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Zonta Trivial Pursuit
Put Thursday July 3 in your diary now - it's the Zonta Club of Mangawhai's Trivial Pursuit evening for their Spirit of New Zealand Scholarship. This is always an evening of great hilarity, with the theme this year being "S". At the Club, 7pm, tables of 6 at $12pp. Prizes, auctions, nibbles, cash bar. To book call Isobel 431 4882.

New art group president
Mangawhai Artists Inc. elected a new president at their recent AGM. Jeannette Vickers is at the helm, with Elena Nickolaeva as deputy. The secretary/treasurer role went to Jan Grover, with a supportive committee of John Pickworth, Jean Fountain, Tony Allen, Theresa McCathy, Jennifer Colgate, Sarah C, Pauline Gough and Suza Lawrence. Life Membership was presented to Marie Flavell, and Malcolm Roberts accepted the role of Patron.

Kids art competition
And for young artists, Bazaar World is hosting an art competition this month with the theme "What is Mangawhai to you?" Conditions: Ages 5-15, be a Mangawhai resident or attend Mangawhai Beach School. Entry is $12, canvas supplied. There will be a first prize in each age group, judged by local artists, plus a Peoples Choice award. Entries open on Tuesday June 10 so call in now to Bazaar World in the Village, email info@bazaarworld.net or check them out on Facebook. All entry fees will go towards prizes – wow! Bazaar World will display all the entries too, so you can cast a vote for your favourite.

Pony club prizegiving
Hakaru Pony Club recently held their annual prizegiving with everyone having a fun night. The RSA ladies provided a fabulous meal. Over the season, 17 riders passed certificates ranging from D up to C+, the largest number ever.

Trophies were awarded to: Teresa Underwood (Advanced, showjumping, dressage); Monique Balfour (Intermediate, showjumping); Alex Greatorex (Junior); Ty Stevens (games); Brooklyn Wilson (Outstanding achievement); Helper of the Year went to Dot Wreaks; Sportsmanship Award to Maddison Greatorex; Rylie Travers and Alise Rogers (most improved off lead rein); Paige Rynne (attendance).

Adult Rider trophies went to Christine Legge for Outstanding Achievement, and to Denise Rogers for Highlight of the Year.

If you have an interest in finding out more about the Hakaru Pony Club for children, or adults, email Julie Rynne at hakaruponyclub@xtra.co.nz. You don't necessarily need to own a horse!

Bird report from Sioux
The school swimming pool appears to have a new caretaker. A white-faced heron has been spotted on numerous occasions roosting on the side of the pool! The harbour is hosting six royal spoon bills this season, up on the last few years. Thrushes around the area have been welcoming in the winter with their bright and cheerful tunes. The repertoire of these birds is just amazing.

Tour de Food!
Tour de France des vins.... Yes, it's the big night at Frog & Kiwi on Saturday June 14 when Jean Christophe from Maison Vauron will once again talk about the wines from the region which will accompany each of the nine courses! This is always a very special night, and bookings are essential on 431 4439.
 
  New Zonta role for Liz
Mangawhai Zonta Club co-founder, Liz Holsted, has been selected as the Zonta Area 1 Director for the 2014-16 biennium.

When Liz moved to Mangawhai she missed the camaraderie and spirit of her North Shore Zonta, so she set up a club in Mangawhai which was chartered in 2010 with 21 members.

Liz was club president 2010-12, and District Conference chair in 2013.

"I am passionate about the ideals of Zonta and the progress that can be made on so many fronts when an international group of women work towards one goal – the advancement of the status of women globally through service and advocacy,” says Liz. “After ten years, it still excites me that as an organisation we make such a difference to the lives of so many women and children at a local, national, and international level."
 
Her new role involves working with nine clubs from Auckland north, reporting to the national executive throughout the year.
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Did you know…
… the Mangawhai Library has over 800 members?

Help remove mangroves
The mangrove removal team working from Molesworth Drive bridge to Moir Point always welcomes more volunteers. This Tuesday, June 10, from 9am-1pm, and again on Thursday June 12 from 11am-3pm, just turn up with gumboots and any useful tools – spade, loppers, rake, whatever. Lunch supplied by the Golf Club. As the work is tide dependent, the working bees will be held fortnightly.

Coming up
Kaiwaka Cinema: The Book Thief, Friday June 20, 7.30pm. The Wolf of Wall Street, Friday July 4.

Otamatea Repertory presents the popular Wizard of Oz, opening July 12 with eight performances including five matinees. Check out the website ort.org.nz for pricing.

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