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23rd January 2017 Issue

Shed group to share passion

A man needs a shed, so says the age-old adage. Sheds of yesteryear were, if I use my grandfather as an example, a deep dark hole under the house entirely fitting for a home mechanic.


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Ed Said - A town without water is like a pub with no beer.

Mangawhai is surrounded by water.

Following the constant deluge of last summer there were please and prayers aplenty for a real northland summer this year.


Try a family adventure to Tanekaha Falls

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Vintage car rally not to be missed

A vintage car rally re-enacting the 1917 Parliamentary tour of Northland will be making a whistle-stop in Waipu on Sunday January 29.



Major dredge repairs underway

An intensive two-year upgrade to Spirit of Mangawhai II will mean the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society (MHRS) can begin the 2017 dredging season with absolute confidence that the Society’s dredge will perform, according to Doug Lloyd, chairman of the Society.


Bumper programme celebrates historic A&P Show

Townies are being encouraged to pull on their gumboots, get out their check shirts and head to Warkworth on Auckland Anniversary Weekend for what’s promising to be a one-in-150 year event.


Car and bike show set to impress

If there’s one word we attach to things American it is ‘Big’. This also applies to American muscle cars, which will be on show at the Waipu Car and Bike Show on Waitangi weekend.


Fisherman saved by the whistle

An unknown adult male is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the choppy waters of Te Arai on January 7.

Drifting more than a kilometre from shore in stormy seas, the man owes his life to the astute hearing of a couple out fishing for the afternoon.

Hottest property in town keeps getting hotter

Apart from the many hectares of bush walks and cycle tracks, pause for a moment to add up the cost in grants, donations and man hours from the time of the concept plans in 2010.

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Letters to the Editor

Global warming warning - A startling warning about global warming and rising sea levels Cannabis truth - The new jargon is “fake news”, which seems to replace the old jargon 
All about water - For months I am waiting for the Mangawhai harbour water testing results. 
Sad death - The sad death of my brother-in-law Bill Worsfold this week was a milestone for the district.

Water shortage: Some resorting to desperate measures

Lands are parched, tanks are running low and water carriers are traversing long hours on dusty country roads as Northland’s dry spell continues.


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Business future looking bright

A Mangawhai medical herbalist and naturopath has become an international trailblazer in the world of all-natural sun protection.


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Worzels World - Unresolved Resolutions

I would like to wish all my readers a pleasant and fulfilling New Year. But then if wishes were horses beggars would ride so I'll just say welcome to 2017.

New Year’s resolutions are tough for me these days. I’ve already given up smoking and due to the ministrations of others I now ‘eat my greens’, including beans and spinach.

Football fundraiser aims to restore grounds

Along with summer comes the fun of the fair, but a different gala was in play at Mangawhai Domain recently, one which challenged the skills and determination of those who attended.


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Multi-sport event open to all ages

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Food and wine feature at mixed open

Back again for 2017, and top of the menu for Mangawhai golfers, the New World Food & Wine Mixed Open was predictably popular and attracted a very full field of some 170 participants.


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Double exhibition at local gallery

Mangawhai Artists Gallery continues their summer of art with a new exhibition beginning on January 25, with what appears to be work represented from opposite art genres.


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Warning signs ignored by visitors

Our native endangered birds need to be protected, or do some people really not care?

Just a few weeks ago couple of women with two children and an unleashed dog drove onto the Mangawhai mudflats on the seaward dune side, where no vehicles are supposed to go.

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Bowl Jam part of big weekend

Mangawhai’s famous annual Bowl Jam returns on Waitangi Weekend, Sunday February 5, in what is now considered one of New Zealand’s premier skateboarding events.



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Record numbers for Rod Run

The weather gods smiled as a record-breaking 180 amazing cars and bikes revved up for the annual Black Swamp Rod Run on January 7.


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