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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

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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

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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…

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All-star line-up for Christmas concert

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  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

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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

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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

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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, 
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Father and son double whammy

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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

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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

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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…