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21st August 2017 Issue

Blessing ceremony opens local wellness centre

A new health and wellbeing centre with a vision to bring ‘a greater sense of hope, health, healing and happiness to others’ has been launched following a well-attended blessing ceremony on July 22. 
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Ed Said - Another election lolly scramble

If we consider the American political scene is somewhere between a comedy of errors and a train wreck, then I guess, just a month out from the election, New Zealand politics must also be in that mix with our own version of musical chairs. 


60,000 voters gone, no address

Sixty thousand voters could miss out on voting in the September General Election after their enrolment update packs were returned marked “gone no address”. Enrolment update packs were sent to 3.15 million enrolled voters at the end of June. to check their details were correctly listed on the electoral roll for the September General Election.

Seasonal cold increases St John call-outs

The winter freeze that crept over the country in the last month resulted in a significant surge in 111 calls for an emergency service, with one busy week even surpassing call-out numbers since the organisation first held records.


Mangawhai maestro of meat to defend title

Winner of last year’s Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition supreme award, Dan Klink (pictured left) of Mangawhai Meat Shop, is again stepping up to defend his title.
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Mayors Message

Councillors have spent time recently considering our Vision. The vision we "inherited" was “Kaipara where it’s easy to live". Having been in the role some nine months now we decided to consider its appropriateness. As a result, the vision we have adopted is "Thriving Communities Working Together". 

Meeting to allay community concerns

A meeting to dispel rumours and clarify events surrounding Mangawhai Domain’s highly conflicted AGM and its aftermath was well attended by over 50 residents on August 16.

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Police Snippets

Gates gone Two farm gates were stolen from a property 
Domestic arrest A 32-year-old man was arrested following a serious domestic incident
Captain ship-wrecked The captain of a 40,000 tonne logging ship is facing a 12 month jail term

Week-long garage sale great fundraiser

With one of Maungaturoto’s lifetime residents moving into rest home life, The Den in Bickerstaffe Road has been given the balance of furniture and tools they have accumulated over the years. 
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Second major site access point for Puhoi to Warkworth project opening 

Mid-August 2017 will see construction begin on the second key site access point (SAP) for construction traffic working on the Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.


Support local events this Daffodil Day

The Cancer Society’s annual flagship event, Daffodil Day, falls this year on Friday, August 25. 

Over the years, the Cancer Society has seen progress both in reducing the incidence and impact of cancer.


Youth Variety show for the whole family

Any young musicians with a penchant for taking their talents to a higher level should attend the Spring Symphony Variety Show at the Waipu Coronation Hall early next month.

It promises to be a show with a terrific line-up of local and national talent.


Tech service helps join the dots

They say there’s nothing more permanent than a temporary arrangement. As pop-up shops from shipping containers are now becoming quite common the little black building on Molesworth Drive opposite Before Six has barely raised eyebrows though the name has had a few people thinking. 
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The Stress on Stress

In our stressed-out world, we all experience times of feeling over
whelmed at the load life presents us – financial worries, caring for a sick loved one, working long hours and raising families – it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

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Worzels World - Conspiracy theories the new truth

Hardly a week goes by that something in the past that was summarily dismissed as a conspiracy theory is proved to be true. When I wrote in this column a couple of years ago that big brother was watching, I didn't realise that state agencies were literally watching us. 

Letters to the Editor

Listen to the people An open question to all political parties: “Why are you not listening to the people?”
Famous quote I would like to add something to Mitch Morgan’s informative and controversial letter 

Gallery adds some ‘ping’ to local art scene

Friends and artists gathered on July 22 to celebrate the opening of Ping! – the Mason Gallery – at the Bennett’s complex, Mangawhai Village. 

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Gardening with Gael - Pruning always a thorny issue

This time last year I moved all the roses from around my garden where they were being devastated by possums. After pruning, my friend Jan and I moved them into a new walled area with a wire netting roof, safe from their destruction. It worked. Safe from 
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New horizons for Outward Bound Old Boy

A great development opportunity is again offered to local youth in the 16 to 18-year-old age group. Applicants are invited from all backgrounds and the offer also extends to young people in the workforce and not just senior school pupils as some believe.


Domain to benefit from riparian planting

The Mangawhai Riparian Planting Group has obtained a grant from the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (Kaipara District Council) earlier this year.

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Mangawhai artist goes solo

Local artist Gayle Forster, fresh from an overseas trip to many old artistic haunts, will open a solo exhibition at Northart on Auckland’s North Shore later this month.


Community feedback sought on SH1 upgrade

The NZ Transport Agency wants to hear community feedback on options for upgrading State Highway 1 between Whangarei and Te Hana to improve safety and journey reliability. It’s part of a series of initiatives the Transport Agency is planning on behalf of the Government to improve the road alignment to reduce the number of deaths and serious crashes.

Tag footy for all ages 

Kaipara Tag will be coming to the Mangawhai Domain this season, with a tag football open day for kids and adults on Saturday September 2, 9am – midday.

This season the group will also be running kids modules for those 4 years old and up. Kids will play Thursday afternoons and adults straight after – something for the whole family to get involved in.

Baker Wins Rookie Lifeguard Of The Year

Waipu Cove lifeguard Joshua Baker was named Rookie Lifeguard of the Year at the 2017 Surf Life Saving Northern Region (SLSNR) Awards of Excellence on August 12.

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High Court rules in Mangawhai rates case

A newly-issued High Court decision quashing several years of Northland Regional Council (NRC) rates in the Kaipara could have implications for local authorities nationally, council Chairman Bill Shepherd says.
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