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23rd November 2015

Local support key to business award

Cameron & Katie Front page

Court rules for KDC in rates case

Ed Said - A decade of local news

This month, ten years ago, the very first issue of the Mangawhai Focus hit the streets.

The flimsy, black and white, twelve pager was produced just once per month for the first four years of it’s life.

Club community support continues

The Club donations 2015-255

NZTA replaces heavy vehicle monitoring hut north of Waipu

New Uretiti Hut-909

Your Questions Answered - Supporting Growth

Letters to the Editor


Youngsters take keen interest in Terns

Waipu Department of Conservation warden Alice Fairs (pictured) along with several Fairy Tern Charitable Trust members, addressed the entire Mangawhai Beach School.

Alice Fairs-54

Theatre embraces spirit of Christmas

Alister Williams & David Ballard ORT li

Always something new for garden ramblers

Each gardening year brings forth new colours, new hybrids and a new wave of gardeners so it’s only natural the 2015 Palmers Mangawhai Garden Ramble would attract a whole new raft of ramblers, and so it proved.
Garden Ramble 2015 1805-358

Jellyfish like our beaches

An unwanted visitor has been arriving in numbers at Te Arai beach.

While not especially dangerous, the mauve stinger (or purple-striped jelly) can be a little perturbing to young learner surfers and beachgoers.

Pohutukawa protectors out in force

Among the plots of Kaipara District Council-owned land earmarked for sale is a tree-clad section in View St, Maungaturoto.

terri donaldson in trees-460

Positive steps forward for fire service

Back in May this year the government called for public submissions on proposals to change the country's fire services following years of reported unrest at stations around the country.

The possible options for Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne included establishing a new rural fire authority and setting up a single organisation responsible for both rural and urban services.

Spring definitely in the air at flower show

The Mangawhai Women’s Institute (MWI) annual Floral and Craft Show, held in the village hall last month, bloomed forth with new vigour and to a record attendance despite the showery weather.
flower show 2015-305

Sea-going tales a good read

The Last of a Salty Breed is a new release by Mangawhai author Roy Vaughan who, as a former merchant seaman himself has traced the shipping lines of the world from the Vikings to Viking Lane.
front cover - Last of a Salty Breed-239

Worzels World - Third World War

Albert Einstein once said that he had no idea with what weapons the third world war would be waged but that the fourth world war would be fought with sticks and stones.

I may be able to help him out here.

Students future dune protectors

Mangawhai Beach School’s problem solving group went to the Heads Surf Beach on November 6, accompanied by teacher Andie Gore, and local Mangawhai Harbour expert John Dickie, who taught them about the different grasses planted on the dunes and why they are there. ​

kids dunes-32

Big year for local builder

Adding some distinctive design features has paid dividends for Mangawhai housing company Cavern Homes.

Though principals Ken and Karen Dugdale have a long association with the industry, it is just their second year of operation in Mangawhai.

Scene & Heard

Admitting your age and unable to cope with some of your chores?, Little piece of no-mans-land, Family and friends coming for Christmas?, The house build by My Pad is almost complete, The Mangawhai World Choir, The important issue of Community safety and much more....

Otamatea students set the bar high

Otamatea High School held its senior prizegiving on October 30. A year of hard work saw Nina Linnell (pictured) win Dux, the top academic award.

Caleb Young won the next highest academic prize of Proxime Accessit.
Nina Linnell Ota Dux 2015-312

Kaipara celebrates sports achievers

Locals have featured prominently at the 2015 Silver Fern Farms Kaipara District Sports Awards held at the Maungaturoto Country Club on November 6.

Rodney College sports award winners (1)-225

Big support for Carters fishing comp

November 13 may have been black Friday but superstitions didn’t get in the way as Carters Mangawhai held their annual fishing competition hosting contractors and customers and spreading some community goodwill.

Ash Solanski heaviest snapper 2015-941

Mangawhai Bowls Results

The Mangawhai Mens Open 4-Bowl Pairs Tournament was held on November 5 in sunny weather but with the wind gusting occasionally.

With the greens running at a slick 18-plus it made for tricky bowling.

$2.45m of emergency services funding allocated

The Northland Regional Council is to allocate $2.45 million of funding to four separate emergency services providers over the next three years.

The council introduced a new $900,000 annual 'Contestable Emergency Services Fund' as part of its Long Term Plan 2015-25 earlier this year, with councillors yesterday formally allocating the first suite of funding.

Mangawhai Zonta stand against violence

On Saturday 28th November 2015, the Zonta Club of Mangawhai and the other 28 Zonta clubs throughout New Zealand will unite with members of the local community to make a stand against gender based violence. The event will be a march, starting at Whangarei Town Basin.
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