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7th September 2015


Surfing legacy passes into new hands

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Ed Said - What future for Kaipara?


Rates appeal hearing well fought

Following an earlier decision in the High Court which found in favour of the Kaipara District Council, still feeling a degree of injustice and in the belief that the High Court ‘got it wrong’, the Mangawhai Ratepayers & Residents As-sociation (MRRA) took their case to the Court of Appeal in Wellington where it was heard over two days last week.


Storyteller breaking new ground

Wandering wordsmith and storyteller extraordinaire, Mary Kelleher, is back home in Mangawhai once again.

More recently she has taken her real life murals around the South Island displaying her ‘Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver’.

Workshop School Group - final books 1-237.

Breast cancer appeal needs collectors

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is appealing for volunteers to assist and also take on the role of Street Appeal co-ordinator for the annual Pink Ribbon appeal Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October.

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Speech win feather in cap for student

Rodney College student Nadine tupp has won the south zone final of the Rotary Secondary School speech competition held at the Maungaturoto and Districts Rotary Club tea meeting on tuesday August 25, winning the judges over with a passionate address about climate change.
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Bloomin’ great result for local Daffodil Day appeal

Generous people of Mangawhai and Kaiwaka have made a huge contribution to the Northland Cancer Society.

Money raised during August is used in the Northland Region to give help and support to cancer patients.

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Northland house prices continue to rise

House prices in Northland are continuing to rise at a time when those for Auckland have started to cool.

“In the three months May to July the average price for homes across Northland increased in value by 14 percent.


Your Questions Answered - Mangawhai growth a challenge

In my last article for the Focus, I advised that Council had received the report from the Com-munity Advisory Panel on the review of the Mangawhai Community Wastewater Scheme, including its fitness for purpose, its capacity for further hook-ups, and its views on extending reticulation.

Buzz in The Bay

News briefs from around Waipu and Bream Bay

A night with Steve Price, Pulse Dance Studio hangi, Waipu fills its last empty shop, Marsden Cove Competitive Gas, Good Sorts for Waipu fire chief, snippets and more.


Letters to the Editor

Second EcoCare disaster ahead? - Dear John Robertson: You are on the way to creating a second Eco-Care disaster.
Sad to see you go Jo - Personally, I’m devastated to learn that Jo Roberts is standing down from her “Did you Know?” column in the local Mangawhai Focus newspaper.
Rates figures not right - I must take exception to Commissar Robertson’s figure for those withholding rates published in last weeks Mangawhai Focus.

Your trees – their business

Trees hold a special place in all our lives, from shade to landscaping features to windbreaks and as a food source. But sooner or later they need pruning, trimming or even removal and Regan and his team at Orang Otang Tree Trimmers are well equipped to handle any situation.

Bee Aware Month says feed the bees

September is Bee Aware Month and this year the New Zealand apiculture industry is urging Kiwis to ‘Feed the Bees’.

Everyone New Zealander can, and is encouraged to, pitch in to help feed the local bees by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants


Worzels World - The End of Empires

I am happy enough to be a prophet of doom and have been predicting the collapse of what I call the Anglo-American Post Industrial Empire for well over a quarter of a century. Back then when people would ask when this was supposed to happen I would reply ‘soon’. 


Books online thanks to new app

Kaipara’s libraries are extending their e-book and audio book range so now more than 1,000 great reads are at people’s finger tips – literally.


How To Achieve Better Quality Of Rain Water

Although summer might yet be a wee way off, rainfall to top up our tanks will gradually lessen over coming weeks and months. Usage will remain the same or become even greater generally through those unaware that simply turning a tap on doesn’t necessarily produce the desired result, thus the need for taking a little more care of this precious commodity becomes more important.

Control needed for invasive moth plant

A new option to control the highly invasive weed moth plant is under consideration by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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Mangawhai Probus Club - Antarctica trip fulfills dream

Sally Smith dreamed of sailing to Antartica since she was 15, and has now realised that dream – one of the greatest experiences of her life. Sally has had lots of adventures sailing, having left England as a young person.

Seniors take out prem final

Kaiwaka Sports Association’s senior netball team, self-coached Otamatea-Ex, has won their last game of the season against Ruawai last weekend to take out the premier final for the Rodney-Kaipara-Ruawai area championship.

Community joins forces to restore whitebait spawning site

A class of Maungaturoto School students and their parents joined forces with a local whitebait spawning site restoration project in Maungaturoto last week, planting 1000 plants next to the Wairau River by the Fonterra factory in just two hours.

The whitebait story

The Whitebait season runs from August 15 to November 30, except for the West Coast and Chatham Islands. „ Whitebait are a threatened species and in decline due to large scale habitat changes in some catchment areas. „

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Top team undefeated

Otamatea High school’s team 4 has won the local junior A Grade netball competition, going through the season undefeated. A relatively easy run through to the finals saw them tested by main rivals Wellsford 1. otamatea hung on to win by 2 goals in their last game of the season.
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Take a punt on a million

We call ourselves a ‘stadium of four million’ rugby fans, but how well do we really know our rugby?The TAB wants to find out, launching ‘One Punt at a Million’, a competition to see if there is any-one in New Zealand who can pick the outcome of all 48 matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Fashion fiesta at Ruakaka raceday

The Whangarei Racing Club’s annual racing and fashion event on September 12 is this year raising funds for the Cancer Society Northland in memory of past president Dean Logan.


Mangawhai Bowling Club news

The Club extends a welcome to all non-bowlers to Have A Go and try their hand at out-door bowls for a couple of hours. Put the date and time in your diary. Simply turn up on Saturday October 3 at 9.30am to register. Session from 10am-12pm. 

Museum golf fundraiser on horizon

Friday March 11 is a day to be noted on the 2016 calendar for sportsmen and women who love an outing at the Mangawhai Golf Club and who will enjoy doing

something at the same time to support a great community asset – the Mangawhai Museum.

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