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Celebrating our volunteers

St John is showcasing the ‘Gold Hearts’ amongst their organisation as part of National Volunteer week and one such person is Maungaturoto/Kaiwaka station manager, Stephen Rosser. Since 2003 Stephen has taken 30 teams of volunteers to the...... Read More

The ferocity of the seas

Upon looking inland on the west coast of the far north in the 1770s, explorer and seasoned naval commander Captain James Cook dubbed the stretch of sand with its inland marshes and rugged red cliffs the ‘desert coast’. Little did this pioneering...... Read More

A river of promise

Throughout human history civilisations have always risen up by the shores of mighty rivers. So when settlers first came to the Kaipara region, the longest navigable river in the North was an immense drawcard. By the time European missionaries arrived,...... Read More

A superhighway on the waves

When Arawa chief Kahumatamomoe came to the Kaipara region he named it for the nutritious meal which could be made from the local para fern. But this was not the first link between the Maori people and the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere. The...... Read More

Paparoa market

The Paparoa market was started ten years ago by Progressive Paparoa Inc members Mary Stevens, Lorraine Rowland, and chairperson Graham Taylor. “There seemed to be a number of good initiatives in the food area in Kaipara so we thought a farmer’s...... Read More

A business milestone

Skelton’s Drapery celebrates 50 years of business in Paparoa on Monday, July 3, with some traditional trappings — some birthday cake — and great specials including 50 per cent off all fashion wear. Current owner Robyn Skelton was five...... Read More

Improving to take on the world

New Zealand’s primary sector is the undisputed powerhouse of our economy, set to generate close to $48 billion of export revenue in 2017. Our produce feeds close to 40 million people, making our output of dairy, beef, lamb and arable crops vital,...... Read More

A dog’s tail …

Orl too much ixitement eh? “Sorry Billy, but he’s gone fer a cuppatee an’ a lie down this morning.” That was Boss’s gerlfrend, Sharlene, last Sundee morning wen’ I terned up lookin’ for Boss ta go tound the...... Read More

Activity zone is growing

Construction has begun on the outdoor fitness gym, three bike circuit tracks and an expansion to the barbecue, picnic, seating and shaded areas at the Mangawhai Activities Zone. “The outdoor gym is unique and will be a very welcome addition to...... Read More

On the garden hunt

The annual Palmer Planet Mangawhai Garden Ramble is on the lookout for gardens to participate in this year’s event. “We have got some across the full range, but still looking for a few more, especially of the larger type gardens,”...... Read More