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14th January 2019 Issue

Essay wins student cultural exchange

An essay about the value of sharing cultural ideals delivered a Year 12 Rodney College student an early Christmas present, winning him the chance to experience a different lifestyle in the land of the rising sun.
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Ed Said - A unique New Year

It can’t be ‘another New Year’. It’s simply a New Year, just as you cannot have ‘deja vu again’ because it is already a repeat. So it’s Happy New Year. Collectively we decide, with some freshness and optimism, what will be, what we will start anew, what we will try in stepping out of our comfort zone.

Movies showing at Pioneer Village

A trip to the movies a short drive away has now become a reality for the Mangawhai community, thanks to a local charitable organisation whose members have talent in the preservation of history. 
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Police Snippets

What silly season? Local police are applauding locals and visitors alike
Vandalism spree An investigation is underway however in regards to a vandalism spree 
One that got away A fishing torpedo has been handed in to police and has not yet been claimed. 

Summer intern programme at Northpower

A 20-week summer student intern programme to nurture home-grown university talent has been launched by Northpower Limited.
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Route protection proceeds for Warkworth to Wellsford corridor

The NZ Transport Agency is completing the work necessary for designations to be put in place for a new road alignment between Warkworth and Wellsford. The Indicative Alignment for Warkworth to Wellsford, the second section of the Ara Tuhono Puhoi to Wellsford project, is now available to view online.

Scouts invade Kaiwaka for 14th New Zealand Venture

The very last day of 2018 saw a large gathering of youth never seen before, with over a thousand 14-18 year olds from New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Switzerland descending on Kaiwaka seeking adventure, challenges and some fun.
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Council adopts two changes to District Plan

Council adopted two changes to the District Plan, which is the primary document that manages land use development and subdivision in Kaipara, at its meeting on November 29 2018.

General Manager Regulatory, Planning and Policy, Fran Mikulicic, said one of the changes, Plan Change 4, has come about following compromise and collaboration with Council staff, interested community parties and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.


Landowners advised to keep trees away from power lines

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is urging Northland residents to keep trees away from their powerlines and service lines. Northland deputy principal rural fire officer Rory Renwick said crews responded to two fires near Russell, in the Bay of Islands, over the weekend relating to a tree contacting overhead powerlines on private property.

Gardening with Gael - Fruit diversity key to a good orchard

My granddaughters and I were driving up Waiteitei Road on the way home from a day out of the sun, and into the movies when we remembered someone saying that they had heard that the Peach Patch was going to reopen this year. 
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Walking Weekend bookings open with a rush

The booking site for the 20th Annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend has opened this month with a rush of people keen to lock in their favourite walk. Organisers are receiving great feedback from participants.


Thousands flock to annual gala

Under a big blue sky, carnival fun rides, tasty cuisine and a vast range of colourful art and craft greeted eager crowds at the recent 2019 Mangawhai Domain Society (MDS) annual festival gala, held on January 2.
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Council urges fish and shell dumpers to think of other people

People misusing Northland’s precious coastal areas as a dumping ground for unwanted fish frames and shells are being urged to show a bit more courtesy towards others.
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DIY cedar maintenance: How hard can it be?

Cedar clad homes are relatively common around Bream Bay, especially on the coast. They have a beautiful look and blend in with the environment like nothing else. The challenge for cedar homeowners, although they may not realise it, is that the sun dries out the cladding, which can quickly lead to damage.

Summer therapy for you

Loving this summer weather, and with the intense rays I hope you’re all taking care of your skin. Protection is the key. Make sure your sunscreen has been well tested. Know what you are purchasing. It needs to be a broad sunscreen protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
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Healthy habits for 2019

Get more sleep. This precious essential to our wellbeing is totally underrated. Studies indicate lack of it leads to serious health issues; disruptions to blood sugar levels, anxiety and depression, lowered fertility, increasing likelihood of strokes and heart attacks, poor immunity.
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Worzels World - Time and clichés

Sayings become clichés because in spite of frequent use they have stood the test of time. They are usually frequently used because people recognise them as being at least partly true. ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ is one such cliché This is as good a reason as I can think of for being miserable. Yet even under difficult and trying circumstances time still moves at an alarming rate. 

Tournaments draw big crowds

As visitor numbers swell across the Mangawhai area so do the number of rounds played at the highly-regarded Mangawhai Golf Club. “Already this year we’ve seen a noticeable increase in playing numbers,” states Golf Shop manager Kathy James. 
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Club bowled over by big day

On Mangawhai bowling’s big summer fun day run between Christmas and New Year, the only colour hard to find was the traditional white as holidaymakers turn up in a plethora of colours and outfits befitting a summer family activity. 
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Busy start for MangaRide

New local transport service MangaRide got off to a very busy start this summer – its clearance to operate coming just three days before busy New Year’s Eve. Based in the village, MangaRide can at relatively short notice carry up to six people per trip.
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Be part of gallery fundraising effort

Mangawhai Artists Inc (MAI) is planning to extend the much loved Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Artist members and local people want to build a workspace to meet the demand of the expanding creativity and art in Mangawhai.
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Making waves with Aotearoa Surf

We have been blessed with an amazing swell every day from Christmas until now providing fantastic surfing for all levels and Te Arai performing well with great banks, says Aotearoa Surf guru Che Burnett.

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Inspiring Christmas spirit in song

WORDS & PHOTOS BY JULIA WADE Brimming with festive harmonies and spirit, a recent Christmas concert showcased a myriad of Kaipara’s musical talent enjoyed by many who came together to celebrate the season through song. 

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Festive parade sparkles and delights

Christmas magic exploded into Mangawhai recently in a long, colourful parade of festive song, glittering tinsel, joyful cheers and of course the star of the show, Santa Claus.

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