Mangakahia Complex Newsletter March 2018

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Mangakahia Community Sports & Recreation Centre NEWSLETTER March 2018 (09) 4346923

CENTRE NEWS This summer has certainly been one out of the bag for most of our community—I haven’t been hearing too many complaints. The generous and regular rainfalls have kept most farms, orchards, gardens and lifestyle blocks in relatively lush condition for the time of year. Even the holiday makers were blessed with some fairly good camping and boating weather through the early summer at least. Sadly, the weather did cause the cancellation of the inaugural Mangakahia Axemen’s Carnival/Community Gala last month which was a disappointment to many and particularly those who had spent many hours in preparation for the event. Hook’N’Bang event preparations have begun for May 17th to 19th, and there will be more information available when confirmed. Keep an eye on the Hook’N’Bang facebook page to keep up to date. Another call goes out for Livestock Scheme contributors. The scheme numbers are looking a little down this coming year so if you are able to support it in any way—by donating or grazing an animal—please let us know. You will find in this newsletter that winter sports are getting underway with each affiliate adding their story. And you can see the lovely fresh space in this photo—the upstairs community lounge, kitchen and bar - which offers a very pleasant area to host events and visit generally .

Contact Sylvia (manager) either by email at or phone on 021 793073.

Country Meals at the Complex

Maungatapere School invite you to come and join us for Maunga Mayhem an obstacle adventure race on Saturday 24th March. Set in a stunning local setting it promises to be an exciting, enjoyable and memorable experience for all. Participants will navigate their way over rolling country side, through many obstacles along the way such as tunnels, balance beams, water slide, jumps, through bush, hurdles, mud pits and much more.

There are races that cater for all ages, designed to be challenging and fun!

Funds raised will go towards building a new discovery learning area for the Junior School.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to

March 9th—Maungarongo Marae April 13th—Mangakahia Group Fitness May 11th—Kokopu School June 8th—Poroti School

Come along and support our affiliated clubs and community, second Friday of each month. Delicious Northland steak meal just $17 with other meals ranging from $12 down. And these prices include a dessert so you won’t empty your wallet. Kids menu and refreshments also available.

Meals served from 6.30pm Takeaway options too!

Our grateful thanks to the wonderful rural delivery posties (RD2, 10 and 9A & B) who kindly deliver our newsletter to you.


The 10-Aside Tournament held on the 17th of February was a great success for the club. We had 4 teams take part and all teams had 4 games. The overall winner was a combination team made up of League and Union players. Well done guys. All teams played with great spirit wrapping up with Prize-giving, a few drinks and plenty of food. Big thanks to the organisers and Tyre-power Whangarei for their sponsorship. Seniors are still requiring players. Training is 6.30pm Wednesdays, just one night a week . We need your support even if you can only play a few games , but training is a must. Junior Rally is Saturday March 17th at the complex . Graeme Dickeson 0276875363

MANGAKAHIA LIONS CLUB Our Club ended the year with a very enjoyable Senior Citizens lunch when we catered for about 120 70+- year-old residents and ex-residents from our district. We also had a very successful Country Meal. A great crowd for the children’s party. Our restoration of the Memorial Church is well under way (see pictures below). As with all renovations one finds parts that need replacing that were not in the original estimate. A lot of time, finance and effort have gone into this project but the end is in sight. Once again, a big thankyou to the community for their support. In April we will be holding our mixed golf tournament at Sherwood Park. Meantime its back to planning future projects that will benefit our community. President Duncan Worthington

MAUNGATAPERE TRANSPORT LTD Shop hours – 9am-5pm Monday to Friday Ph/Fax: (09)4346722 or 4346632

Stock cartage Metal Water Manure & General Cartage Hay, Silage & Maize Contracting

Postal Delivery Centre General Hardware Store Farm Merchandise Stockfood Hydralada agents Mechanical & Welding Repairs

Need animals shifted? Need Stock food? Need your farm machinery fixed? Need to post a parcel? Then phone us or come for a visit to our shop in the centre of Maungatapere.


YOUR BUSINESS? SPACE AVAILABLE NOW . MCSRC’s triannual newsletter is distributed to around 1500 homes via RD’s 2, 9 and 10. For more information about this opportunity please call Linda on 4347656 or email Next issue will be delivered early July

Weddings? Conferences? Special Birthdays?

The Mangakahia Community Sports and Recreation Centre offers multiple lounges suitable for a variety of functions. Next time you are planning a family, business or other group event, keep us in mind. We have very reasonable hire rates and are keen to see the whole community getting good use out of our facilities. Contact Sylvia on 021793073 or leave a message at 4346923

MANGAKAHIA SQUASH The 2018 season had a sweet start, with the first round beginning on 14th February (apologies to all partners who were expecting a romantic dinner out for Valentine’s Day). A good number of players all looking to sweat out their over indulgence during the holiday period. Our inter-house is being played on a Wednesday night and we are pleased to welcome a number of new faces to the club this year as well as our returning members. It is shaping up to be a great year for Squash, with so many keen to get started before winter has even begun! Make sure you save these dates: Mangakahia Open Squash Tournament 4-6th May Mangakahia Juniors Tournament 8-10th June Junior Squash will start again in Term 2, Monday 30th April from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. All children Primary, Intermediate and High School age are welcome. Please contact Wayne for more information. If you are looking for something new in 2018 why not give Squash a go? It is a great workout (indoors so you won’t get wet) and it is also very social, with players enjoying a drink after the game and a good yarn.

MANGAKAHIA JUNIOR SOCCER We welcome any new players, boys and girls, aged 5 - 12 to join our club. For further details, please contact either Susan 022 152 4175 or Kerry 0276 139 280

For more information contact: Wayne Brown 021853551 or Hayley Taylor 0212621674

MANGAKAHIA GARDEN CLUB Wow what a summer! My garden at the moment looks like an overgrown jungle. The kikuyu has been vigorous beyond belief. First things first. The results of the potato competition. Thirty-five of our members took a bucket and a potato last September. Twenty-two members weighed in their crops in early December. The greatest yield was Jenny Chapman, smallest yield Jill Gibb—this was by weight. Most potatoes grown Jeanette Brown. The competition was fierce and fun. As a result, we are going to repeat this competition again next spring. REMINDER The wins in my garden this summer have been the heirloom tomatoes - I got nine precious seeds from Jill Ruddell at our garden clubs seed swap last March. I have had an outstanding crop of large fleshy tomatoes with a delicious flavour. This reinforces the benefits of sharing and saving seeds among local gardeners. Autumn at Garden Club is spent visiting gardens around the greater Whangarei area and wandering through members gardens collecting cuttings for propagation. Mangakahia Garden Club meets at the Mangakahia Community and Sports Complex on the 2nd Thursday of the month. All Welcome. Happy Gardening Catherine Davies-Colley President: Jenny Waterhouse 4331836 Secretary: Bernice Spear 4346328

That your community has access to 3 automated external defibrillators (AED). These are located at the Poroti Tavern, Sherwood Golf Club and the Old Parakao Store Cafe.


Body Pump Tuesdays 6pm Les Mills routines - Qualified instructor—good music Fun atmosphere with expert instruction. All skill and fitness levels – you proceed at your own pace. Equipment provided. Just BYO towel and water. Only $10 per person (student discounts) or $80 for ten-class concession ticket. For more info contact Jan on 4346308

True Tales of Mountains and Memories The first version can be purchased at The Office Cafe, Mpe Transport, Paper Plus in Whangarei or the Book Inn at Kamo. Profits from sales will go to the local Lions Club for community projects. A second edition is expected to be produced in the future so if your story is still to be told, get it down on paper (even better type it up on the computer) and send it to us. Please send all contributions to or post to 97 Tatton Road, RD9, Whangarei.

Be Connected - YOUR LOCAL PHONE DIRECTORY AFFILIATED CLUBS Mangakahia Sports Complex Mangakahia Garden Club Mangakahia Group Fitness Mangakahia Lions Mangakahia Rugby Mangakahia Soccer Mangakahia Squash EDUCATION Schools: Kokopu Mangakahia Area Maungatapere Maunu Otaika Valley Pakotai Poroti Pre-Schools: Maungatapere Playcentre Portland Kindergarten Titoki Playcentre MARAE Maungarongo (Poroti)

OTHER LOCAL CLUBS Maungatapere Bowling Club 4346923 Maungatapere Valley Aquatics 4347660 Poroti Fishing & Hunting 4346308 Tai Kwan Do 4346330 027 6875363 Whatitiri Clay Target Club 021 1827036 BUSINESS—TRADESPEOPLE 4347373 Drainage and Sewerage Systems Hardwood Guys Flooring Hodgson Housing Ltd (Builder) JL & SJ Bazil Painters 4346765 John the Pom Handiman 4331702 Kevin Trumper (Electrician) 4346743 Langridge Plumbing 4388060 Paul Karels (Builder) 4322731 4331727 BUSINESS—GENERAL 4346867 Active Attitude

AJ Accounting Services 4346451 Avon Cosmetics 4322533 i-Rentals—call Roger 027 6993021 Maungatapere Transport Maungatapere Water Co 027 2704067 Northland Plants The Country Yard If your community group or business would like to be added to this page please email Weeds Away—Denise

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