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21st October 2019

$500k grant last piece of funding jigsaw for MAZ

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Ed Said - I read the news today, oh boy


Whanau support group to benefit young families

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Kids learn skills and confidence at surf day

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Lower speed limits proposed on SH1 stretch


Gardening with Gael - Planting for flower power

Jozie rang. “How do you think dahlias would grow at the Block?” she asked. “I rather fancy growing them.”
“They grow really well,” I replied. “This is perfect timing. I have a whole lot of dahlias up there desperate to be dug up, divided and fed.” 

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Lets get ready to ramble!

Despite this latest deluge of rain, spring is really here. New leaves and greenery, buds and blossoms wait for no man, and they are appearing fresh and lush and just in time for the 2019 Palmers Planet Mangawhai Garden Ramble.
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Support group lends a helping hand

Within their first year of offering food parcels one of Mangawhai’s helpful hand-up charities highlights the hardship some locals are facing to feed their families. 
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Crown Manager delivers final report to council

Crown Manager, and former Commissioner of the Kaipara District Council, Peter Winder delivered his final report to last month’s council meeting, completing almost seven years of work with the Kaipara District. 

News in Brief

Bloody hell! The New Zealand Blood Service was amazed at the number of willing donors 
Fright Night fun One of the Kaiwaka Sports Association's most popular events of the year
Mangawhai growth Latest Census figures show Northland registered an 18.1 per cent growth 
Rates battle continues ‘Rates rights warriors’ Bruce and Heather Rogan 

Worzels World - A world where anything goes

In a world where anything goes but nothing works we have access to the most wondrous technology undreamed of in simpler more innocent times. We can use mobile communications to contact anywhere on the globe and speak to a frustrating robot or a call centre wage slave with neither the authority nor knowledge to help you. 

Snells Dental, Implant and Fastbraces Centre on its way

Matakana Dental Care is opening a new branch in the newly furnished Medical Centre premises in Snells Beach.
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Use of taser on tractor thief ‘unreasonable and excessive’ says police authority

A police officers tasering of a young driver who sparked a low speed pursuit on a stolen Kaiwaka farm vehicle last year, has been deemed unwarranted. 
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Letters to the Editor

Thumbs up Re your editorial in the Mangawhai Focus, September 16. 
Ask big questions Thank you for enunciating the dearth of investigative journalism. 
Protect the unborn Reading Worzel’s article (Showing Appreciation, September 16) about the inconsistencies seen in political parties 

Pure Essence - Why wait till Christmas?

Give yourself some TLC before the end of year rush. It’s a great time to try out a new look. If you need some new makeup ideas, have a one-hour lesson or book a 15 minute consultation.



kaipara Mayor back by popular demand

In a huge vote of confidence for Kaipara District Council, returning Kaipara mayor Dr Jason Smith was re-elected by an overwhelming margin, around 95 per cent. 

Regional council sees some surprises

Kaipara’s Penny Smart and Hokianga-Kaikohe’s Justin Blaikie were re-elected unopposed when nominations closed in August. That left seven NRC seats available in the remaining five constituencies.

Crime - Community needs to be on the lookout

Over recent months various equipment has been stolen from different locations in Mangawhai, police say. 

In early October a califont was ripped from its attachments at the site of the new child education centre, Miniwhais, currently still under development, and Mangawhai Beach School has also fallen victim Senior Constable Rob Cato says.

Art awards signal creative Kaipara renaissance 

Artists and art lovers from both coasts of Kaipara and everywhere in between, converged in Mangawhai recently for an annual ceremony which honours the finest creativity, talent and artistic flair the district has to offer. 
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Meetings as locals seek to ease Wood St congestion

What to do with the Christmas holiday chaos of jostling traffic, parking logjams and congestion woes at a popular local shopping centre was the hot topic of a recent community meeting.
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Mangawhai Golf Club celebrates 40 years in style

As much as an anniversary, it could well be seen as a reunion. Five months ago, the Mangawhai Golf Club 40th Anniversary organising committee starting scratching heads. The challenge? How best to celebrate their first 40 years.

Tennis club upgrades ready for summer fun

Summer is coming and you can often hear the thwock of tennis balls down at the Mangawhai Tennis Club courts at the Domain.

There are six courts in play with new nets thanks to a grant from the Opportunity Factory – and new lights thanks to the hard work and support of the community.

National competition returns to the Tavern

Country comes to town for the second year on November 2 when the Mangawhai Tavern again holds its Speed Shear competition.
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Annual rescue helicopter appeal underway

As the 2019 Northland Rescue Helicopter annual fundraising appeal gets into gear, spokesman Paul Ahlers says he is looking forward to plenty of community involvement.
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Flying fingers fascinate fans 

A maestro with magical fingers captivated local music lovers recently with a dazzling performance at an intimate house concert. 

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Building lease agreed by council

Chief Executives Malcolm Nicolson of Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Louise Miller of Kaipara District Council (KDC) have last Wednesday signed an agreement for their teams to share office space in Dargaville.


Mangawhai Butchers Gold with top sausage

Mangawhai Meat Shop has won a gold medal at this year’s Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.  Results were announced at an awards dinner in Auckland last night.
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