Articles By: Geoff Mercer

Council pays $72k for error

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WHAKATANE District Council has spent $72,000 in legal fees after a council building inspector failed to notice a major product error. And Ohope couple Garry…

Candidate meeting well attended

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ELEVEN local government election hopefuls attended a candidate meeting held at the Kopeopeo campaign headquarters of Whakatane District Council candidate Mawera Karetai on Sunday. Miss…

Deceptive meeting claim

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SOME election candidates have described an advertisement inviting undecided voters to meet with candidates as deceptive. The advertisement in Wednesday’s Beacon says: “Vote Local invites…

Tietjens taught the world

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SIR Gordon Tietjens taught the world to play sevens, Whakatane rugby identity Dick Littlejohn says. Commenting on Sir Gordon’s retirement from his coaching role with…

Iwi spends $1m on nursery

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NGATI Whare opened a new $1 million nursery at Minginui on Saturday the iwi hopes will one day employ 30 people. Ngati Whare spent the…

Complaint lodged – hepatitis inquiry

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THE Department of Internal Affairs is investigating two Whakatane-based hepatitis charities that had financial and property assets worth $9.2 million on June 30, 2015. Charities…