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8th May 2017

Community expresses feelings through artwork

Heavy showers and autumn winds were not enough to deter budding artists from making their individual mark at an original community art event recently.

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Ed Said - Budget 2017

We all do it in some form or other. No, it’s not over-eating or drinking, too many Easter eggs or driving too fast or having had one too many. It’s making a budget. All of us at some point come to the realisation of what we have in our pockets is the total amount we have at our disposal.



Maungaturoto Hotel suffers drought

A pub with no beer is generally considered an Aussie comedic phenomenon, but the historic Maungaturoto Hotel has become the pub with no beer after the manager had the renewal of his liquor licence declined because of three breaches of his existing one.

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Call for Northland to generously support local rescue helicopter service

More than 7,500 rescue missions were undertaken by local rescue helicopters around New Zealand last year including 916 patients carried in Northland alone.

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YES programme comes to the Kaipara


Eighteen Kaipara teens are about to test their ability to handle fires, missing and injured people, and water rescues in the district’s first opportunity to host the national Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme.


Minis travel 2500km for charity

Waipu was an early pit stop on April 14 for these happy Mini motorists taking part in the 2017 Pork Pie Charity Run, with still a long way to go to Invercargill. Do you think they made it?


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Civil Defence forum lines up disaster management specialists

Long term community recovery from the impact of Australia’s worst-ever bushfires will be among highlights of a major regional Civil Defence conference in Whangarei later this month.


Good things, and good food, take time

Another example of people looking to escape the pressures of the Big Smoke has worked to the advantage of Maungaturoto residents as Kimberley and Murray Partridge became new owners of the former Sunshine Organics shop, now known as Whole Life Organics.

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New technology offers miles of smiles

A smile can do so much and the team at Wellsford Dental have embraced the latest technology with a smile they are happy to share with you, their customers.


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Letters to the Editor

Fake news & spin - Once again Worzel, in his columns, is blatantly guilty ‘fake news’
Stick to the plan -Why the current formal Structure Plan and the current formally adopted District Plan are simply ignored
Fishing fraternity floundering -  ‘Wanted: A fair go for all fisherman’
Our history a big puzzle - Thank you, Liz Clark, for your reply


Extra show by popular musician

Such has been the response to the House Concert at Black Sheep Farm Country Homestead, pianist Flavio Villani has agreed to a second concert on Saturday May 27 at 5pm.



Never forgotten…

A solid crowd gathered under a bright Anzac Day sky at Hakaru’s RSA on April 25, to pay respects and honour those who gave their life and service for freedom for all. 


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Metallers on the move

On Saturday May 6, Waipu’s own metal heroes, Alien Weaponry, will be joining forces with Wellington’s Bulletbelt, infamous for writing and performing the title track to the cult zombie movie ‘Deathgasm’.

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Smart drinking for teens

Without warning it seems, your child’s pre-teen years have passed on by and they have launched into young adulthood, eager for a taste of the grownup world.

Providing safe passage for teenagers as they begin to attend social events now equipped with a six-pack of beer instead of fairy bread and cocktail sausages, can raise a few dilemmas for parents as well as anxiety levels.

Try a peel for healthy skin

Now that the season has changed and we are moving into autumn and winter, this is a great time to address the damage that the summer month's have had on your skin.

Professional peels are great to resurface and fade pigmentation. After a peel in clinic your skin will allow the benefits of your serums and moisturiser to work deeper in your skin giving you a healthier complexion.


Mowing business changes hands

A familiar sight on Mangawhai subdivisions and lifestyle blocks, Tractor Mowing Company may have changed hands, but it's business as usual.


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Architect awards include local projects


The building boom that has gripped Auckland in recent years is reflected in the 2017 Auckland Architecture Awards.


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Shop shelves reveal magic of books

If music transcends the boundaries of race, creed and religion, then books are right there beside it.

The wonders of the world in fact or in fiction can transport readers of all ages to a different universe through both factual knowledge or the wonders of fiction and imagination.

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Worzels World - A fool’s choice

Where we are, what we do, how we do it, even what we have for breakfast and practically everything else we do or don’t do are the result of our own choices.



Gardening with Gael - Oh those Russians!

On arrival in Moscow it is clear spring isn’t quite here in spite of rumours of warm temperatures. We are staying with an Irish friend of mine, Trish, who is PA to the Irish Ambassador. The Embassy and her spacious apartment are situated in central Moscow.


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Mangawhai stands up at World Masters Games

The World Masters Games held in Auckland in the latter part of April is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In terms of athlete numbers, it is bigger in scale than even the Olympics.


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Sports stars shine at Kaiwaka awards

Kaiwaka is becoming a sporting nation in its own right with the Kaiwaka Sports Association complex in constant use by a wide variety of people and sports for most of the year.


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Keeping kids up with the play

Do your kids want to learn how to code?

Corinne Callinan is a businesswoman of some note and a period on the Board of the NZ Association of Gifted Children gave her an insight into educational changes and the need for kids to keep up with advancing technology.

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Life-changing experience on the water

Ignite your spirit of adventure and step up to your future – that was the message from guest speaker Julia Bryant at last months Mangawhai Rebus Club meeting where she spoke about the Spirit of Adventure experience.



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