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5th August 2019 Issue

Sands stable but more planters needed 

Mangawhai’s iconic Sandspit received another batch of coastal grasses recently as part of a long-term successful planting program that has seen over 200,000 sand-hardy flora take root since the program’s inception.

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Ed Said - For the good of the game

Barely had the tears of joy dried and the champagne dregs gone flat for our triumphant netball team, when New Zealand mainstream media were bleating: Why weren’t the world champions paid? 


Think about local representation

As you are probably aware, Local Government Elections are happening in 2019. October 12 is polling day, and while it may seem far away, a lot has to happen before then.

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5G sparks community interest

A packed room at a recent Sunday afternoon meeting demonstrated the high level of local interest in a potential new threat to people’s wellbeing and the environment – fifth generation cellular phone technology, 5G.
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Tender signed for bridge repair

Repairs to one of Mangawhai’s vital arterial bridges can finally move forward now a suitable company has signed up for the task.

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Gardening with Gael - One of my favourite plants

I am on a mission this week to save a giant bird of paradise. A strelitzia nicolai. My friend Marg has one growing in her garden. 
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School Ag Day back on track

The M. bovis problems that caused disruptions to last year’s Mangawhai Beach School Ag Day seem now to be in the past. School animal organiser Abby Meagher is calling for orphaned calves, lambs and goats that might be looking for loving homes.

Councillor Comment

Bridge repairs finally get green light
After earlier delays in getting a suitable tender, this week Council resolved to award the contract.
And what about the proposed footbridge?
Proposal for a footbridge in this location.
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Surf club makes big awards splash

Waipu Cove Surf Life Saving Club celebrated three wins at the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on July 27.
The awards recognised outstanding work across the 17 clubs in the region.

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Landfill traffic concerns Kaipara mayor

The much-publicised controversy of a massive rubbish tip destined for the lush forest of Dome Valley has Kaipara’s mayor worried about the impact on commuting constituents. 

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Double boost to east Kaipara St John services

Receiving a double positive boost in the last month means more legs and wheels on local ground for St John emergency services, a welcome move to help improve the organisations response time in east Kaipara. 
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Worzels World -  Just thought I’d ask…

Where exactly is the black stump? And what, if anything, is on the other side of it? If dogs have such good hearing why do they have to bark so loudly? And how do they get the Teflon to stick to the frying pan? The answers to these questions may be of interest but they are not necessarily that important.

Local leader selected for global competition

A local youth leader, well respected for forming an award winning cadet team, has been selected to be part of a contingent representing New Zealand in a universal competition. 
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Sights set on Mangawhai

Warkworth-based law firm Insight Legal has opened a branch office in Mangawhai at 1c Molesworth Drive, in the same building as Strong Chartered Accountants and Loan Market.

Letters to the Editor

Service should be free for all
I've read with some dismay in your paper (MF, June 24)

Get on the ratepayer roll
In October we elect the councillors and mayor who will guide Kaipara over the next 3 years.

Bowel cancer campaign highlights impact on families

The dramatic impact of New Zealand’s second biggest cancer killer, bowel cancer, on families is the subject of a new, national awareness campaign launched on August 1 and running for the entire month.
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Life coaching in the privacy of your own home

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or just a bit down and could do with some empowering advice from an experienced life coach, try a session with Marisa Garau. Marisa is of Dutch-Sardinian descent and has lived in Mangawhai since 2007.

Forest & Bird join fight to save mangrove

Deliberation over what to do with Mangawhai’s rambling mangroves continues on, with Forest & Bird’s ensuing ‘court battle’ to protect the plants gaining the backing of a local environmental group.
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Right to manage mangrove forests key for MHRS

Forest & Bird are not the only environmental organisation gearing up to appeal Northland Regional Council’s [NRC] Proposed Regional Plan [PRP], Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society [MHRS] are also set to contest the council on some of their proposals. 

Pre-loved fashion fundraiser a big hit

A vital protective charity and the environment were the major benefactors of a large-sized shopping spree held recently which also served to replenish the wardrobes of some local ladies. 


Team keeps Mangawhai on track

Eleven years ago Gordon Hosking and a band of committed volunteers started building tracks in Mangawhai. 
They began at Mangawhai Community Park, where there was no access into the native bush, and put several tracks through. 

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