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EBOP Brass stamps its mark

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EASTERN Bay of Plenty Brass has returned from the New Zealand Brass Band Championships in Wellington with numerous individual awards and having firmly stamped its…

Lisa’s juggling in high heels

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LISA O’Neill is heading to the Eastern Bay next week to help women organise the chaos in their lives. O’Neill is a speaker, stylist, motivator…

Psychic show sold out

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SUE Nicholson, one of Australasia’s best known psychic mediums brings her hit show Answers From The Other Side to Whakatane next week. Eventfinda tickets to…

Concert for Edgecumbe

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THE staff and students of the Waikato University Music Conservatorium are very aware of the plight of the people of Edgecumbe and are dedicating their…

Convenience of container planting

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WITH gardens getting smaller and lifestyles changing, there is no easier or better way to extend the indoor/outdoor flow than with plants potted up in containers.…

More in arts »arts

Words and faces as one

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BEFORE she leaves Whakatane for England, artist Tobi Dante is treating art lovers to an exhibition of her distinctive work. The 46-year-old Kiwi artist is…

Welcome to the jungle

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ANIMALS have been an integral component of human storytelling from early myths to modern fables. Think about the Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book published in…

Get together

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THERE was an arts society merger in Whakatane last week. Around 15 members of the Te Puke Arts Society spent the day in town sharing…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Full house for concert

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THE Bay of Plenty Music School farewelled Whakatane on Sunday with a public concert that was well-attended by music lovers. This is the second year…

EBOP Brass debuts in A grade

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FOR the first time in its 103-year history the Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass band will compete at the National Brass Band Championships in the…

Ready to rock Whakatane

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WHAKATANE is hosting tributes to some of the world’s best rockers over the next month, beginning with Deep Purple. The Deep Purple tribute will be…

More in film-reviews »film-reviews

Keeping viewers on the edge of their seats

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The Fate of the Furious Action; Cert M, contains violence and offensive language; 2hr 15mins Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel Director: F…

Film to give you warm fuzzies

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A Street Cat Named Bob Drama; Cert PG, contains coarse language and drug references; 1hr 43mins Starring: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head…

Enchantment story makes enchanting film

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Beauty and the Beast Family musical; Cert PG, contains violence; 2hrs 9mins Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian Mkellan, Kevin Kline…

More in food »food

The luxury of pastry

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  THERE is something luxurious about pastry, but you do not need to spend the earth to have a little taste of luxury. If you…

Easy-to-do meat loaf

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There are many different meat loaf recipes, this one uses sausage meat. Meat Loaf You will need: 500 grams of sausage meat 1 small cup…

Snags Mediterranean style

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SAUSAGES are always a good standby meal. Try spicing them up with this oven bake. This recipe includes a teaspoon of sugar, but always remember…

More in gardening »gardening

Create winter colour with cineraria

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IT’S easy to think that impending winter means no more colour in the garden. But it doesn’t need to be this way. There are plenty…

Gardening by kayak

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Flood leaves sticky mess of smelly mud PARTS of my garden got flooded. Not just very wet, soggy soil – flooded – as in I…

Make it or break it time for seedlings

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LET there be light. It’s make it or break it time for the survival of seedlings. Weeding the garden has been my main task in…

More in leisure »leisure

Skating is awesome

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IF you are looking for something awesome to do this Saturday, roll up to the Whakatane War Memorial Centre for a family roller disco. The…

horses for hire

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There’s an easy, relaxed, communal feel as you enter the busy home of Tirohanga horseman Steve Drummond. Everyone is looking out for the young ones,…

A rest from the circus

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  OHOPE Beach is the perfect spot for a Swedish couple in need of a rest from the circus. Jimmy Anderson and Anna Netterlid are…

More in motoring »motoring

Electric car journey takes in the east coast

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TWO friends travelling the country in an electric car say the curiosity shown by Waihau Bay and Te Kaha people is what makes their journey…

Big bike weekend ahead

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TWO motorcycle events will be staged in the Eastern Bay this weekend. The Tarawera 50 will be held tomorrow as the popular junior motorcycle endurance…

Young takes production title

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OPOTIKI’S Micheal Young simultaneously wrapped up the Asia Pacific Rally Championship Production Cup title after finishing third overall at the China Rally, held in Longyou…

More in outdoors »outdoors

horses for hire

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There’s an easy, relaxed, communal feel as you enter the busy home of Tirohanga horseman Steve Drummond. Everyone is looking out for the young ones,…

keeping it clean

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The Bryans Beach community group is seeking volunteers for its clean-up day at the Waiotahe estuary on Sunday. Twenty-five people are needed to help collect…

Bright lights in the June sky

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WHAKATANE Astronomical Society president Norman Izett explains what stars and planets to look out for in June. There is much to see in the sky right…

More in travel »travel

Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike

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CROSSING a busy road in Vietnam is not something to take lightly. With the once iconic bicycle having long since given way to its motorised counterpart,…

Royally treated in the Chatham Islands

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OVER the next six weeks Eastern Bay people have the opportunity to win a Chatham Island adventure in a joint Beacon/Radio 1XX promotion. Entering is…

Snowbirds find home in Ohope

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AS the snowbird flies, it’s 13,700 kilometres from the town of Collingwood, Canada, to Ohope Beach, New Zealand. That’s a distance worth travelling for these…

More in wellbeing »wellbeing

Brain food

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A DIET high in junk food and highly processed food may lead to depression and other mental health disorders, according to studies. Over the past decade…

The ideal way to start the day

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JUST changing one meal a day can make an important difference to health. A meal can have a big impact on blood sugar levels and managing…

Shoot down stress before it builds

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IT’S no wonder we get stressed. We are constantly bombarded with information from our newsfeeds, social media, instant messaging and the like. Not to mention juggling…