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Te Muri Crossing coffee-and-croissants drop-in day

Te Muri Crossing coffee-and-croissants drop-in day

Te Muri Crossing high tea 2022, will be on Mother’s Day. Mothers who were treated to Sunday’ high tea at Tu Ngutu Villa clearly enjoyed the afternoon, the star-studded speakers, and the silent auction. The silent auction, after initially having nothing not on offer at the…

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Te Muri Crossing high-tea silent auction online

Te Muri Crossing high-tea silent auction online

Generous Friends of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail: The design and consenting of this 260-metre boardwalk-and-footbridge Te Muri Crossing is what your bids will help to complete. Because some of the best friends of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail were unable to be present…

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Grand start to greater Mahurangi coastal path

Grand start to greater Mahurangi coastal path

Even Conservative-led England has its England Coast Path. A coastal pathway from Waiwera to Waipū, Whangārei or anywhere, once built, will seem the most obvious, and most marvellously magnificent thing in the world. Coastal urban Tāmaki Makaurau can…

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Imperative for private-vehicle-free Te Muri future

Imperative for private-vehicle-free Te Muri future

Not everyone supports the proposed Te Muri crossing. Nor does everyone who supports the proposed Te Muri crossing, support every aspect of it. For example, many Mahurangi West people would have preferred that development of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail began…

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1865 Mahurangi Regatta comparable with Cowes

1865 Mahurangi Regatta comparable with Cowes

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. The regatta of 1865 almost did not occur. On 28 December, the New Zealand

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Talking Heads community vhf land mobile radio

Talking Heads community vhf land mobile radio

In an ideal world, or even a fractionally less perverse one, the free-regatta-shuttlebus drivers would need to do nothing more than download an app. The cellular coverage at Scotts Landing would be so comprehensive that the opportunity, for example, for a driver to…

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Weed control’s loss wicked sediment mitigation gain

Weed control’s loss wicked sediment mitigation gain

“The good roads in the north, are in the south.” Thomas R Roydhouse, fourth owner–editor of the Rodney Times, in his lament to parliamentarians he’d enticed to the Mahurangi tidehead town, reflected that following deforestation, Warkworth was an island in a sea of…

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covid-19 didn’t mobilise but climate must

covid-19 didn’t mobilise but climate must

Fifty-one weeks ago, the Mahurangi Magazine warned: “The eventual toll of this pandemic could be in the order of 3 million deaths.” At the time, the reported global toll had only just exceeded 100 thousand, but the calculation wasn’t complex. Subtract the population…

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Mahurangi as missionary way-station

Mahurangi as missionary way-station

First missionary to enter the Hauraki Gulf was the pioneer of them all, Samuel Marsden, during his first visit in the brig Active, 1814–1815. Abounding in energy and curiosity, he explored to the mouth of the Waihou. According to his companion, Nicolas, theirs was only the…

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Sculptured hills and headlands of Mahurangi

Sculptured hills and headlands of Mahurangi

Terraces, ditches and pits, so prominent on the headlands of the Mahurangi, remind us that this peaceful harbour had a turbulent past: “Māori were not constantly at war, but they did live with the constant threat of war. This fact of life is literally carved into the…

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Hour for Sunday 30 May Te Muri Crossing high tea

Hour for Sunday 30 May Te Muri Crossing high tea

One hour can make a world of difference. Arrive at the stream mouth 15 minutes ahead of the turn of a spring-high-tide high, and a leisurely sidestroke, beach towel aloft, will quickly have even the far-from-fit across to enjoy Te Muri’s sense of splendid isolation. Forty-five minutes…

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Better-not-bigger on beauteous display

Better-not-bigger on beauteous display

Mahurangi Regatta’s better-not-bigger mantra is intoned in the full knowledge that with better comes bigger. The Mahurangi Regatta is so sublimely and uniquely attractive, its growth is utterly inevitable. Mahurangi Action, as the 1977 revivalists of this at-least 163-year-old…

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Mahurangi Regatta 2021 photographic gallery

Mahurangi Regatta 2021 photographic gallery

An even dozen charming images kindly provided to the Mahurangi Magazine, within minutes of a plaintive plea being put out. The editor fully expects to be corrected on one or two of the gallery images, not least of all the owner of this sublimely demure vestigial transom…

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2021 Mahurangi Regatta programme

2021 Mahurangi Regatta programme

Celebrating the 44th anniversary of the regatta revival by Mahurangi Action, and Teak Construction’s 6th year. For a period, this programme did not reflect the intention—later reversed—advertised in the Mahurangi Cruising Club Yearbook, to skip the 2021 prize-giving dance…

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Scow-building Darrochs of the Clyde

Scow-building Darrochs of the Clyde

George Darroch, born 1797, was one of six children born to James and Elizabeth née Murray, in Whitehouse. This village lies on the southern shore of Loch Tarbet, the sea-loch that is the northern limit to Kintyre. James’ line went back five generations to Mulmuroch…

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Darrach and sons of Prince Edward Island

Darrach and sons of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, the smallest province of Canada, is possibly best known as the site of the novel Anne of Green Gables. It lies within the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, off Nova Scotia, of which it is not part. It was from the adjacent Cape Breton Island, part of Nova Scotia…

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Darrachs and Darrochs of Colonsay and Kintyre

Darrachs and Darrochs of Colonsay and Kintyre

The next two shipbuilding families on the Mahurangi Harbour, and the most notable, shared a common ancestry. The names Darroch and Darrach are but variant spellings of the same name. They represent a clan in Argyll of Clan McDonald of the Isles. The family…

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Thomas Scott lands in the Mahurangi

Thomas Scott lands in the Mahurangi

Thomas Scott, builder of the William, the third vessel of 1849, was no transient. His efforts marked the beginning of a Mahurangi Harbour industry. Thomas Stuart Scott was born around 1800 at Blackwall, and grew up among the sights and sounds of shipbuilding. It seems…

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Great lesser boatbuilders of the Mahurangi

Great lesser boatbuilders of the Mahurangi

A number of other boatbuilders worked briefly on the Mahurangi or nearby. Builders at Mangawhai, Pākiri, Ōmaha, Ōrewa and the Wade are not included here. The appendix lists those who built at Waiwera, Pūhoi, Mahurangi and Matakana, that is at Mahurangi in…

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Wicked coastal-trail progress thanks to Sir Peter

Wicked coastal-trail progress thanks to Sir Peter

Sir Peter was reluctant, he said, to use the term wicked problem, lest it imply insolvability. He did allow that addressing climate was very difficult, otherwise it would already have been. Speaking at the Te Muri Crossing charity cocktail party, Distinguished Professor Sir Peter

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Free regatta shuttlebus to Tu Ngutu Villa

Free regatta shuttlebus to Tu Ngutu Villa

Until Scotts Landing locals came to the rescue in 2019, the free Mahurangi Regatta shuttlebus was driven by Mahurangi West locals. Such was the commitment of one of those sober drivers, Lex Marshall, he would kayak across the harbour to do his shift…

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Crossing splendidly preserves Te Muri sense of isolation

Crossing splendidly preserves Te Muri sense of isolation

Walk along Te Muri Beach on a sunny Sunday, and on up the gentle hillside to the saddle overlooking Wenderholm, and the contrast can be breath-taking. Outside of the summer school holidays, and when the tide slides into Te Muri Estuary smooth and crisp and early…

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