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The Mangawhai Focus
9 August 2021

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Numerous coastal birds, including a pair of endangered fairy terns who were sited perched on the pipeline, flock to the area hoping for a tasty morsel caught up in the discharged estuary sand.  PHOTO: Julia Wade

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Recycling what the wind and tides have put into the estuary. Spirit of Mangawhai II anchored at work keeping harbour waters flowing pristine and clear while simultaneously maintaining the dunes. PHOTO: Julia Wade

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The man who ‘sucks’ at his job, barge captain Mark Vercoe sporting the official Big Dig t-shirt. “The words ‘Trust us’ are significant,” Ken Rayward says. “At the time of Big Dig, council would come up to Jim Wintle, asking ‘what the hell is going on?’ and he would calmly say ‘trust us’… and then walk off.”  PHOTO: Julia Wade

Down in the engine room – the ‘heart and lungs’ of Spirit II.  PHOTO: Julia Wade

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Pictured from left, ‘captain’ Mark Vercoe with MHRS president John Pearson and member Ken Rayward. Pearson says due to the annual $80 they pay via their rates, all Mangawhai ratepayers actually own a share in the Spirit. PHOTO: Julia Wade

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Not a grain is wasted. From estuary to the spit, sand is pumped and funnelled where MHRS member and tractor operator Brett Godley is ready to distribute the grains. PHOTO: Julia Wade

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RAY AND ALISON WELSON LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR MHRS

24 February 2020

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SPIRT OF MANGAWHAI  BORN 28 YEARS AGO

19 August 2019

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MANGAWHAI HARBOUR FLOWS WITH LIFE FORCE

19 August 2019

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SANDS STABLE BUT MORE PLANTERS NEEDED

5 Aug 2019

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SURVEY SUPPORTS MANGROVE MANAGEMENT

10 February 2020

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THE SILENCE OF MANGAWHAI'S MANGROVES

2 October 2019

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CLEARING THE MURK AROUND MANGAWHAI MANGROVES

27 May 2019

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STUDENTS HELP MAINTAIN HARBOUR HEALTH

8 July 2019

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HARBOUR HISTORY PASSED TO YOUNGER GENERATIONS

10 Jun 2019

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