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News in brief


Fish and chip funds for Hospice
Mangawhai’s recent annual Hospice fish and chip luncheon fundraiser was an amazing show of support for the organisation. Held at the Mangawhai bowls club for the second time, the event has grown from 70 people attending last year to 150 this year.

While the lunch raised $2400, Mangawhai ladies bowls also presented a cheque of just over $1000 from a bowls afternoon held a few weeks earlier.

North Haven Hospice gives a huge ‘thank you’ to Glenis, Ken, John and the team for their great effort.

Watch for state highway works
The NZ Transport Agency says all road users should be aware of speed restrictions and changes to highway and road layouts at various locations where improvements are being made to Northland's state highway network.

On SH1 these include Topuni tree removal, Kaiwaka slip repairs, and watercutting at various sites. On SH14, Maungaturoto highway improvements and bridge repairs, and slip repairs around Matakohe and Ruawai.

New charity shop in Waipu
A new small Hospice shop has opend in Waipu village. The shop will not be selling any clothing to ensure that the current charity shop, run by the Anglican Church, will not be affected in any way as they raise most of their funds through the sale of clothing. Instead the Hospice shop will be selling furniture, bric-a-brac, books, electrical items and more.

Donations of goods for the shop are welcome, and sold items will be turned into funds for North Haven Hospice.

For more information on donating goods or volunteering at either shop, contact Hospice Shops manager Kathy McMillan on 438 1050.
Hot rods to rev up Mangawhai
Local petrolheads are in for a treat with the Whangarei Rod and Custom Club guys and gals about to hit town. Sunday afternoon, August 3 is the proposed date. Organisers are hoping to make it an entertaining couple of hours with a cavalcade through the Heads before resting a while at the Tavern where locals can enjoy the spectacle, meet the owners and share memories and motoring experiences.

“We normally gather for a three day weekend in mid-winter at the health camp at One Tree Point,” says club president Don Ross “but this year we thought we would go a little further, cruise through Waipu and stop for a while at Mangawhai.”

Students get sponsorship
Rodney College student Liam Connelly is one of only a hundred students selected from around the country sponsored to the University of Canterbury Explorer Week to be held this month in Christchurch.

Travel and accommodation will be paid for and Liam will get to explore the university, its courses, the accommodation and the lifestyle over a week-long period during the school holidays.

Another student, Kimberley Bartlett, has been accepted for the Rotary-sponsored Spirit of Adventure ten day Kylie Jones Memorial voyage taking place later in the year.

Mid-winter Christmas for Probus
Mangawhai Probus Club celebrated the winter solstice with a mid-winter Christmas lunch at Riverside Park. While a storm raged outside, nearly 60 members enjoyed a fantastic meal catered by Pat and Dave Scott as well as being entertained by the Mangawhai Line Dancers.
The next meeting is July 18. For more information about Probus contact Beve Smith at 431 5777.

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