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26th April 2021 Issue

Op shop rebuild: Out with the old and in with the new

With the doors now closed on one of the area’s most popular and iconic op-shopping spots, St John have opened the proverbial window to becoming brand-new. 

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Ed Said - Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Emotions are running high as Kiwis and Aussies on both sides of the Tasman celebrate the open-ing of the travel bubble, a world first.


Mayor's Memo

Kia ora,Roads are the most significant part of the business of Council, and something about which locals are justifiably passionate.


Near win for pony club at big event

Local young horse riders cantered close to a win at a recent prestigious event, earning second place in an equestrian triathlon which their club had not entered for many years.

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Poppy Day theme honours role of women during war

New Zealand’s longest-running charity street appeal, Poppy Day, celebrates its 99th birthday this year with the fundraiser first kicking off after WWI, in 1922. 

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Locals share their Defence Force experiences

Kaipara has its share of local woman who have dedicated their time and skills to the armed services, from nurses, midwives and Army personnel, to leaders of the local cadets and serving as Wrens aka Women’s Royal Naval Service. 
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Special appearance hopeful at Hakaru service

A year on from last year’s Covid-cancelled Anzac Day, which resulted in the nationwide ‘Stand at Dawn’ appeal and locals decorating gardens with red poppies and crosses, 2021 will see a return to the customary dawn services and ceremonies.
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Climate change our biggest challenge says group

A joint local authority committee that will play a key role in Northland’s future approach to managing climate change has held its inaugural meeting in Whangarei.

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Beach Day makes positive impact on kids

Local school chil-dren were delighted to swap their desks for a classroom at the beach recently, and a chance to learn more about rescues, rips and water safety.

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Sand mining hearing imminent

The first of three re-source consent appli-cation hearings for the extraction of sand off the Pakiri-Mangawhai coastal marine area is scheduled to commence on Wednesday May 5 at the Warkworth Town Hall, 9.30am.

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Rebus president makes a statement

Rebus Club president Gordon Lees surprised everyone at their April 15 meeting, turning up dressed as a strange bearded lady. Gordon was, of course, making a statement that the organisation was well overdue for a female in charge.

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Stunning stage set-up for Seussical Jnr

Otamatea Repertory Theatre’s make-up and costuming team has been working extra hard to create fantasy charac-ters for their latest musical, Seussical Jnr.

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Worzel's World: Silent weapons for quiet wars

For those who may not have noticed, and very few notice very much these days, World War 3 has been under-way for some time. As in all previous wars the first casualty is truth, and the weapon of propaganda has been used, as usual, to instil fear and demoralise the enemy.

ANZ grants for Northland netball after tough season

As the whistle blows for the start of the 2021 season of the ANZ Premiership, ANZ is looking to help netball teams in Northland get back on the court this season and is putting out a nationwide call to recognise and reward netball’s Local Legends.
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Council spin an alternative reality

Mayor Jake has headed a vigorous media cam-paign assuring us that the EcoCare hangover is under control – ‘put to bed… speculation and misinformation...

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A (e)utopian vision for Kaiwaka

After sitting down and ‘comparing notes’ with Mangawhai Matters, a considered and (e)utopian submission for the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 was made to Kaipara District Council at the end of March.


Skin goals big or small

As the weather is turning, now is the perfect time to reassess your skin. For some of us it’s about removing the unwanted sun damage and getting our skin into great health. 

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Exhibition partnership boost for local artists

Mangawhai Artists Inc project leaders Rosina Kamphuis and Nicola Everett, in partnership with Kaipara District Council’s Fleur Denize, proudly present the first solo exhibition at the Mangawhai KDC office reception.
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High spirits as fundraiser cuts big cheque

An incredible $100K was raised recently at Tara Iti’s fourth annual Spirit of Mangawhai Charity Golf Tournament, held on Thursday April 15.

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Autumn burning prompts reminder of rules

Northlanders planning to burn unwanted waste material this autumn are being encouraged to consider their neighbours and follow the rules, or risk fines and other penalties.

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News in Brief

Hurry, KDC looking for representation feedback Kaipara District Council will be reviewing its representation arrangements later this year.
Garden Ramble wants your slice of paradise Planning for the annual Mangawhai Garden Ramble.

Speed limit during Hakaru bridge repair

For some time a busy one lane bridge on the route via Mangawhai to Hakaru has been lined with orange sticks and an imposed limited speed.

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Testing shows summer swim water quality generally good 

Investigations show water quality at most popular Northland swim spots – especially those on the coast – met swimming guidelines over summer, with birds and stock a common link to those which didn’t.

Climate Chap: Mangawhai under sea?

Mangawhai’s single biggest climate concern: Are we going to be underwater as sea levels continue to rise? Yes! Well, maybe not just yet.


Epic return for Northpower Wild Kiwi

Organisers of the Northpower Wild Kiwi believe the event is on track to attract 1000 competitors  within  two years.

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