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12th June 2017

Deserved awards for local firefighters

Maurie Doughty was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the New Zealand Fire service in the 2017 New Year Honours and was recently presented with the award by the Governor General Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.


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Ed Said - Speculate to accumulate


Artists connect with nature

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Mayors Message


Work begins on SH1 major site access point

Work has begun on one of the main access points for construction traffic working on the Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.

The site access point, known as SAP4, will allow construction vehicles to enter and exit the project site from State Highway 1 (SH1) just south of Perry Road, approximately 7km south of Warkworth.

Digging deep for dune health

An eager team of 27 volunteers answered Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society’s call recently, braving the erratic autumn weather to help bed thousands of vital plants amongst the dunes of the Distal Spit.


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Regal run for school

A royal gathering of a different kind took place in Mangawhai on the morning of the Queen’s Birthday, as keen contenders assembled for Rodney College’s ‘Come As Your Favourite Royal’ Fun Run fundraiser.


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Awarding future success

A local second-year nursing student, and mother of two, has received a welcoming financial boost to help her achieve her career goals.


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Boat capsizes: Dramatic after-hours rescue


An 8-metre boat carrying four passengers flipped while crossing the Mangawhai Harbour entrance on May 28.


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Police Snippets

Party loses control
Police want to warn future party planners about the dangers of posting invites via social Media.
Golf clubs stolen
An expensive set of golf clubs was stolen from a vehicle parked at The Hub on the night of June 2nd.

Great surf and memorable final at local comp

Queens Birthday Weekend 2017 saw over 40 surfers from Great Barrier Island and Mangawhai Heads compete in the Annual Mangawhai Board Riders (MBR) vs Aotea Boardriders Club (ABC) contest.

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Community prove good friends of fire brigade

A new fire station to house Mangawhai’s volunteer fire service has taken a step closer to becoming a reality after a monster garage sale on Queens Birthday, June 5, proved to be a runaway success.


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Why have a massage?

If you have never had a massage before you are missing out! There's no denying the power of massage and the many health benefits associated with it.

Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it – pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic – or the reasons we seek it out such as a luxurious treat, stress relief or pain management, massage therapy should become a part of your wellness lifestyle

Letters to the Editor

Governance system needed - Recent events in the Mangawhai Village and Hakaru RSA
Look before you leap - Doctor Lance O’Sullivan has until recently been a role model
Early Shipwreck History - Liz Clark needs to do more serious research
Climate change not considered? - As a Ruakaka resident I presume I am right in thinking
In response -Dear B Jones (re LTTE, Mangawhai Focus, May 29):

Environmental watchdog fights back

Members of SAVE Te Arai (STA) have struck back at recent criticism regarding the community and environmental organisation’s stand on the controversial Tara Iti development.

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Mongol madness for Mangawhai couple

Navigating through foreign backroads across 12,000 miles of unknown, rough terrain in an ultra-cheap ‘dunga’ of a car with no set route or knowledge of any foreign languages may not be everyone’s idea of fundraising for a worthy cause, but for two intrepid Mangawhai locals it was ‘the only way to do it!’

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Museum to preserve horse history

Ruakaka-based Northland Equestrian have run horse programs for several government and mental health agencies over the last few years including Emerge Aotearoa (formally Recovery Solutions) and Child, Youth & Family.


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Guest Opinion - Kaipara development at important crossroad

The Kaipara District Council has advertised a position that is described as ‘development engineer’ in our rapidly growing and changing District. This job needs to encourage the team to think in global dimensions in order to find affordable sustainable local solutions.


Waste not for the future

Bags of rubbish including plastic bottles, an old jumper, tin cans and a disposable nappy were all found in Mangawhai Beach School classrooms recently, being used as educational tools.


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Worzels World - Throw away your telly

Contrary to the lyrical assertion of Simon and Garfunkel in the early 1970’s the words of the prophets are not written on the subway walls and tenement halls. Nor are they whispered in the sounds of silence.


Hot second round takes Meenhorst to cup win

Long recognised as one of the North Island’s most prestigious amateur events, the Tom Bonnington Cup tournament attracted an outstanding field to Mangawhai Golf Club on the weekend of May 27 and 28.


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Rodney College Golf Team

The Rodney College golf team of Aaron Allot, Tarin Rous and Jack Oldfield has recently won the Northland section of the national secondary school golf qualifier tournament held at Whangarei Golf Club, where the three best gross scores count.
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