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28th My 2018 Issue

New stall gifts free food

Inspired by a Facebook post from local Maryann Lishman, community-minded couple Mike and Libby Clews established the Seabreeze Drive food donation stall, making Mangawhai the newest member to be listed officially online with Community Fruit & Veg Stands (CFVS).
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Ed Said - Nothing like a good w(h)ine

Very soon we will drink to the home we have lived in for the past 16 years as we close the door and move into a new one. Just a simple symbolic event when we will toast, taste and sip wine. 

Factory welcomes new manager 

Mangawhai Heads’ popular op shop, The Factory, is now under new management from an old hand. 

“Lyndsey is taking over the role from Phillippa King, who is pursuing her life's passion working in the movie industry,” Rayward says.

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Fashion and champagne raising cash for essential service

A local venue became the centre of international high fashion recently with local models strutting their stuff on the cat walk in order to help raise money for a worthy cause. 

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New chief executive brings depth of skills

Kaipara mayor, Dr Jason Smith, has announced the appointment of Louise Miller as Kaipara District Council’s new chief executive following its extraordinary meeting held in Maungaturoto on Tuesday May 15.
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Writers group starts new chapter

It seems that artisans in Mangawhai are not limited to pottery and painting. Just a month ago Bevan Lawrence spread the word to see if there were any budding scribes like himself who were interested in meeting to form a writers group.


Mayors Memo

Starting at the beginning of my time as Mayor of Kaipara District four months ago I set out to communicate better what’s going on at Council. This short column is the latest part of sharing hot-off-the-press updates with the community.


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Gardening with Gael - Weather Ideal For Hibiscus This Year

A few years ago I planted a hedge of hibiscus beneath the solar panels at the Block. Most of them were transplanted from other areas in the garden during late winter and after they had been severely pruned. 
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Broadcasting career recognised at national radio awards

It was another remarkable achievement in a career full of remarkable achievements for Mangawhai radio personality Mark Perry when he was presented a Services to Broadcasting Award at the recent NZ Radio Awards held in Auckland on May 5.

Introducing NZ House Surveys

Sonia and John Turner of Mangawhai, are proud to launch their local NZ House Surveys business servicing Mangawhai, Rodney and North Shore.

Obituary - Janelle fights to the end

The team at the Focus would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Mangawhai woman, Janelle Penjueli on May 17. Janelle’s story of her courageous fight against a formidable cancer and her determined will to live to spend as much time with her three young daughters, husband George and family, featured in the Focus’s October 16 issue last year.
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