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20th November 2017

Five Printers make an impression

A recent collaboration to bring the world of printmaking alive by a quintet of local artists has been met with enthusiasm and praise from both participants and fellow artists.

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Ed Said - Who’s the boss?

A lot of talk and conjecture floating around lately regarding the surprise resignation of our Mayor. As he revealed no reason, conspiracy theories and conjecture have been rife and all unfounded. While many feel they ‘own’ him, every person is entitled to a reasonable degree of privacy whatever their situation.


Cadet troop in urgent need

Started ten years ago by Mangawhai local Sandra Grayson, the Mangawhai Cadet unit at one point numbered up to 50 cadets.

Recently numbers have fallen to just a third of that and with commander of two years Rachel Elliott resigning at the end of the year, the unit is in danger of folding if a new unit commander and officers cannot be found to continue what has been arguably one of New Zealand’s most successful Cadet Corp units.


Top amateur golf tourny heads to Mangawhai

One of New Zealand's biggest and most prestigious amateur golf tournaments will be played this year on Mangawhai's highly regarded championship course. The annual Toro Men's Interprovincials features teams from 15 provinces and will take place over six days, December 4-9.

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Hard work rewarded

Academic, sporting, and special awards for 2017 were presented at Otamatea High School's recent senior prizegiving in front of an audience that packed out their hall.


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Thunderbirds are go in Waipu

We remember the Beach Boys’ ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ in the 60s featuring the T-bird, and ‘Thunderbird’ from ZZ Top in the 70s, but nothing is quite like seeing the real thing. 

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Teacher and student entertain at museum 

A classical piano concert last Sunday afternoon at the Mangawhai Museum enthralled an appreciative audience with its life, zest, and presentation.


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Worzels World - Don’t Worry, The World Is Against You

I got a little depressed the other day. It was my own fault. I made the mistake of listening to the news. It wasn’t so much the reports of terrorist attacks and sexual harassment that did it but more the way it was being conveyed. I am certain that exposure to modern media is more than a little to blame for the huge rise in depression and despair in the world.


Letters to the Editor

Winning margin It is about time that National and Act Party supporters stopped whinging .
Rogan for mayor I refer to the editorial in the last issue of the Focus 
Rubbish dumping solved Some years ago, when living in Ruakaka, getting rid of household rubbish was not a problem 


Weather shines for Rebus club outing

Mangawhai Combined Rebus Club members recently enjoyed an outing to Warkworth and Matakana.


Bagpipe competition a lasting legacy

A fantastic evening’s entertainment is promised for those interested in Highland Pipes or music in general.

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Mayor resigns but Kaipara health improving 

Though Kaipara Mayor Greg Gent presided over his last Council meeting last Tuesday it was business as usual with a full agenda of important issues to deal with which came first before he tendered his official resignation. 
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First Mayoral candidate

Mangawhai resident, Otamatea ward representative, Deputy Mayor and now acting Mayor, Peter Wethey is the first to throw his hat into the ring for the vacant Kaipara Mayoralty position. 

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Another Bows & Bells ‘Inspiration for Christmas Tour’

Mangawhai Museum is again holding the Bows & Bells Christmas event this year.

The Inspiration for Christmas tour will be held over the weekend of December 2-3 from 10am to 4pm each day.

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Blossoming at 65

Mangawhai’s grand old lady, the Library Hall came alive with colour and fragrance recently as the Mangawhai Women’s Institute (MWI) 65th Floral and Craft Show flourished once again, despite a reportedly slow start to the spring. 

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Fellowship awarded to OHS deputy principal

Otamatea deputy principal Dirk Smyth has accepted a 2018 Woolf Fisher fellowship.

The fellowship is for a three week study trip to Australia (or other approved destination) in 2018.

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Supporting men's health

With raised awareness around mens health in MOvember it’s the perfect time to look at a few ways to support the health of the men in our lives.

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Gardening with Gael - Plenty of activity in the garden

It happened. I could not believe it. One of the paeonies flowered. This was not something I was expecting for at least another two years. 

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Shop at the store with the squared sign of the 4

So said the radio advertising slogan way back when.

Jaques Supermarket at Kaiwaka is celebrating 50 years of Four Square but it is 93 years in total since Frank Jaques took over the Kaiwaka general store.

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New hospice a design first

A  new Warkworth Wellsford Hospice caring centre, Tui House, was formally opened by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy on November 16.

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Police Snippets

Dead man found - The 57-year-old male who was found deceased
Arrest after vehicle rammed - A 50-year-old male has been charged with several offences after intentionally ramming into a vehicle
Mark your valuables - Police would like to advise owners of Kontiki torpedoes to mark
Vandals smashing spree - Vandals went on a destructive spree in Kaiwaka recently


Eco website to support Kaipara’s greenies

Reports and images of floating islands of rubbish, plastic bags strangling sea animals and waste dumped on the natural beauty of the countryside, has unfortunately become more prolific in the media.
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Indoor bowlers share spoils

Mangawhai Indoor Bowling Club capped off the end of their season with a dinner and and prizegiving at the golf club on November 2.

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