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3rd September 2018 issue

National award high praise for tourism service

Breathtaking views of a stunning lagoon-style harbour and dunes is where you will find the Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park offering a peaceful, relaxing holiday on a pristine white sandy beach. 
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Ed Said - The passing of common sense

For those of us predominantly over the age of 50 there have been some incredible changes in the world from post war years when everyone worked together to rebuild their lives and build this little country. 


Butchery mural gets the chop 

Unfortunately the mural depicting a historical butchery that graced the eastern wall of the Mangawhai Meat Shop for over a decade is no longer. 

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Shining light on the darkness of suicide

Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai offered ‘Let’s talk about it – Suicide in Aotearoa’ as ‘an opportunity to start a discussion’ in the community. The seminar was facilitated by founder/ manager of Te Waka Youth Services, Melanie Torkington, who specialises in adolescent mental health and suicide prevention. 

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New food bar set for summer

While nobody is actually saying business is booming in Mangawhai, several business are moving to larger premises while others are trying something new and adventurous, so there is plenty of optimism among business folk. 

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Letter to the Editor

Dairy free stance doesn’t sit well
“I realised my little skate park coffee spot was supporting the dairy industry and to be honest, it didn’t sit well,” says Cool Beans Cafe owner Morgan Redfern-Hardisty in big bold red typeface on the front page of the Mangawhai Focus (August 20).

Rodney students glam it up 

Senior students brought some glam and glitz and a whole lot of fun to Matakana recently as the annual Rodney College ball lit up the night on July 28. 

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Wellsford community urged to recycle toothbrush

Kids at Tapora Primary School are diverting the Wellsford community’s oral care waste from landfill for their chance to win one of two recycled community garden sets, as part a national recycling competition run by Colgate and global recycling pioneers TerraCycle. 
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Full house at museum fundraiser

Just shy of 100 people attended what will now become an annual fundraising event for the Mangawhai Museum. 

Mangawhai Museum is a selffunding organisation and relies on the generosity and support of local businesses and people to operate. 

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More recognition for NRC biosecurity staff

Northland Regional Council staff have secured two of three national awards made by their biosecurity peers across New Zealand; one for achievement in pest plant education and advocacy, and the other for innovation.

Firefighters forced to brake over cheap tyres

Firefighters across Auckland will now have to be more aware of their travelling speed when racing to an emergency, due to their fire trucks being fitted with an inferior tyre brand. 

Following the discovery, New Zealand Professional Firefighters’ Union, Auckland local secretary John Waldow has been forced to instruct firefighters to ‘put the brakes on’. 

Doubly diverse at Mangawhai gallery

Two artists combine in this exhibition expressing their diverse creative techniques and subject matter with paint and mixed media. Abstract design by Edie Chappell sits alongside formed designs and clean lines by Angela Buchanan.

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MCRC Understanding and reducing pain

Members welcomed Yatra Southward as guest speaker at the August meeting. Yatra, formerly an occupational therapist within the District Health Board network, is now actively engaged in delivering the Mobile Action Programme (MAP) to the local community.


Worzels World - A birds eye view

The Worzel is a strange and particular bird given to much flapping and squawking. Over recent times there have been some moves to list this indigenous animal on the endangered species list. Most government departments regard the species as a pest not worthy of preservation. 


What is a skin consultatin?

A skin consultation is normally 30-45 minutes where a skin therapist will assess your skin. We not only look at the surface of your skin but also work out what causes your skin to look the way it does. 

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Council to spend $30,000 cleaning up dumped rubbish

A Kaipara District Council contractor recently identified a large tomo on Spur Road, south of Te Kopuru, which was filled with illegally dumped rubbish. 

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Positive energy at Volunteer Open Day

A recent event aiming to further inspire Mangawhai community’s helping-hand spirit has been deemed a resounding success by organisers and local groups. 

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A special evening with the Debussy Piano Trio

Waipu’s Black Sheep Farm Country Homestead B&B is delighted to announce their next house concert, the Debussy Piano Trio, performing one of their Heralding Spring performances, the other being in Auckland. 

Gardening with Gael: Pruning: The spring trim

Spring, one of my favourite seasons, fills me with a sense of panic. Small weeds suddenly spring into life, there is feeding and mulching to do and some last minute pruning.

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Mangawhai Activity Zone clubhouse has funding consent

It is generally agreed that the Mangawhai Activity Zone, or MAZ as it is more effectionately known, is the equal of any family entertainment centre in the country with a variety of activities available from safe swings for pre-schoolers through to older trail bike riders and even professional skateboarders. 
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Calling all gardeners…

Heritage Roses NZ Inc. are holding their national conference later this year in Whangarei. Attendees will be entertained by lectures, garden visits and a total of eight speakers of world and local renown.


Meeting charts future direction for Mangawhai sport and leisure

Hosted by Mangawhai Community Trust (MCT) at Mangawhai Beach School on August 19, the meeting was a chance to have an open discussion regarding the future of sport and recreation in Mangawhai, as well as developing a coordinated approach for the use of existing facilities. 


Trophy haul for talented twinkle- toes

Rodney College dancer Olivia Platt has pirouetted her way through much of the opposition at the recent Northland Ballet & Dance 2018 Competition.

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Factory grants: What goes around comes back around 

With the announcement of Mangawhai’s community op shop’s second funding round now open to receiving applications, first round recipients show exactly what can be achieved with items no longer required. 

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Mangawhai office takes out REINZ award

Barfoot & Thompson Mangawhai has won the Small Residential Office of the Year Award for volume at the recent 2018 REINZ Awards for Excellence – the industry’s annual national awards evening. 

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Northpower fibre network spreading

Northpower Fibre has passed the halfway mark in its Whangarei UFB network with over 11,500 people connected to the network out of a possible 22,700 premises.
Chief Executive Darren Mason says while the 50 percent milestone is pleasing for the company, what really matters is that Whangarei has one of the highest uptake rates of any UFB network in New Zealand.


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