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visit  our Mangawhai  stand at Taste Auckland, November 2012
TastebuttonB 262x194px15-18th Taste of New Zealand   This year's Taste of Auckland Festival takes place from 15 - 18 November 2012 in Victoria Park.
Celebrate the start of summer in style at New Zealand's most glamorous food festival.   Try signature dishes from Auckland's finest restaurants.    Learn from culinary superstars in a series of new masterclasses and demonstrations.    Soak up the festival atmosphere with a drink in hand and sample delicious treats from New Zealand’s top producers.
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Mangawhai Beach & Country Market  ...on advertised dates  Sundays  9-1pm Twilight markets  Saturdays  3-6pm
August 30 2012
The Mangawhai Beach & Country Market began it's first season in the summer of 2009 and has continued to grow and gain momentum ever since.  We have gone from strength to strength and can now boast stall-holders from as far north as Kerikeri and south as Waikato.  This market is now very much part of the "summer scene" in Mangawhai much to our delight. Running from Labour Weekend through to Easter it is very well supported by locals and the many visitors to our fantastic and popular beachside location  and prides itself on the friendly atmosphere.  Sue has created this market after realising that there was a real desire for people to gather on a sunday morning - do some shopping-see friends - bring the kids - get to know the locals - have a coffee while enjoying our live music and even walk the dog !! Now it has become " the place to be on a sunday morning "  With the luxury of having the beach and the country at your fingertips coming to the Market is a must !! Here you will find quality goods and produce from local and surrounding areas and enjoy the real country market environment  You may even find treasures in the boot sale.  We look forward to seeing you there  ---- Stalls and carboot sites are available by contacting   Sue  Ph  0274586144  email    toriamartin@hotmail.com Sue also runs the Waipu Saturday Market held the first saturday of every month @ Coronation Hall
15-18th Taste of New Zealand
visit  our Mangawhai  stand at Taste Auckland, November 2012
Artisans: Tree tomatoes - a savoury or sweet treat
May 25 2012
 Les and Liz Holsted were sick of their busy corporate jobs in the city and decided to buy a block of land up north to get out of the rat race. "It was the mid-life crisis thing really," says Liz. "We had dreams of going to Italy for six months and learning to make limoncello while our lemon trees grew at home. When we got real about it, we saw it was a huge operation and started to think about alternatives."  read more
Brunch: Bennetts Cafe, Mangawhai
April 17th 2012
We walked in and immediately thought wow. This Mediterranean-style building houses the famous Bennetts of Mangawhai chocolate factory and a gelato shop as well as the cafe. All three face on to an internal cobblestoned courtyard and entrance. Inside, the cafe is light and spacious with lots of tables as well as a large one for communal dining or big groups. There is courtyard seating out the back too.  more...
Your Business: Swim-school owner follows dream to set up vineyard
Jan 23 2012
Transitioning from your main business to another which can be enjoyed into retirement is something many small business owners dream of.
Ross Millar, owner of the Ross Millar Swim School, is planning to do just that with his new family business, Millars Vineyard at Mangawhai.  read more...
Naja Garden Centre has a New Home
April 2011
Naja Garden Centre
  Unit 6   The Hub  6 Molesworth Drive Mangawhai  0505
Ph (09) 431 4374  Fax (09) 431 5366 email: naja.garden@xtra.co.nz  www.najagarden.co.nz
Come and see how we have made ourselves at home
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Mangawhai Market at the Domain
October 24th 2010
PM opening the Northclose pensioner housing complex in Fagan Place.
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 L to R: Steven Franklin, Regional Mgr St Johns, PM Rt Hon John Key, Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller, Lesley McTurk Housing NZ, John Carter MP.
New Zealand Getaways  " Carry On Camping" 
August 2010
New Idea feature Mangawhai for a easy weekend break, hit the road and explore the country in a campervan
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Kavana NOW "Sandbar and Grill"
August 2010
An exciting new look heralds the change of name for Kavana  now Sandbar and Grill
"Kavarna Now SandBar & Grill!

An exciting new look heralds the change of name for Kavarna now SandBar and Grill. The premise is now lighter and brighter with an open and inviting feel.
Enjoy a drink in the Lounge or at the Bar and check out the New Bar Menu which includes the SBG Platter for Two which is great to enjoy with a drink from the extended Wine & Beverage list, promoting only New Zealand wines with Mangawhais superb Local wines being the main focus.
The boys continue with the delicious snack food including Pies, Sausage Rolls, Muffins, Cakes & Slices all made In-House.
Check out the New SBG Menu now with the extra Char-Grill flavour, see our menu under Cafes & Restaurants."
Harvest time!
July 2010
An exciting new look heralds the opening of Harvest cafe under the management of chef Kris Malcolm. Originally from Palmerston North Kris and his young family recently moved from Melbourne where he was head chef of the famous Hairy Canary in Collins St. He comes to us directly from the well known BRD (Benson Rd Deli) in Auckland and brings his considerable experience and flair to benefit the taste buds of Managwhai. Harvest is situated at Naja Garden Centre on Molesworth Drive and will be open 7 days a week, commencing Monday, July 26th. Harvest will be serving a delicious all day breakfast and lunch menu together with yummy light snacks and of course a full range of coffee and beverages. So reap your rewards at Harvest and check it out!
Mangawhai Museum Taking Shape
July 2010
The Museum is taking shape with new walls arriving
for more photos take a look in the gallery
Q Cafe & Restaurant  New Owners
July 2010
Trevor & Amber Scott have a new menu including Pizza, Italian and north chinese  eat in and take out
check out their new menu under the cafes & restaurants
Naja Garden Centre
June 2010
Sporting a brand new sign to brighten up the outside of the shop and to promote the coastal theme of Mangawhai. On a recent trip through Tirau, Terry and Sue were most impressed with the look of the town where the corrugated sculptures of the ‘Iron Man’, Steve Clothier enhance the community and businesses alike. So they visited the workshop of Steve and Sheryn whose enthusiasm and expertise were infectious, resulting in the installation of the Naja sign last week.
Cames Road ‘to Re-open’
Kaiapra Lifestyler
June 3 2010

The Kaipara District Council has agreed ‘in principle’ to open Cames Road in Mangawhai, after an outcry from local residents and national media attention when a woman died waiting for an ambulance that had to make a 90-minute detour....
Cames Road to reopen after 'trench warfare'
Northern Advocate
May 31 2010

A bitter, ongoing and sometimes physical neighbourhood battle over the closure of a rural section of road may soon be resolved after an about-face decision by the Kaipara District Council.
The council agreed in principle to reopen the disputed section of Cames Rd, Mangawhai, currently closed to traffic by a trench.....
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