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Vale Betty Paxton, 1926 - 2017

About 200 people attended the Mahurangi East Community Centre in Snells Beach to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Elizabeth (Betty) Paxton who served on the Rodney District Council for 11 years.

Chocs away for new business visitors

Fifteen new businesses enjoyed an array of treats from Warkworth’s Chocolate Brown as part of a Visitors Day organised by business networking group BNI recently.

Mangawhai heritage hub takes shape

The Mangawhai Pioneer Village is taking shape after three more historic buildings moved to their new home in March.

New vintage market underway in Matakana

The demise of the Sunday Vintage Markets in Matakana in March has led to the formation of a new monthly market at Matakana Community Hall, starting on May 27 and 28.

Mahurangi sports turn on

The Mahurangi Community Sport and Recreation Collective’s long-awaited Great Turn On event will be held at the Warkworth Showgrounds on May 19, starting at 4.30pm.

Incredible art designed to entertain, inspire and amuse

Sculptureum, a major new collection of art and sculpture from all over the world, has opened its doors in Matakana, and its sheer size and scope is already causing a stir both locally and further afield.

Departing school coach identifies transport barrier

A leading local sports coach believes the lack of transportation in the Mahurangi area is the biggest barrier to children’s participation in sport.

Rodney North Community Patrol celebrates milestone

The Warkworth Community Patrol celebrated its one year anniversary at the Warkworth Toyota Showrooms on May 11.

Fun, friendship and funding

After years of putting on lavish Pink Ribbon high teas for women, this year has special meaning for Jane Bentley.

Theatre collaboration targets bullying

Warkworth Theatre Group and budding actors from Mahurangi College have teamed up to stage a play about bullying.

Good turnout at Highfield family day

The inaugural Roberts Trophy running race for primary school aged children was held at Highfield Garden Reserve, Algies Bay, recently.

Police boost water courses

Students taking part in North Rodney Blue Light programmes can continue to enjoy water-based activities after a $1500 donation from the New Zealand Police Managers Guild Trust.

Midwife starts online support for breastfeeding mums

Breastfeeding can be challenging at times, even for experienced mums, but extra help is at hand via a local online support group.

Mahurangi women meeting need for reusable protection

Two women starting a local chapter of a global initiative to provide disadvantaged young women with free, reusable sanitary protection, have found it is needed nearer to home.

Music mothers take tea stop

Mainly Music mothers from Mahurangi were given a special Mother’s Day morning tea on May 10.

Mental health championed

A Maungaturoto mother is spearheading a national campaign to increase Government funding for women to receive more help for antenatal and postnatal depression.

Montessori has Warkworth link

From starting a Montessori school to becoming president of the Montessori Association New Zealand (MANZ), Kaipara Flats resident Dave Stott has been instrumental in developing Montessori education in New Zealand.

Full circle for Town Hall films

The return of cinema to the Warkworth Town Hall is also a return to programming film festivals for organiser Urs Bauer.

OWL community hub hosts art exhibition

Wellsford artist Taipari Connelly hopes his exhibition at OWL Community Hub in Wellsford will encourage other young creatives to pursue their talent.  

Innovation at whitebait facility could prevent extinction

The Manaki Whitebait fish farm in Woodcocks Road, in Warkworth, is developing what could be the key to keeping whitebait from extinction and still on the dinner table.


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