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24th June 2019

Mangawhai butchers too sharp for their opposition

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Ed Said -  Appreciating ‘Fiji time’


Kaipara mayor to seek re-election

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Boating and fishing club presents cheque to lifeguard service

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Sages help to support seniors

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Police alert vulnerable to scams


Mayors Memo


Crossing to school now safer

After a year in the making, children of Mangawhai Beach School (MBS) can now cross the street safely during the ‘rush-hour’ commute to get to their school grounds.

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Kaipara libraries provide free digital services

Dargaville Library recently received new public computers.
Gone are the five old PC’s and in their place are a new colour printer, four Chrome stations and 12 Chromebooks with touch screens. 


Letters to the Editor

Caveman thinking Dearest Prof. Worzel. I enjoyed your recent whinge in the Mangawhai Focus (Standing in the way of progress, June 10) on a cold winter’s morning as I sipped my soy cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles. 


Volunteer Week: It’s a privelege to serve others says Geoff 

In celebration of the 1.2 million New Zealand volunteers – a large percentage quite possibly living in Mangawhai – National Volunteer Week (June 16-22) highlights the selfless contribution of those who dedicate their spare time to others or a worthy cause. 
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Volunteer Week: Joy Wilson proud of her museum work

Volunteers are the life-blood of the Mangawhai Museum. Currently 88 volunteers fill a wide range of roles essential to the success of the museum, including reception, manning the....
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Gardening with Gael - Growing, and going, bananas

An advertisement in the Mangawhai Locals page from Our Mangawhai Garden (previously Jaraho) advising that they had banana plants for sale reminded me that I am keen to try and grow some bananas up at the Block.
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Positive reactions to the wonder of science 

Flames and explosions, chemical reactions, experiments involving water, motion and gravity and being able to lie on a bed of nails succeeded in sparking local schoolchildren’s innate curiosity recently, when the Science Roadshow rolled into town.
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Fashion fun helps to save lives

High-fashion and sashaying models not only delivered entertainment and inspiration at a glamourous fundraising event recently but was also a means to help a local worthy organisation to save more lives.  

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Worzels World - The politics of control

What do those who seek political power want most? The answer, like many answers, is in the question. They want power. 

How is power obtained and held? Well we need only look at history once again. The first tool of despots Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and present-day China is the imposition of censorship. 

Northpower Trades Cadetship Programme to nurture local talent

Northpower has launched a comprehensive training programme to help address a skills shortage in Northland.

Waipu shops on the rise

While Waipu has come to grips with the tradgety of the fire that razed Waipu Cafe and Deli, Waipu Pharmacy and Harker's Herbal in the centre of the small town last September, there is the feel of optimism in the air as machinery has arrived on site
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Ambulance initiative for local families

Local families with new babies will be able to call an ambulance without worrying about the cost, thanks to a new joint initiative by St. John Bream Bay and Northland Plunket. 

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Skin pigmentation - and results!

If you have pigmentation that you don't like in your skin in the form of blotches of dark colour, or an uneven skin tone that you cover up and you want to change it then read on. 

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Matakohe bridge project in final stages

The NZ Transport Agency says the Matakohe Bridges project is well on the road to completion.
The final seal has recently been laid on the largest of the two bridges – Te Piringatahi – on State Highway 12.

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Reader offers sand mining caution

Dargaville’s Barry Jones has assumed the role of local historian following the passing of Noel Hilliam and has been interested in the recent articles in the Focus regarding the objections to sand mining in the area.

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Waipu, Paparoa flood maps released

Landowners in Waipu and Paparoa are the latest to be issued with new Northland Regional Council maps showing the potential effect floods – including large ‘one in a century’ type events – could have on them.


Rabbits: No more warm fuzzies

Long eared and fluffy is about where the loving ends for a number of Mangawhai residents who collectively relate that Mangawhai could be undergoing something of a rabbit plague. 
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KDC sets national benchmark following food audit

Kaipara District Council (KDC) has achieved another exciting milestone following an Environmental Health accreditation assessment audit by Joint Accreditation Services Australia, New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) which closed with zero non-conformances. 

Eutopia cafe harnesses solar energy

Kaiwaka’s Eutopia Cafe has undergone a huge transformation into an attractive and artistic stop-over for a coffee or meal – for locals and travellers. Owners Marijke and Rob have worked many years on a unique renovation.
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