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26th June Issue

Popular Park Keeps Expanding

Mangawhai’s favourite playground for kids of all ages, including the grown-up variety, is set to make even more activity and play zones available for the coming summer.

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Ed Said - New game show coming

It’s called ‘The Election’. There’s a sequal every three years – same format, different cast mostly, but the plot is the same each time. The show only consists of one episode but social and mainstream media maintain a barrage of comment and criticism about the cast and the plot for the following three years until it runs again.

Medicinal Cannibis comes with a warning

Medical marijuana seems set to now become part of legal society with the recent announcement that the plant will be made more accessible to pain sufferers.


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Photography comp highlights plight of the kauri

Social media provides a great medium for shutterbugs constantly snapping their favourite nature scenes about the area in an array of different lights, times and moods.


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Letters to the Editor

Flat earth comparison - Well said Liz Clark [Letters to the Editor, June 12] 
Tangata Whenua debate - Poor Liz Clark [Letters to the Editor, June 12] .
The ship in the bush - I first became interested in New Zealand’s ancient history about 70 odd years ago
Domain committee coup - While doing some conservation work on the dunes last week I had a discussion

Call to be plastic-free

A new movement which challenges consumers to think twice before buying a good-to-go coffee or habitually reach for a plastic shopping bag, has taken off in Mangawhai.

July has become the official month to ‘choose to refuse’ and be plastic free, an initiative that began in Western Australia and has gone global to more than 130 countries.

Respite care facility essential

Respite care is a service that provides caregivers and whanau with a temporary rest while the person in their care continues to be looked after in a safe environment.

If you are the full-time, unpaid carer for a loved one, then respite services may be available for you.

Seawater therapy ideal winter treatment

Staying healthy through the winter might warrant a look at marine plasma. This is a sea water extract collected from an algal bloom that contains all the essential elements of the periodic table, plus all the trace minerals, amino acids and fatty acids that our cells evolved in and have a genetic memory for. 


News in Brief

Cafe takes wrong turn - Several months of work refurbishing and setting up a new business.
Art space available - The One Tree Point committee of Creative Northland is now accepting entries.
UFB coming to Waipu - Northpower has started building Waipu’s ultra-fast broadband fibre (UFB) network.

Environmental Leaders Fund allocated

More than 20 Northland school projects will receive Environmental Leaders Fund backing this year.

Twenty-one schools Northland-wide have been allocated sums from $500 to $2000 to fund projects.


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Council initiative to smooth roads

Disgruntled Kaipara residents who live off the districts country roads, where negotiating potholes, dust and mud is a daily trial, will be encouraged to hear the council has a plan to smooth out the ruts and bumps.

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Walking Weekend dates confirmed

March 16-18 has been confirmed as the dates for the 2018 Mangawhai Walking Weekend.

“We again received terrific feedback from walkers and guides, and a number of improvements and new event initiative.

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Hanging up the blue for something new

After nearly eight years, Constable Jason Kingi has ‘retired’ from the New Zealand Police.

Jason had been stationed at Wellsford police station for the last two years of a career that started in Auckland where he was able to experience a few different roles.

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Citizens Awards make a comeback

Kaipara District Council has decided to bring back the area’s Citizens Awards to once again recognise the excellent work so many people do in the Kaipara community.

The Council-awarded Citizens Awards previously ran annually from 2001 – 2012, recognising the contributions and achievements of outstanding Kaipara citizens.

Art House opens its doors

Professional artist Mandy Thomsett-Taylor and husband Glen Taylor left Auckland just over three years ago to live permanently in Mangawhai and have not looked back.

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Night of glamour at school ball

Rodney College students brought a bit of glitz and glamour to Wellsford on June 17, reports Julia Wade, as they converged on the town for the school’s annual Senior Ball.

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Gardening with Gael - Vancouver Island’s inspirational Butchart Gardens

On the way home from visiting my son in Connecticut, Dawn, my travelling companion and I decided to stop over in Vancouver and visit her relatives.

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Last days for Matariki tree giveaway

As Matariki draws near, Tindall Foundation-funded native tree project Trees That Count is joining the Maori New Year celebrations by offering community groups, schools and non-profit organisations the opportunity to win native trees for local conservation projects.


Resignations follow after Domain AGM

Traditionally, Annual General Meetings don’t attract large numbers, so it was with some surprise to the incumbent committee when over 40 people turned up to last week’s Domain AGM.


Street food camper follows the seasons

Private enterprise is alive and well in Mangawhai, and showing the enjoyment of food has no boundaries.

Good food can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere – the little black 1977 ‘Beddie’ camper sporting the Off The Grill logo is testament to that.

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Police Snippets

Speeding the big issue
Mangawhai Police say the last two weeks have been relatively quiet

Camera owner found
A ‘Go-Pro’ was handed in to police after being found in the shallow waters of Te Arai.

Worzels World - The Russians did it

As they read out the list of names my expectations were dashed and disappointment deepened. Yet another Queen’s Birthday had passed and I had still not received a knighthood. Another year and the words “arise Sir Worzel” would not be heard.


Kapa Haka festival a winner

Mid-June the auditorium at Otamatea High School rattled and hummed to the sound of six local schools performing at the inaugural Te Uri o Hau Kapa Haka Festival.

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Not all happy with Crown Manager reappointment

Kaipara District Council has welcomed the recent announcement from the Associate Minister of Local Government, Jacquie Dean, of the reappointment of Peter Winder as Crown Manager.


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