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February 24th 2014


Zonta covering the community

The local Zonta chapter has been busy making its name in the Northland community.

Thanks to the Bream Bay Community Trust, the Zonta Orange Dollies helped to get the domestic violence message across at Waitangi recently.


Rates increase in Draft Annual Plan

After two years of high average rate increases Kaipara District Council's Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 is proposing a modest average increase of around 2.3% for the 2014/2015 year which begins in July.

The Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 will be considered for adoption by the Commissioners at Council's Ordinary meeting on Tuesday February 25. If adopted, it will be released for public consultation on Tuesday March 4 with submissions invited up until 5pm Tuesday April 8.


Safer speed limit for Mangawhai Heads Rd

While constantly travelling the same road, we often don’t initially see or take note of changing road signs which, in this case show an important change to the speed limits along Mangawhai Heads Rd now reduced to 50km/h, down from 70km/h.

Local mum of two Ruth Stitt has been working with the Kaipara District Council for almost a year trying to get it changed to a safer limit with the pleasing result that temporary signs are now up with permanent ones to come once bylaw changes are ratified.


Ed Said - The Equation of change

I knew vaguely what it meant at secondary school but it was only applied in a mathematical way and that really wasn’t my thing. Now, years later, I see it happening in our community and it’s much easier to understand.


Eat dessert first said Moyra

OBITUARY: Moyra Henderson: 23 March 1936 – 22 January 2014

Moyra moved from Christchurch to Mangawhai in 2009 to join her brother Dave Henderson and his wife in the sunny north. Moyra quickly made many new friends, young and old, and was a bright and cheerful light in the community. 


Controls helping to even out Council finances

Council has begun another planning cycle to bed down its Annual Plan for the next year, beginning 1 July 2014. This week a timetable to consult with residents and ratepayers will be finalised and notified to you.

The proposed Plan has come together well. Council costs and contracts are being managed carefully. Council staffing and administration costs are being controlled tightly. 


Waipu wearable arts calls designers

The 5th Annual Waipu Museum Art n Tartan Wearable Art Awards will be held again this year in June.

Prize money has increased with a pool of over $6,500 making the event an attractive proposition for designers from all over the country.


Did you know...

Volunteers needed for mangrove removal, Riparian planting essential for harbour, Success for amorous fairy terns, Yellow Rose Award for Christine, Museum fundraising gets serious!, Taking care of business…, ORT stages French comedy, Snippets and much more.

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


Pilates for everyone says Barbara

Have you ever thought about exercising on a Cadillac, Trapeze, Reformer or Ladder Barrel or maybe hang upside down from the ceiling?

Barbara Faust-Heffner migrated to New Zealand from Germany in 2006 pioneering Nordic Walking in New Zealand and bringing skills relating to personal fitness instruction and group dynamics.


Big bonus for Northpower consumers

Around 55,000 Northpower consumers are to receive yet another cash injection – this time totalling more than $5 million.

The 2014 Northpower line holiday will result in $5.47m being returned to Northpower consumers throughout Kaipara and Whangarei. Included is a $600,000 industry rebate.


Gardening with Gael - Universal attraction to sunflower

On my way up to the Block I pass fields of sunflowers. I know we say paddocks, but fields in this context seems right. I always watch to see if, as we have believed, their heads are turned towards the sun. Sunflowers or Helianthus annuus derive their name from the Greek helios which means ‘sun’ and anthos which means ‘flower’. 


Grants for Mangawhai organisations

Eight organisations will receive grants totalling $129,500 from the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account to further their projects.

Income from the fund is split between a portion to protect the capital value of the Account and funds available to distribute to organisations in the area covering Mangawhai Heads, The Spit and adjoining areas, plus land adjoining the Harbour.


Worzels World - If it aint broke....

We live in a world where we only seem to want to fix those things that are not broken.

Many is the machine of morality, the engine of tradition that has reliably chugged on for centuries only to be tinkered with in modern times by those that tell us they know better. And what is worse, believe it themselves.


More prizes for rescheduled museum golf fundraiser

A fabulous array of prizes and auction items, as varied as a diamond ring, air tickets to Vanuatu, and a swimming pool, will be on offer when the Mangawhai Museum’s fundraising golf tournament is held on Friday April 4.

The tournament was rescheduled after strong winds and heavy rain caused a postponement on the Friday after Waitangi Day.


Mini possum burgers latest field days treat

Mini possum burgers will be the latest tasty treat designed to entice visitors to the Northland Regional Council’s marquee at the upcoming Northland Field Days in Dargaville.


Letters to the Editor

Focus ‘fair and balanced’
I take pleasure in writing to congratulate the Focus on its excellent report (10 Feb 2014) of the recent High Court Hearing of the MRRA’s Judicial Review application.

Thanks Maurie Doughty

By the time you read this letter Maurie you will no doubt have had your final retirement bash, received your Double Gold Star, and like any good Elvis now simply ‘left the building’.


Free workshops to help businesses through emergencies

Civil Defence officials are again offering free workshops to help Northland’s business owners and operators get through emergencies and better recover from them.

The Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEM) says the two latest workshops will be held at the Northland Regional Council's Whangarei offices on Wednesday 26 February; the first from 9.30am to 12.30pm and the second 1pm-4pm.


Responsible pet ownership

At this time of year shelters are bursting at the seams with unwanted cats, kittens and pups, this article is a reminder to all pet owners of the responsibilities we all have.

Sharing your life with a pet should be a rewarding experience; they provide us with unconditional love and companionship. In return, we have a responsibility to make sure their needs are met.

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