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13th June 2016 Issue


Tsunami drill for students

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Game, set and two new courts

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Ed Said - Railing against transport

Northland roads have been prominent in the news lately with multiple deaths due to logging truck accidents. Some have occurred on sub-standard roads through the Otaika Valley, the trucks carting from Mangakahia forest. 


Rockquest win a long time coming

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Matariki: Seven Sisters in the sky

NRC Candidate

To the residents of Mangawhai:

My name is Rick Stolwerk. I have lived at Langs Beach since 1993 and I have decided to stand for the Northland Regional Council – Coastal South constituency – at the upcoming October election.
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King of the castles

Guest speaker at the Mangawhai Probus Club May meeting, Chris Hogan, emigrated to New Zealand in 2005 after a 25 year career in the UK Crown Court, and then working for the National Trust.

Chris started volunteering for the National Trust at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, the birthplace of Isaac Newton.

Libby Jones: Making time to volunteer – and thank volunteers

Next week June 19-25 is National Volunteer Week. The theme this year is ‘Make Time’ and ‘Thanks For Making Time’. It is both a call to action and an appreciation of those who make such a significant voluntary contribution to our communities.
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Final RBI site gives rural broadband boost

The final cell site in the nationwide Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) has been switched on in Waipu, marking a major milestone for better rural connectivity.
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Winter a time to plan and prepare

It's cold in Southland just now. Not biting-wind, or miserably wet-cold, it's crispy-frost cold and beautiful with it. There's a mere sliver of a new moon in the night sky and stars further than the eye can see. Mornings are snap-crackle bracing and the lawn, if you have one, is a white sheet of frost.

Police Snippets

Gang arrest, lost items, GAS ram raid, Check visitors genuine, Stolen car arrest


Worzels World - A Winter of Content?

I have a home that I enjoy where I can live the way I choose in the manner I prefer. There are very few who would choose what I have chosen but they are free to do it their way at their place. Surely this is a major reason for home ownership.

Time at home is the reward I give myself for work done elsewhere. When I have a holiday, I go home.

Award acknowledges hard work

Three former Otamatea High School students were presented awards at the recent Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards held at St Kentigern Boys’ School, Auckland.

Tayla Perkinson, Michelle Schimanski, and Michael Parker all received a prestigious Gold Award.

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Letters to the Editor

Equal access at Te Arai - I’ve lived near Mangawhai for over a decade, have been a regular user of the beach.
Unfair reporting? - Was it really necessary to present such a damning report on a Mangawhai citizen.
Goodbye Mangawhai Harbour
Roy Vaughan’s summary of mangrove facts fails to educate people to the ‘home truths’ 

Treewi or Dogwood?

The two gum trees that have graced the section of the Waipu Vet Centre have been there forever and have earned the attention of many a local dog. Looking to modernise the area, staff decided it was time for the trees to go.
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Change of direction for Te Arai parking

In a show of just what people-power can achieve, the proposal to relocate Te Arai carpark has done a three point turn.

Te Arai North Ltd, the joint venture developing group between Te Uri o Hau and NZ Land Fund, have decided to leave the original carpark alone.

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House project scoops award

Bossley Architects were honoured with a Housing Award for their Lang Cove House project on April 28 at the 2016 Auckland Architecture Awards.


Promising youth are Outward Bound

A mid-winter adventure has just taken a step closer to reality for the two recipients of Mangawhai Club’s 2016 Outward Bound scholarships.


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Water testing for Mangawhai Harbour

The health and sustainability of the Mangawhai Harbour is the focus of a new water testing programme that is about to get underway in Mangawhai Harbour.

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Museum completes first full financial year

In welcoming the gathering to the recent Mangawhai Museum Annual General Meeting, chairperson Christine Bygrave produced an in-depth report on the first full year of operation.

As such, and being a new entity, the combination of the museum, Jessie’s Cafe and the gift shop proved challenging with no past history to build from.

Training Environmental Warriors

A team of 30 Year 3-6 Mangawhai Beach School environmental warriors – organised by Ashlee Radovan and Rebecca Low – escaped the classroom and spent a day under the guidance of Lynne Prictor planting over 1000 spinifex grasses on the dunes near the surf beach.
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Dream role for Mangawhai songstress

Joining Otamatea Repertory Theatre in 2011, Mangawhai’s Kathy Bygrave has appeared in many shows, but is now preparing herself for ‘the dream role of a lifetime’.
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Weather tests elite golfers

From a torrential downpour to start proceedings, to brilliant sunshine, the Tom Bonnington Cup and Mangawhai Invitational saw it all.

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Running Queens raise College funds

Mangawhai’s pavements were besieged with a variety of Queens on the official royal birthday weekend. Balancing tiaras and crowns, 120 walkers and runners participated in a 5km fun run fundraiser for a local school.
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