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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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