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9th March 2020


Lifeguard service hooks into auction funds

In the wake of a recent local fishing event, an essential lifesaving organisation have netted the catch of the day.


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Said - New meaning to the word viral



Community garden provides social and community benefits

The Mangawhai Community Gardens were established around 11 years ago by Joan Farrell and Ted Tuffey. Their vision was to find a piece of available land with the aim of getting like-minded people together to grow produce for the elderly and needy in the community.

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Wearable arts anniversary promises to be spectacular

Entries are now being sought for this year’s 10th Anniversary Waipu Museum Wearable Arts Awards and show.

Artists and designers entering the show will be vying for a prize pool of around $15,000 over four main categories and the ever-popular mask section for kids. 

Round the roundabout for the village

Talking around roundabouts was the ongoing theme at a recent community presentation, as the public and council officials ponder on what to do with the crossroads at Mangawhai Village.

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All the fun of the circus

Children of all ages, including the more mature kind, headed down to the local domain recently as word spread that a circus had rolled into town.


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Zonta honours dynamic duo

Two more women have had their names added to a growing list of impressive locals whose gifts of time, energy and talent to their community are recognised with ceremony and a rose.


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News in Brief

Risk of ‘summer ice’ Rain is back in Northland’s weather forecast
Puhoi closure for bridge build Night work has begun to install large beams on the Arawhiti ki Puhoi Bridge
Quiet end to rates stoush An ongoing rates battle headed by Mangawhai ratepayers Bruce and Heather Rogan has ended quietly
Elder wellbeing workshop The Club, Mangawhai, will host and elder wellbeing workshop

Markets on the move

Mangawhai Markets have become an institution since their inception around 20 years ago. For the majority of that time, ably managed by Marita Draper they became a weekly event, fair weather or foul, as a place to purchase local produce.

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Letter to the Editor

Great newspaper
Thank you for your newspaper, especially every one of your editorials. I admire your boldness in standing up for good sense, often referring to tried and true results of experiences over generations – see Feb 10 ‘Waitangi? Why worry’ and Feb 24 ‘How dry is dry?’ (I too was brought up to appreciate and conserve and still enjoy water).


Bushfires: Out of the frying pan and into the fire for Mangawhai volunteer

As Australia’s landscape was burnt to a cinder in the recent devastating wild fires, many courageous firefighters from all over New Zealand put up willing hands to cross the ditch to help their Aussie counterparts, including one Mangawhai man.

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Dahlias for dementia a colourful success

The organising team comprising Karen Smales, Marge Paton, Annie Pryde, Rae Roadley and Kimberly Sinclair are thrilled to announce the Dahlias for Dementia Garden & House Tour 2020.

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Gardening with Gael - Hobbiton keeping it (mostly) real

When my grandchildren turn eight I take them away for a weekend. The tradition was started by my mother, and when I saw how much my children and their cousins enjoyed it, I decided to continue the tradition.


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Doctor called to outback

It was a hot afternoon, but despite that there was a great turnout to the February Rebus meeting. Visitors included recent Mangawhai Heads arrival Gerry Butler, and long term residents Brian and Gillian Browne.

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Join the Plunket challenge

Plunket is all about babies and babies are all about families. This Plunket fundraiser is not only a team event but also a family affair.


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Worzels World - Water is the new oil


Northland Headstones keep memories alive

Though it may take time to get over the passing of a loved one, in time most like to erect a monument of remembrance with a headstone of significance or depicting the spirit or interest of the deceased.

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Mangawhai festival plan seeks community feedback

Change is inevitable. Though the Mangawhai Walking Weekend together with the Wine & Food Festival had become iconic over the past two decades, the retirement of some of the mainstays and volunteers had brought about a change of thinking as to the future format of the event.

Living on a road to ruin

There's a sign as you turn into Lawrence Road, writes resident Nick Launder. It reads ‘Slow down! You're wrecking your car and ruining our health.”


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Annual Plan submissions sought

Public feedback is wanted on a range of proposed spending over the next year as the Northland Regional Council continues its increased long-term focus on helping native life flourish, caring for water and protecting communities from flood risk.

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There’s more to coffee than just coffee

Art has many forms and the variety of artists and artisans in our area is varied, interesting and talented, but few more so than Benji Taiaroa. Benji is the son of Riki Taiaroa and Nina Quan of Feoh Espresso, Waipu.

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