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2nd October Issue 2017

Installation prepares for cable landing

Engineering apprenticeships up for grabs
Mangawhai is a lot closer to becoming the New Zealand landing point for the Hawaiki Submarine Cable on its journey from the USA to Australia. 

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Ed Said - One day just like another

Has anything changed in the last ten days? What grew to feverish levels of conjecture preelection seems to have become very quiet since, and even moreso as Winston Peters has rightfully put mainstream press in their place by bringing down the shutters on any outcome until after special votes are counted.

Engineering apprenticeships up for grabs

With the end of school looming, a campaign has been launched by Apprentice Training New Zealand (ATNZ), the country’s largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices, to address an urgent shortage in the engineering sector.


Repaint for new season

A local historical treasure is in for a spring spruce-up thanks to a funding gift from Kaipara District Council.


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Mayors Message

It is my intention to hold an "AGM" for Council for the financial year just completed. The meeting will be an opportunity for you to hold us to account for that year. We finished the year with a surplus of $2.8 million which will be used to retire debt. That was against a budgeted surplus (budget set by the Commissioners) of $200,000. All of the surplus will be used to retire debt.

Prolific retiree paints himself into a corner

Retired naval architect and university lecturer Bevan Lawrence has always liked painting though he only went into oil art at the end of last year.


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Police Snippets

Police may know taggers  Property in Mangawhai was hit by vandals
Stolen ute appears A red 2003 Toyota ute stole
Mountain bike nicked A 70-year-old woman’s Avanti mountain bike was stolen
Credit card details used Online credit card fraud
Court appearance for thief A 25-year-old local man appeared

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Northland Rescue Chopper out to raise $200k

The 2017 Northland Rescue Helicopter fundraising appeal is underway – with the aim of beating last year’s superb total of $200,000 in public donations.


Gardening with Gael - The white walk part 2

I knew it! Gardeners do have a desire to plant white gardens. I have had lots of suggestions for my White Walk, even more feedback than usual. This has had me back at the odd garden centre.
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Mangawhai Combined Rebus Club - A world of adventure awaits

Guest speaker at the September Rebus meeting was Ian Balme, director of Forgotten World Adventures.


Kaipara Walking and Cycling Strategy announced by Council

At their August 14 meeting, Kaipara District Council adopted the 2017 Kaipara Walking and Cycling Strategy which has been prepared to provide a framework to increase walking and cycling participation in the Kaipara district.


Slow Spring to test gardeners

The Mangawhai Women’s Institute will hold their 65th Annual Floral and Craft Show on November 10, 2017 at the Mangawhai Library Hall.

Major sponsor for this years show is Ray White Mangawhai at the Village where you can pick up a schedule showing all the different categories available, including cut flowers, cooking, handcraft/art, photography, decorative and vegetables.

Letters to the Editor

Turning water into gold The threat of a nuclear holocaust looms closer
School sales Bill English’s boast that Whangarei Boys’ High School will get $50 million
Kaipara not a corporation If you have some understanding of the infrastructural needs of the next generation
Rentals are a business It is ethically wrong for any MP who has a business to be able to vote
We are all New Zealanders Tariana Turia need look no further than herself and co-leaders


Good Sorts: There when you need them

For some of the 60-plus brigade it’s hard to imagine one of their ilk having worked a lifetime in computers. Many are only just coming up to speed with modern technology, getting over their fears of pressing keys that give a magical response


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Mangawhai ties for Citizens Awards

After an absence of five years the Kaipara Citizens Awards have been reinstated with five outstanding women from the Kaipara community being honoured at a function in Paparoa recently.



The Do's and Don’ts of Spray Tanning


MAZ project mushrooming

The MAZ ‘construction gang’ are at the next stage of the latest mushroom chairs project. They have chosen the colour palette for the mushroom panels, which will embellish the log seats currently in the Mangawhai Activity Zone.

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Kaipara art shines at awards

An impressive showcase of exceptional artistic talent was celebrated recently with the 2017 Kaipara Lifestyler Art Awards.


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Museum becoming social hub

Mangawhai Museum is one of the best regional museums in the country but it still relies on the help of sponsors and fundraising to cover all costs. Manager Emma Gray believes these fundraising activities contribute to the museum providing a hub for the community around it.


Clifftop Walkway out of bounds

A slip last month blocking a section of the popular Mangawhai Clifftop Walkway has forced the track's closure.


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Worzels world - The Unacknowledged Epidemic

I know that much of what I write in this column points out many aspects of our existence that could be done a lot better yet I am still one if the old school who thinks we should be grateful, in spite of the many hardships, mishaps, suffering and pain of life.


NRC leads charge on electric vehicles

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) is 'leading the charge' on electric vehicles, with its 10-strong fleet believed to be among the largest of any local authority nationally.


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Football season ends on high score

Budding young footballers – and parents – were surprised and excited by the appearance of a guest who plays at the top level of the sport, at the recent Mangawhai Football Club’s (MFC) end-of-year prizegiving ceremony.


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National prospects good for Northland surf team

The Northland Secondary School Surfing team heads to Gisborne on October 6 for the week-long National Champs.

The competition is contested by 12 regions across New Zealand and last year Northland placed a very credible fourth.


Waipu Whispers

Major highway changes have certainly woken many
After three years in Waipu, Four Square owners Steve and Jo Price have passed the mantle
Blackshed Now under the stewardship of Canadian-born Sheri McKay
Though only stage one has yet been completed, the Waipu Cycle and Walkway has won it’s way into the top 29

National Beauty award success

Paparoa’s Skin Image Clinic shared the red carpet with the best beauty names in the country in placing third in the ‘best new clinic’ category of the recent inaugural New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals biennial awards at Te Papa on 23rd September. 
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