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Odds against tomorrow without ultimate sacrifice

Youth-led breeding moratorium humanity’s best, but possibly only hope.

Mahurangi Regatta 2018

Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Mahurangi Regatta revival…

Unlocking the magic of places – an impossible dream for Warkworth

Change is inevitable. What is not inevitable is the quality of that change…

Kids Voting curtain-raiser could electrify elections

…what better way for a family with school-aged to share the voting experience, than by discussing the Kids Voting results … then compare with the real thing, as it played out over the next hour or two…

Structure plan topic-paper switchboard

In an ideal world, everybody interested would have time to read the Warkworth Structure Plan consultation documents. But those just issued run to a total of 623 topic pages and maps. Between the first call for feedback…

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Boatbuilding begins in the Mahurangi

Some of the first vessels to be built in the Mahurangi may well have gone unrecorded, since registration was a little haphazard in those times. But it is clear that the first shipwrights established themselves after the…

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Climate-reaction rubber meets the road

New Zealanders have just demonstrated the perfect problem, perfectly. After three decades of denial and procrastination, including nine years of Clark-led Labour government inaction, Jacinda Ardern…

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New Nova Scotia coast

Sheltered coves and good timber were prerequisites for shipbuilding. These the Mahurangi coast had in abundance, but the third ingredient was shipwrights. Outstanding among the pioneers of the industry here were the Scots immigrants from…

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Art of the chartmaker

During his voyages of 1833, Henry Williams records scrambling to the south end of Kawau ‘to take bearings of the various islands points etc. around us’ and climbing Motutapu ‘to take similar bearings around the Waitematā.’ We are reminded…

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Cutter era

Although Mahurangi settlers were not far from Auckland, the journey overland was arduous and to be avoided. By water it is only thirty nautical miles to the Waitematā, via the semi-sheltered waters of the…

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Extraordinary rowers

Importance of good rowing boats to the settlers is emphasised in the previous chapter. A number of rowing stories survive which deserve inclusion here. In these days when most boatmen appear to need an outboard to get from the beach to their…

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