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Kingsman campy and contrived

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Action comedy; Cert R16, contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes; 2hrs 21mins Starring: Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Channing…

Plastic fantastic strikes again

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Comedy; Cert PG, contains low level violence; 1hr 41mins Starring: Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods…

More in arts »arts

Creativity with happy music

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ACCORDING to a study carried out in the Netherlands recently, listening to happy music can help you think more creatively. Sam Ferguson, an established figure…

Commemorating Passchendaele

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MORE than a hundred guests gathered at Te Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre on Saturday afternoon for the opening of Commemorating Passchendaele – Home…

Gypsy Fair comes to town

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THE “original” Gypsy Fair will be holding its first fair of the 2017-18 season at Maraetotara Reserve this weekend. As in the past, an interesting…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Coopers Run play RSA

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POPULAR singing duo Coopers Run, who have shared the stage with top international acts and released an album in 2013, will be performing at the…

Top-place finishes for Eastern Bay bands

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TWO Eastern Bay brass bands brought home several top-place finishes from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band regional contest held in Gisborne over the…

London Trio tour comes to town

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AUDIENCES loved Andrew London’s lyrics and laid-back singing, along with ever-so-smooth Nils Olsen’s sax and clarinet solos when they toured previously with Hot Club Sandwich.…

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Invasion and self-centred men

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Mother! Thriller, Cert R18, contains violence, horror, cruelty, offensive language and content that may disturb; 1hr 55mins Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Berdem, Ed Harris and…

Impressing the empress of India

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Victoria and Abdul Drama; Cert PG; 1hr 51mins Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar Director: Stephen Frears THIS is not…

Blame it on Mardi Gras

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Girl’s Trip Comedy; Cert R16, contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sexual material; 2hrs 2mins Starring: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and…

More in food »food

Warm up winter with chilli

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BEANS are a filling alternative to meat. This recipe does have a few spices in it, but remember you can get small amounts from Bin…

Classic spaghetti and meatballs

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Serves 4 1 packet dried spaghetti 500 grams minced beef 800 gram can crushed tomatoes in puree ¼ cup dried breadcrumbs 1…

A bowl of warmth

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Winter is officially here. A filling chowder will hit the spot on these chilly evenings. Corn chowder (Serves 4) 1 carrot 1 potato 1 onion…

More in gardening »gardening

Aerate your lawn now

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IF your lawn is having some drainage problems, if the ground is hard and compact, or if there are bare patches that will not grow,…

Control leaf curl and grow the perfect peach tree

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LEAF curl (Taphrina deformans) is a common fungal disease that effects peach, nectarine, peachcott, and peacherine trees. It causes the leaves (and some times the…

Spring has officially arrived – Time to get stuck in

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AS the soil begins to warm up spring bulbs and plants start to flower and sprout their new spring growth. It’s time to get stuck…

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

Immune boost

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The first in a monthly series of columns about massage and healthy living by Anna Stanhope from Flow Massage. Often when we think of ways…

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…