Mangakahia Complex Newsletter August 2018

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Mangakahia Community Sports & Recreation Centre NEWSLETTER August 2018 (09) 4346923 Like us on facebook

CENTRE NEWS Well there has been some variable weather through our winter months but there has also continued to be lots of activity at the Complex. Our winter sports codes - Rugby and Junior Soccer - have played their games through all conditions and it is great to see our fields have remained open throughout the season. Our Squash Club, Gardening Club, Lions Club, and various group fitness classes have also been busy through this period. More renovations are occurring as we start work on the upstairs kitchen upgrade - the first change being a new door providing direct access from the Bar to the kitchen. More layout changes and new equipment are planned which will give the Complex a modern commercial kitchen. There was an awesome turnout for the recent family movie night and it was a fun evening for all. Many of the kids brought their bean bags or favourite cushions & blankets and got to watch the movie Peter Rabbit in the dining area while parents got to catch up with friends in the bar lounge. There was a steady supply of chips, hotdogs, nuggets, pizza, icecream and popcorn to keep all the tummies happy. We also were able to offer a number of great raffles with very generously donated items. Thank you to all our families and sponsors who supported this event - a great success and will definitely be repeated.

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September 14th - Mangakahia old or new from our Gardening Club District that would be suitable to disOctober 12th - Mangakahia play on the walls of the upstairs lounge Complex Committee at the Complex. We can copy these and November 9th - Mangakahia Lions Club return originals. December 14th - Titoki Playcentre Contact : Royce Kokich on 434 6874 or email to Come along and support our affiliated clubs and community groups. Tutors/Trainers -------- we are Held second Friday of each month. keen to expand the options available Delicious Northland steak meal just to our community and are looking for $17 with other meals ranging from $12 anyone who would like to offer classes down to $2 for a hotdog or chips. eg. Pilates, Tai-Chi, Arts & Crafts etc. And these prices include a dessert so All enquiries welcome. you won’t empty your wallet. Contact : Sylvia Tito on 021 793073 Kids menu & takeaway options also or email to available ALL WELCOME Meals served from 6:30 pm

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MANGAKAHIA GARDENING CLUB Mangakahia Gardening Club has been a busy and productive group, out and about in the community in the last few months. At the end of June we participated in The Lonely Bouquet Day. This is a worldwide event celebrating flowers and bouquets. The Gardening Club based themselves at Whangarei Library and made 80 bouquets. These were left around town foe anyone to pick up and they brought a smile to so many people on such a dreary day.

In July we held our annual charity lunch for the magazines we provide for the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre. We had 80 people attend and raised over $700 which was fantastic. Part of our entertainment was creating paper flower arrangements, and **WOW ** they were beautiful. Mangakahia Gardening Club provides seven different magazine subscriptions for anyone attending the Treatment Centre to read. Mangakahia Gardening Club is based at the Complex and meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. Our membership is over 50 and we visit a variety of gardens and participate in all sorts of gardening activities. All welcome. Happy gardening Catherine Davies-Colley For more info contact: Pres: Jenny Waterhouse 4331836 or 021 331836 Sec: Gayle Farrell 4331576 or 027 4705354

MANGAKAHIA RUGBY CLUB The season has now ended for our senior and junior teams with some good results gained. Congratulations to our players who were selected to compete in the Northland Taniwha Shield U13 touh Septembrnament held in July. Our successes would not be possible without our sponsors, coaches, and supporters, and the many volunteers who assist our Club. We greatly appreciate and thank you for your continued support. Up-coming Events: Friday 7th September - Mangakahia Junior Rugby prize-giving Come and celebrate the achievements with our strong junior rugby community Saturday 15th September - Past /Present Players Day Come and cheer on this mix of players as they strap on their boots again Touch Rugby - Our 10 week Social Touch competition will start on Thursday October 18th. All grades from under 8’s through to adult mixed teams. Come and join us for a fun game and awesome community atmosphere. Check the Mangakahia Rugby Facebook page for more information and to register your team. Contact Hayley Taylor 021 262 1674 for more details

MANGAKAHIA JUNIOR SOCCER CLUB We have had a great season with a lot of new players and over double the number of teams. We cater for boys and girls, aged 5 to 12, and all enquiries are welcome. For further details, please contact either Susan 022 1524175 or Kerry 027 6139280 Our prize-giving will be held on: Wednesday 12th September 2018


The restoration of the Maungatapere Memorial Church was selected as the Lions Club of Mangakahia Centennial Project in early 2017. There were three aims to the restoration - make the building structurally sound (roof, wiring etc), upgrade to improve the user experience (insulation, heating, ventilation, and a modern meeting room / kitchen / bathroom), and as much as possible restore the exterior and main hall to it’s original state. It is probably the most expansive single project undertaken by the Club in it’s 49 year history, challenged only by the effort of members on the construction of the Mangakahia Sports Complex 45 years ago. This has been a demanding task but one which the whole Club has been behind and participated in along the way. After a regular weekly schedule of 34 working bee mornings averaging 10 participants each, and several contractors doing specialisd work, the restoration of the building was completed. It truly has been a team project. The total cost of the project will be approx $130,000 and involve 2000 man-hours of voluntary labour. Donations included: Local Community $26,000 Kamo Home & Village $20,000 Maungatapere Book sales $9,000 Pub Charity $54,000 Lions Lloyd Morgan Trust $10,000 Oxford Trust $10,000 Mangakahia Lions Club $10,000 and rising The project was completed and handed back on 24th June 2018. The church is located in Maungatapere Village and was built in 1927 using funds and labour from within the local community. It was dedicated in early 1928. As a WW1 Memorial Church it is one of only two in NZ with that status. A formal re-dedication service is planned for Armistice Day, 11th November 2018

Mangakahia Sports Complex POROTI in the upstairs lounge

Term 3 finishes on 24 Sep; Term 4 runs from 15 Oct – 10 Dec. No class Labour Day.

with Radhe from Shraddha Yoga and Meditation – teacher of yoga, relaxation more than 30 years. Casual fee: $12 adult; $6 student. Most students purchase a class card.

• It is preferable to bring your own yoga mat (some are available to borrow). • Blanket/rug and water bottle recommended. • The class involves just over 1 hour of asanas (exercises/postures) for flexibility, stretching, toning and strengthening. Breathing technique and relaxation to finish. Work at your own level. All welcome. Begin any time.

MANGAKAHIA SQUASH CLUB We have been busy over the winter months and held successful Mangakahia Open and Junior tournaments. Congratulations to oTur Men’s E grade team of: David Alison, Lee Beeston, Steve Brown, Josh Lewis, Hamish Owen & Leroy Shelford, who won the Northland title. They are training hard, thanks to Neil Lewis, and will compete in the National E grade men’s tournament held in Christchurch later in the month. We are sure they will do us all pressure!! Our Club Champs will be held in October with finals night on 27th October. We will also be running a “beginners women’s” night again and we always welcome new players. For more information contact: Wayne Brown 027 853551 or Hayley Taylor 021 2621674

COMMUNITY PROFILE - Poroti School Poroti School is a focal point of our Poroti community with the original school built back in 1879. We are the small rural school with a big heart, catering for students from new entrants to Year 8, in two classes with two full time teachers, a Principal Release teacher and two Teachers Aides. We embrace our small numbers, and our mixedage classes as we look at each child as an individual, celebrating their strengths and developing their potential. Offering extensive grounds with an established orchard, gardens, chickens, shaded playground, and sandpit, with plenty of space to run and build huts. Now part of Kidscan we can offer a number of free items for our students - clothing, medical items, food. Come for a visit, see what we have to offer, and meet our Principal, Mrs J, who will be happy to show you around qwert

The ‘Mangakahia Loop’, the track around the fields, is being well used and it is great to see the plantings are now getting well established. Come and enjoy a safe area to walk, jog, or cycle.