Articles By: Mark Rieder

Long-awaited epic a rush job

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The Dark Tower Fantasy; Cert M, contains violence; 1hr 35mins Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor and Abby Lee Director: Nikolaj Arcel WATCHING The…

Food and drink flowed freely

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KOPEO Indian Restaurant celebrated its third year in business by recognising friends and supporters with a customer appreciation dinner on Monday night. The tables were…

Artificial pollinator has fruitful trial

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THE PollenSmart, an artificial pollinator built by Whakatane engineering firm The Wrangler, has completed an on-orchard pollination trial with exciting results. PollenSmart works by blowing…

Kiwi avocado better nutrition

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NEW Zealand-grown avocados have unique nutritional qualities with double the vitamin B6 and 20 percent more folate than those grown elsewhere, according to new research.…

A truffle growing hotspot

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WHAKATANE-based farmer Ian Treloar had to wait many years after planting truffles on his property before he could harvest any of the highly prized tubers.…

Mediocre thriller toys with viewer’s fear

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Annabelle: Creation  Horror; Cert R16, contains violence and horror; 1hr 49mins  Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia Director: David F Sandberg…

Book store turns the page

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ONLY two years after taking over as owner of Whakatane’s Paper Plus, Graham Dennis has turned the once-struggling business into the chain’s most successful location…