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July 26th 2015 Issue


Dollars from donuts

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Upston: Support clear for Commissioners

Irish eyes are smiling

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Ed Said: The act of resource management

After the last election the Government advocated changes to the Resource Management Act specifically “reforming two crucial clauses, Sections 6 and 7 which define the "sustainable management" principle in Section 5 of the RMA


Winter visitors to Mangawhai

This family of royal spoonbills, snapped recently by local Phyllis Lovie, was seen feeding happily in the Village end of the Estuary last weekend, enjoying the sun and the absence of mangroves.


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Kumara seeks national honour

Over the past few weeks, LeaderBrand, one of the country’s largest producers of fresh vegetables, has been lobbying for beetroot to be declared the national vegetable of New Zealand.

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Northlanders contribute to Northland rescue helicoptor

This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $39,002.39 for the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopters.

This is part of $1,535,454.34 raised across the country.
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Did You Know.....

Mangawhai Singers cover the globe, Get zany with Zonta!, Become an official SMAZ, Positive comments about mangroves, Online banking explained, ORT calls for auditions, A reminder  and more.

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

Growing pains hit Marsden City

Despite considerable growth in both the residential and commercial property sectors around Northland in recent years, lack of interest by commercial and industrial companies has recently seen Marsden City developer and major shareholder Oliver Scott placed into receivership along with several of his associated companies.


Bug causes radio glitch

We knew Mark and Maureen Perry were Ireland-bound but it seemed unlikely Mark would simply shut the door of his Heads FM studio and turn off the light.

Typically though, glitches happen at the most inopportune times – this one when station owner Mark was probably 40,000 feet in the air, miles from anywhere and quite simply unable to do anything about it. Therein lies the frustration.

Final report last task for panel

From the Mangawhai Community Waste Water Scheme Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel is now in the final stages of editing and proofing the report that will be presented to the Kaipara District Council at their monthly meeting on 28 July at 10am, The Club, Mangawhai – the public are welcome to attend.


Deep freeze a warning

We're well through July and the moon continues to influence the plants that are growing in our gardens, the creatures that inhabit and create the soil they are growing in and us gardeners, though we might be only vaguely aware of the effect the moon has on our sometimes overly-busy lives.
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Iwi unhappy over Mangawhai forestry sale

The recent mooted sale of the Mangawhai South forest area, around 750 hectares, by the Board of the Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust has earned the ire of local Iwi through lack of consultation with the owners.
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Worzels World - My day at the circus

​Clowns have always been a part of any circus but are seldom seen plying their comic trade these days. I think they have perhaps opted for greater job security, increased remuneration, and less arduous working conditions and now hold jobs in the public service.


MBDA meet and greet well attended

​With a view to aiding future promotion and growth of Mangawhai, the Mangawhai Business Development Association (MBDA) held a ‘meet and greet’ evening at the Golf Club last Tuesday inviting allcomers to combine their vision for a future Mangawhai.


Obituary: Vale Noel Cashmore

Mangawhai resident Noel Cashmore has passed away on July 13 at the age of 88.

Noel was an active member of the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Foundation, helping raise funds to operate the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society when the Society had financial issues from 2000 to 2008.

Harbour sweep Northern golf battle

It was a tough day at the office for a youthful Northland side that ran into a North Harbour side in fine form at a superbly presented Mangawhai Golf Club last Sunday.

The Harbour side ran out emphatic winners across the grades with just the under 19 boys and under 19 girls teams featuring in the trophy ceremony after drawing their matches.

Workshops to help war on weeds

Popular free annual workshops offering Northlanders tips on how to tackle some of the worst weeds threatening our region will be on offer again shortly.

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Local art scene a pleasant surprise

Despite having weathered the storm of living mid-city during the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath, artist Gayle Forster toughed it out rebuilding her life while retaining her position as tutor at Christchurch’s Hagley Community College, a post she had held for seventeen years.
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Amazing race comes to Mangawhai

For all those tuff guys and gals out there into team sports, mud runs and the like, why not try something a little different, challenging and fun – plus try and out-muscle our Magawhai Cadet troop.

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Mangawhai Bowling Club results

Local bowlers won centre awards at the Northland Centre Prizegiving Dinner held at the Kamo Club recently. Congratulations to all winners:

John Wintle for achieving his first gold star; Colin Wintle, John Wintle, Wayne Williams, Centre Open Triples; Centre Junior Singles, Glen Wintle (apples do not fall far from the tree); Bruce Hathaway r/up Centre 1st year Singles; 3rd Division Pennant winners - Mangawhai Stingrays Paul Wightman (c), ........

Global football stars on show in Northland

Northland shared in a celebration of global football talent in May and June, when the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 was hosted by New Zealand.

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Letters to the Editor

Proper town planning needed
Dear John Robertson: In the three years in charge you have gotten us from $80 million debt to a sustainable financial base with a formula for easy living and working. You must be a hero. Einstein would be jealous!

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