Mangawhai surf life savers were one of eight worthy recipients of grants from the Kaipara District Council’s recent MELA disbursement

Funding boost for Mangawhai groups

by Andy Bryenton

Mangawhai community groups promoting recreation, history, education and public safety are the big winners as the Kaipara District Council announces the recipients of grants from this year’s Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account disbursement.

“MELA was created on the dissolution of the Mangawhai Harbour Board, which had significant assets in the Mangawhai area,” says council spokesperson Benjamin Hope.

“The cash and income from land assets not transferred to the Northland Harbour Board for port purposes were invested to provide grant funding for community groups in the Mangawhai area.”

It means a total fiscal injection of more than $118,000 spread between a total of eight community groups. The Mangawhai Activity Zone gains full shade sails and retaining walls while the Mangawhai Domain gains plumbed amenities such as shower facilities. Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust will receive timber and posts to construct boardwalks.

There’s also a raft of funded bonuses for groups such as the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service, Mangawhai Historic Village Trust, Mangawhai Museum and Historical Society, Mangawhai Public Library and Mangawhai Tennis Club.

From folding tables to turf refurbishment to computer equipment, it’s a selection of the vital parts, which allow community groups to operate and provide their services and benefits to local people.