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September 21st 2015

Brynderwyn kiwi numbers to increase

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Controlled Purchase Operation disappoints police

A Controlled Purchase Operation at licensed premises in the Kaipara East area has shocked NZ Police and Northland District Health Board (NDHB) staff who conducted it.

During the operation, two underage volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol from licensed premises. Two of the eight licensed premises sold to the under-age teens.

Ed Said - TPP or not TPP


Planting partners combine for clean up

Mud and a bit of rain were the ideal conditions for a mass planting at Paparoa when Progressive Paparoa community volunteers partnered with Kaipara District Council to clean up the riverbank in the small township.


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Regional council review finalised

An organisation-wide review designed to ensure the Northland Regional Council's 160-plus staff are best placed to deliver on councillor and community expectations is largely complete, its CEO says.

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Petrel discovered at Bream Head

Bream Head Conservation Trust has announced the exciting discovery of nesting grey-faced petrels on the rocky cliffs of Whangarei’s Bream Head Scenic Reserve.



Scene and Heard


Refreshed website for NRC

Northland Regional Council has just launched a refreshed version of its website.

Chairman Bill Shepherd says the $35,000 update is the first design change to the site – which currently boasts more than 1000 individual pages – since it was launched eight years ago.


Your Questions Answered - With Kaipara responding to letters to the Editor

In the last edition of the Focus, there were a couple of letters that need a response.

Christian Simon dis-agrees with the recommendations of the Mangawhai Community

Wastewater Scheme Advisory Panel, and asks that the Council consult if the scheme is to be ex-tended.

Art director wanted for Waipu extravaganza

The Art n Tartan Wearable Art Awards have become a much-enjoyed annual event in the district, providing a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to exercise their creativity in the creation of art works.
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Tsunami siren network testing late September

Tsunami sirens from Te Hapua to Mangawhai will be tested later this month. The 150-plus Northland sirens will sound on the morning of Sun-day September 27 as part of regular twice-yearly checks to ensure they work correctly.

Guytons Garden - Growing gardens after dark

Up and down the country, spring is trying her best to bring the plant world back to life following the winter break. She's finding it easier in some parts than in others.

Gardening from South to North

Though many of us are not people of the land we still hold a close affinity for things essentially Kiwi and this is what makes our Country Calendar programme one of the most popular TV shows of all time.


Great prizes for green thumbs

Dust off the gloves. Dig out the spade. Clean up your vegie patch and get ready to get growing great vegies in the Yates Spring Vegie Growing Challenge.

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Worzels World - Where Ideas Come From

Due to the writing of these and other musings it has come to pass that I have been asked the perennial question put to many artists and other creative craftsmen who are any good: “Where do you get your ideas?”


NEST operation to include own aircraft maintenance

NEST will carry out the specialist work need-ed on its fleet of three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters following its authorisation as a Part 145 certified operation from the Civil Aviation Authority.
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Land sale will see sprawl continue north

With Wellsford now considered an ‘outer suburb’ of Auckland, the ur-ban sprawl of the Queen City is looking toward the small rural town as a future development hub.An 87 hectare block, currently grazing land, has recently come onto the market. Bordering School 

and Worker Roads it has multiple use options being zoned rural country-side, future urban, and residential, under the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Kauri Dieback: What can you do to stop the spread?

Kauri dieback or PTA (Phytophthora taxon Agathis) is a disease affecting kauri in various parts of Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Great Barrier Island. 

Mangawhai Bowling Club News

Coach training at Kensington, Winter Closing Day Wellsford, Kauri Bowl Trophy, Sat Aug 29, Holliday Shield Challenge, Sun Aug 30, Have A Go Bowls, Business house bowls.

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