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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…

Fishing for cakes

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WHAKATANE’S Wild Cook Mawera Karetai is passionate about food. She prides herself on keeping her freezer and pantry stocked with mostly foraged food and over coming…

Art house quilter

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AS there wasn’t any television when Kay Ives was a child, the family amused themselves with different activities and most of the time these had…

Hula for fun and fitness

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THE moment Shelley Akuhata starts to talk about hula, you can feel her excitement. This is a woman who’s passionate about many things and buzzes with…

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,…

More in arts »arts

Poetry Slam coming to Te Koputu

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TE Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre, is hosting a ‘poetry slam’ next month and is urging Eastern Bay bards to get in quick to…

Artists urged to enter national show

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ARTIST applications and tickets for the 2017 NZ Art Show are now available on the show’s redesigned version of its website www.artshow.co.nz. The show, now…

Te Papa conservator visits

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RANGITUATAHI Te Kanawa (Ngati Maniapoto), a Te Papa conservator who specialises in Maori textiles, was recently in Whakatane as part of an expert knowledge exchange…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Artists urged to enter national show

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ARTIST applications and tickets for the 2017 NZ Art Show are now available on the show’s redesigned version of its website www.artshow.co.nz. The show, now…

Gourmet Markets open festival

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HOSPICE Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Sunshine and a Plate food festival opens tomorrow with the Sunshine Gourmet Markets at The Heads. Forty food trucks have registered…

Singing can improve your health

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THAT singing is fun is an undisputed fact as proven by 25,000 choirs across the United Kingdom. But science has now proven that it is…

More in film-reviews »film-reviews

The epitome of grace under fire

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Jackie Drama; Cert M, contains violence, offensive language and content that may disturb; 1hr 35mins Starring: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard Director: Pablo Larrain…

Catching the Boston bombers

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Patriots Day Drama; Cert R13, contains violence, offensive language and content that may disturb; 2hrs 13mins Starring: Mark Wahlberg, JK Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon…

Rolleston nails Luke in Pork Pie

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WHILE audiences around the country are checking out Pork Pie simply to see how it stacks up against the original, Eastern Bay moviegoers will have…

More in food »food

Being ginger with rice

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To spice up your rice dishes, try substituting this dish for plain rice.  Ginger rice with peas 1 cup (150 grams) uncooked basmati rice or…

Baileys chocolate cheesecake

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You will need: Base 185grams chocolate biscuit crumbs 1/3 cup (60g) icing sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 60g butter – melted. Filling 600g cream cheese…

smoothie bowls a global trend

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While in Bali, Chloe Marshall fell in love. Not in love in the usual sense, although the object of her desire was certainly pleasant on…

More in gardening »gardening

Solve problems as they crop up

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I ENJOY getting gardening questions when I am out and about. Random people will stop and start chatting as though I’ve known them for years. It’s…

Developing and growing a garden

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WHEN deciding on a topic to write about each week I look to the garden. In general whatever I am doing in my own garden…

Fat, fabulous feijoas

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FEIJOA is related to pohutukawa. You can see the similarities in both the colour of the leaf and particularly the flowers. Birds will have pollinated…

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

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…