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Mahurangi Regatta 1865 comparable with Cowes

Dr R H Locker writes in Jade River : A History of the Mahurangi: The first Mahurangi Regatta is not remembered, but Joseph Gard noted in his diary that he saw the event in progress on New Year’s Day, 1858, while passing up-river on his way home from Auckland. When the...

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Ōpahi and its bright stars

Jackie Liggins and Annie McMillan Read by Jackie at the funeral of John Timmins 1950–2012 I would like to share something of John Timmins’ beloved Ōpahi. At the entrance to Mahurangi Harbour, only a conversation away from Auckland, Ōpahi is a small bay of about 30...

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Editor’s forebear as a foreigner

The following letter has nothing whatsoever to do with the Mahurangi Regatta. The editor’s excuse for publishing it here is that it was written by his great-great-grandfather, and is not otherwise returned by an internet search for "Salvatore Cimino". And, with...

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Mahurangi Regatta and the revival of a tradition

The first Mahurangi Regatta is not recorded. Mahurangi’s first possibly dates from the establishment of Gordon Browne’s spar station in the harbour, in 1832, or more probably, from when HMS Buffalo called in 1834—spoiling things, in Browne’s opinion, by paying local...

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A modest obituary: Arthur Dunn

1939–2008 Funeral: Friday 22 August 2008 1 pm Pūhoi Hall I was not relishing the phone call; I was acutely aware that all I had to offer was my newfound enthusiasm for an alternative method of raising indigenous plants, whereas Arthur Dunn was the singular local...

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Support for dance ensures survival of the revival

An email from the Weiti Boating Club nicely summarised the sea change: Weiti Boating Club is racing to Mahurangi tonight and we plan to have our club barbecue and prize-giving ashore on Saturday evening at Scotts Landing, as we have done in past years. We realise that...

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Christmas rush averted with reprieve for Mont’s trees

Before any decision is made regarding the trees marked for removal, near the boat ramp at Ōpahi, a plan will be prepared and discussed by the community. Rodney District Council’s Parks and Coastal operations manager, Chris Burgess, has advised Friends of the Mahurangi...

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Ōpahi four for the chop, or the battle for Mont’s trees

Some twelve years ago, when he was enjoying much better health, Professor Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins motivated local residents to plant pōhutukawa and tōtara near the beach at the end of Ōpahi Bay Road, on the road reserve. The area, with its now well established...

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By kayak back to the crystal clear waters of home

The first light of pre-dawn appears, but we’ve been up for a while; sleep elusive. Whether its excitement, adrenaline or ‘pre-journey’ nerves, who knows. Maybe it’s the realisation that my dream to kayak from my old home, Auckland, to the home now of my father and...

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Publisher’s tribute to Mont of the Mahurangi

Professor Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins 1926‍–‍2010 First published in print, in the Mahurangi Magazine Sometimes the Mahurangi is blessed by the contribution made by part-time residents. One such couple has been Professor Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins and Lady Cecelia...

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Notice Tree and the road to Pūhoi

Frank Morton  The New Zealand Herald 27 January 1912 Whichever way you go to Pūhoi, you want to take care that at the outset your heart is young and your appetite becoming keen; for Pūhoi lies over yonder on the edge of the world where still the gods breathe low amid...

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