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25th January 2020 Issue

First birthday for movies in Mangawhai

Mangawhai’s very own movie theatre, brought to the community by Pioneer Village Charitable Trust (PVCT), has just celebrated its first birthday, marking the event with cake, bubbles and a showing of the blockbuster ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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Ed Said - Any storm in a port

At least we’ve had some respite the past month from the political haranguing of ‘major’ issues but with councils and Government to resume shortly we’ll be back in the groove in no time.

Mayors Memo

Kia ora, Parched soils, hot temperatures and dry days make it clear summer’s here in Kaipara. Happy New Year from a hot place. Great for holidays and camping adventures under azure skies, helping us make the most of the summer school holidays but not so good for water supplies.

Award winning sales team join Westmoreland Homes

Westmoreland Homes would like to announce new additions to their sales team. Steve and Lianne Jaycock will be working primarily at the Westmoreland Homes Marsden Cove showhome.

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Te Whai thanks local community for help

After receiving hundreds of donations recently to fill festive baskets gifted to help those struggling over Christmas, a local social service would like to extend a big thank you to the many in the community who gave a helping hand.

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Letter to the Editor

More traffic chaos
Last week’s editorial endorsing the Wood Street One Way System has avoided a crucial point in the discussion: the dramatic effect that this has had on surrounding residential streets.


Police Snippets

Helping shape your Kaipara Local police say they have had a ‘crazy busy time’ over the festive season, maintaining a visible presence with ongoing patrols between Mangawhai and Wellsford, and responding to a range of misdemeanours, call-outs and lost property reports. 


Movie fundraiser for Team D

Following their national champion success last year, a young group of diversified thinkers are currently gathering funds to showcase their talent at an international big-league competition.


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Jamboree proves awesome experience for local Scouts

Adventure, adrenaline, challenges, mystery tours and night concerts were all part of a high-octane, action-packed holiday event for thousands of young teens recently, including a few Mangawhai locals.

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Feeling a bit washed out over summer?

We have had an amazing summer. It’s been hot and dry with a lot of wind. This leads to faded brows and lashes with dehydrated skins. We can’t possibly drink enough water to reach our skin, all the other vital organs in our body need it first.

Out & About

Holidaymakers Ruby Beauchamp, Molly Talbot and Paris Beauchamp were spotted dancing on the footpath at the Village shops recently. The 11-year-olds are friends and have been making the most of their bach holiday in Mangawhai.

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Gardening with Gael - Vegetable gardens need commitment

My vegetable garden is a sorry sight. All that survived me being away either died or went to seed except for the curly kale which grew about another ten centimetres and now look like miniature palm trees. 

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Garden and house tour for a good cause

Tickets to an inspiring weekend’s entertainment that will raise funds for a good cause and provide a perfect gift are now on sale.

The Dahlias for Dementia Garden & House Tour 2020, to be held February 22-23, includes 20 exceptional properties from Maungaturoto to beyond Matakohe. Seven homes will also be open.

Worzels World - A close Encounter of the Absurd kind

Much time has passed since I reported on my first sobering and not inconsequential encounter with the alien. Since that time UFO sightings have increased dramatically around the world and practically anyone worth their weight in cosmic awareness has been abducted and molested by some sort of alien or other. 

Busy beach but good conditions says lifeguard service

Guardians of local waters, Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) spent hundreds of hours keeping a vigilant eye on the hordes of sun-seekers who packed out the surf beach through the recent holiday season.


New face joins YourVet team

The team at Waipu’s YourVet are excited to welcome a new face in their growing team of experienced veterinarians.

Nikita O'Donnell (nee Osborne) graduated from The University of Queensland in 2012, and since then has been based at Bay of Islands Veterinary Services

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Mangawhai Vets supports bush fire victims

With animal welfare uppermost in their minds, Mangawhai’s Vet Centre opened donations in support of those suffering the effects of the recent Australian bushfires. Both clients and well-wishers were generous in their support.

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