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7th March 2016

Exhibition celebrates drawing, painting, etching

​Full-time Mangawhai artist Rosina Kamphuis is holding a joint exhibition with Ian McGowan.

Entitled ‘Mindscapes’, the exhibition will be held at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery Thursday March 10 to Monday March 21.
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Ed Said - Political crossroads for Kaipara

Is Kaipara at the crossroads of local body politics? I believe so.

Given the profile of Kaipara on the national scene over the past five years plus the debt loads being accumulated by several other councils.


Finding Margot: A special family reunion

Most of us know the story behind the animated movie Finding Nemo, where a clownfish sets out to find his missing son, but sometimes fact is stranger than fiction as reported by Maungaturoto couple Gail and Gerald Barnett.
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Your Questions Answered - Passionate election candidates wanted

Council elections are pending. Voting will be by postal vote, and will close midday on October 8 this year.

All residents of Kaipara who are eighteen or older are entitled to vote. Ratepayers who are not residents, but have property in Kaipara are also entitled to vote.

Get out your dancing (and walking) shoes

Yes, it’s less than one month to go to the 17th Annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend, April 1-3. Planning for this year’s event started in April last year. Over 150 local community volunteers (plus caterers, entertainers and merchants) are needed to put on the event.

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End of the road for bus icon

An icon of local business recently reached the end of the road when, at the end of January, Brooks Motors of Mangaturoto was purchased by Lyndon Leabourn, their 14 buses now becoming part of Leabourn Passenger Services.
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Bringing the Farm & Lifestyle Centre closer to home

New ownership at the Farm & Lifestyle Centre in Warkworth will prove good news for Mangawhai locals.

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Someone to share your aches and pains

We often feel sorry for ourselves when beset with aches and pains, and regardless of what brought them on we often wish we could share the discomfort to make us feel a little better.

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ORT hosts Arts On Tour

Otamatea Repertory Theatre will play host to Arts on Tour NZ this month.

Popular actor, comedian, MC, journalist, social commentator and mother, Michele A’Court, presents her latest stage offering Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter, at the start of a nationwide tour.


Emergency services programme for youth

Fifteen young people are building hands-on emergency services skills in a special Bream Bay training programme that kicked off last weekend.

The participating youngsters have been specially nominated from within the Bream Bay and surrounding communities to take part in the national Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme.

Support group seeks funding, premises

Members of the Tamatea Community Trust Mangawhai were overwhelmed by the show of community support at their latest meeting on February 17.

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Zonta supporting women with study award

The Zonta Club of Mangawhai is offering a Second Chance For Women Study Award this year.

The successful applicant will receive $2,500 towards tuition fees for an NZQA approved course of study towards a sustainable career path.


Worzels World - Crying Over Unspilt Milk

To all you dairy farmers out there, sorry to hear about the payout. I’m sad for you, and by extension, for New Zealand. It’s ridiculous of course. Half the world is starving and we cant get a decent price for food? It so defies common sense I reckon it must be a jack up. I’m told however that such is the way with farming.

Free Wi-Fi at Northland DHB sites

Northland DHB is making free Wi-Fi available to patients and visitors from Tuesday March 1.

Patients and visitors who bring in their portable devices (e.g. laptop, smartphone or tablet) can access the internet, download files, watch video content, and send and receive emails from providers such as Gmail.

Waipu to host Easter car show

Those who lined the roadside when the cavalcade of rods, streeters and classic cars came through from Mangawhai will get a close-up and personal view of their own on Easter Sunday.

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People vs Darby in Te Arai South debate

Emotions ran high and tempers flared as hot debate arose at a residents versus developers meeting on March 2.

A 200 strong crowd gathered in Tomarata Hall to seek answers and express their anger, confusion and grief.

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Guytons Garden - The moon in March

There's the scent of autumn in the air down here. It smells as though summer's over in Southland and the cooler season, with the fragrance of ripe fruit and fermenting ciders and wines, has arrived.


LGFA approves Council for funding

The New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) has confirmed Kaipara District Council is now able to join the agency.

This means that Council will be able to borrow at lower, more competitive rates than it has been able to previously.

Tsunami siren network testing early April

Tsunami sirens from Te Hapua to Mangawhai will be tested when daylight saving ends early next month.

The 150-plus Northland sirens will sound on the morning of Sunday April 3 as part of regular twice-yearly checks to ensure they're all working correctly.

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Conference prize for Northland writers

Northland writers are being invited to enter the NorthWrite 2016 Competition and win registration and attendance at a national writers’ conference worth up to $700.

This one-off competition is being run by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Northland branch and is open to any writer who is 18 years and over and resident in Northland.

Sound advice from guest speaker

Rafaele Joudry MSc (Psych) spoke on Neural Plasticity: How to Wake up your Ear and Brain with Sound Therapy. Rafaele is an author, international keynote speaker and founder of Sound Therapy International.

Sound therapy was started by a Parisian doctor called Dr Tomatis. Music used to stimulate the brain and hearing.

Charge station installed at Hub

Electric vehicle charging is now available in Mangawhai. Pictured recently outside The Hub on Molesworth Drive is Northpower Electrical Services technician, Adri Thomas, fitting the new Electric Vehicle (EV) charge station.

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Surfing Series Kicks Off

Clean 1.0m waves were on offer for contestants at the first event of the 2016 Northland Scholastics Surfing Series (NSSS) event held at Sandy Bay on Friday February 19.

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Local surfer claims NZ longboard title

The Coast Papamoa NZ Longboard and SUP Open brings together longboard and stand up paddleboard surfers from around New Zealand eyeing wins across the eight divisions – and all contested over one day.
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New cycle-walk planned for upper harbour

A new charitable body, the Mangawhai Recreational Charitable Trust, has been formed to construct a walkway and cycleway from Molesworth Drive to Cove Road within the esplanade strip of the upper harbor.
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