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Newsletter September 2014

Winter is nearly over now Spring has arrived

While the weather makes up its mind what to do, we  look forward to daylight saving coming soon. Make the most of what spring is delivering, spring flowers, lambs and calves. We have plenty of action for you in Mangawhai...

MAI Logo nlMangawhai Art Trail

Sat 27 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 28 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Welcome in an Arty Spring! 
Mangawhai comes alive as artists open their studios and galleries to  the public. The Mangawhai Art Trail features something for everyone  including: painting (oils, acrylics and pastels), heirloom hand - crafted furniture, jewellery, one-off funky clothing, corrugated iron art, photography, pottery, printmaking, wood carving, sculpture (wood,  soft stone, ceramics) and outdoor art. Held over two days The Mangawhai Art Trail coincides this season with the changeover to Daylight Saving. A group exhibition will be hosted at Mangawhai's  New Museum on Molesworth Drive.
As part of the Art Trail weekend and to celebrate the decision by  Mangawhai Artists Inc to set up an Art Centre in Mangawhai Community  Park there will be two fundraising events:

  • Art Tree: This will be  set up adjacent to the new Museum where for a gold coin donation you  can attach a coloured disk (and a message of goodwill) to the tree  which will remain on site as a public art piece and an expression of  good fortune to the Artists of Mangawhai.
  • Art Puzzle: This will be  run over the weekend which will entail entrants (with a gold coin  donation) from the public answering a series of questions related to an object of art displayed at some of the venues. An original piece of  art has been donated as the winner's prize.

Entry to each venue is free. Studios and galleries are marked with ART signs and colourful flags. Maps will be available from the new Museum,  Sail Rock Café, Mangawhai Information Centre. Please note: photos shown are indicative only of the artworks on  offer.
Drawing with Suza @ Mangawhai Hall Wed  10 & 24 Sep   
Portraiture Life-Drawing  10 September, 7 – 9 pm,
Evening Art Talks Hosted by Suza Lawrence  September 17th 7pm till 9pm  Mangawhai Library/Hall
To book, you will need to contact Suza: (09) 432 1881, 021 924 819, email suza@suza.co.nz.


52 Moir Street, Mangawhai Village
Monday - Sunday   9.00 - 4.00
Ph 09 431 5500

Bennetts Café
bennetts-yard Bennetts Cafe : The Chefs are back after having their break, thank you to the community for your understanding with our limited Menu over this time.  They now have a new and exciting Menu, come on down and enjoy the warmth of the fire, and try their latest creations.  
Celebrating Father’s Day  Bennetts Café will be putting on a Big Breakfast for Dad, so make sure you bring him down and treat him on Sunday 7th September.  
We also have some ‘Mansize Gifts’ to treat Dad with this year, available now.

bennetts"I make no secret of my love of local ingredients and flavours so you won’t be surprised at my newest venture to capture the taste of Mangawhai. Not so long ago on a cool, grey morning I collected a bucket of water from the beach and began the process of making our own salt. It might sound a bit crazy but it worked!  We heated the sea water slowly and waited for the crystals to form. What we ended up with was a tray of perfect large, flaky sea-salt crystals or if we want to get a bit posh, a tray of Mangawhai Fleur de Sel. David has trialed our Fleur de Sel in our salted caramel chocolate and the local, fresh sea-salt makes this chocolate hum."   Mary Bennett
School Holiday Children’s Chocolate Making Classes 
Yip it’s that time again, so to keep your child or grandkids entertained these school holidays, come and try our Chocolate making class for Kids. Starting 29th September to 10th October.
New Range of Chocolates!  David our Chocolatier has been hard at work creating a new range of chocolates, make sure you pop in to our Chocolate shop to enjoy these new and exciting flavours.  We think they are pretty Amazing! 

museumMangawhai Museum


Sunday 7th September
Community Day at the Museum to view the plans for the Mangawhai Park and give feedback, Organised by The Mangawhai Park Committee.

Wednesday September 10th
We would love new volunteers to come to a Volunteer Workshop. We will be discussing the possibilities of help with Reception, Retail, Café and Guides. We will help with training for any of these positions, so this is a great opportunity to come and be part of this great community project. 
All welcome! Starts 10am.

September 15th -19th 
The week before the Elections the Museum will be an advance Polling Booth for early voting, so a good opportunity to vote early if you so desire.
The Museum will NOT be a polling Booth on Election Day. This will be organised by the Polling Authority.

Thursday 18th September
Come and enjoy a morning of song with “Operatunity” followed by lunch at the new Anglican Church. This is being organised by the Probus Club, who are donating any profit from the day to the new Museum. We will be helping with the provision of lunch and a wonderful raffle. 
Tickets available from Mangawhai Books. Starts 10am.

September 27th and 28th
The Mangawhai Artists are holding an Art Display in the Museum foyer. 

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October
The Mangawhai Singers will be entertaining you in the Museum with some great songs from the Shows.
Tickets will be available soon.
And Don’t forget! Keep those little treasures for our next Garage Sale in November!
Museum rocksONLY A FEW MONTHS TO GO! The pace is certainly picking up at the new museum as we strive to achieve our deadline of December 6th for hosting our first “Spirit of Mangawhai Day”.
This is the day we will invite the community to their first viewing of the new Museum.The Official Opening will be held on January 17th. We have invited the Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae to officially open the Museum for our community on this date! More details later!Our volunteer groups are working very hard to prepare everything for exhibition, the cataloguing, the verification of all our stories and photographs, and finally the boys on the build who are working every day as volunteers to complete the displays in time! The Café is underway. Sharyn and helpers are very busy in the gardens with a Rock Entrance being constructed on Thelma Road and more planting on the roadside.
If you would like to donate some money for plants or landscaping or have plants you think may be useful, I am sure Sharyn would love to hear from you. She has a landscaping plan to follow. Phone Sharyn, 4314838.

Aot surf adAotearoa Surf School

Looking for something COOL to do when there’s no school?!?
Amp up your holiday time with a Surf Lesson! Join Aotearoa Surf’s coach Kirsty during the school holidays at Mangawhai Heads. There’s no better way to spend the day than playing at the beach and in the ocean. Or gather up your friends and join us for a Group Surf Lesson during the holidays. We have a range of boards and wetsuits for hire as well.  
You can make a booking by phoning us on 0272507906 or 09 4315760 , email adie@aotearoasurf.co.nz or visit www.aotearoasurf.co.nz.

Q CafeQbar-outside

You've tried the rest, now try the best

The Village, Mangawhai
09 431 5226
A fun place to dine that is great value for money and has lots of atmosphere.  
Dine in or takeaway, we cater for the family, locals and travelers. We have a Breakfast Menu, a Lunch Menu, and an Evening Menu, serving North Chinese, Kiwi and Seafood and from 10am through to closing we have a full Pizza menu with 4 different sizes and 22 different toppings  with Gluten free available. Plus homemade Pasta's, Fettuccine and Lasagne. Also Keripies, Muffins, Soups and Chowders, toasted Sandwiches and sandwiches made to order. B.Y.O. No corkage Fee, “IF” you take your empty home

  • Monday 5.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am – 8:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm


sandbarWhere the locals meet to eat
7a WOOD STREET SHOPS (off Fagan Pl.)
(09) 431 5587
​Whether you are looking for a quiet afternoon drink soaking up the Northland sun in our courtyard, a coffee and a light bite to eat on the couch by the fireplace, or an A La Carte experience in our cosy 30 seat dining room, we are well equipped to cater to your needs. Just drop in to see us! 
Come in and try our Winter specials:

  • Friday - Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer night $25
  • Wednesday - Fish 'n' Chips plus house beer or wine $25

We promise the warmest of welcomes to all, whenever you visit


​Bennetts Complex
Moir St,  Mangawhai Village
(09) 431 4070

Practitioners: Osteopathy, ACC accredited, Tues & Thursdays
                        Massage-therapeutic & relaxation
                        Midwives-Antenatal Mondays
                        Pilates-Tues am & Thurs am
                        Hypnotherapy & Counselling
Health supplements,organic food ,gifts & homeware  
Please call our friendly staff for an appointment 

KakarikiTotal Health

Workshops and Retreats Mangawhai
Saturday 20th September 1-3pm                                                                         Only $30 Bookings Required
Enjoy a healthy long lunch while learning about easy ways to improve your health – You Taste I Talk, You Ask I Answer  - sit down and enjoy a wonderful range of health foods while hearing how you can easily improve your health .  Come away with all recipes, health information and 3 day cleanse/30 day health challenge after enjoying a lunch that will amaze you. 
Attendee comments include “Thanks very much!!! Had first juice this morning – was great.  I really enjoyed the lunch, loved all the food and it was very informative ”

Call or email now for more details on workshops and retreats, to ask questions or to reserve your place - bookings required - 09 431-5670 or dianne@totalhealth.co.nz .  See www.totalhealth.co.nz and click on left hand side workshops and retreats.

mangawhai-tavernMangawhai Tavern

 Moir Pt Rd, Mangawhai Village
09 431 4505


  • Saturday 6 September - NZ vs Argentina from Napier
  • Saturday 13 September - NZ vs South Africa from Wellington
  • Saturday 18 October - NZ vs Australia - from Brisbane
  • Sunday 6 September Father Day Lunch & Dinner Free handle of Lion Red or Speights Gold for all Fathers & Grandfathers with main meals
  • Saturday 20th September 8.30pm  HASHTAG - ELECTION NIGHT PARTY AT THE TAVERN  Hashtag was formed in the later part of 2013 and have been playing around local venues from Wellsford to Dargaville regularly ever since. The band is a four piece with three of the four members writing the selection of original music that is played with popular covers. Their style of music has a Rock and R&B influence that is enjoyed by those who love to dance. Free Entry
  • Saturday 27th September  NZ Cliff Richards Tribute Show featuring Shane & The Shadz (St Paul Fame) Over a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards. Relive those years and be taken back in time once again with a show that is sure to get you on your feet. Tickets available from Tavern & Eventfinder Dinner & Show $35 Show Only $15
The Shadz Tav      

Mangawhai Golf Club

Golf tourn summer-golf

 Mangawhai's Smooth Jazz FM is now The Wireless 88.1FM.


The Wireless 88.1FM has only been on air for four months, but in that time it has gained a significant audience share, approximately 3 times the audience of it's previous format, Smooth Jazz. 
The Wireless is the sister station to Heads 106.4FM. If you haven't sampled the classic, nostalgia of some of the most timeless music ever recorded, tune in on 88.1FM. Or try the audio stream on your computer, tablet or phone on Tunein.com. And if you're keen to advertise, You can email the station at: thewirelessfm@gmail.com.
Remember, The Wireless 88.1FM is locally owned, so your advertising dollar stays in our region.

Enjoy The Wireless...and tell your friends."

You can email the station at: thewirelessfm@gmail.com.

Frog & Kiwi Restaurant

David is back!
The Hub, 6 Molesworth Dr
Ph (09)4314439

B & F LogoMangawhai Boating & Fishing Club

The club hosts many events and fishing competitions throughout the year from our Inaugural Big Game Competition Waitangi Weekend through to Ladies Competitions, Take a kid Fishing Day, Interclub competitions and many social events.

Upcoming Events: Mark your Calendars now!
Waipu Challenge: 12pm Friday 25th September & Saturday 26th September
Weigh In Closes 4.30pm – you must be in line by 4.30pm
This is our Annual Challenge with our arch rivals (well, for this Comp anyway) Waipu Club for the best 2 Snapper from each club. No limit to fishers, so please support the club on this day, it’s quite a Competition! 

For more information please contact Rob Cameron on 021 2505034 or Buck Buchanan 027 4708553
Our Bar will be open following the Challenge, and hot food will be for sale

logo-sail-rock-whiteSail Rock Cafe Bar & Restuarant

6 Days - 6 Nights
Closed Wednesdays

  • 1st Tuesday of the Month (2nd Sept)  7pm - 9pm

Maura & Peter Flower present Mangawhai Music Makers (Open Mic Night)
 $2 coin charge.

Sail Music
  • Sunday 7th Fathers Day  reserve your table
  • Friday 17th September  Allanah May & Laurie return 7pm-9 pm.    Allanah May vocals & guitar accompanied by Laurie on the Congo Drums

All Day Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Bar Snacks - Kid's Menu
Pizza eat in or take out
5.30pm onwards
Hawkes bay Independent Brewery Craft Beers on Tap

Guinness On Tap
Great selection of local and NZ wines by the glass and bottle
An extensive range of gluten Free meal options
Email sailrockcafe@xtra.co.nz    www.sailrockcafe.co.nz
09 4314051 Wood Street Shops Mangawhai Heads

Hakaru Dance

Saturday 6th September
Saturday 10th October
7pm - 10.30pm
Live Band - Urban Country
$10 per person - BYO
Bring a supper plate & item for Grocery Raffle. 
Tickets available from Bazaar World (village) and Mangawhai Books & Gifts at the Heads
Door sales or call 02102726295 - 09 431 5876


KCC LogoMovies

KAIWAKA COMMUNITY CINEMA Fri 4th July 7.30pm The wolf of Wall Street  

  • Sun 7h  Sept  2pm Frozen
  • Fri 19th  Sept 7.30 The Grand Budapest

The Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc.

MHVLS  CommiteeHeld it's annual AGM in the newly renovated Surf Club. Club members recognised the service and contribution of a number of past and present members in a Special Awards Ceremony. 
Marie Flavell (Club Patron) was recognised for her ongoing service to MVHLS and was gifted an Honourary Life Membership to the Club. Flavell has been the cornerstone of the Club's culture for over two decades, with the 3rd generation of her family coming through the Junior Surf and Lifeguard ranks at the club.  She was also awarded a 50 year badge for 50 years involvement in Surf Life Saving in New Zealand. 
 Also recognised at the awards ceremony was the contribution of 4 out of the 5 "Original" members of the Club, Rob Haworth(Hub) Dave Chisholm (haggis) Warrick Orr (wack) Jim Chisholm Honorary Life Memberships to MHVLS. As Gordon Finlayson explains "These are the original Lifeguards that made up the first patrol at Mangawhai. They got the clubs first reel from Waipu on loan untill they were able to buy one for Mangawhai. They had a tin shack where the end of the car park and used this to store the reel and flags for patrol. Rob and Dave were the builders of the surf club in 1966 . The site that the surf club is on was acually dug out of the mountain the front of the club ws built up by rock procured from the farmers at the Tara area of Mangawhai. These four are still involved with helping out and organising the Nothern region Black Belf Golf competition .Stuart Murray came along in 1965 and was instrumental in getting funds to build the clubhouse and patrolling. Without his effort we would not have been able to finish the building .Stuart is now living in Perth" 
 A new Committee was appointed for the coming 2014/2015 SLS season at Mangawhai Heads. Daniel Russek was elected as Club President after a season as Club Chairman. Tony Baker has taken over the role of Club Chairman after nearly 10 years on the MHVLS Committee in various roles. Harris has taken over the role of Club Captain. 
Other key roles for the coming season include Shay Waldron (Junior Surf Coordinator) , Jess Costello (Clubhouse Director) , Murray Dix (Powercraft Coordinator) Daniel Hassal (Junior Club Captain). 
The club is looking forward to another excellent and safe season at Mangawhai Heads and we look forward to seeing you all at the beach soon.
Photo Caption  - MHVLS Commitee (L-R) Shay Waldron, Tony Baker, Alex Tidyman, Rochelle Flavell, Marie Flavell (centre) Gordon Finlayson, Jess Costello, Arnie Leader, Murray Dix and Daniel Russek.

The Mangawhai Club

Housie and Bingo  Fridays 12.30 to 2.30pm
Ticket sales are from 11.30am, games start at 12.30pm and go through until 2.30pm. Besides the ordinary houses the super house is a major attraction and there is excitement when popular caller Linda announces the start of the ‘big‘ one. And the more that play, the greater the prizes.
If you are interested in playing bingo (and over the age of 18) then come along this Friday and give it a go. Meet new friends – all welcome.
For further information contact either Jan 423 9511, Paul 431 5950 or Neville 431 4394.

Leabourns Passenger Service

The Mangawhai shuttle will be operating on Saturday evenings. Call the office to pre-book your requirements on (09) 4237416 or Call 0274714108 to contact the shuttle after business hours. 
W: www.leabourn.co.nz  E: info@leabourn.co.nz 

info logoCarters Mangawhai Information Centre

Off Season Hours:

  • Friday 2-5pm
  • Saturday 11am - 5pm
  • Sunday 10am - 1pm

221 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads
Carter's Mangawhai Information Centre is located on Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads (at the entrance to the Mangawhai Golf Club) and is run by volunteers to assist all visitors to the area, both domestic and international.  Full information on accommodation, eating out, activites and events.
For more information contact Alison (09)431 5090 email mangawhaiinfo@xtra.co.nz or find us on btn login facebook small  login facebook 
Outside these hours the phone is manned by the Duty Motel - no calls after 10pm please

NB  The next newsletter  will be October

The next newsletter is due out October   2014 and will cover all events  for October   2014 
if you have any news you want included please send it to us before  September   20th 2014

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