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Generous grant raises patrol team profile

Another valuable community service has recently benefited from the generous coffers of the local fundraising Factory with a grant being used to brighten up the appearance of a group of night-owl volunteers. 
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Ed Said - Spoiler alert: More of the same in 2021

From what I hear, more people than usual stayed up to see the end of 2020. 

Textures, reflections and hues at photo exhibition

Three Mangawhai artists and photographers – Nina Gastreich, Grant Crowe and Christine Moginie – invite you to experience sublime colours, patterns, and beauty through their viewfinders.
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News in Brief

Sound of music Tahamoana Angora Goat farm  the perfect place for an outdoor concert.
Eight to contest seat Eight people have put their names forward to contest the Northland Regional Council Whangarei Urban seat.
Night works starting The Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway Project is undertaking night works.

One-way Wood St leaving poor impression

A community-led initiative aimed to ease the traffic woes of the popular Mangawhai Heads Wood Street shopping centre has unfortunately gone skewwhiff for a number of businesses.

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Mangawhai village also seeking congestion cure

Meanwhile at the other end of Mangawhai, issues over traffic jamming are also under the spotlight with the prospect of a multi-million dollar roundabout being questioned as the most appropriate and affordable solution.
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Inspiration takes artists full circle

Full Circle is an exhibition featuring two significant Mangawhai artists, Wendy Leach and Nicola Everett.

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Worzels World - Happy New Year from the unverified

A friend (yes, I do have some) once said that ‘no good deed goes unpunished’. There is only one thing worse than being right about such things, and that is having a friend who is right about such things. In this particular case the good deed never did eventuate. 

Dredging and sand mining: What’s the difference?

This year, 2021, marks the 30th anniversary of the now famous Big Dig, a time in our history when the people of Mangawhai took matters into their own hands to save the Mangawhai harbour from total closure. 
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Cars and crowd ignore rod run rain threat

Following the gala, Mangawhai Domain was host to another big summer drawcard, one with sleek curves, shiny bodies and grumbling engines. 

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Gifts and ice-cream from helping hands

An online community with a philosophy of gifting on items and giving a helping hand to others in need celebrated the end of year with a December Christmas party complete with Santa, games and gifts, held at Mangawhai Domain.

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Waipu to host big car and bike show

The biggest auto show north of Auckland – the annual Waipu Car & Bike Show – and like last year (pictured above) will host around 500 cars and 150 bikes at Waipu’s Caledonian Park on February 7. 


Summer festival cheers Waipu

Organisers say the new year’s day Waipu Community Festival – which replaced the Covid-cancelled Waipu Highland Games – was a big success.


Hunting with Mr Hastie

Just after the second World War, Nelson Hastie (Mr Hastie to me) was a highly respected old timer. I first saw him with his bullock team shifting Ernie Brown’s house from up near the bushline to closer to Brown’s Rd.
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Letter to the Editor

Wood Street travesty I totally agree with the letter from Linda Lyne re Wood Street. Thanks to the Mangawhai Business Association, who has led this project with Gail Fotheringham and Tim Manning, once again the tinkering of Wood Street.

Summer gala entertains big crowd

Weather oscillating between intense heat and drenching showers did not stop thousands of visitors attending one of the area’s most popular and anticipated highlights of the brand-new year: 

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Mangawhai Matters - We are asking “What matters to you?”

Mangawhai Matters Society aims to ensure that our community values are reflected in decisions made by our council representatives. 
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