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24th August 2015

Judges impressed with showhome entry

Excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation by Mangawhai company Cavern Homes was recognised with a gold Gib Show Home award at the Northland and Auckland Registered Master Builders 2015 House Of The Year 
awards held last week.


Motorway project one step closer

The NZ Transport Agency has taken another step towards building the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway by announcing the consortia shortlisted to progress to the next stage of the project.

Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield says the building of the motorway is a significant step towards improving safety.

Ed Said - Did you know this was the end

When the first issue of the Mangawhai Focus saw the light of day almost 10 years ago, Jo Roberts was visiting family in Canada, as I recall. She wished us well before she flew out and, shortly after her return, offered to pen local snippets of news initially on a monthly then later, the current bi-monthly basis.
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Did You Know

Signing off…
This is the last 'Did You Know?' column from me, one I have enjoyed putting together since the Focus began. After 10 years, I'm sure the time is right for a change! This 'Facebook for the Senior Generation' snippet currently circulating on the internet perhaps says it all:


Museum handover now official

March 19, 1970 saw the first meeting of the Mangawhai Heritage Society was convened. In 1986 funding for a new concrete block building was granted from the Endowment Fund and officially opened in 1987. In 1989 the Louis Wintle extension was added with the Te Arai Library building shifted to the site in 1991.
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Rates march not rated

Mangawhai is far from being the only district with rating issues. Aucklanders, too, have been up in arms after receiving demands for the first instalments of a projected average 9.9 percent rates increase imposed by their council, though darts are being directed specifically at Mayor Len Brown.

AGM kicks off season for MHVLS

Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service held its Annual AGM on Saturday August 8.

The 2014/2015 season was filled with a number of significant club achievements including Hannah Williams representing NZ on the World SLS stage, and club captain Patria Harris selected as an ambassador for Surf Life Saving Northern Region on the 2015 California Lifeguard Exchange.

Northlanders enthusiastic about prospect of better broadband, cellphone coverage

Many Northlanders are underwhelmed by their current broadband and cellphone coverage and are keen for the region to get the benefits of better telecommunications infrastructure.

Nearly 1500 people responded to a recent survey as part of Northland’s bid for a share of up to $360 million in Government funding to extend high-speed broadband.

Give prostate cancer the finger

Blue September 2015 is taking on a fresh approach to making men aware of prostate cancer with actor Mark Hadlow fronting a new campaign through media.


Worzels World - Time warp inversions and relativity

I glimpsed him one morning in dim light, through a cobwebbed dusty window, my eyes still bleary from sleep. A dodgy looking bloke about 10 or 12 years my senior. 

Kumara beats beetroot as national veg

The votes have been tallied and it seems kumara is the clear favourite to be named New Zealand’s National Vegetable, after securing more than 80 percent of the vote.

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Guytons Garden - Heed advice of moon calendar

To ensure that I'm passing on useful and trustworthy advice to you, I consult various calendars that are purpose-made to assign gardening activity to the state of the moon. They make very interesting and sometimes contradictory reading. 

Metal trio impress with te reo

Earlier this month they reached the national final of the NZ Battle of the Bands. This week they were also named national finalists in the Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats competitions, to be held in Auckland on September 11 and 12.
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Appeal time for MRRA

The hearing of the appeal by the Mangawhai Ratepayers & Residents Association (MRRA) against the court decision of February this year relating to legality or otherwise of rates charges and the decision that went against their claim is due to be heard this week.

Despite having the decision go against them at the earlier hearing in Whangarei, the MRRA are adamant they have strong grounds in terms of the law as a basis for their appeal.

News in Brief

Help support Red Cross in Myanmar- Around 1.5 million people have been affected by heavy monsoon rains.
Win with Bulbs Direct - Paparoa-based Bulbs Direct is running a photo competition until the end of spring.
Daffodil Day art on Trade Me - Now’s your chance to have a one-off celebrity artwork hanging at your place, all in the name of an artfully good cause.

Letters to the Editor

Who has lost their way?
Mr Robertson, your regular contributor, has excelled himself in your August 10 issue.

No future for Marsden City

Marsden City is a very contentious issue here in Ruakaka.

Mangawhai Tavern has X factor

Music Works presents The Up Close & Personal Tour at the Mangawhai Tavern – three of the best top 10 acts from X Factor NZ as voted by the public performing live.

Sarah Spicer, Stevie Tonks and Joe Irvine generated thousands of new fans in the 2015 season of X Factor NZ

Buzz in the Bay

More spice in Ruakaka, Make the surf safer, New active wear, Quiz choices, Cheese choices, Fun when the tides out, Beauty naturally and Wiggle that Wots.

New and views around Bream Bay and Waipu

Mental health focus for big charity run

Four very fit young women are about to descend on Mangawhai and they would like our help on their quest to ‘Run4Mind’.

All fitness professionals, Aussie sisters Jenna and Rachael Laycock and Kiwi-born sisters Luisa and Pesi Feki.
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Rodney team rides to victory

The Rodney College Silver team has won the prestigious Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup event held at Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre on Monday August 10.

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Bowling Club results

Three senior bowlers – Gerry Mulligan, Neville Franks, Paul Freeman – took their annual bowling trip down to the Auckland and North Harbour greens recently. First up was a tournament at Bridge Park BC, Mangere Bridge, where they swept all before them winning the day. The second day was a day of bowls at Glendowie BC where they just got pipped for the win. A stopover at Mairangi Bay BC on the way back north they managed a close third.

Top four Taniwha Shield placing a real team effort

A representative team of Year 7 & 8 rugby players from the Rodney and Otamatea area travelled to Keri Keri in July to compete in a week long tournament against seven other Northland regions for the coveted Taniwha Shield.
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