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April 8th

Easter crowd goes crazy over egg drop

Somewhere between 800 and a thousand people turned out at CauseWay Church’s Helicopter Easter Egg Drop on Easter Sunday, and it wasn't just the kids who were excited!



MRRA seeks judicial review

The Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association (MRRA) has filed proceedings in the High Court for a judicial review of many decisions made between 2005 and 2013 by the Kaipara District Council (KDC) when designing, building and funding the Mangawhai sewage scheme EcoCare.

Ed Said: A Summer to Remember

This must be a summer to remember and, as the almost perfect curtain drop, Easter Weekend delivered just what the people ordered – firstly people!



Music management dream could take student to big stage

Though learning piano at seven years of age, then the guitar at nine, Poppy Tohill admits to not being overly skilled but has always been musically inclined and in recent years has become the number one fan of multi-award winning Kiwi singer Gin Wigmore.

Potato Hills


Mangawhai to rub shoulders with KDC

While for so long it has been ‘muskets at dawn’ between the Kaipara District Council and a number of Mangawhai residents, the two parties are about to rub shoulders as the KDC office at Kaiwaka is shortly to close and relocate to The Hub in Mangawhai Village.

Enthusiastic committee invites wearable arts entries

Entries are now being invited as planning for the annual Paparoa Wearable Arts Gala is off to an early start this year.


Your Questions Answered - With Kaipara Commissioner John Robertson: Common rates myths explained

Did You Know?

Mangawhai busy over Easter, Celebrating the tractor, Kiwi make comeback, Walking group celebrates first year, Development underway, Spotted…...., MBS golf fundraiser to tee off, SeniorNet presentation, Local wins new car, Understand the plan?, Morley boys flying high.

News and views to share through this column? Contact Jo Roberts 431 4711, email jo.roberts@xtra.co.nz.

Thousands raised for museum

The Mangawhai Museum hosted hundreds of people over the two trading days of their annual Monster Easter Book Fair.
“We are so appreciative of the community support we receive in our fundraising efforts,” says Christine Bygrave, Mangawhai Historical Society president.

Northpower acquires Transpower asset 

Northpower has taken ownership of Transpower’s two 50,000 volt electricity distribution lines between Dargaville and Maungatapere.
“This asset transfer is very positive for consumers in the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts because they now own the line,” says Mr Moyes.

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High acclaim for local teacher

South African born Dirk Smyth emerged from his early University studies with a BA with Honours in Maths, leading, one would think, to a long and successful career in banking, a path he initially adopted.


Gardening with Gael: Sweet potato has distinct flavour

During the humid summer weeks the kumaras in my vegetable cupboard began to grow long healthy shoots. The thought of cutting them off and throwing them away did not appeal to me at all. Not ever having grown kumara I decided to experiment.

Garden club hits sculpture trail 

After a long Christmas break and our February meeting, the Mangawhai Garden Club went on its first outing for 2013. Our destination – Gibbs Farm on State Highway 16 on the Kaipara Harbour. Many of you have probably  marvelled at the huge sculptures visible from the highway.

Worzel's World: From old wives tales to modern myths

The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says it is half empty. A corporation will drink the contents then sell you the empty glass. District Council's will throw the contents away and raise rates to pay for a refill. Before gaining office politicians promise to fill the glass to overflowing. Upon their leaving office the contents are depleted and the glass is chipped. The realist simply states that there is half a glass, but the pragmatist takes the glass and uses the contents to refresh himself while digging a well.

Show of hands wanted for sign language classes

Deaf Aotearoa is once again holding free New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Taster Classes as part of New Zealand Sign Language Week 2013, May 13-19. 

Now in its seventh year, NZSL Week raises awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and promotes NZSL, one of the official languages of New Zealand.

Liquid sunshine

RAIN BREAK: Steady rain at Mangawhai till lunchtime on Easter Saturday replenished water tanks then abated leaving a fabulous fine day – though it didn’t look too good for golfers at 11 am.


Kiwi release gets business support and national interest

People at Marunui Conservation are counting down with only days to go before Northland brown kiwi are released into their bush in the Brynderwyns.

Their planning team has been working 24/7 to a timeline to ensure that all necessary tasks are accomplished by the release date of Saturday April 13.

Walking Weekend trailblazers go bush

This fresh and enthusiastic group are pictured on day one of the Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2013, tramping through the newly opened McKenzie Limestone Hill Scenic Reserve, an area virtually unknown to locals.

More photos coming soon, if you would like a copy please email me sales@mangawhaifocus.co.nz


In Brief

Help for gardening group The Mangawhai Beach School Environmental Group would really appreciate any donations of seeds, seedlings, compost, blood and bone, and pots. Anyone who has yet to complete a census form has until April 10 to return outstanding forms.
Children from around the district are being encouraged to register for the 2013 Otamatea Day Camp, a bush adventure for children 6–12 years old.

The wisdom in dealing with your teeth

It is no longer a theory that dental hygiene has a definite link to cardiovascular disease and other health problems.


Total fire ban continues

It is still illegal to light a fire in the open in Kaipara and the total fire ban will continue until sufficient rain has fallen to lower the danger, says the Kaipara District Council.

Fire authorities are worried that an upsurge in small fires suggests some people may be under a false impression the risk has gone or that the ban, which was put in place at the beginning of March, has been lifted.

Derelict windmill gets a makeover

Local landscaper Weston was working on a property in Moir Street when the owners suggested they make an artwork out of the fins of a derelict windmill in their garden, but on investigating the structure of the windmill, they found there was actually nothing wrong with it.


Probus: New officers elected at AGM

Letters to the Editor

KSA Sports Briefs

Highest award for long-serving Rotarian

After a long involvement with the community, retiring rotarians David and Margaret Marquet were given a farewell at the Maungaturoto and Districts Rotary Club meeting last month.




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