July 11, 2012

Zonta Club Mangawhai 2nd Annual Award for Young Women applications now open

The barquentine "Spirit of New Zealand"

 "Spirit of New Zealand" - Image by Mike Brebner

The Zonta Club of Mangawhai is delighted to offer our 2nd Annual Award for young women in the area in the form of a 10 Day Youth Development Voyage on the Spirit of Adventure.
Criteria for application are as follows:

The applicant

  • is a young woman from 15-18 years of age
  • Is  a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Is  a resident of Mangawhai, Tomorata, Wellsford, Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto or Waipu area
  • has shown leadership potential or would like to develop leadership skills
  • meets the medical criteria of the Spirit of Adventure Trust
  • must be able to swim 100 metres unaided
  • will report back to the Zonta Club of Mangawhai after the voyage
  • Application to include letter from applicant outlining reasons for application
    e.g. involvement in community activities or associations? How does the voyage fit into your personal goals and how do you think this experience will help you achieve them?
    How you will share your voyage experiences with your school or local community.
  • Application to include 2 referees (not a family member)
Application forms are available by request by emailing mangawhai@zonta.org.nz or ph Cheryl on (09) 431 4829



The Zonta Club of Mangawhai held another successful Trivial Pursuits evening on June 28th to raise funds for their Annual Spirit of Adventure Award. The Club would like to thank all those who attended, those who sponsored prizes and the Rotary Club of Browns Bay for convening the quiz.
First prize winners were ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (right)
with runners up ‘Causeway Crew’
and best dressed award went to ‘The Naughty Lusts’ for the second year in a row

Applications are now open for the 2012 award (see above).
Last year the successsful applicant of this award was Leila Stephens, a Year 13 student at Otamatea High School.

July 9, 2012

Otamatea vs Wellsford at Kaiwaka 7 June 2012

Otamatea vs Wellsford at Kaiwaka 7 June 2012

Otamatea 13
Wellsford  19
Otamatea were two minutes away from the biggest upset of the season as Wellsford scored in the 11th hour to steal victory.

There is always some added sting when these two teams meet and this game was no exception.

 A glorious winters day, Otamatea Sponsors day and the fact that Wellsford sit top of the table while Otamatea are now confined to the wooden spoon only added to the spectacle.

No one can deny this was a stoic Otamatea performance. Crunching defense and a committed team effort in the first half rattled the championship contenders as Wellsford were very lucky to only be behind by three at the break.

Wellsford however are not top of the table for nothing, and early in the second half they demonstrated their strike power as they managed to cross the line and take the lead.

 Tommy King then rolled back the years to score beating three players on the way to the line before the game then turned into a see-saw affair.

Wellsford scored quickly again before Otamatea replied after a succession of drives at the line from the forward pack eventually led to captain Siaosi Tuato crashing over to regain the lead.

With less then five minutes to go this set-up a thrilling finish as Otamatea leading 13-12.

 Failure to control a kick-off gifted Wellsford the ball, and, from the following possession and a number of missed tackles Wellsford crashed over in the corner as Otamatea hearts sank.

Otamatea had time for the kick-off but it was not regathered the clearing kick from Wellsford ended the game.

As the season winds down this performance will encourage players, supporters and coaches that although the season has not produced the desired results, when the Hawks are on the game they can match the best teams in Northland.

The reserves also performed well in a competitive open match but unfortunately suffered a defeat to a youthful Wellsford team 32-41.

Finally thank you to all sponsors and supporters who attended on Saturday fantastic to see so many people at the club!

- Tamaiti Dick