Articles By: Mark Rieder

Water coldest on record

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SWIMMING at Bay of Plenty beaches has involved more goosebumps than usual this summer, with average ocean temperatures among the lowest on record. Bay of…

Bees take a vacation

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LESS than ideal conditions for honey production are affecting beekeepers across the country, with manuka honey producers being among those hit by poor harvests this season.…

Berries as big as eyeballs

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AFTER months of secrecy, Blueberry Corner owners Ben and Heidi Rosewarne have revealed they are among the few Kiwi producers authorised to grow the much…

Gallery about the art of business

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THE opening of Wharetaonga gallery on The Strand on Friday underscores Whakatane’s potential for increasing its share of the tourism market, especially the cultural aspect.…

New owners for Mitre 10s

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THE new owner of Whakatane and Opotiki Mitre 10 understands what tradies want and is opening his stores for extended hours, including on Sundays and…

Mayor closes unprofitable business

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DESPITE rebranding his business in an effort to remain open, Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne will close his Smith’s Sports Shoes business on March 31. “It…

Contractor finds crops average

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DUE to a lack of rainfall but still cloudy conditions, Whakatane farm contractor Phil Brogden says he has not seen many outstanding crops overall this…

Yoga provides self-awareness

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MIND Body Movement owner Amy Green has opened a yoga and pilates studio on The Strand after more than three years of instructing in the…

Minimum wage raises expectations

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EMPLOYEES will have to raise their game to justify the new minimum wage increase, says Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gerard…