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February 10th 2014

Double gold for retiring fire chief

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Hot dry weather takes its toll

Pursuant to Section 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 the Kaipara District Council declared a Restricted Fire Season to be in force from midnight Wednesday January 29 until further notice.

Ed Said - Who wants to own a castle


Tuesday afternoon Mauri's time

OBITUARY: Maurice James Quin, 4 June 1932-21 January 2014

On Tuesday Maurie Quin,  was farewelled at the Mangawhai Village Hall.
Maurie Quin(li)

Local flavour to Garden Discovery

With many new gardens on view in this years Whangarei Garden Discovery spread from Waipu Cove to Tutukaka, local ramblers unable to make the three day sojourn on February 14-16 will have some interesting and colourful properties to visit without trekking too far.
Cullen Rd garden view of Heads0001(copy)

Did You Know.......

Mangrove meeting, Local Government opinion wanted, Register for Mangawhai Tri, Fire brigade benefits, Garden loses friend, Bird report from Sioux, Museum progresses, MAZ website,  snippets and more!

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Oxfam team on  mission

Under the Mangawhai Focus banner Mel Tito, Yvonne Boakes, Megan Bennett and publisher Rob Pooley are working up to the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker fundraiser at Taupo on April 5/6.


Just Married

Andrew and Suzanne, usually seen front of house or in the kitchen at Sard Bar Restaurant put the icing on the cake recently when they took a day off work to get married.


Decisions, decisions for judge in rates case

Following on from the August court decision to allow the Mangawhai Ratepayers & Residents Association (MRRA) to bring its action against the Kaipara District Council (KDC) to the High Court, a full gallery of MRRA supporters brought their evidence of charges of illegalities, misdemeanours and shonky trading by KDC and Commissioners to the Whangarei Court last week in what many considered a ‘David and Goliath’ confrontation.

Gardening with Gael - Rick's rock wall

When Box started building the house last year he decided to take on an apprentice. This has worked out very well for Box and also very well for me. Every now and then when they get ahead of themselves and Box needs to do a day’s painting I get Rick the apprentice for the day.
Cottage and rock wall(li)

Flashback: CauseWay's Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was one of the highlights of 2013 in Mangawhai when once again over 1200 people took part in CauseWay Church’s Christmas Carols at the Rec Centre.


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The New Discrimination

But if you are an ignorant bigot and need to discriminate against something do not despair, all is not lost… There are minority groups that can be disliked, marginalised, disadvantaged and generally treated as shabbily as you like. The law will not prevent your discrimination but will instead often insist upon it.


Rhythm and 'Riggle gets kids moving

Christ the King Anglican Church in Mangawhai finished a fun-filled first season of Rhythm and 'Riggle - a music and movement programme for preschoolers and their parents.


News By Numbers

6214 The number of televisions
20,300 The number of northlanders who lend a hand
500,000 The amount of dollrs won by  lucky Warkworth resident
2 Where Mangawhai Heads rated in the top ten holiday destinations


Line mechanics to help in Tonga

Electricity lines companies Northpower and Vector have answered a call to help with power restoration in Tonga.

The companies have responded quickly to a New Zealand Government request to send line mechanics to the cyclone battered country which has suffered major damage to its electricity network following Cyclone Ian.

Record season for fairy tern

A regular pest trapping programme by the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust is being seen as the reason for such a successful current breeding period.

Trapper Reg Whale(li)

Music, mermaids and merriment in the Olive Grove

The hugely popular Mangawhai Food and Wine Festival is on Saturday March 29 and is run in conjunction with the Mangawhai Walking Weekend, now in its 15th year.


Pre-schoolers share in birthday

Mangawhai’s early learning centre Before Six, and most lovable ‘school for scoundrels’ is turning eight years old.

Though Manager Cherie Green has only been at the centre for six months, her wealth of experience melds well with the staff of nine which includes three who have been members since day one.

Before 6 staff(li)

Kaiwaka movies popular

Since the handover of the Kaiwaka hall from the Kaipara District Council to the Kaiwaka cxommunity the building has been totally reclad, newly painted and a new kitchen fitted.

Last year the community group focused on getting a new digital movie set-up established and, realising sound is even more important than picture, they invested in a top quality sound system to go with high definition quality and new comfortable chairs.

Mangawhai Historical account a must-have

Ripples from the River cover(li)

Artist offers variety of workshops

Yet another artist of international repute has found their niche in the relative seclusion of a small Northland seaside village with the arrival of Suza Lawrence at Langs Beach.
artist Suza(li)

New Features for first time at field days

People heading to the Northland Field Days from February 27 to March 1 will be able to see, do and win more than they ever have before say organisers thanks to an overflowing program of events and attractions.


Letters to the Editor

Community effort for sandspit
This year after a record number of NZ fairy tern chicks have fledged, thanks go to all the locals and visitors who have contributed to this success.

How good to see boaties picnicking on the edges of the sandspit and using the walkways provided by DOC.

Mangawhai gets 'Fired Up' for volunteers

On Anniversary Weekend Millars Vineyard and the surrounding valley rang to the sounds of Salsa music, courtesy of Latin duo Chico Con Tumbao, all part of the ‘Fire Up’ fundraiser.


Mangawhai Walking Weekend - Trailblazers see Te Arai Park unwrapped

Where is Te Arai Park one may wonder? This unknown under-loved, under-utilised block of land including Te Arai Point itself, was acquired by the Auckland Council about five years ago and has been left gathering gorse and pampas and other invasive weeds.

Mangawhai bowlers again to the fore

It was a junior pairs clean sweep for Mangawhai men and women at the Ruawai greens last Sunday.

Six mens teams and three womens teams qualified for post section.

Events final push for museum funds

Mangawhai Museum has a series of great opportunities over the next few months for everyone to enjoy and at the same time raise funds to help the museum open in the next six months.

Look out for these days:


Longboards Nationals closing in

Family a feature of Otamatea tournament

The weather over Anniversary Weekend was a mixed bag – wind, sun, rain and even thunder and lightening – but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players who turned up to the Kaiwaka courts to compete in the 64th annual Otamatea Tennis Tournament.

Course change for Mangawhai Tri

Organisers say it’s looking like numbers for this year’s Mangawhai Triathlon may increase on last year’s 197. With limited space available for transition, entrant numbers will be limited to 220.


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