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7th May issue 2018

New fire station becoming a reality

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Ed Said - A bit different, but just the same


Mangawhai Singers to take trip down memory lane

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Gardening with Gael - Native bush holds medicinal treasure

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NRC surprised by public response to 10-year plan

Pet pooches now canine biosecurity stars

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Mentor programme keeps new drivers on track

Launched by Te Roroa Learning Assistance (TRLA) on May 2, who successfully run the programme in Dargaville, the Maungaturoto Driver Mentor Programme (MDMP) is designed for learner drivers who do not have a support system.
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Prizewinning poet wins big barbecue banquet for school

Mangawhai Beach School teacher Rebecca Low says the Fish4all Seaweek Poetry Competition, open to all primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand, provided the school with a fun and engaging learning opportunity.
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Raising the roof to spread message

Te Arai resident and Manga Mutt Park creator, Shelley Williams, offered up her 9m x 3.5m shed roof to the highest bidder via social media, the auction resulting in a raft of amusing online discussion and unusual bids including a blind spitting lama and one hairy goat.
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Northlanders, please give generously to support local rescue helicopter service

When something goes wrong up a mountain, on a lake or in a paddock, New Zealand’s rescue helicopters are there. That’s why Westpac is using this year’s Chopper Appeal to highlight the role of helicopter crews.
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Indian massage: What is it and how does it benefit us?

Indian head massage is based on an ancient healing system passed down from generation to generation within ancient India. It is a great massage that relieves tension in the upper back, neck and scalp.
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Drama, tears and laughter applauded at festival

A recent display of Kaipara’s dramatic and thespian talent has received admiring reviews from crowds that attended the three day theatre festival. 

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Moonlit night draws large crowds

Budding artists of all ages and artistic levels have been finding their way down to the local art gallery over the last two weeks, immersing themselves among quirky-shaped canvases and fluorescent paint.
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Whangarei Racing Club looks to big winter season at Ruakaka

Thoroughbred racing returns to Ruakaka racecourse on Wednesday May 16 for the Lion Red Pubs & Clubs Punters Challenge. The event is the traditional commencement of the winter season for the Club. 
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Developers reassure public over Mangawhai Central project

More than 430 locals gathered at Mangawhai Club on April 27 to get an update from developing company Viranda, for the areas proposed new township, Mangawhai Central [MC].
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Possible unfinished waka uncovered on Puhoi motorway site

The NZ Transport Agency says what’s believed to be a partially complete waka about 10 metres long has been uncovered during excavation work on the Ara Tuhono Puhoi to Warkworth motorway project.
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Worzels World - Life lessons just for the kids

It occurred to me that after a decade of writing this column I have yet to pen something specifically for the younger generation. This is perhaps an oversight that should be addressed.

Due to the degeneration of our education system I will use no big words not in common use and will explain in parenthesis (brackets) any complicated or obscure idioms.


Celebrating the brave and the fallen

Anzac Day at Hakaru RSA attracted another large crowd on April 25, who gathered to honour and remember the region’s servicemen and women who fought for freedom, as well as those who never returned from war, the numbers attending proving the day is still very much revered in the area.
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Women behind the wreaths

Anzac Day has many traditions, customs and symbols people use to express respect and gratitude for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, from poppies, prayers, salutes, the Last Post and the revered laying of beautifully coloured wreaths.
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Rebus - Jeanette fungi photographer by chance

April guest speaker was local photographer Jeanette Vickers whose artistic work has not only been exhibited in many New Zealand locations, but is also held in private collections overseas.

 It was some years ago while playing golf and having to retrieve golf balls hit off-course into the bush that Jeanette decided to use her macro digital camera to photograph fungi. 


Wastewater Bylaw a positive step for environment

A Council bylaw that was introduced just over a year ago has been “a positive step for the environment and the communities of Kaipara” says acting chief executive Peter Tynan.

The bylaw was adopted following a large number of failing wastewater systems and the concern about potential environmental and health risks.


Disappointment as myrtle rust spreads to Mangawhai

The latest Northland discoveries come just a month after the Ministry for Primary Industries the fight against it was ‘changing gear’.
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