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Cody holds court

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New Zealand rising star Cody Winiata has been in royal company recently. The Opotiki hip-hop dancer has been holding court with superstar choreographer Parris Goebel…

Painter, weaver, father inspiration

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RUKA Hudson has never allowed his disability to rule his life and possesses an enduring faith in the power of family. Cheerful and intelligent, he’s…

The pinup girl

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MISS Kitty Kat’s wardrobes would make lovers of pinup swoon. A dedicated room in Andrea Haylings’ Kawerau home is overtaken with the flouncy ruffles of…

Big gumboots to fill

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HARRY Titoko’s gumboots will be hard to fill. The Tawera 60-year-old was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided head on with another north…

All services to the rescue

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A TRACTOR in the right place at the right time on Tuesday helped emergency services deal with the second of two serious accidents in two…

Mob monster jailed for 18.5 years

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AN Eastern Bay self-styled Mongrel Mob president who terrorised and intimidated a woman over 16 years has been jailed for 18-and-a-half years. Justice Sarah Katz…

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Titles up for grabs on surf and sand

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WHAKATANE athletes will be among the 300 athletes on Omanu Beach for the Bay of Plenty Senior Surf Lifesaving Championships this weekend. The Whakatane Surf…

Walker rises again

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NEVER give up. That is the ethos for cyclist Sarah Walker. Broken bones, concussions, surgery and disappointment have been overcome with the same determination that…