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SOME of the tags and graffiti culprits left in Opotiki’s Church Street on Tuesday night. Photos Sven Carlsson OB1524-03

Graffiti tarnishes town image


THE township was peppered with yet more senseless vandalism early on Tuesday morning, prompting some to call for police to act faster to apprehend those…


Fluoride issue to be revisited


FLUORIDATION of water supplies in the Whakatane district is set to be debated again with deputy mayor Judy Turner lodging a notice of motion that…

Wharf jumping

wharf jumping high-jacks meeting


CONCERN about children jumping into the paths of boats dominated a community meeting held to discuss navigational safety bylaws on Wednesday. Boat users became noticeably…

LITTLE STEPS: Jhzara Tai, 3, with Ritihia Livingstone and Bridget Wiki lead the Whakatane protest group along the Boon Street section of the march. D3233-013

Eastern Bay march against TPP


THEY did not choke roads, as occurred in Auckland, but hundreds took to Eastern Bay streets yesterday to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. As…

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CATCHING UP: Sarah Walker closes in on Australian Caroline Buchanan in the final race of the Oceania BMX Championships in Pukekohe on Sunday.   Photo Darryl Carey

Walker double shifts focus to Rio


A MASSIVE icecream topped off a successful weekend for BMX star Sarah Walker. The 27-year-old Kawerau rider afforded herself a treat after claiming the National…

CARVING UP: Ohope’s Jared Gebert competes in the Billabong Grom Series at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. 
Photo InTheDrink

Surfer close in good outing


OHOPE surfer Jared Gebert finished runner-up in the under-17 section at the first event of the Billabong Grom Series at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. Jared…

Big run ready to go


THE Tarawera Ultramarathon returns to run for the eighth time on Saturday. Entries had to be closed early last month for the event, the second…