Seen and Heard
Physio gets more flexible
From this week Mangawhai Physiotherapy will be extending opening hours on a Thursday from 8.30am-5.30pm to offer appointments for people at work and the high school children getting off the bus later. They will also open later on a Wednesday, 8am- 6pm, for your convenience.
Be smart about scammers
Computer Chap Steve Green reports in recent weeks a number of local residents have been exposed to a "scam" based on receiving a phone call at home from someone claiming to work for Microsoft and asking to gain access to their computer to fix some security problems, and that only Microsoft staff are qualified to do this. Needless to say this call leads to the caller asking for credit card details in order to fix the problem. To date such callers appear to have Indian accents. Never give your computer password nor your email password, and certainly not any financial details such as bank account or credit card. If in doubt ask them for their name and contact toll-free number and offer to call them back. Chances are they will not oblige.
After school surf class popular
Tony Baker of Surf Dojo reports their After School Programme is FULL (40 registrations) and so far only just a hint of summer. Keep an eye on their Facebook page as they will be offering other services over the summer months.
New owner for Sail Rock
It’s now official. Sail Rock cafe and restaurant has been sold to Auckland restauranteur Evan King who currently runs Lumsden Freehouse in Newmarket and Sail Rock is also about to undergo a name change to reflect the carrying of boutique beverages. Evan is keen to make his mark locally and though a number of T’s are still to be crossed and I’s to be dotted it is hoped to re-open as a new entity around mid-October.
Car yard rumours
Jungle drums are beating out the message of a car yard in Mangawhai – potentially a good addition as there is no such thing between Whangarei and Warkworth. However The Focus has made enquiries to the owners of a couple of likely sites but have only been met with shrugs and shaking heads. We know ‘where there’s smoke…’ but this may be no more than steam from a boiling radiator.
Name change for MPL
New signage now introduces Mangawhai Landscape Supplies, formerly MPL, on Mangawhai Heads Road. Over 20 bunkers now stock a wide range of aggregates, chip, compost and bark for building and landscaping projects plus sleepers, pavers and a range of plants and is still the place to go to take your recyclable rubbish.
New face at Placemakers
New operations manager at Placemakers is Paul Kerr. Paul has moved north from Placemakers Thames. In a step towards branch operator, Paul knows the Placemakers system well, is quickly coming to grips with the growth of Mangawhai and is keen to get local builders on board. Keep an eye out for in-store promotions and some re-organisation with a demonstration kitchen by noted designer Peter Hay being a new innovation.
Rock your socks off
The Hakaru Hall is the venue for a Dance Party on October 10 at Settlement Road, across from RSA. Party starts at 7.30pm and has the Pat Mac Band playing rock ‘n roll and more, so get on your dancing outfits and come out for a night of fun. Entry is $10 (children free) and is BYO along with a supper plate to share. The Hall has a great dance floor so there is lots of room to boogie. This is the last Saturday of school holidays, so bring the young ones along to enjoy a night of rock ‘n roll.
A recent passing of note is that of Colleen Urlich of Dargaville, especially known through art circles. A long-serving art teacher at Dargaville High School, Colleen spent her life nurturing Maori art through a number of initiatives and, along with our own Jean Goldschmidt, was recognised in the latest New Years Honours being made an Officer of the Order of Merit for services to Maori art.
Patience required on road
While some are a little miffed about the ongoing roadworks along the MAZ frontage, please bear with it. Water tables, drainage and eventually footpaths are all a part of the ongoing development to make this a great, safe and accessable family entertainment playground. Note the new toilet block as well. Built just for your convenience. Pun intended.
Free surf lessons
With Aotearoa Surf's relaunch they are giving away free surf lessons, stand up paddle lessons or cruises, and kayak hire all the way up to Labour Weekend. Free 7-12 year-olds school holiday surf lessons on Oct 3 are filling up fast so get in quick! Share their Facebook post to win one of five free vouchers given away each week for the next five weeks. Over $1,500 worth of giveaways! Stand up paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking – that’s aotearoasurf.co.nz.
Blood moon on the rise
Stargazers and shutterbugs will be out in force on September 27-28 to see the blood moon rising. We had one back in April. This is the total eclipse of the moon when, depending where you are, the moon turns blood red for about an hour. Lunar eclipses are often referred to as blood moons because it looks reddish with the passing through the earth's atmosphere filtering out most of its blue light. This is known throughout history as an omen of a big change or event about to happen – perhaps the start of daylight saving!
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