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Nine happy years of beachfront entertainment becomes a decade’s worth when the Mairangi Bay Food and Wine Festival swings open its gates later this month.

The Mairangi Bay beachfront reserve is the venue on 24 Feb, with gates open from 12-8pm

Entry is free but there will be controlled admittance. You will also need to provide proof of age. It will be a smoke/vape-free event and sorry, you’ll have to leave your pooch at home. To partake in the fabulous wines and beers available however, you will need to purchase a festival glass for $20.

It’s going to be a great afternoon, as usual. As well as four breweries and four wineries, there will be a great range of food from food trucks and local restaurants.

Children will be well catered for with a giant obstacle course and a bouncy castle for the wee ones, Rotary Browns Bay will be setting up a children’s play area and the face painters will be there for the afternoon.

There is a great line-up of entertainment lined up for you. Kicking off is cover band, The Renegades, stalwarts of the Auckland festival scene, followed by the Recliner Rockers Blues band.

Headline act, Phil Madsen takes to the stage to get you up and dancing till 8pm.

This event would not exist without the continued and much valued support of Barfoot and Thompson and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. 

A big thank you too, to the Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, who will be providing the manpower with all of the little jobs that need to be done to ensure things run smoothly. Please support their fundraising efforts on the day, they provide such a valuable service to our community.


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A fun evening was had by all who attended a Quiz Night in support of Tearfund at the Presbyterian Church Hall last month.

Seven teams competed against each other with questions covering Current Affairs, Brands, Geography, Music, Movies, History, Sport and Useless Facts. There was a lot of laughter, head- scratching and learning.

There was great support from local businesses for prizes and silent auction items. These included gift vouchers, gift baskets, tickets to events and other items. Attendees were advised of those who had donated prizes and silent auction items, and there was a plug

for using local businesses. Letters of appreciation have gone out to those who donated prizes and silent auction items. Over 50 people attended, and $650 was raised.

First Prize went to ‘The Laughter Club’; Second Prize to ‘The Norfolk’s’; and Third Prize to ‘MandV’.

There were also prizes for the oldest and youngest participants.


Youngest winner: Amara Shinde with mother, Aishu and father, Pragnesh


Oldest winner: Maureen Christensen


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Mr Santa Claus himself will be visiting Mairangi Bay Village in a very special way! Reminiscing back to 1935 when the first Christmas Festival
was held in the Bay, his arrival will be via a joint cavalcade of vintage cars and local community vehicles.

The parade will depart Outram Hall in Murrays Bay at 10am, travel along Beach Road to Mairangi Bay - or Little Murrays Bay as it was called back in 1935 – travel through the village and turn right at the round about into Ramsgate Terrace and up to Mairangi Bay Park.

In keeping with the Vintage theme there will be old- fashioned games such as Sack Races, Gumboot Throwing, Potato & Spoon Races and Wheelbarrow Races. There will be a choice of food for sale and entertainment on stage until midday. The main street of the Village will be packed with entertainment, so come and enjoy music, shopping, coffee and lunch while the kids are entertained.

And don’t forget – it’s a Vintage theme so feel free to dress the part!

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In May this year Blair O’Brien took on the role of Head Coach. Blair is highly experienced having spent 7 years coaching at the West End Lawn Tennis Club.

Then more recently coaching at the prestigious Avenue Club in London. Since starting, Blair has built up tennis programmes for all ages and abilities at our club. The club is very proud to have such a high quality and passionate coach working with them. Blair says, he believes people learn best when inspired to love the sport. His aim is to share his passion for tennis so members learn faster and enjoy themselves more and more! With a lifelong love of coaching and playing tennis Blair has taught and inspired thousands of people of all ages to enjoy playing and competing at tennis. He looks forward to doing the same at Mairangi Bay Tennis Club.

On Sunday, 4th September the club will hold its junior open day from 2-4pm. Club President Glen Stanton says that the event is open to any child or teenager looking to give tennis a try. “Our coaching team will be running fun drills and games on court. Tennis racquets will be available to borrow, so all you need to do is turn up!

After play has finished there will be
a sausage sizzle and the bar will be open for parents.” There is also a second open day on Sunday 11th September from 11am-4pm which is open to children, teens, and adults. There will be opportunities for social play for adults and the coaching team will be running fun drills and games on court for all.

For further information visit or contact Sam Wrightson, club manager. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027 479 4329.


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Saturday 7 May 7:30pm

North Harbour Lounge at North Harbour Stadium

Featuring hits, tunes, soloists and serious works from the up and coming North Shore Brass Academy Band and Auckland’s champion band North Shore Brass under their dynamic maestro Harmen Vanhoorne. The concert is in cabaret style with a cash bar operating.

Tables $225 (up to eight) Adults $35; Seniors and students $30.

Booking is highly recommended at

Or phone 021 281 0405

The band website is






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