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Park steering in right direction
After many months of community consultation and input, Mangawhai Park steering committee is ready to release the final draft management plan. This will be on display at the museum on Saturday August 3 from 10am onward. Make sure you go along and have a look, contribute your ideas if you think it needs tweaking at all, have your say by filling out the form which will be available. There are many conflicting views on the use of this area, so all credit to the committee who have worked through these to come up with a consensus. Once this plan has been ticked off by the community, it will be presented to Kaipara District Council for ratification.

Remember the story about the papier mache tuatara being constructed by the children who attend the After Three programme at Mangawhai Beach School?

Tuatara3(copy)As part of Tartan Week, Waipu Surf Club organised a mid-winter swim, sausage sizzle and Tartan Taniwha competition.  Ted, the tartan tuatara taniwha (the toilet tissue tribute!) was entered, and took second place.  Didn't the students do well!

Ted is to be mounted on the wall of the After Three room accompanied by a pictorial record of his construction.

Pictured with Ted is, from left, teacher Jaki McLennan, Reef, Rylie, Sophie, Layla and Skyla.

The cat in the hat is back!
Saturday August 3 also brings the opportunity to see Otamatea Repertory Theatre’s major production for the year, Seussical. This internationally successsful musical is based on the work of the popular Dr Seuss and is sure to be a big hit with young and old. Lynda Wintle is organising a bus to a matinee session, leaving the Wood St shops at 1pm, with a Village pickup en route. Adults $30, children $17 (all inclusive). Secure your seat by contacting Lynda on 431 4766.

The show opens on July 27 with a 7.30pm performance, July 28 at 2pm, August 9 at 7.30 pm. Matinee performances continue on August 3, 4, 10, 17 & 18. Book at Tony's Lotto in Maungaturoto or online www.ort.org.nz.

ORT under TV spotlight
Otamatea Repertory Theatre, along with Howick Little Theatre, features in a new Showtime programme starting this Wednesday July 24, at 8pm on TV1. This six part series follows the fortunes of these two groups – one urban, one rural – as they prepare for major productions. You will see so many familiar faces, share their dramas on and off stage, and perhaps be inspired to become involved yourself! Put Showtime on your 'must watch' list.

Did you know…
… the burial ground on Cove Road is owned and administered by the Mangawhai Cemetery Trust? Sextant Jim Wintle reports that the committee is very active, headed by Robert Hastie, with Ken Brown as secretary/treasurer. There is a lot of voluntary effort put in to maintaining and upgrading the area (Reade and Margie Murray to name a couple) including working on a wall to mount plaques marking those who have been cremated. If you would like to discuss the purchase of a burial plot, currently $400, ashes in the wall $200, or any matters concerning the cemetery, contact Jim Wintle 431 4766.

Lecture not to be missed
A lot has been happening inside the museum building. The Research and Genealogy Room is now set up, thanks to a grant from the Mangawhai Endowment Fund, and both the office and back workroom completed. Skilled administrator Lyn Johnston has been contracted for the next six months to liaise with the construction teams building the displays, adminstration, and processes within the organisation. As part of the series of winter lectures, Roi McCabe will be explaining the background to the 1825 battle of Te Ika a Ranganui on Monday August 26 at 1.30pm in the museum. Not to be missed.

Bird watching at breakfast
Lots of talk of kaka in the Mangawhai area with 5-6 calling in to the Darmah Lane area for breakfast on a regular basis. Kaka Watch NZ reports on two birds being seen in the area approximately 6km south of the Village on the Mangawhai/Tomarata road and also six being seen regularly on the Mangawhai side of the Brynderwyns. A bellbird has also been seen in Bream Tail Rd with reports that it has been heard there for some time.

Recognition for lifeguards
Congratulations to Mangawhai Surf Life Saving Club captain Richard Kannemeyer, awarded Lifeguard of the Year at the northern region award ceremony recently. Richard was praised for the countless hours of volunteer effort, "leading the operational lifeguarding of the Mangawhai club into a new era of professionalism." Richard also received a service award along with Tony Baker from Mangawhai.

Goalie at world champs
Do you know anything about Inline Hockey? Dawn Powell certainly does. Her grandson, Rodney Cruden-Powell, has just left for the world championships in California where he's representing New Zealand in the Under-14 team in his position as goalie. It's a very fast game on special skates (formerly known as Roller Hockey) and when he is at home, Rodney plays for the Taranaki Ravens.
■ Youth Grant applications from Mangawhai Community Trust close on August 7. Contact secretary Sharan McNaughton, 431 4533 for details.
■ Visit the Westmoreland showhome on Molesworth Drive next to the church, and cast a vote for either the Tomarata Rugby Club, Mangawhai Surf Lifesaving, or St John to receive $1000 in August.
■ School holiday movie at the Kaiwaka Sports Complex this Friday, July 26, is Safe Haven. Starts at 6.30pm, and just $4 for adults, $2 for year nine and under children.
■ Did you know Molesworth Four Square (Scotty's) has beautiful fresh flowers for sale? Perfect way to cheeer up a winter's day. They come in on Thursday… all a bit special.
■ Keep an eye out for the Whangarei Rod and Custom Club members and their cars when they hit Mangawhai on Sunday August 4. They plan to travel through the Heads before resting a while at the tavern in the Village. Pop down and check them out.
■ And just to keep you up-to-date should you be asked for directions: Where is Avocado Place? And Hillside Avenue? What about Fernbird Place?

Workshops for artists
Mangawhai Artists Inc host numerous workshops throughout the year, the next being on Sunday July 28. Ann Bolton will be hosting a workshop on ‘What Makes a Good Photograph.’ $30 for members, $35 non-members. Phone 431 4092 or 021 744 566.
Coming up on August 17 is 'Abstract in Realism and Vica Versa’ with Lance O'Gorman. $50 members, $55 non-members. For details, contact Jeanette Vickers 431 5668.

In September 14-15 there’s a weekend workshop on ‘Life Drawing’ with Wendy Clifford.

Chance to learn special craft
Te Ao Marama is looking to host classes on traditional korowai (Maori cloak) making. They would run over eight Sundays, and be held in Te Hana at an approximate total cost of $100. Anyone interested in learning this beautiful craft please phone Jenny on 423 8701 or email tehana@xtra.co.nz

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