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WINNERS: Whakatane band Made Alive, Kauri Jackson, Jalen Heberley, Johnny Murray and Bleyne Heberley were top band at the Bay of Plenty regional final of the Smokefreerockquest. Photo supplied

Rockquest win for school band


WHAKATANE rock-fusion band Made Alive are on a high this week after taking out the Bay of Plenty Smokefreerockquest. The combined Whakatane-Trident high school band…

ROTTEN REMAINS: Under this tarpaulin lies a dead horse, left to rot near State Highway 2 after being struck by a car 10 days ago. Photo Louis Klaassen D3875-13

Dead horse left by road to rot


TEN days after being hit by a car on State Highway 2, near Melville Road, Awakeri, a dead horse is still lying in a narrow…

Gerard Casey,
Easterbn Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive

Bay leads in economic confidence


EASTERN Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gerard Casey believes the recent Westpac economic confidence survey reflects a change in the business dynamics of the…

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ON TRACK: Whakatane Roller Derby League jammer Fiona Dominick skates against blockers at Great Southern Slam in Australia recently. Photo Martin Stanley Derby Photography

Rolling on the Aussies


THE high level of play in Australia was a great experience for the Whakatane Roller Derby League. The squad of 14 was in Adelaide recently…

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Guest wins another Bay title


OHOPE Indoor Bowling Club’s Paul Guest won the Bay of Plenty men’s title on Sunday. Playing in Whakatane Guest, pictured, defeated Ron Munn, also from…

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Wet conditions on court


PAROA Tytanz overcame Te Teko Pumaz 54-28 on Saturday. Like many games on Saturday, the premier grade clash was played in the rain but teams…