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New postie


SPRING has sprung for Opotiki postie, Guy Mayo. A postie for nine years in Auckland and Tauranga, he moved to Opotiki six months ago to…


Accordian retiring


“MY 90-year-old fingers are worn, and so is my accordion.” This advertisement placed in the Wanted to Buy section of the Beacon, seeks someone, somewhere,…

Jim McKevitt

One family three duxes


Jim McKevitt 1975 dux Whakatane High School Currently – Doctor in Whakatane On that day in 1975 when you were awarded dux, were you already…

GIANT BRAIN: Alzheimers Eastern Bay committee member Julie Meekle with the giant, inflatable, walk-through brain on display at a Living with Dementia forum yesterday. Photo Louis Klaassen D4289-05

Blow up brain a great idea


A GIANT, inflatable, walk-through brain stimulated minds in Whakatane yesterday. The 3.5-metre tall, 5.5m long inflatable brain provides a highly interactive educational experience that increases…

Split over Sunday trading


ONLY a few Whakatane District Council election candidates are willing to say whether they support shops opening on Easter Sunday, despite the choice being devolved…

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GEARING UP: Renae Morgan, Kaitlin Blackwood and Carla Reid try on new gear at the Whakatane Kathmandu shop yesterday. Photo Adyn Ogle D4286-14

Trio claim big prize ahead of race


THREE Trident High School students received a major boost to their preparation for New Zealand’s top multisport race. Renae Morgan, Kaitlin Blackwood and Carla Reid…

READY TO GO: The Mataatua Saddlebacks under-10 team will play in the New Zealand Maori Rugby League tournament in Ngruawahia this weekend. Photo supplied

Maori national set for kickoff


THE Eastern Bay will have strong representation at the New Zealand Maori Rugby League tournament in Ngaruawahia this weekend. Nine teams from the Eastern Bay…


Sport important at all levels


WHAKATANE’S most successful Olympian says participation is a big part of the New Zealand sports fabric. Triple Olympic medallist Lisa Carrington, just a month removed…