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6th November 2017

Te Whai opens doors to meet need

A group of visionary volunteers celebrated the fruition of a longtime goal recently, as they cut the ribbon on premises aimed to fill the social services gap in Mangawhai, dubbed the ‘forgotten lands’.

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Ed Said - Do new brooms always sweep clean?

Just when we think the election is over and things will ‘settle down’ (whatever that means), Kaipara must again stand alone in electing a new Mayor and then, if that person happens to be one of the present Councillors there will need to be a by-election to fill that vacancy. 

 St John responds to community

A vital emergency crew responding to a recent call-out of a different kind – remedying questions regarding distribution of funds and mode of operations – has been well received by the Mangawhai community. 

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Factory hits the ground running

Mangawhai’s latest edition to retail outlets, a second-hand store designed specifically to benefit the community, has been conveyed as a runaway success with profits exceeding projections.

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Domain AGM signals a positive future

A willingness to leave disputes behind and move forward, was the agreed theme at the recent Mangawhai Domain Committee’s (DC) ‘second’ AGM for 2017, attended by more than 50 residents and Domain Society members.


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Senior students ready to leave the nest

Rodney College Year 13 students take the time capsule group shot after their recent 2017 prize giving. 

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National excellence award for Maungaturoto teacher

A passion for the creative arts and her community has won a Maungaturoto teacher an ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award (ASG NEiTA).

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Gardening with Gael - Where the wildflowers are

It’s during this time of year I am tempted to write MULCH five or six hundred times. The ground is still damp and to trap that moisture in the ground a heavy layer of mulch is recommended. I use everything, even piles of weeds. 
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Worzels World - The Rise of the Surveillance State

My computer tells me that I have been writing this column for nearly ten years. Not this particular one of course. I’m slow but not that slow. It doesn’t seem that long ago. However I expect that it is as my computers memory tends to be more reliable than my own.


Letters to the Editor

US patents cannabis There need be no further research
Thanks DOC The Mangawhai Cliff Walk is in the top ten iconic walks in the world
Rogan for mayor I refer to the editorial in the last issue
By-election bust During the Local Body Election Campaign  
Mini Ice Age? What exciting times we are living in. 
Support local food We are lucky to have a raw milk farm 

Disgusted by dumping

Recently I published an article in the Mangawhai Focus regarding the dumping of rubbish on the road between Mangawhai and Langs Beach, specifically in the vicinity of the Robert Hastie Memorial Reserve as you wind up the hill before going on to Langs Beach.

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Pottery lessons popular

Holiday boredom should be at an all-time low among the younger set in Mangawhai as several activities, both learning and entertaining, have manifested themselves of late. 

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Judge orders payment, rates rivalry continues

The leaders of the six year old rates battle against the Kaipara District Council over the Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme have been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in unpaid rates and penalties. 


Bargain books always popular

While there are a growing number of people going online for information, entertainment and enjoyment, the digital age is still shunned by many who prefer the feel of pre-loved books for their evening reading.

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The sun will shine, the flowers will bloom

This winter and spring has been the bane of many gardeners, especially those preparing their properties for the annual Palmers Planet Mangawhai Garden Ramble which supports our local Kindergarten and Plunket. 
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Is a manicure or pedicure a health benefit?

Do you think of manicures and pedicures as just an occasional way of pampering yourself? Regular manicures and pedicures actually provide great benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. They also help keep hands looking young.


Church, but not as you know it

Mangawhai’s Anglican Church is embarking in a new concept: Tea Time Church. It’s still ‘church’, just not as we know it.

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Mangawhai artists exhibit in November

During the summer, exhibitions at Mangawhai Artists Gallery will change every two weeks. November features paintings by four Mangawhai artists where visitors will see a marvellous variety of work.

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Good show for gala

Mangawhai Beach School (MBS) successfully orchestrated its annual Agricultural and Gala Day over Labour Weekend, the event drawing more than 2000 people to the grounds despite a cold, blustery wind.

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Mangawhai’s favourite play zone on show

Visitors and locals alike flocked to Mangawhai Activity Zone MAZ on Labour Weekend, as the park showcased for the first time its ever-expanding range of facilities.


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Outward Bound finds new recruit

Due to a change in circumstances one of the latest recipients of the Mangawhai Club/ Mangawhai Focus sponsored Outward Bound Scholarships is unable to take up the offer, leaving the way for Wellsford student Anja Hamelmann.

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Police Snippets

Thief pleads guilty Local police have had a busy month
Ute & bike recovered A 31-year-old Wellsford man will appear in court
iPhone snatched An iPhone 7 was allegedly stolen from Tavern
Something fishy Two expensive fishing torpedos were reported lost 
Lost & found An elderly woman from Wellington lost her red wallet

No quick fix but work and determination at Council’s first AGM

Kaipara District Council’s (KDC) first AGM attracted an audience of more than 40 residents, keen to hear the Mayors report of the last year before he steps away from office on November 15. 
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Team jumps to podium spot

The Rodney College equestrian team of (from left) Monique Balfour, Tamara Marshall, Paige Rynne, and Brooklyn Wilson has placed a commendable 2nd in the North Island Secondary Schools Show Jumping Champs held in Cambridge a fortnight ago.

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Library closing for new flooring

Keen readers and browsers of fine books will have to go without their local library for nearly ten days as Mangawhai’s Library Hall continues with its spring spruce up.

The library’s doors will close on November 11 at noon to allow for the rooms to be refurbished with fresh carpet and new shelving to be installed, and will reopen on the evening of November 20.

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