Summer Update

A big thank you for all the donations through 2018 which has enabled us to grant over $100,000 to 30 community groups!! 

Our summer hours are:

Monday to Saturday 9am – 4pm

NOW open Sunday 10am - 4pm

Closed December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 2

We now have a new van “Vanessa” - look out for her, she'll be sign written soon!

Courtesy for large donation pick-ups.

Deliveries $25 local area, price on request for others.

NEW GOODS IN - Bric-a-brac, clothing, sporting gear, toys, tools, art and the usual great finds.

We also have electrical, summer furniture plus new un-used pillows to freshen the bach.

Quality donations are always welcome - nothing beats a clear out before relaxing into summer.

Pop in and see our ever-changing offering.

Merry Christmas from the volunteers, managers and trustees!

We look forward to seeing you in The Factory over summer.

Second Round of Funding Applications Open

Mangawhai Opportunity Factory (MCOST) trading as Mangawhai Opportunity Factory (The Factory), a community-driven initiative, established to benefit our growing Mangawhai locality is pleased to invite applications
from local organisations to apply for funding support to projects that will:

"Enhance Mangawhai providing sustainable social, lifestyle and service benefits"

The goal of The Factory is to provide independent and sustainable funding for local projects supporting the growth of our treasured community and its people.

There are three grant options available:

1. "Mangawhai for Mangawhai"
Enabling the commencement/completion of social and infrastructure projects.

2. "Step Up"
For organisations that may not have a charitable trust or legal entity, but require grant
funding to enable the realisation of a beneficial community project.

3. "Youth Achievement"
Applicants must be a recognised youth organisation active in Mangawhai, with the benefiting youths being residents of Mangawhai, enabling skill development or
infrastructure support.

Applications close 21 September 2018.

To obtain the MCOST (The Factory) grant criteria email

Community Grant Successful Applicant Announcement

Mangawhai Opportunity Factory is pleased to announce the successful applicants for its inaugural wave of funding support for the ongoing development and enhancement of the Mangawhai community.

The grant support funding will enable progress and a broad range of wonderful community initiatives.

From 19 grant applications, 9 special projects have been selected for funding ranging from 80% to 100% support for their requested project funding.

The first spread of projects able to be supported in this first funding initiative for The Factory is very exciting, providing long-term infrastructure legacies for our fast-growing community.

These coupled with selected youth development programs, providing Mangawhai youths with life skill enhancement opportunities, will encourage and reward their own personal development and community commitment.

These are the successful grant funding applicants:

0fficial Mangawhai Volunteer Fire Brigade
New premises building fund.

Mangawhai Activity Zone
New multi-purpose track.

Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc. 
New equipment storage facility.

Mangawhai Toy Library
New computer and IT support programs

. Mangawhai Community Trust
Refurbishment of Mangawhai Beach school and community hall.

. Mangawhai Recreational Charity Trust
Gum Diggers Track, multi-purpose track linking Molesworth to Cove Road.

Mangawhai Tennis Club
Completion of 2 all-weather, day-night courts.

. Te Whai Trust
Provision of emergency food packages.

North Rodney Blue Light Ventures Inc.
Youth development programs, fishing and seamanship camp for 20 Mangawhai youths, plus 3 local youths attending the national Blue Light Life Skills course.

The Factory has been able to provide support to operations involved with recreational, educational, environmental, sport, community services, cultural groups and importantly local youth development.

This is very gratifying to the 50 strong team of local volunteers, with them knowing that their enthusiastic support working in The Factory is enabling so many community initiatives to realise their ambitions.

All brought about through the overwhelming support from the people of Mangawhai in providing product donations and customer support.

With this wonderful support, The Factory community grant pot will only grow during the coming years, enabling sustained and independent development funding for our wonderful community.

Thank you for all your support!

Seeking Manager

"A Lifetime Opportunity"

Mangawhai Community Opportunity Shop Trust (MCOST), the governing body for The Factory requires a full-time manager for the opportunity shop in Wood Street at the Heads.

Following a very successful first four months of trading and the first grant fund distribution next month, MCOST seek an experienced retail professional to lead and motivate staff and volunteers at The Factory ensuring that MCOST continues to support projects beneficial to the Mangawhai community for years ahead.

The Factory enjoys a quirky character with tremendous local support for both product donations and sales. A special person with a high passion for the community is needed.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven retail management experience
  • Team leadership skills are paramount
  • A collaborative management style with an empathy for staff and volunteer functions
  • Happy working in a dynamic and constantly changing product environment
  • Ability to achieve both community and revenue goals
  • Energetic, a sense of humour, with a hands-on lead from the front attitude
  • Merchandising experience
  • Systems and operation competency
  • Creative thinking, with high personal ethics and integrity

The Factory is open six and a half days per week, receiving and selling products between 9am - 4pm.

This is a remunerated position and is supported by experienced staff and dedicated volunteers.

If this feels like you, apply to:

Applications close 23rd March 2018

Mangawhai Youth Development Added To Funding Program!   

Mangawhai Opportunity Factory adds Mangawhai youth development to its funding program!   

In addition to the Mangawhai community enhancement funding being provided by the Mangawhai Opportunity Factory, an exciting new funding initiative has been introduced.

Commencing from February 15% of available funding will be dedicated to Mangawhai youth development Initiatives.

MCOST (The trust running Mangawhai Opportunity Factory) will coordinate with schools, churches, sporting and cultural groups, taking their applications for funding support that will assist in providing Mangawhai youths with the opportunity to realise their greater potential.

Enquiries and grant application form requests can be directed to the Trust Chairman, Mr Roger Hill, by email to :

Mangawhai Opportunity Factory ('The Factory') is also calling out to Mangawhai residents and bach owners for product donations, to help grow greater funding opportunities for our community.

Pick up of larger products is available by calling The Factory to arrange a suitable time on 09 4313 098.

100% for our community!

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Succulents, Herbs & Pots!

Would you like herbs at the ready on your kitchen bench? Perhaps some succulents in cute pots to bring some green into your living room or bedroom? 

We have lots of ceramic pots and mugs and retro containers ideal for planting succulents, here in store now! 

Succulents ready for planting at just $2.50 each, and planted from $4.

Get creative and personalise the decor in your home. They make great little gifts too! 

If you’re ready to change out your crockery, pots, decor, furniture and such, please think of The Factory to donate your unwanted wares! 

We look forward to welcoming you to The Factory! Open 7 days, 5 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads.


Applications Open For First Funding Round

As a new entity the Mangawhai Community Opportunity Shop Trust (MCOST), trading as Mangawhai Opportunity Factory (The Factory), has been set up to benefit our growing community.

MCOST is pleased to invite applications from local groups to apply for funding for projects which will enhance Mangawhai and provide social benefit.

Opened at 5 Wood Street on October 14th, The Factory has started with a bang with great support from residents, visitors, bach owners and volunteers.

The goal of The Factory, run by MCOST,  is to build a fund for the Community by the Community to provide independent funding for projects supporting this great town.

Applications will close on Wednesday February 28th, 2018.

For funding criteria and a timetable for the granting process please email the Chairman of the Board of Trustees;

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Raffle Prize Winner Announced

Thank you to everybody who came in and supported the Mangawhai community by buying a raffle ticket. We sold out after being open for just one week! ✌🏼 

We drew the raffle on Sunday and one of our lovely customers picked the lucky number out of the hat! The winner is Matthew Oxley. 

An extra big thank you also goes to the wonderful businesses who donated product, especially for the raffle prize...

  • Orang-Otang Tree Trimmers Mangawhai for the chopping board
  • Woodturnz Mangawhai for the hot pot stand and coasters
  • Mirrors Hair Boutique Warkworth for the professional hair products.

Thank you, your support is appreciated! 

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Opening Day

Saturday 14 October came around quickly and we opened The Factory, the new opportunity shop in Mangawhai Heads! 

Interest was huge with customers lining up before opening time.

Stock flew out the door and the turn out throughout the day just blew us away. It's so wonderful to see our community get behind The Factory and really appreciate how this idea is going to benefit the community. 

We'd love to share a few snaps of opportunity shops opening day with you... and we look forward to welcoming you to The Factory in Mangawhai soon!

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The Factory - Opening Day

Seeking Product Donations

Thank you to everyone who has been into The Factory. The support through donations, sales and feedback has been incredible!

The weekend was super busy and The Factory is in need of more donations.

Do you have anything you no longer need? Have you got friends coming to Mangawhai for the long weekend, and perhaps they're in need of a cleanout?

Please get the conversation started with friends, family and locals about The Factory.

The Factory is seeking quality saleable homewares, art, jewellery, bric-a-brac, clothing, toys, tools, furniture and linen.

Please pop in this week during open hours - refer to contact page for Labour Weekend opening hours.

The Factory (Mangawhai Opportunity Factory) is located at 5 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads (Just behind the petrol station).

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