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Pensioner skips church for fishing show role

A Mangawhai pensioner couldn’t believe her luck when she landed a starring role on popular TV show ADOS Addicted to Fishing. 

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Ed Said - Feeling the Power

No, I don’t mean the disruption to the life of a young female Prime Minister trying to juggle her duties with a young family, I mean the actual cost of lighting and heating to the average household – if there is such a thing as ‘the average household.’


Community Grants Committee shares $100,000 of funding

Kaipara District Council’s Community Grants Committee (CGC) has awarded $100,000 to community organisations across the district at its August 23 meeting. CGC chair Anna Curnow was delighted with the variety and breadth of applications. “A total of 37 organisations from the east through to the west applied for various amounts of funding through the Community Grants fund.


Jack Boyd palms to come down

 A Mangawhai Heads street is to lose a number of its palm trees after recent wild weather brought one tall plant crashing down onto the road. 

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Mayors Memo

Kia ora, Heralding spring this week are the kowhai blossoms fringing the Kaipara Harbour and found everywhere through gardens and forests, the calves and lambs on the farms and the earliest of the shining cuckoos which have made their annual return to summer in the Kaipara.

Kaipara’s treehouses permitted with conditions

Kiwi DIY tree shacks, from miniature cabins balanced between strong boughs to a couple of rough-sawn platforms complete with sky roofs and leafy windows, have given many children past and present the gift of imagination and outdoor adventure.
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Learn the art of community engagement

Kaipara District Council presents a unique opportunity for civic and community minded businesses, individuals or groups to learn more about developing ideas and tools for successful community projects.

Now, more than ever, communities need to work together to build trust and inclusivity. 


Tree clearing all part of the plan says committee

The recent felling and clearing of trees and plants within an ecologically valuable wetland and native forest has caused confusion, concern and dismay among some Mangawhai residents. 
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Letters to the Editor

Rates unfair The Northland Regional Council and the Kaipara District Council seem to have a ‘winners and losers’
Suicide seminar The article written in the last Mangawhai Focus entitled 'Shining Light on the Darkness of Suicide'
History deleted On August 31 a conversation thread on one of Mangawhai's most popular Facebook groups


Brynderwyn kiwi numbers holding steady 

The kiwi breeding season is well under way and male kiwi will be patiently sitting on their eggs waiting for the chicks to emerge at the end of the 80 day incubation period.

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Waipu venue for pest trapping workshop

Trapper training workshops have been held in Mangawhai through the Marunui Conservation Trust. Next weekend will see the first to be held in Waipu. 

Todd Hamilton from Backyard Kiwi will lead the trapping workshop with Ngaire Tyson from Kiwi Coast and Steve Henderson, Northland Regional Council.  

Success for Waipu junior performers

Emma Couper of Waipu, herself a singer of considerable acclaim, recently fielded a junior team of up and coming young Waipu performers at the Northland Performing Arts competitions with some pleasing results. 

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Suffrage celebration captured in print

 Mangawhai artists Nicola Everett, Lynn Middleton and Tatjana Panyoczki are joining other artists in marking the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. 

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Worzels World - The Power of Propaganda

Those in power make the rules. Traditionally they are called rulers, but this does not necessarily mean they are straight. The rules they make favour the powerful and are enforced at the expense of weak and apathetic people. There is nothing new in this. Throughout history the downtrodden, the uneducated, and those vanquished in battle have always been enslaved by tyrants. One of the more common lies is, ‘I’m from the Government. I’m here to help’. 

Countdown to Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2019

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend. 
The event was conceived as an opportunity to encourage the community to get out and enjoy our wonderful outdoors, and to provide a stimulus for the business community by holding an event that would attract visitors at the end of the summer season. 


Jazzlyn makes a wish 

In early 2017, 10-year-old Maungaturoto girl Jazzlyn Martin began suffering headaches followed by loss of appetite and dehydration. Her Mother Katrina picks up the story. “Though she had been to the doctor she wasn’t getting any better but when she developed vision problems and eye diversion I thought I had to take more drastic steps to diagnose her problem.”
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It’s a first year hair affair

It has been held for centuries that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. This is also the firm belief of the team at Headz of Hair salon in Mangawhai which has recently completed its first year in business for owner Roseanne Rye.

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Acupuncture: The perfect modern medicine complement

Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) system, which has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for more than 3000 years. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic alternative or complement to modern conventional medicine.

Record amount raised  to fight cancer

In keeping with the giving spirit often seen in Mangawhai and surrounding area, a recent series of fundraising events for a vital worthy cause has resulted in a record financial success. 

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Police Snippets

Bike thief Local police are urging residents to be more careful
Street targeted Jack Boyd Drive was the scene of three thefts
Bach surprise A cleaner found an unexpected surprise
Murder charge The tragic death of a 2-year-old girl at a Mangawhai
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Gardening with Gael - Why I’m banking on begonias

A few years ago, Box carved out two terraces near the entrance of the Block and planted lovely curved rows of grapes. I planted japonicas on the bank between them and roses to the East above the dam. 
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Expert to speak about threats and control of serious weeds 

Weeds flourish throughout Northland and the Brynderwyns and Mangawhai are no exception.  The Friends of the Brynderwyns Society has invited Jack Craw to speak on problem weeds and their management at its September AGM in Mangawhai.  Society Chair, Martina Tschirky, says Jack Craw is extremely well qualified to inform and advise on the subject with 40 years experience in biosecurity and weed and pest management. 

Tourism Minister awards Kaipara over $480,000

The impact of tourism on Kaipara’s infrastructure has recently been recognised in the recent round of grants  distributed by Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The projects approved for support were prioritised to improve the visitor experience for those turning left at the Brynderwyn’s to see what the West Coast of Kaipara has to offer. 

Museum fundraiser winds back the clock

Historical exhibits telling tales of Mangawhai’s rich and diverse humble beginnings were given flesh and voice recently as the local museum came to life. 

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Helicopter hassle: Rules around consent unclear

Te Arai skies have been the scene of a year-long debate between two neighbouring properties involving the use and landing of helicopters, and has highlighted the question of the need of council consent when it comes to rural flying. 
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Speed review for Tara Road

As a part of Council’s programme of improved road safety on the network, Kaipara District Council is looking to reduce the speed limit around the Tara Road, Kaiwaka Mangawhai Road intersection.

The review area extends from Moir Street, at a point 280m west of Insley Street where the current 50kph to 70kph speed limit boundary is located, to a point on the Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road, 300m to the west of the intersection with Tara Road. 


Community invited to see SH1 plans

Safety improvement work is about to start on State Highway 1 (SH1) between Wellsford and Warkworth, through the Dome Valley.
Before work gets underway the community has an opportunity to view the plans for the road and talk to the project team.


Residents win rights to manage park 

Following the recent management breakdown of a long-running holiday park, a happy ending is at hand with the park tenants now in control. 

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