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7th November Issue

Maths mysteries uncovered

Jim Fountain maths tutor-699

A message from the Mayor

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Ed Said - Christmas, too much too soon

We thought if we left town for Labour Weekend we might take the rain with us and encourage a burst of fine weather for visitors to enjoy in Mangawhai – and so it proved – although most of the country welcomed a few days of real spring sunshine.


Givers and volunteers join forces

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Tree poisoner returns to finish job

An unknown assailant has once again violated a treasured group of native New Zealand icons.

One hundred-year-old pohutukawa trees on a long-standing, family-owned Mangawhai property have suffered a second attack in October.

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The Paeony Patch

I have planted a paeony patch. From time to time Box entertains the idea of living in the South Island – less traffic, fewer people, cool weather. For me, one of the big attractions would have to be the paeonies.

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Trans-Pacific Hawaiki internet cable to land at Mangawhai Heads

A new telecommunications submarine cable system linking New Zealand and Australia with mainland United States as well as Hawaii, is set to be installed at Mangawhai Heads next year.
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Suspicious fire concerns

Story to come


Garden rambling cultivates vital funds

Wandering through Mangawhai’s magical gardens, viewing landscaped features, healthy vegetation and fragrant blooms is one of the more enjoyable ways to fundraise for a worthy cause.

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Mangawhai sausage wins sizzling contest

Snag in a blanket, bangers, snarlers – whatever you choose to call them, that humble staple of the kiwi barby has now been elevated to semi-royal status by Mangawhai butchers Dan and Ange Klink.

Worzels World - Current events no secret

It’s unusual these days for governments to find favour with their citizens, yet Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, much to the popular approval of the citizens, is moving that nations allegiance from USA towards Russia and China. Why is he doing this and why is he so popular for it?

New Dune appears

Goodbye Smashed Pipi, hello The Dune.

Fairly recent arrivals on the local restaurant scene, partners Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser will soon complete the trifecta of eateries adding The Dune to their other two establishments.

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Panel seek input for town plan

The Mangawhai Town Plan Community Advisory Panel is asking the community for its views on the key issues to be addressed in the Mangawhai Town Plan.

The Panel has been appointed to provide community views and feedback to the Kaipara District Council as the Mangawhai Town Plan project is developed

Optimism as new Council sworn in

A strong public turnout attended the Dargaville Memorial Hall for the swearing in of Kaipara’s first democratically elected Council since 2012.

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Museum volunteers tell a story

It has been a big month for the club with the Operatunity Concert held on October 8 at Christ the King Anglican Church in Mangawhai. Spotlight on the Stage featured soprano Tizane McEvoy, tenor Derek Hill, baritone Alex Milligan and pianist Reg Towers which was held. 

It’s getting hot out there!

I love this time of year, springtime coming into summer which is my favourite season. Most kiwis like to play and live at the beach over the summer months. In the height of summer our sun is really strong and we are exposed to stronger UV rays in New Zealand than anywhere else.

Musical comedy returns, tickets limited

Situated between Waipu Cove and Langs Beach, Black Sheep Farm is delighted to announce their next house concert, a musical comedy featuring Helen Moulder, who last year brought us ‘Gloria’s Handbag’.


Small Talk

PM key speaker, Councillor says thanks, Beauty and the beast, Christmas fundraiser, Art n Tartan revisited, Looking forward to 2017? A worthy cause, Volunteers wanted


Police Snippets 

Illegal entry - A sunny Labour Weekend drew large crowds to Mangawhai
Still speeding - Police still have ongoing gripes with the number of drivers speeding
Lost property - Police say there has been a drop in lost and found property
Suspicious behaviour - In early October a female was alleged to be seen cutting and pouring Roundup into pohutukawa trees


Community Matters - Volunteer tourism industry growing

If you have never heard of voluntourism you would not be alone. It is the combination of volunteering and tourism and is becoming an increasingly popular form of international travel. In Western countries it is a growth industry, attracting mainly young adults, and some retirees. 

Letters to the Editor

Goodbye John Robertson - Personally I will miss you.
New perspective - To the constituents of Northland Regional Council, Coastal South
Hypocrisy, pure and simple - Open letter to Dame Susan Devoy
Race and Myth - “The biological fact of race and the myth of ‘race’ 
Change not always progress - Open letter to Kaipara District Council

Zonta award to develop leadership potential

Rodney College students Anja Hamelmann (left) and Stella Waldron have both been awarded a 10-day Leadership Development Voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand by the Zonta Club of Mangawhai.
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Mangawhai digs deep for pink cause

Shops around Mangawhai were brightened by pink stalls and buckets on October 14 and 15 as the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NZBCF) Pink Ribbon Street Appeal got underway.
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Magical Mangawhai gala turns on the fun

Sunshine, smiles and children’s excitement flowed as crowds flocked to Mangawhai Beach School’s annual Agriculture and Gala Day on October 22.

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Top ten for Tom in Taranaki

Langs Beach teen Tom Norton carves up the top of a wave at the 2017 Surfing NZ Maori Nationals held at Waitara Beach, Taranaki, last month. 


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Council to keep it simple with Alamar Crescent plan

Based on community feedback to the draft Concept Plan for Alamar Crescent, Kaipara District Council plans to retain the simplicity and low-key feel for the area and only make some safety improvements at this point.


Heads lifeguard season underway

The Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) has been busy preparing for the upcoming surf life saving season which started over Labour Weekend.
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Shepherd to chair new-look regional council

Bill Shepherd has been elected unopposed to chair a new-look Northland Regional Council for the next three years.
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