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7th January 2021 Issue

Call to stand against looming sand mining consents

No coastline in the world could withstand the extraction through mining of over 5 million cubic metres of sand, yet this is currently being sought with three mining consents for the Mangawhai to Pakiri beach fronts.
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Ed Said - The reason for the season

Chewing a sandwich on the deck I quietly observe all the signs of summer around the small space of our front yard: hot blue skies, a gentle zephyr and dancing leaves, a chorus of cicadas, a bumble bee fumbling with a flower.

Mayors Memo

Kia ora

2020 has been a year like no other for us all. Looking in the rear view mirror to see how far we’ve come, here are some highlights from the Council year.


Kaipara Citizen Awards for Mangawhai volunteers

Kaipara District’s 2020 Citizen & Environmental Awards have been presented with the Citizen Awards going to Brian Burnett of Dargaville, and Bert Sainsbury and Vanessa Fulton of Mangawhai.
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New creative hub officially opened


Wharf project: Appeal not an option says Trust chair

Following the decision by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) appointed commissioners to refuse the resource consent for the historic wharf rebuild, the Mangawhai Historic Wharf Trust (MHWT) has looked closely at the option of appealing the decision to the Environment Court.

New's in Brief

Holiday programme Local resident John Dickie is proposing an Environmental Science Programme.
Fire season change As of December 14.
Mowing berms If you want your berm looking immaculate.

$3000 scholarships for tertiary education, research

Eight $3000 scholarships are being offered to support students studying or training in areas aligned to work the Northland Regional Council does in the environmental, economic or community resilience fields.

On holiday and celebrating 2021


Gardening with Gael - The time has come

As the Walrus said, ‘The time has come’. I began these articles with the development of the Block 13 years ago. I remember the real estate agent was intent on finding a sea view no matter how often Box requested good soil and some bush.


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Community collaboration leads Wood Street revitalisation project

After months of planning, the Wood Street revitalisation project at Mangawhai Heads shopping centre really got rolling this month, with key changes implemented following the latest community co-design workshops.
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Worzel's World - Enjoying Armageddon


Golf events a boost for school

Mangwhai Golf Club hosted Mangawhai Beach School (MBS) for their annual golf day on Sunday December 6, one of the school’s biggest fundraising event.

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Mangawhai Matters - Part-time property owners: You need to enrol!

The Kaiwaka/Mangawhai Ward, which takes in Mangawhai and the area to west as far as Kaiwaka, has two of the eight councillors on the Kaipara District Council. A significant proportion of Mangawhai owners are not full-time residents although many spend long periods here.

Drivers urged to plan ahead, and drive safely, for holiday journeys to Northland

Motorists planning a Christmas holiday trip to Northland are urged to plan ahead, drive with care and be aware of construction sites on state highways as they head north.

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Band a good vibe for Paparoa Hotel

Wiling away a leisurely afternoon under the blue sky with a cold drink, tasty pub food and lively music is now an attractive pastime for patrons of the Paparoa local, The Thirsty Tui.

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Town turns out for festive parade and concert

On the morning of December 13, locals and visitors were entertained by a convoy of tinsel-laden floats, vintage cars, marching groups, Santa himself and even a lolly-bearing friendly shark.
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Three wahine throw hats into ring for Northland Regional Council by-election

Three Whangarei women who have publicly thrown their hat into the ring for the Northland Regional Council by-election are all in favour of Maori seats.

Letters to the Editor

Paradise lost I am extremely mystified
Just destruction! Year after year I have entreated Kaipara District Council
Holding space Mangawhai is a place that over thousands of years has evolved land-forms
Maori ward worry I find it sad

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A carefree way of life in a unique location


New festival stirs cultural spirit

A local school resounded with passionate cries, harmonious song and thundering feet as children took to the stage for the first time at the inaugural Toi Maori Festival.

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Mangawhai waste water: Is there a better way?

With concern flowing around the community and whether Mangawhai’s wastewater services can contain the areas population growth, a local man has proposed some proactive action reminiscent of the legendary ‘Big Dig’.
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A lifetime of memories from Stu Murray - We had a blast down at the old wharf

I very clearly remember the last two visits by scows bringing goods and unloading at the wharf.

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Top coach for Wellsford junior golfers

The junior golf programme at Wellsford Golf Club received a huge boost recently with New Zealand’s only PGA Master Professional and former head coach of the China women’s national team, Gareth Winslow, taking on the coaching role at the club.
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Our volunteer Lifeguard Patrols are in full swing with our local Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) lifeguards patrolling weekends over the busy summer period.
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Eco team on mission to minimise gala waste

Along with the thousands of visitors flocking to one of Mangawhai’s New Year star attractions, the Domain Gala, comes masses of waste.
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New book for writers group

If stuck for last minute Christmas presents or those that are hard to buy for, the gift of stories produced by creative local writers could be just right to fit into Santa stocking.


Community festival fills space left by highland games

Confusion around Covid-19 meant the Waipu Caledonian Society had no choice but to cancel the traditional Waipu Highland Games for New Year’s Day 2021. Instead organisers are using the opportunity to embrace the wider community.

Art group to show talent at future show

The Mangawhai Monday Art Group have been busy painting and creating, getting ready for their annual Pop Up Art show and sale. 

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NRC Councillor Rick Stolwerk

As a result of your queries last month, representatives from Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society and Mangawhai Matters will meet staff and councillors from the NRC.

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