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SANTA rode into town on Saturday for a pre-Christmas visit and was the guest of honour in the Whakatane Christmas Parade.

Floating into Christmas


IT started to look a lot like Christmas in Whakatane with the annual Radio 1XX Christmas Parade on Saturday. Whakatane Rotary West parade organiser Shelley…

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Key quits – EastBay reaction


PRIME minister John Key, pictured, announced yesterday he will stand down as the country’s leader. At a press conference at Parliament, Mr Key said in…


All-star line-up for Christmas concert


  HIGH-PROFILE acts will perform at Kawerau’s Christmas in the Park on Saturday, December 17. Composer and pianist Carol Doy, Kiwi rhythm and blues band…

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Community helps catch wanted man


THE Ruatoki community, dogs, horses and Eastern Bay police worked together to capture a fleeing man on Sunday. Forty-two-year-old Anthony Gene Wharton was arrested after…

HIGH HONOURS: Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi staff Vaughan Bidois, Paul Kayes, Virgina Warriner and Nathan Matthews were honoured at a ceremony last week. Photo supplied

Wananga honours staff


TE Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi honoured four of its staff by upgrading their academic status at an awards ceremony last week. Nathan Matthews, Paul Kayes…

GOOD SEASON: Graham Sims packs freshly-picked strawberries into the cooler. Photo Louis Klaassen D4614-10

Mite damaging strawberry crops


A SUSPECTED strawberry shortage caused by a cyclamen mite infestation might be avoided by Eastern Bay growers. Co-owner of R N’ Bees, formerly R &…

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IN FORM: Whakatane’s Tony Rees with the early advantage on the race track this season. Photo Andy McGechan,

Father and son double whammy


THE winning ways continued for the Rees family in the opening round of the Suzuki Series in Taupo at the weekend. Just a week after…

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Women footballers bow out on penalties


WHAKATANE’S Chelsea Elliott appeared to have scored a match winner in Sunday’s National Women’s League football semi-final in Wellington. Waikato Bay of Plenty took a…

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Talent shines on diamonds


THE Bay of Plenty-Poverty Bay Interschool Softball tournament showcased potential young talent on Friday. The tournament, held at Whakatane Intermediate School, included four girls’ and…