significant battle of Te Ika-a-Ranganui that took place at Kaiwaka in 1825 – significant because so many people were killed or displaced.

Community to benefit from build

Excitement is building as Mangawhai’s new $700,000 St John ambulance station takes a more permanent shape.

The multi-functional facility will contain a training room, ambulance bay, reception area, crew dining and living quarters

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Forget flag changes says poll, RSA

Opinions have changed somewhat regarding the New Zealand flag debate if a recent NZ Herald Digipoll is anything to go by.

A year ago 40 percent of those questioned were in favour of change to some degree. This sentiment now carries only 25 percent support.


Mangawhai Bowls

In a show of strength from the Mangawhai Bowling Club, a busload of bowlers arrived at the Kamo (Whangarei) greens for the Northland Bowls Coaches Association fundraising tournament last week.


Coaching drives membership for newcomers

By popular demand (and a little arm twisting) Mangawhai womens golf re-started a Thursday muster of 9 holes in April for newcomers and seasoned members.

After kicking off last year, the third set of coaching with Terry Young has just been completed and many of the almost 50 women who have enjoyed the lessons have joined Mangawhai Golf Club and some the Thursday muster while still playing with the Tuesday 9-holers and so doing the full 18 holes.

KSA Sports Brief

Junior rugby, Badminton, Wanted, Soccer, Fitness Centre, Gymnastics, Open Mic night - 
Calling all musicians, dancers, actors and per-formers to come share your creative muse. The Kai-waka Open Mic Nights will be held at the Kaiwaka Sports Complex at 6pm on the last Sunday of each month. It is our hope that the Kaiwaka Open Mic

„Cheryl Anderson, KSA manager, 4312051, kaiwakasports@gmail.com

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