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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…

Parvo – the hidden killer

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KAWERAU SPCA volunteer Carey Conn shares Marty’s story. Another sad statistic. This one had big shiny eyes, a wet nose and an exuberant love of…

Get your tickets now for Seussical

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EARLYBIRD tickets are now on sale for Theatre Whakatane’s new stage offering. Seussical, directed by Sue Harris, is a musical based on the works of…

Roll up – roll up – roll up

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ROLL UP … roll up … roll up New Zealand’s largest and newest travelling event rolls into Ohope this weekend. The Extravaganza, now in its…

French festival kicks off

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WHAKAMAX is hosting a French Film Festival over the next week. The festival is part of Arts Whakatane’s Summer Arts Festival, which aims to celebrate…

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Picture book award

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A CHILDREN’S picture book illustrated by Ohiwa artist Nikki Slade Robinson has gained a Storylines Notable Book Award. Witch’s Cat Wanted: Apply Within, written Joy H…

Zoetica auditions on

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THIS weekend is audition weekend of the 2017 Tarnished Frocks and Divas’ show Zoetica. Eastern Bay women wanting to register their interest in being part…

60 years of choral singing

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  THE Edgecumbe Choir launched its 60th year of celebrations this month with a Thanksgiving Service at St David’s Church, Edgecumbe. This was the church…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Alison Moyet announces New Zealand tour

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UNITED Kingdom pop legend and relentless explorer Alison Moyet will be touring New Zealand and Australia in October 2017, as part of her recently announced…

Psychic medium coming to town

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SUE Nicholson, one of Australasia’s most loved and most gifted psychic mediums is coming to Whakatane in May. Nicholson is touring the country with her…

Music showcase rescheduled

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WEATHER forced the postponement of a musical showcase at Pohaturoa Rock last Friday. The event, which had been scheduled to mark the end of Parks…

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Time loop drama for teens manages to drag

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BEFORE I FALL Drama; Cert M, contains offensive language; 1hr 39mins Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu and Elena Kampouris Director: Ry Russo-Young  …

Kong’s back – bigger and meaner

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Action; Cert M, contains violence and offensive language; 1hr 45mins Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Corey Hawkins, John Goodman,…

Slow-moving and thoughtful

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Moonlight Drama; Cert M, contains drug use, coarse language, sex and violence; 1hr 51mins Starring: Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Naomie Harris and Janelle…

More in food »food

Free-range cook in Eastern Bay

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ANNABEL Langbein passes through the Eastern Bay this week on a promotional tour for her new book, Essential. She’ll be at both the Opotiki and…

Fresh flavoured stir-fry

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Lemon Chicken Serves four 600 grams chicken fillets 3 tablespoons oil 1 onion 1 stalk of celery 1 leek Juice of one lemon. Salt and…

Spanish style omelette

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Omelette with Tomato and Chorizo This recipe is good for lunch, especially if you eat your main meal at lunchtime. It also makes a great…

More in gardening »gardening

Time to transplant and free pot plants

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TRANSPLANTING also includes getting all those poor plants out of their containers and into the soil where they belong. Just as well there is no…

It’s seed collecting time

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IT’S seed collecting time. Think of all the plants you desire. Nearly all can be grown from seed. You can either collect seed off plants…

Maximising month of March

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MAXIMISING growth is the mantra for March. All efforts should be focused on helping nature get as much growth as possible before the first frosts…

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…

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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…