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18th April 2016 Issue

Hot on the Art Trail

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Ed Said - Can the Museum support itself

We all watched with interest and took part in a number of fundraising activities as the embryonic idea for the new museum grew into a plan, then a master plan and then into the real thing, and quite a lot more than many imagined.

Your Questions Answered - Annual Plan affects everyone

​In May, the Council is seeking community feedback on the Annual Plan for 2016-17. The plan incorporates the Council’s budget for the year beginning 1 July 2016.


Police Snippet

Car destroys bedroom - Two Wellsford tenants had a lucky escape on Saturday April 9 when they returned from an evening walk with their dog to find a car smashed into their rented home.


Walkers and rockers get down and dirty

After the walking, as stimulating and invigorating as it might be, the Mangawhai Wine & Food Festival – held in conjunction with the Mangawhai Walking Weekend – is possibly the highlight of the weekend as wine and song helps relieve any muscular tension. 
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Worzels World - The Changing Face Of Modern Policing

In accord with governments ongoing drive to create unnecessary agencies to annoy the public, a spokesman from the Road Safety Compliance Validation Agency has released news that aside from the lucrative speed camera vehicles, road police will be gradually phased out and replaced entirely with road cones.

Entry deadline extension for Art ‘n Tartan

Organisers of the popular annual Art ‘n Tartan Wearable Arts Awards have extended their entry deadline for April 29 to May 8.

Preliminary judging is still set down for June 19.

Thanks to generous supporters and sponsors there is a very generous $16,000 prize pool.

Popularity sees Walking Weekend numbers up

The 17th annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend had a bit of everything. The event got off to a cracking start on Friday April 1 with the Troubadour Walk. 
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Seasonal confusion

As we move into autumn we need to nourish our bodies accordingly. Sadly long hazy days and times of feasting on fresh-picked warm summer fruits are finite
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Calibre high for Outward Bound Scholarships

Three prominent local citizens were recently entrusted with the task of selecting two young local people to attend the Outward Bound School in the Marlborough sounds.
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Subsidised poplar & willow poles available

Landowners keen to secure heavily subsidised poplars and willows to help control erosion and protect water quality should get in quickly.
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Letters to the Editor

Shafted again - The Auditor General offered her apologies to Kaipara ratepayers at a public meeting at The Club
$5.3m not enough - I received the information that the Auditor General Ms Lyn Provost had settled compensation
Commissioner John Robertson responds: - Mr Rogan’s claim that the Kaipara District Council did not file for damages 
Mangrove facts - The MHRS is barking up the wrong tree 

Recycled brand comes with message

Following the recent closure of her retro shop Beach, Bach & Beyond, Mangawhai’s Mary Kelliher has found a way to re-use fabrics that were prominent long ago.
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New gym gets Mangawhai moving

The word ‘gym’ generally conjures up images of puffing, panting, sweating profusely and working onesself almost to exhaustion albeit for a good cause.

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Law change needed for rural UFB fibre

Northpower is hopeful a telecommunications land access law change will help break the digital divide for rural Northlanders by allowing it to cost-effectively take fibre deep into its community.


Health services complement each other

The name Coast Chiropractic may not be familiar immediately, but chances are it’s a service you are going to need sooner rather than later.

Petition likely to get NRC support

A petition signed by more than 2,100 Mangawhai residents and ratepayers seeking support for relaxed rules for the removal of mangroves in the Mangawhai Harbour, was likely to get political support from Northern Regional Councillors

Libby Jones - Working together takes effort

Community organisations and groups, while working in the same community, can often work in isolation from each other. Time, volunteers and resources are usually limited, and it may seem that there is little chance to stop and reflect on where the group is heading, and what could help them to get there.

Numbers up for Heads to Hub

Mangawhai came alive with the beat of soles pounding the pavement on April 3 as runners, walkers and pram pushers took on the challenge of the Heads to Hub fun run.

Feedback sought for Annual Plan

The public will have until early May to provide feedback on what the Northland Regional Council is describing as a very much 'business as usual' Annual Plan for 2016/17.

Council chairman Bill Shepherd says the plan keeps an overall rates increase to the 2.34 percent agreed last year, which will cost an average of just $4.27 per rateable property over the full 12 months from July 1; just over eight cents a week.

Opportunity means change of pace

An annual holiday to Mangawhai has become a catalyst for a lifestyle change to an Auckland family.

Claudia and Rob Parkes, who have been vacationing in Mangawhai for 15 years, are the proud new owners of Mangawhai’s Tudor Oaks Motel.

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Family fun at Mangawhai Beach School

Sack races, netball games and tug-o-war had Mums, Dads, students and teachers in competition with one another at Mangawhai Beach School’s Family Picnic.

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Thanks for the memories, Mangawhai

Fairy tern warden Mailee Stanbury recounts her summer in Mangawhai, and says a personal ‘thank you’ to the local community.

Bowls Results

Two bowlers who have recently joined bowls entered the clubs First Year Singles on Saturday March 12. Don McDowell and Bruce Taylor had fun playing each other and gained some good experience, with Bruce eventually beating Don. Both bowlers enjoyed the day. Well done guys.
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