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March 25th 2013

Art Trail big feature of Walking Weekend

If you missed out on that fabulous piece of art at the recent Mangawhai Artists exhibition and auction, then here is your chance to catch up with the actual artists.


No early end to drought say experts

Recent rain has done little to ease the drought conditions gripping Northland – and there is no early end in sight, with no significant rain forecast for the rest of this month.


ED SAID - Aren’t we humans fickle?

I  had to grin when, with some ominous-looking clouds overhead, I heard someone in the street quoting the old rhyme ‘rain, rain, go away, come again another day.’


Kiwi coming back to Brynderwyns

Up to 14 Northland brown kiwi will be released into local forest in April, launching a project that could see 40 birds released over the next three years.


Potato Hills


Kaiwaka Hall set for dancing scene

Dance parties and workshops are about to bring some social and healthy dance fun to the renovated Kaiwaka Hall.

Eric Jansseune and Carla Rosseels are dance-partners in crime and and like to share their hottest dance moves with everyone.


Do You Know?

Take a look at books, Farewell to Joan, Final Beach and Country Market, Zonta garage sale, Outdoor Movie Night at MBS, Spotted, Cop flies the Coop, Waterski Park gets Thumbs Up, Walking Weekend...
News and views to share through this column? Contact Jo Roberts 431 4711, email jo.roberts@xtra.co.nz.

Kaipara Commissioner - John Robertson - Your Questions Answered

There have been a number of innuendos and incorrect statements in letters to the editor that the commissioners wish to address. In order to get the facts out, and answer some of the questions that people are asking in Mangawhai, we are beginning this column – Your Questions Answered – in the Mangawhai Focus.

Insulation subsidy bonus for unit residents

Elderly residents in 24 Mangawhai housing units will be warmer, drier and more comfortable thanks to insulation funded by Kaipara District Council and the government’s Warm Up NZ: Heat Smart programme.


Acclaimed Raitt to play local venue

Currently near the end of her 80-plus date tour of North America, the multi award-winning master of rock and blues returns to NZ for the first time since 2007, performing her only Auckland show at Ascension Wine Estate on April 7 before heading to Europe.


Dry spell not all bad news

Ross Millar from Millars Vineyard is really happy. “The long hot dry periods have concentrated the flavour,” says Ross optimistically. “Although the competition will be fierce, we can expect some award winning wines this year.”


Last laugh for Mangawhai quiz team

Fifteen teams participated in the Quiz Night fundraiser at the Kaiwaka Sports Association last Friday. It was an evening of curly questions and entertainment with prizes donated by local businesses.


Worzel's World- The Ministry of Silly Things

In the wake of the release of e-mails pertaining to law changes surrounding the production of The Hobbit, speculation regarding the existence of a secret government department is rife. Reportedly stacked with sinister idiots, they are charged with the task of further confusing an already bewildered population.

Solar Option Gives Power To The People

The harnessing and utilisation of solar power is not a new concept but a new and innovative solar voltaic system has recently been installed on four properties at Tern Point, Mangawhai.


Mangawhai Walking Weekend, April 4-7 - Walking weekend festival gains momentum

Events during The Mangawhai Walking Weekend, April 4-7, have gained such popularity the event is able to support itself and have some money to return to the community. No sponsorship is involved.


$55,000 Granted to Mangawhai groups

Five projects in the Mangawhai area will receive a total of $55,104 from the Mangawhai Endowment Fund.  The fund was formed following the dissolution of the Mangawai Harbour Board in 1965 with the board's property assets being vested in the former Otamatea County Council.


Kaiwaka’s Coffee Pot comes to life

The eatery has recently undergone a refurbishment and the new fresh look, together with pleasant staff and good food, is drawing favourable comment from customers.


Skate pro’s give Mangawhai Park thumbs up

A few lucky young locals could not believe their eyes when a van load of visiting professional skateboarders dropped into the Mangawhai skate park as part of their NZ tour.


Easter Monday music and market

Sharon had years of organising events and entertainment at Auckland’s Gluepot pub. However, on Easter Monday she is holding a market with a difference in the hall.


Ruawai shearer fleeces opposition

26-year-old Ruawai bred but Hastings-based shearer has been crowned the new 2013 Golden Shears champion.

Rowland Smith faced tough competition from three former winners to take out the sheep shearing title in Masterton recently.

Joan says farewell to Mangawhai Market

Joan runs the stall to raise funds for the Leprosy Mission and Partners with People in Poverty. Any items that don’t sell are then passed on to the Wellsford Hospice shop.


‘Big Red’ Fire truck visits Plunket

Hemi Meagher, along with his team of volunteer firefighters, practiced an evacuation drill from the Plunket premises and discussed exit strategies from the home.


School enviro awards open

Schools are being urged to act quickly to win a share of this year’s $20,000 Northland Regional Council Environmental Curriculum Awards.  “Each school can apply for a maximum $2000 in Environmental Curriculum Awards funding, which must be spent on school-based environmental education projects.

Mini Run Set to Raise Record Funds

A Bream Bay family are having an unusual gathering this Easter: driving the length of New Zealand in two tiny cars over six days, they'll raise record sums for charity and celebrate beating, together, a serious disease.


Out & About

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Big G gives his shovel a brief break while putting down footings for the new expansion of the Mangawhai Club, due for completion late June.


In Brief

Teen Drowns at Lake - A local boy has drowned on March 13 at Kai Iwi Lakes.He was 17-year-old Vaughan Hoyle of Kaiwaka.
Rodney College Ero Visit - The Education Review Office visited Rodney College.
Immunisation is Best says Plunket -  Free influenza vaccinations.
First Maungaturoto Market - Circle the date, Friday April 5 for the first Maungaturoto Market.

Surf’s up at Waipu Cove Holiday Camp

Greer Flynn escaped from Auckland and, with business partner Lincoln Phillips and assistant Kirsty Vuletich, has had the Waipu Surf Club rocking and fully booked all summer with special thanks to the weather Gods.


Museum needs help for next phase

Already proving to be a great community asset as a venue for various activities, Mangawhai’s new museum is also drawing many accolades for it’s stunning innovative design.


Letters to the Editor

Mangawhai MRRA attacked -  ...It is customary, in the first instance, to take your complaint to the people you have a problem with, but it’s a free country I suppose.
Developer has rights -  No doubt this latest issue will be full of indignant howls from the rowdy few.
Connection fee response -  Kaipara District Council would like to respond.
Mystery Tractor - Has been identified...
Council Borrowings - 
“KDC seeks to minimise the costs of its external borrowing so that we can keep rates down.”

Tsunami siren testing coming your way soon

Whangarei and Kaipara District tsunami sirens will be tested on coastal and harbour locations along the east coast on Sunday April 7.

Sirens will sound for 10 minutes at 9.20am and again for 30 seconds at 10am. Their blue lights will flash throughout the test period.


District water conservation must continue says KDC

Kaipara residents have made good reductions in the amount of water they use but need to continue their conservation efforts until there is significant rain say the Kaipara District Council.


Easter fishing competition a family affair

Timberworld and Mangawhai Boating & Fishing Club are bringing back the Annual Easter Open Fishing Competition. 

Sponsored by Timberworld and the fishing club there are great prizes up for grabs. The competition is open to all and will be run on Saturday March 30 (Easter Saturday) or if postponed it will be on Sunday March 31.

Organisers say ‘get the girls out!’

They say a woman’s work is never done, and during April 11-13 it’s going to be left undone as fisherwomen assemble at the Marsden Cove Fishing Club for the annual ladies Chic's @ The Chicks fishing competition.

KSA Sports Briefs

Juggling: getting in on the act

Research indicates that juggling increases self-esteem, self-confidence and a greater level of co-ordination regardless of ability, gender or age. It is relaxing, focuses the mind and makes you feel great, connecting both halves of the human brain to increase production of neuronal cell bodies or create new connections-matrix in your brain, says Achmed Abman from Circool Circus.

Mangawhai bowlers invade Kamo


Bowls Briefs

Mangawhai Travel - Sixteen teams will also visit the Whangarei Club on April 11
winter Trips -
further winter bus trips are planned for Manly, Hobsonville, Belmont, and Mairangi Bay.
Triples Tournament -
No doubt Mangawhai will be hoping that clubs they have supported in huge numbers this season will reciprocate
Want to play Bowls next season? - If you are interested in giving bowls a go give us a call.

Students excel at athletics competition

There were a number of outstanding performances from Rodney College students at the recent Northland Secondary Schools Athletics competition held at ASB Sports Arena, Whangarei.



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