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June 9th 2014



PJ's Project warms spirits on childrens ward

Patients at Whangarei Hospital's children's ward will be feeling more snug at night thanks to the donation of 133 pairs of new pyjamas by a Mangawhai group.

PJs 2 copy(hp)

Pic of the week

Mangawhai Estuary by Steve Green(hp)

Ed Said - Interim decision still leaves questions


Local ladies in the pink

pink ribbon breakfast(copy)

Firefighters' epic journey highlights leukemia

Last month we caught up with a group of firefighters heading to Wellsford via Waipu and Mangawhai on an epic fundraising walk.
Brad Bowmar walks for Fire Brigade(li)

Did You Know?

Zonta trivial persuit, New art group president, Kids art competition, Pony Club Prizegiving, Bird report from Sioux, Tour de Food, New Zonta role for Liz. Coming up and more.
Liz Holsted(li)

Kiwi calls monitored for doc report

As the sun goes down and darkness falls over the Brynderwyns, members of Marunui Conservation are setting off to a vantage point to listen out for kiwi calls.

Warmly clothed and equipped with a torch, compass and monitoring forms they are taking part for the first time in Northland’s annual kiwi call count survey.

Mud-slinging back for second run

Heads up mud lovers, the Waipu Mud Run is back for a sec-ond year on July 26.

Girls, forget that manicure, pedicure, face pack or waxing. Get down and dirty and join in the fun for just one day.

Your questions answered - Is this the end of litigation

Justice Heath's rulings in the case taken by the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association (MRRA) against the Council are quite clear.

Commissioners are hopeful that this judgement will bring an end to litigation taken against the Council by the MRRA.

Red Cross needs new first aid app test pilots

New Zealand Red Cross is looking for teenage test pilots to help improve its new first aid and disaster preparedness app for smartphones and tablets, be-fore its official launch in July.

“We want to make sure our app is as good as possible, and who better to test it than tech savvy teenagers?” says Graham Wrigley, national education and training manager.

Gardening with Gael - A good place for the hot tub

“I am pretty certain,” I said to Box, “that this is the last part of the garden.”

Box didn’t say anything. 
Gaels autumn garden(li)

NRC told to reveal cost of investment report

The Northland Regional Council has recently released the $76,189 cost of a two-year-old report into its investment in Northland Port Corporation, as suggested by Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem.

Council chairman Bill Shepherd says the council is grateful to Dame Beverly for clarifying the issue in a finding he says largely vindicates council's approach on behalf of its ratepayers, including supporting its decision to keep the report itself confidential for commercial reasons.

Special delivery for local author

Last year along with a number of other local authors, we introduced Donna Blaber and her Kiwi children’s books Piri’s Picnic, Keri’s Party, Bruce Goes Home and Sausage Sizzle incorporating her own special brand of Kiwi Critters.

Blaber royal letter(li)

Waipu awakens winter with annual celebration

The multi-colours of the clans are once again about to burst forth in the annual display of colour and art that celebrates Waipu in all its Scottish glory as the Art n Tartan begins.

wearable arts(li)

Well-earned rest for walking guru

A group of friends, walkers, volunteers past and present and well-wishers gathered last weekend at the home of Don and Jean Gold-schmidt as Jean officially stepped down from her managerial role of the Mangawhai Walking Weekend.

Jean Goldschmidt and friends(li)

Northland deserves representation from a strong leader with industry know-how and experience.

The Focus NZ candidate for Northland, Ken Rintoul, says it is essential that Northland has a representative in Parliament that understands their role is to represent 'The People to Parliament' not  'Parliament to the People'.

Worzels World - Banning Prohibition

There are many who believe that Adam and Eve are the very great grandparents of those of us who couldn’t be bothered evolving from monkeys. The book of Genesis reckons that back in the day they had things pretty sweet in the Gar-den of Eden.

Is Mangawhai New Zealands happiest town

A new online tool-could have the answer. The NZ MoodMap is an interactive website designed to capture the mood of New Zealand as it happens.

NZ country royalty at the tavern

The Tavern is to host two of the best in the country music business on Saturday 28 June.

During his 23 years in the music industry, Dennis Marsh has won numerous awards, has been inducted into the NZ Country Music Hall of Fame and has a ‘Star’ in the Boulevard of Stars in Orewa
dennis marsh(li)

Honours for Hakaru Veterans

theAs part of the national WW1 Centenary Commemoration, Returned Serviceman Association’s throughout New Zealand have arranged nationwide portrait photographs of our remaining WW2 veterans.

RSA WW2 Vets Photo copy(li)

Great result for guide dog appeal

This year marked the 10th anniversary of Bay-leys sponsorship of the Blind Foundation Guide Dogs – a partnership that has so far generated over $2.5 million and funded the training of more than 120 puppies.

Semi-retirement the perfect remedy

A long time Waipu identity is hanging up her hat: Pat Hunter of Pat's Healing Centre is semi-retiring.

Many locals – and others not so local – have benefited from her knowledge and healing over the years.
Pat Hunter(li)

challenging loop walk complete

Tanekaha loop walk map(li)

Fishpie for hospice fundraiser

The Kaiwaka Mangawhai Hospice Support Group have again organised the long awaited annual Hospice fundraising luncheon held recently at The Club, Mangawhai.

hospice fundraiser 2014(li)

Music Mayhem at Smokefreerockquest


Surf shop hit by crime wave

After a shock break-in less than three months ago, Bammas Surf and Leisure in Mangawhai Village was again the target in an early morning robbery last week.

The 2am assault, this time a raid through the front window, was again executed very swiftly with the villiains well-covered to avoid detection by CCTV cameras, grabbing their booty and escaping within minutes in a car believed to have been stolen from Whangarei earlier that day.

Historic rates valid confirms court

Kaipara District Council has welcomed the recent High Court decision confirming that historic rates have been effectively validated.

Chair of Commissioners John Robertson said he was pleased there was now “absolute clarity” around the issue of historic rates. He said the rates are enforceable and must now be paid.

Six year push sees new navigaition buoys for Mangawhai Harbour

Thanks to the Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society, 10 sets of buoys have been installed by the Northland Regional Council  (NRC) between the Mangawhai bar and the Mangawhai Tavern.
new navigation buoy(li)

Sports advisor moves on

Winter sporting event

Mangawhai Golf Club results


Bowling Club scoops awards

After a stellar season locally for Mangawhai bowlers, the club was also prominent at the re-cent Bowls Northland Sports Awards, picking up several awards as well as being named Club of the Year.

Paul Wightman received his gold star for winning five centre titles. Sue Wightman was named Coach of the year.

Te Arai hosts stage two of school surf champs

The event was held in 1.0-1.5m offshore surf at Te Arai Beach just south of Mangawhai, and conditions were challeng-ing for much of the day with some solid low tide close-outs testing all of the surfers.
Matt McGregor   2(copy)(li)

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