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September 9th 2013

Soldier finds peace in Hakaru

Another World War I soldier with strong local ties has recently found a home on the commemorative wall at the Hakaru RSA.

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Kaipara ratepayers win first round

In an action that had been simmering for over 12 months, the Mangawhai Residents & Ratepayers Association (MRRA) has emerged triumphant in their bid to stop a court challenge
to rates allegedly struck unlawfully to pay for the Mangawhai wastewater treatment system.


Ed Said - What are the odds


Rugby Legend joins conservation initiative

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Family violence subject of new Wellsford project

A golden touch for cancer

It is now nine years since Dorothy Freeman rallied a group of helpers in raising funds for cancer treatment for Daffodil Day, now a major fundraiser throughout the country.

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More sightings of unusual fish

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Computer Facility dream realised

Officially opened on August 23 by Derek Christensen and Ben Hita, the computer training facility has long been a dream of Otamatea Community Services manager Denise Meiklejohn.


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Your questions answered - Kaipara Commisioner - John Robertson: Rates Dispute, where things stand right now

Those who are following the action being taken by the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association (MRRA) will have seen that Justice Heath has declined the "strike out" application lodged by the Council.

Historic battle basis of Museum Maori display

Mangawhai Museum's second programme in their Winter Series continues to be very popular.

Executive committee member and local iwi representative Roi McCabe recently gave an enlightening talk on the history of the 1825 Te Ika-A-Ranganui battle.


Gardening with Gael - a miniture rose by any other name

During the last three weeks I feel I have slowly been developing planting withdrawal.  Although I feel as if I have not left the workshop at the Block somehow the little pile of plants on the edge of the drive waiting to be planted has mysteriously increased in size.
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Boxwood teaches holistic approach to music and dance

Boxwood NZ 2013 returns to Waipu for a week-long educational program for adults and children focused on  Cape Breton, Scottish, Irish and French music.

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Worzels World - Your questions answered

Much time has passed since our Council was disbanded and became a Commission.  The urgent situation described by Greg Gent and his review team continues with little changed. The undemocratically appointed commissioners have rearranged the deck chairs and assured, cajoled and pressured passengers into paying extra for passage on a foundering ship subject to iceberg-sized debt.

Retro tribute live at Tavern

The only show like it in the world today, this is not to be missed.

After worldwide success ABBA and The Bee Gees both have the title ‘Super Group’. 

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School Tunes in to Student Radio

It is fairly standard nowadays for schools to be up to date with technology through the regular use of computers, iPads, iPods and notebooks, but Mangawhai Beach School has recently added another dimension with their own radio station.

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Kaipara Art unique and inspirational

Kaipara is truly rich with talented and inspired artists.

The proof, a stunning display of art across all disciplines, displayed amongst the treasures of the Matakohe Museum.

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Show must go on

The district's longest running event, The Warkworth A&P Show, was in danger of closing due to funding issues.  


Letters to the Editor

Fourth Estate failure? On Monday, August 26, I hitchhiked from Mangawhai to Maungaturoto to speak to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee 
Now you see it… Good to see Commissioner Robertson, our pet National government lackey, remaining true to form.


Northlands Kauri Museum gain Qualmark Enviro Gold

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe has been recognised as one of the country’s leading tourism businesses for environmental performance, achieving a Qualmark Enviro Gold rating.
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News in Brief

Toll road kiosk coin-only - The NZ Transport Agency is reminding drivers  that the Northern Gateway Toll Road manual kiosks  now accepts coin-only payment.
Home insulation figures welcomed - MP Mike Sabin, welcomes news that more Northland homes will be insulated under National’s Warm Up New Zealand programme.
Warmest Winter on record - NIWA scientists have confirmed this as our warmest winter on record.
Conservation Week is here!! - Get together with friends and whanau and show your appreciation for New Zealand.

Tag football takes over Tomorata

Last year  a group of keen local sportspeople called for registrations for Tag football to gener-ate some family fun and a bit of midweek enter-tainment or to keep in shape. The result was a total of three hundred players.

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Hard work pays off for National Champs

Maungaturoto's womans squash team exceded all expectations by winning their division aat the recent D Grade Squash Nationals in Tauranga.

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