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Fight Flight Freeze – a New Year exhibition

Fight Flight Freeze, an exhibition by artists Jay Allen and Katy Carter, is a visual conversation between the two artists.

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Northpower helicopter survey to assess powerlines

Northpower will carry out a low flying helicopter survey of its main network powerlines across Hikurangi, Whangarei, Bream Bay and Kaiwaka on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday the 30th of September.

Contractors clear Brynderwyn blockage

A large lump of clay, dirt and a small tree slid onto the Brynderwyn overpass on SH1 this morning, blocking the southbound lane. 
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Time running out to have say on representation review

Time is running out for Northlanders to have their say on the number of regional councillors, the areas they are elected from and the names of the constituencies they will represent.


Protest against violence in Mangawhai after bottle attack

A crowd of nearly 60 gathered on the corner of a local road at midday today, motivated to show support for a survivor of a recent unprovoked violent assault.
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3.4 MW Kaipara Solar Farm shovel ready

Lightyears Solar announced today the 3.4 MW Naumai Solar Farm on the northern Kaipara is shovel ready. The project is fully consented and expected to be delivering power by the end of summer.
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Drinking water and wastewater systems: Should we share the costs?

Kaipara communities are to be asked how they should pay for their drinking water and wastewater systems as part of the Kaipara District Council’s (KDC) Long Term Planning for the next ten years.

Huge public support for binding referendum on Maori wards in Northland

Democracy Northland has delivered the largest ever paper petition to three of Northland's council's proposing to introduce Maori wards.

New water regulations for carriers

Carriers supplying H20 to local water tank residents will be forced to add chlorine to their load if a looming water bill is approved by government, the chemical likening the supply to ‘almost city water’.

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Council seeks feedback on speed limit proposals

Kaipara District Council is seeking feedback on proposals to set new speed limits in the Mangawhai and Kaiwaka areas, including the Mangawhai urban area.

The consultation is part of a rolling review of speed limits to be conducted across Northland.


Council votes for Maori Ward

Kaipara District Council has voted to establish a new Maori ward to improve opportunities for Maori to contribute to local Government decision-making.

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Covid-19 masks; local public transport users urged to do their bit 

Northlanders are being asked to do their bit to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 and follow new central government rules making it compulsory to wear masks on the region’s public transport from Monday, August 31.

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Council supports major water service reform

Kaipara waters will be flowing differently in the future now that local council have signed central government’s largest ever water reform, aka ‘Three Waters’, which will see the district receive a $2.35m boost to solutions for water-based projects.

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Demolition of old fire station approved by council

Kaipara District councillors have voted in favour of the old Mangawhai fire station in Wood Street being demolished.

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Long blue line on the border

Masked and gloved, the crew of police officers operating round-the-clock at checkpoints along the various routes in and out of Kaipara are more used to the Auckland beat than rural roads, raising a question of any potential transmission of the virus at the borders.

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Kaipara borderlands under scrutiny due to lockdown

Following New Zealand’s segue into a second national lockdown, the ‘frayed edges’ of east Kaipara’s borders have been underlined by Northland mayors as requiring some decisive deliberation.

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Power pole crashes on the rise

Motorists are being urged to slow down as a spike in vehicles crashing into power poles throughout Northland continues.

The message comes as police, Northland Transportation Alliance, Northpower and Top Energy team up to raise public awareness on the dangers of power pole crashes.

Skip to the loo

No more jumping and navigating muddy puddles to get to the public loo, With more holes than a Swiss cheese, workers contracted by Kaipara District Council began work on August 13th.


Level 2 here we go again!

At the stroke of midday, long traffic quesues began to form at the junction of Mangawhai's southern borders, along Mangawhai and Black Swamp Roads.
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Local projects to benefit from millions of government funds

Announced on July 25 by First National MP Shane Jones, three east Kaipara community projects are set to receive a financial investment from the governments ‘shovel-ready projects’, totalling $3.75 million.
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Inaugural Reserve Contribution Funding awarded

Three deserving community groups are getting a welcome contribution to their projects after the inaugural awarding of the contestable portion of the Reserve Contributions Fund.

The Reserve Contribution Fund was adopted by Council in May 2019. Under legislation, 80% of the reserve contributions must be spent locally.

Sheep attacks stop, dog found

Animal management officers are praising owners who came forward with their dog after attacks on sheep.

During November there were three attacks, all unwitnessed, at four Echo Valley lifestyle blocks where 22 sheep died.

Parade and concert brought Christmas magic

Hundreds of locals and visitors loaded with picnics, beach chairs and rugs made their way to Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) in the late afternoon of December 15 for an inaugural Mangawhai Christmas event.

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Transpower says Electricity Authority’s changes will result in higher power prices and more greenhouse gas emissions

The Electricity Authority (the Authority) should take careful note of warnings from Transpower with regard to proposed changes to transmission pricing.

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Proposed canine bylaw changes divides dog lovers

Canine health and freedom were on top of the agenda at a meeting held last week where the community could express their views on proposed new council restrictions for Mangawhai’s four-legged residents.

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Refactor North to highlight inspiring woman in STEM

Northland will next week have the opportunity to hear from talented women currently working in science, technology, engineering and maths industries.


Truck driver killed in Kaiwaka crash


Halt on footpath a win for locals

People power appears to have prevailed in a dispute over a proposed footpath which also sparked rumours of civil disobedience if the proceedings went ahead.


Mangawhai Central begins…

With a gathering of hi-vis, a sharp spade and inspiring words, the foundations for the area’s new town, Mangawhai Central, has begun.


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Free beauty clinic a novel sales pitch

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Fundraising success gives gallery extension green light

Thanks to the generous nature of the area’s community spirit, Mangawhai Artists Inc.’s (MAI) dream to extend the Village art gallery is set to become a reality.

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The bubble man pops into town!

The incredible Bubble Artist Eran – better known as the Highland Joker -  is bringing his truly breath-taking indoor bubble show that sees him telling stories with bubbles in Mangawhai on Wednesday 6 February.


Tavern service policies a headache say some punters


Drowning at Mangawhai Heads

Waters at Mangawhai Heads surf beach sadly claimed the life of a male swimmer on January 19. Police report that the man, yet to be identified, had been ‘found unresponsive’ by some members of the public and attempts at resuscitation unfortunately were unsuccessful.

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