Mangakahia Complex Newsletter July 2019

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Mangakahia Community & Sports Complex NEWSLETTER July 2019 (09) 4346923 Like us on facebook https:/ mailto:


We may be in the midst of winter but things certainly haven’t slowed down at the Complex. As well as our usual winter sports codes being in full swing there have been a number of significant improvements completed. The first is the newly installed playground which is already being well used by our younger community members. The blessing was held a few weeks ago but the formal opening will be held as follows:

10 am Saturday 3rd August Come along and celebrate this new addition to our district. A full re-fit of our kitchen has also been completed and what a difference this has made. With a smart new commercial kitchen we are now able to provide a much improved service and is a great asset for all functions. Come and check it out at one of the Country meals held on the 2nd Friday of every month. Cooking zone Cleaning zone Serving zone

And the final project completed recently has been the upgrade of the internal stairwell to the upstairs lounge / clubrooms. The original stairwell was removed and a new, wider stairwell installed. The foyer and stairwell have been re-painted and carpet laid through both areas.

We have also been pleased to host U18 Girls Club Rugby during May & June. The girls represented teams from Kaikohe, Dargaville, Wellsford, and Kerikeri and played on Monday evenings - a great commitment by these clubs for the time and dedication to attend these games. Women’s & Girls rugby is in a growth phase and there is definitely exciting talent at this level.

Farewell to Don & Annie Draffin

We were saddened by the recent passing of Don & Annie Draffin, within days of each other. Don was a long-time supporter of the Complex and is a life member. During the construction of the Complex, Don was there almost every day making a valuable contribution, and for many years he was the “Go-to” man, who knew the intricacies of plumbing, power and the Complex’s operation. Annie also put a lot of effort into the running of the Complex and was part of the Ladies Committee, which did catering, decorating & other funding activities.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Complex to commemorate Don & Annie and was attended by a wide range of the community. (tribute by Royce Kokich)

Floral tributes for Don & Annie by Mangakahia Gardening Club

*** UPCOMING EVENT *** LIONS 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS We will be holding our 50th Jubilee Celebrations at the Complex on Saturday 19th October 2019 There will be a celebration evening meal with some reminiscing. If you are a past member, or know ex-Lions members living outside the District can you please contact Ray Webb (09) 434 6898 email:

MANGAKAHIA SQUASH CLUB Mangakahia open squash tournament 3rd - 5th may Mangakahia juniors tournament 8th - 9th june We have held two successful tournaments in the last few months. Our senior tournament held in May was well supported, with a quality draw of players. Congratulations to our Open Men’s and Women’s winners: Brent Lewis (Mangakahia) Delwyn Houlihan (Whangarei) We also had a successful junior tournament and it was great to see the number of Juniors participating. There have been a large number of children join up for our Kiwi Squash programme running on Monday afternoons and many of them entered the tournament. A huge thank you to our major club sponsor, McCoy & Thomas Hunting & Fishing Whangarei, and to all our other club sponsors. Mangakahia are trying to get Women’s D grade and Men’s C & E grade teams to the Nationals. Northland qualifying matches take place in July and we wish the teams all the best. Club nights are the place to be in winter, with plenty of great games being played each Wednesday. Jay has the bar open with food available, so spectators are welcome, as are new players. A good time to join, as Squash is the best winter sport option, an awesome workout without getting wet! For more information contact Wayne Brown 021 853551 or Hayley Taylor 021 2621674

MANGAKAHIA GARDENING CLUB Winter has well and truly arrived, and all those seasonal tidy up jobs in the garden await. Over the autumn our members shared three very successful propagation days. During these days we go round each other’s gardens taking cuttings and sharing plants, laughs, and a cup of tea. Gardening Club is bustling along with our winter program. At the end of June we were at the Whangarei Library for Lonely Bouquet Day, and in July we are celebrating 65 years of Mangakahia Gardening Club. This celebration will take place at our Charity Lunch. Our winter program consists of demonstrations and speakers as it is a little cold and damp to be out visiting gardens at the moment. Our current membership is 70. All are welcome and we meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Mangakahia Complex. Happy Gardening


Catherine Davies-Colley Co-convenor 021 974 358 Gayle Farrell Co-convenor

027 470 5354

MANGAKAHIA LIONS CLUB The Mangakahia Lions Club held a mixed fund-raising Golf Tournament on 6th April at Sherwood Park Golf Club. Thanks to a huge sponsors list including many local businesses, and a record field of golfers, we raised around $8000. These funds were used to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Mangakahia Sports Complex, with the balance donated to Open Arms Day Centre in Whangarei. Two AEDs have been installed, one at Gas Maungatapere, and the other at the Mangakahia Sports Complex at Poroti. The one at Mangakahia Sports Complex is attached to the wall of the building facing the main carpark with the public toilets. There are easy step-by-step prompts to follow on the AED Our Club had a final working bee on the Maungatapere Inter-Denominational War Memorial Church project on Wednesday, 29th May, completing planting and general tidying up of the grounds. This project has been completed over a two-year period and has been recognised nationally. Deputy Mayor Sharon Morgan’s cushion ladies will provide the finishing touches by the end of the year. Ray Webb is the President of Mangakahia Lions for the next year and welcomes enquiries regarding membership. He can be contacted on phone 434 6898

MANGAKAHIA JUNIOR SOCCER CLUB The soccer season is going well with lots of under-8 year olds playing this year. We have also fielded teams in 9th, 10th & 11th grades.


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Unclaimed Property

There are a number of items that have been left behind after various events, including a large number of plates, bowls etc. If you recognise any of these items or are missing other items please contact Sylvia on 021 793073

MANGAKAHIA RUGBY CLUB Our club fundraising dinner was a great success and was an entertaining evening with our guest speaker Buck Shelford. A huge thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for this event. Congratulations to our Senior team who had a fantastic season. They contested the Bayleys Club Rugby Championship (South Zone) final at Toll Stadium on 13th July and narrowly lost to Mid Western 38 - 30. An outstanding result from our team. Junior Rugby have also had a big season. A great Club Day was held at Mangakahia Complex on 15th June. With 12 junior teams playing from under-7 through to under-13, there were plenty of skills on show. It was also an opportunity for our local community to watch our inaugural Mangakahia All Girls under-7 team. Our next Club Day is on 3rd August so come along and support our junior players. Junior Rugby prize-giving will be held at Mangakahia Complex from 6pm on Thursday 5th September. And finally, congratulations to the following Mangakahia players who have made the Whangarei Bears rep team: Tokoaitua Owen, Josh McRae, Logan Donnelley, Reef Sofala, Pryce Davidson, Kody George, Connor O’Neill



Body Pump - Tuesdays 6pm

Mangakahia Junior Soccer Club

September 13th Kokopu School

Les Mills routines - Qualified Instructor - Great music

October 11th

Mangakahia Gardening Club

November 8th

Fun atmosphere with expert tuition All skill & fitness levels - you proceed at your own pace Equipment provided - just BYO water & towel

Mangakahia Lions Club Held 2nd Friday of each month Come along and support our local clubs and groups. Two course meal (main & dessert)

Only $10 per person (student discounts) or $80 for 10-class concession card

Price range $17 for a steak meal to $2 for a hotdog. Great value and an opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

For more info contact Jan on 434 6308

Friends of the Mangakahia Loop

This group is under the umbrella of the Complex. We look after the amenity planting within the grounds. Last year, Friends of the Mangakahia Loop added a few more ornamentals to the loop, (some of these were donated by Mangakahia Gardening Club), and planted a wide native windbreak under the existing Cryptomeria’s on the west boundary.

Meals served from 6:30pm

With the arrival of winter comes a new tree planting season. This year’s plan is to plant the area in the far left of the fields, where the park meets the school and marae. These areas need lots of preparation which involved a couple of days with a digger moving hundreds of rocks and tons of rubbish and reshaping the piles of soil. This work has been completed and 30 m3 of donated mulch has been carted in ready for planting in July & August. Contacts for Friends of the Loop Gayle Farrell 027 4705354 Dave Davies-Colley 027 4974358




Mangakahia Sports Complex

434 6923 Maungatapere Bowling Club

434 6392

Mangakahia Gardening Club

434 7660 Maungatapere Valley Aquatics

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Mangakahia Group Fitness

434 6308 Poroti Outdoors Club

434 6856

Mangakahia Junior Soccer Mangakahia Lions

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Mangakahia Rugby

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Mangakahia Squash

027 853551

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