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17th October 2016 Issue

Mangawhai’s past in the future

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Kaipara moving forward

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Ed Said - The task continues



Captain John leaves mark on harbour

Your Questions Answered - Its thank you and goodbye

Five new faces for NRC

Every rose has its thorn


Grey’s green petition heads to parliament

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Chopper saves precious time

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Worzels World - The camera never lies


Reti misusing students to help National

Whangarei National MP Dr Shane Reti has misused his position to use secondary school students to perform at a National Party fundraising show. 

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Why choose hypnotherapy?

 Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of the natural state we all pass through every day, that mid-zone between sleeping and awake, where you are drifting pleasantly. 

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Bored kids? Not likely!

 Surrounded as we are by water, aquatic sports of some kind or other are second nature to local kids, and with a hint of spring in the air Che and five trained coaches from Aotearoa Surf ran a four day school holiday program incorporating surfing, paddleboarding, beach safety and coastal adventures.
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New group on watch for disaster

September’s recent tsunami scare and the consequential confusion has brought a group of people together to oversee the community’s response the next time Mangawhai faces a potential threat. 

Govt to keep eye on changeover

The Government has appointed a Crown observer to work with the newly elected Kaipara District Council for a year.

Barry Harris has been appointed by Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston. 


Small Talk

From harvest to vintage, Cafe still true blue, The Dune coming soon, And more about food, Ag Day history being lost, Old cottage safe and sound, Over 50? Time to catch up, Top customer service, New sport to the area, Market on the move...


Find your Prince at Frog Pool

It’s a year since Frog Pool Farm opened their second shop at the top of the town in Wellsford. Owner operator Susan Speedy has been overwhelmed by the support from Wellsford, Mangawhai, Port Albert and even Waipu and Ruakaka residents.
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CauseWay carols takes a break

CauseWay Church is taking a break this year from its annual Christmas Carol services. 

The extremely popular event has been a part of Christmas at Mangawhai since 1999, when it was originally held in the small church building in Moir Street. 


Mural to add colour to MAZ

Visitors to Mangawhai’s popular playground in the recent school holidays were curious to see activity of another kind take place, on top of the park’s roadside hills.

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Police Snippets

Man found dead - A 64-year-old man was found dead
Drivers caught speeding - Police urge drivers to slow down

Mangawhai burglaries down - High success rate 
Theft caught on CCTV - Thieves used a sledgehammer to gain access 
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Olympic inclusion could bring big local boost

It has been a huge year for skateboarding with the announcement of its inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

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Community Matters - Appreciating our older residents

In our ongoing quest to keep ourselves young, or at least looking youthful, we are in danger of denying our own ageing, and ignoring the population of older people around us. While we may acknowledge that our population is ageing, this is often viewed in negative terms, focusing on older people’s ill health, disability, higher demand for health care and dependence on others.


Letters to the Editor

Divide and rule - Why are our major political parties so intent upon establishing apartheid in our country

No apology for comments - The editorial in your latest issue referred to what was described as an abysmal meeting run by the MRRA.


Garden ramblers be ready

This is normally a time when gardeners are busy tearing out weeds, but this year many of our exhibitors are tearing out their hair trying valiantly to prepare their plots for the annual November Mangawhai Palmers Planet Garden Ramble in the face of prolonged and hefty dumps of rain.  
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Surf life savers ride crest of wave

The NZ Black Fins were crowned Surf Lifesaving World Champions in the Netherlands in September for the third consecutive year completing a hat trick of world titles. 

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Secondary Schools sports awards celebrate 25 years

With a record 340 nominations, 163 individuals and three teams have been named as finalists at the 2016 ASB Northland Secondary Schools Sports Awards, a total of 21 schools represented from Kaitaia to Wellsford. 


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