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20th August 2018 Issue

Philosophy change shifts cafe to dairy free

Sipping a brew bought from a local coffee spot will now give the sipper an extra kick with the knowledge that one of the new ingredients is kind to nature. 

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Ed Said - What happened to 'Plastic fantastic'?

Everything has pros and cons. In my lifetime I have come to respect and accept the marvels of technology. I could, on one hand, still live quite happily in the world I knew over 50 years ago, but on the other it would barely be possible as technology has changed our lives on so many levels.

Supreme Court upholds Appeal Court Mangawhai rates ruling

The Supreme Court has upheld a Court of Appeal decision on the way the Northland Regional Council (NRC) set due dates for the payment of rates and its arrangements for rate collection within the Kaipara district.


Evening of glamour for Zonta fundraiser

A crisp night at the end of June didn’t deter over a hundred people dressing up in their finest to attend the annual Zonta Fundraiser Ball. 

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Full Noise goes full steam ahead

The Full Noise Auto Restorations workshop has built a strong reputation in Bream Bay over the years thanks to Louie Berkers and his passion for cars and dedication in owning and restoring all manner of vintage and classic models. 

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Mayors Memo

Phone lines to Council have been running hot this month. Firstly, to our surprise and delight callers have taken the time to give praise for recent grading and heavy-metalling work on the local road network. 


Letter to the Editor

Car park dangers It may be time to look at closing off the four car parks in front of the Village Four Square due to the dangers increasingly being imposed on passing traffic and pedestrians. 


Second time round for Factory grants

Locals involved with projects that will benefit Mangawhai and surrounding areas are now invited to apply for funding from Mangawhai’s only community-driven, independent funding organisation. 
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Police Snippets

Dogs track fugitive A high profile fugitive, wanted for burglary crimes committed in many parts of the North Island, was apprehended on an undisclosed road in Mangawhai on August 6. 
Burglary, assault, car stolen Two local dairy workers have been left traumatised  after being chased, threatened and assaulted.

BNZ volunteers take penguin and pig to Mangawhai Kindergarten

Mangawhai Kindergarten welcomed some interesting characters recently, including a penguin, a tuatara and a kune kune pig! 

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Your Health - How regular are you?

We used to joke in school back in Canada that naturopathic doctors had to be the only people in the world that talked about poo over lunch. This is because it is so important! 

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New location but same focus for optometrists

 In a further episode of musical shops around town, Mangawhai Optometrists has moved. From Friday August 17 they will be at 1/62 Moir Street, Mangawhai Village, just three driveways past Bennetts Chocolates. 

Tara Iti announces  golf charity fundraiser

Tara Iti Golf Club has announced they will hold their second Spirit of Mangawhai Charity Golf Tournament on November 2 at the picturesque Tara Iti course. 


Local builders stamp mark on House of the Year awards

The annual Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards seek out the best in residential design, workmanship and practicality over a wide range of categories.

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Worzels world: Murdering an ideal

It’s been a funny old week already and it’s only just begun. Two whales – a mother humpback and a calf – died over on Bailey’s beach. There were many volunteers who tried to save them and there were updates on the radio every hour.


Santa claus is coming to town

For the first time in many years, Mangawhai will be treated to its very own Santa Parade, and now is the time – with only 128 days left till Christmas – for local businesses and organisations to design and create a festive float. 

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Capturing Mangawhai's plastic-free beauty

Inspired by a love for Mangawhai and the oceans ongoing plight with plastic, local coffee connoisseurs and traders recently came up with a unique way to add further awareness to the Plastic-free July movement. 
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Gardening with Gael - Renga renga lily ideal for borders and banks

A very good friend of mine last year dug out all the agapanthus growing down her rather long drive. It was no mean feat. In their place she planted a border of Arthropodium cirratum commonly known as renga renga lilies.
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NRC backs proposed single-use plastic bag ban

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) is lending its voice to calls to reduce unnecessary use of plastics, including newly-released Government plans for a national ban on single-use plastic bags. 


The Club to host cancer fundraiser

A coming event focused on raising funds for cancer research and support is offering locals a chance to dress up fancy, indulge in fine dining as well as inspiring an early spring clean of wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. 

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Whale stranding a humbling experience 

Being registered with Project Jonah, Che Burnett of Aotearoa Surf was one of the first to be notified following the stranding of a humpback whale and calf off Ripiro Beach on Dargaville’s West Coast.



Dargaville wearable arts show to have that ‘wow’ factor

The 2018 Dargaville Wearable Arts extravaganza is set to bring art to life with 43 entries and three extraordinary shows. 

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Gallery season opens with art awards exhibit

The Kaipara Art Awards exhibition has arrived at Mangawhai Artists Gallery and launches their 2018-19 programme of exhibitions with a high calibre creative bang. A large collection of amazing and thought provoking art is on display. 

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Quarry workers win fair pay

Local concrete drivers and quarry workers have achieved a worthy victory, winning a healthier pay packet, better working conditions and guaranteed hours following recent strike action. 

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Citizens Awards nominations needed

Kaipara District Council have reinstated the annual Citizens Awards to show their commitment to recognising the contribution and achievements of individuals and organisations to the district. 


New committee and new ideas from Domain Society AGM

Lively debate, suggestions for a new way forward and a fresh committee line up with some old hands returning was the result of the Mangawhai Domain AGM on August 12.

A 50-strong floor of Domain Society members gathered to hear an update of Domain news as well as witness the forming of the 2018-19 Domain Committee (DC).


Have loose change ready for collectors

Two well-known volunteers want to pre-warn the people of Mangawhai that they will probably be receiving a visit next week from what may at first glance appear to look like a pair of giant, wandering daffodils. 

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