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27th June 2016 Issue

Scouts profit from rubbish

In true Scouting spirit, members of the Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scout Group walked between the two towns recently, picking up roadside rubbish to fundraise for the 21st NZ Scout Jamboree.
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Services contract awarded

Kaipara District Council has awarded its Regulatory Services contract to Armourguard as part of a joint procurement process with Whangarei District Council.

The services Armourguard will carry out for Kaipara involve parking, dog control and noise enforcement.

Ed Said - ‘Crisis’ a relative term


Money exchange to close

Maungaturoto’s long-serving money exchange is set to close.

The Maungaturoto Money Exchange was established in 1999 following the closure of the last bank in town.


Your Questions Answered - Master plan needed for Mangawhai

Council is seeking feedback on proposed improvements to Alamar Crescent, the road that leads to the boat ramp and Sellars Reserve. Members from the community have raised concerns over pedestrian safety here for many years, especially when the area is full of holiday-makers and vehicles towing boats and trailers.

Dog attacks a growing concern

On the morning of Saturday June 18, small block residents of Atkin Road, Mangawhai, awoke to a scene of carnage.

During the night or early hours two black medium-sized dogs set out on a murderous path across four properties 

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Relay to mark 75 years of women in blue

In our modern days of 2016 it is hard to imagine a police force without women patrolling the beat, however prior to 1941, only ‘boys in blue’ was an actual New Zealand reality.


High Tea for Nepal fundraiser

Students from Whangarei to Dunedin travelled to Nepal earlier this year to see for themselves the impact that the 2015 earthquake has had for the people of Kathmandu. As youth advocates for the Leprosy Mission, they are keen to share their experience with others at a Mangawhai High Tea for Nepal to be held in Mangawhai on July 10.
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The wisdom of our bodies

Did you know there is a map of your body in your feet, your hands and your ears? Did you know you have energetic pathways – meridians – that travel through your body linking organs and tissues? Many of these meridians pass through your feet and hands.
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Peters: Responsibility rests with the voters

Northland MP Winston Peters addressed and entertained a full house at the Mangawhai Golf Club last week as invited guest of the Mangawhai Business Development Association.
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Police Snippets

Fatal crash, Caught on camera, GAS hit again, Label valuables, Oops!, More thefts
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Worzels World - Whatever happened to Joe Bloggs?

It seems like only yesterday that Joe Bloggs (and indeed the whole Bloggs family) with wife and 2.4 children were the darlings of the media. Joe was often quoted and frequently held up as the quintessential Kiwi ideal. Unlike John Doe, his international equivalent, Joe was distinctly Kiwi and we were proud of him.

Fire brigade celebrates 50 years

To most people the sound of the siren puts fear into their hearts, but anyone in Wood Street, apart from being deafened, see men and women coming from all directions to congregate at the building at the end of the shops, 
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Letters to the Editor

Foot bridge urgency - I was reading the Mangawhai focus today about the tsunami drill 
Artificial reef solution? - Noel Paget's suggestion that I 'discreetly glossed over man's contribution towards the mangrove invasion’ is far from the truth. 
Conviction deserved - Betty Atkin-Cooke’s letter relating to Valerie Kerr
Wastewater policy flawed - Kaipara District Council’s “Statement of Proposal” demonstrates a deplorable lack of knowledge about wastewater and its treatment 

Estuary access restricted by dredge

Access in the estuary opposite Bullet Point may be restricted at low tide by dredging operations for five or six weeks, according to the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society.
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Council proposes Alamar Crescent improvements

Concept plans for improvements on Alamar Crescent at Mangawhai Heads are up for discussion within the Mangawhai community.

Collaboration, colour and creativity at workshop

Prominent Mangawhai artists Gayle Forster and Elena Nikolaeva will turn tutors later this month holding a workshop for all-comers at the Village Artists Gallery.

Community Matters - Country dream a reality

Moving from the city to a rural community or small town is not for everyone, but for those who do, it often fulfils many of their dreams.

Police volunteers ‘sacked’ amid safety concerns

Rural and small town police stations around Rodney and Kaipara have recently lost an invaluable asset – their police volunteers.
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Quicker to connect with US Cable

The pristine shoreline of our local area has been selected as a connection site set to bring America a lot closer to New Zealand shores.

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Sassy sisters dream big

An all-girl group of entrepreneurs taking NCEA Level Three Business Studies at Rodney College are dreaming big with their business called SASS, after successfully making it into the regional Dragons Den final.
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Annual Plan adopted

The Northland Regional Council's 'business as usual' Annual Plan 2016/17 has been formally adopted.

Council chairman Bill Shepherd says the plan – passed by full council at a meeting in Whangarei yesterday – keeps an overall rates increase to the 2.34 percent agreed last year.

Bowls Results

Club closure benefits Maungaturoto
It is extremely unfortunate for New Zealand bowls to lose another fine bowling facility with the closing of the Mission Bay Bowling Club, but due to the effort of one of its members, Mr Tom Ryan, Maungaturoto has a cash donation of $10,200.


Far North pumps for series finale

Clean 1 to 1.5m waves fanned by offshore winds provided the perfect canvas as over 50 high school surfers from around Northland converged on Ahipara on June 17 for the third and final event of the 2016 Northland Scholastics Surfing Series.
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