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New T-Shirt opens up a new line of fashion and tributes Mangamuka Gorge – NZ Herald Kāhu

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The Mangamuka Gorge is closed. Photo/Supplied
The Northland Age
It’s one of the most frequently asked questions in Northland – and now you can get a custom-made T-shirt in its honour.
Kaitaia-based ACA Clothing is now printing a crew-neck T-shirt sporting one of the most commonly asked questions in the region: “Is the gorge open?”
The question refers to the notorious Mangamuka Gorge, and naturally, whether it is open.
Those on social media will have noticed the question is posed almost daily.
Due to the latest severe weather event, however, the frequency of people asking has spiked.
As a result, various Facebook page administrators have had to pin information at the top of their page in the hope of preventing people from continuing to ask the question.
Marley Maheno owns ACA Clothing as a side hustle to his day job in IT.
He and his partner, Brooke, work from home on the T-shirts, which are printed on demand.
Maheno explained ACA Clothing received requests for all sorts of apparel, including schoolwear, sportswear, memorial T-shirts, and other special interest requests.
He said he designed the “Is the gorge open?” T-shirt about a month ago after a resident thought it would be funny to wear it in the Far North.
“It wasn’t my idea, Grilla-Tactix owner Reti Blair wanted it done, so I made one and put it out there on the website,” Maheno said.
“Since then we’ve sold about seven.”
Maheno said he’d received all kinds of requests for local colloquialisms over the years, like “Any scallops on the beach?”, and “Is Kaeo flooded?”
The $40 crew-neck tee is a heavyweight material, with 100 per cent combed ring-spun cotton, and is anti-pill, with side seams for a better fit and to prevent twisting.
The shirt is available in S- XXXXXXXL, excluding 4XL.
All online orders can be picked up from 19a Kitchener St, Kaitaia, usually within four to eight working days.
The SH1 Mangamuka Gorge remains closed between Kitchen and Makene Rds for the foreseeable future.

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