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22nd August 2016 Issue

Digging deep for our waterways

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Easier mangrove removal part of Draft Regional Plan

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Ed Said - Let the Games Begin


Testing Testing


Water, Everywhere

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Your Questions Answered - Parks & Domains worth a look


Worzels World - Better local Services?


Community Matters - Attracting younger volunteers

I often hear voluntary groups say they can’t get young people to volunteer, or become involved in their organisation. They worry that the average age of their group’s members is getting older, and that their organisation may not survive into the future.


Moana serious about environmental responsibilities

Working on the very edge of Northland’s east coast with sand and sea only metres away is both a necessity and an absolute treat for staff at New Zealand’s only commercial paua farm, Moana New Zealand – blue abalone. However, it also means extra care needs to be taken too.
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Boar Hunt brings community together

​A small town turns out for a social event unlike any other.

The Kaiwaka Boar Hunt creates a unique atmosphere, and even for non-hunters it has high interest factor appreciating the work of the hunters, the spectacle of the wild pigs plus the snapper and eel catches in which the kids are also involved.
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Night of glamour at Rodney College

Matakana’s Ascension Wine Estate was the setting for Rodney College’s School Ball on July 30, with nearly 200 Year 11, 12 and 13 students attending the event, dressed to impress in a night of glitz and style.

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Hawaiian posting for eager cadets

​Escaping the winter wind and rain will be a perk for the cadets of Mangawhai Cadet Unit, as they head to tropical shores on a well-earned eight day excursion.


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Trackies in Action

Undaunted by the intermittent rain, and fuelled by Jenny’s morning tea, a very profitable Trackies morning was held at the MAZ last week planting up next to the Ambulance station.

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Letters to the Editor

Decision-making dilemma - Who makes decisions and who pays? Commissioner John Robertson raised the question that the newly elected will have to decide who pays for future expenditure.
Destruction of democracy - The evolution of Western society has been based upon the principle of democracy 

Adventurers return from trip of a lifetime

Modern life with all its ease and quick gratification became a distant world recently for two teenagers, as they immersed themselves in a life of early wakeups, physical exhaustion and paper-thin loo paper!
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Nineteen stand for regional council

Nineteen people have been nominated to contest the nine seats available on the Northland Regional Council at this year’s local body elections in October.

Regional council Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske says 19 people have been nominated to contest the Saturday October 8 elections. That compared to 32 who stood for the regional council at the last elections in 2013.

Rockquest winners on a roll

Northland thrash metal band Alien Weaponry has made it through to the national finals of both Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats for the second year running.


Wheels turning in Waipu

What began five years ago as an idea between two Waipu school girls, Emily Stolwerk and Ceili Lea, became a reality last weekend when stage one of the Waipu Cycleway was officially opened to the public.

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Tartan awards take centre stage

This season provided another successful vibrant Waipu Museum Art’n’tartan Wearable Art Award show in Waipu.

This year there was greater opportunity for the younger brigade to show their craft ability being asked to create a mask inspired by all things Celtic.


Gardening with Gael - More than tea for two

It is interesting how a chance remark can elicit a chain of ideas. We had been having a walk around the vineyard with friends Maureen and Mark and on reaching the end of the paddock Mark had looked at the east hill below the house and asked “Can you get back that way?”
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Forbidden history, or just not accepted?

​After many years researching local, national and international channels, Englishman John Dudley Aldworth last week released his book Forbidden History.
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The role of magnesium

As a vital constituent of tens of trillion cell membranes in the human body, think of magnesium as the obliging doorman allowing many minerals right of entry – mainly calcium and potassium. 

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Customer focus key to success

There are a number of finance companies you could choose from within New Zealand – the Asset Finance point of difference is their team and their customer-focused local approach.

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Brynderwyns project sees increase in kiwi calls

A large increase in kiwi calls heard in the Brynderwyns during Northland’s 2016 call count monitoring survey is a good indicator of the success of Marunui Conservation’s kiwi project.

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Mangawhai Medal Winner

In what may be seen as the Olympic Games of the building industry, Mangawhai construction company Cavern Homes last week claimed a bronze medal at the Master Builders House of the Year Awards.

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Police Snippets

Road flooding - Heavy rain through the night of August 9 caused flooding in the usual areas say police. 
Bail breaches - The man who breached bail while waiting to be sentenced for the burglary at Mangawhai’s ‘Raw Milk'
Speed cameras - Kaiwaka is one of three new sites that will soon receive a static (fixed) speed camera 

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