Merry Christmas from Mahurangi Matters

Santa had a great view from the top of the tower crane in Warkworth this year to see which children had been naughty or nice. Thanks Phil Leaning for some great drone photography.

‘Tis the season to over-spend, over-eat and be over-run by happy campers heading to our beautiful part of the world for their two weeks annual leave. Whether or not you embrace the Christmas storm, chances are you will at some stage over the next few weeks find yourself singing along to Snoopy’s Christmas, indulging in another portion of pavlova, admiring the crimson pohutukawa trees and nodding agreeably as an elderly relative recounts yet again a story starting, “When I was young ...”

So if you find yourself feeling a little ‘over’ Christmas, you’ll be glad to know there is an antidote. As the Carols in the Park in Warkworth recently attested, children are the best way to remind yourself of the specialness of the festive season. Far from being focused just on what Santa might leave under the tree, they were looking forward to spending time with their families, going on holidays and having fun with their friends. Yes, it is the simple things about Christmas that resonate the loudest and that’s something we should all remember.

We’ve had a busy year here at Mahurangi Matters and like most people, we are looking forward to a few weeks downtime. But in saying that, we salute those among us who will be working over this period – medical staff, police, fire service volunteers, ambulance staff and lifeguards to name just a few. Thank you all.

Wherever you are from and whatever you are doing, we wish all our readers and advertisers a safe and happy Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming in the New Year with our first issue in 2018 out on January 17.

Jannette Thompson,
on behalf of Angela, James, Ken, Ben, Rob, Heather and Sally

The Mahurangi Matters office will close at lunchtime on December 22 and re-open on Monday January 8. For any urgent enquiries, email


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