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Using your loaf

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  HERE’S a terrific recipe for those people with an overabundance of soft kiwifruit that need to be used up quickly. The riper the fruit…

Coming unstuck

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WHAKATANE’S Ronna Grace Funtelar doesn’t think her story is anything special – in fact it’s probably in its simplicity that people relate to what she has…

Flu – fact vs fiction

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HEALTH experts are calling for people to ignore common misconceptions about the flu vaccine in an effort to reduce the number of New Zealanders getting…

House of the year

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WE cannot tell you where this house is, or who owns it. But we can tell you that it occupies one of Whakatane’s highest points,…

Creating art with stitches

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A WIDE variety of embroidery, including beading, mixed media and gold work, will be on show at Decorative Threads, an exhibition by members of Whakatane…

More in arts »arts

Last chance to enjoy pop-up gallery

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ART lovers are urged to get themselves to pop-up gallery Art on Commerce before the gallery shuts for an extended break. Ohiwa Harbour artist Neil…

Quilt comfort for Edgecumbe

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WHAKATANE quilter Daphne Green of Pins to Patches in Whakatane has set up a Quilts for Edgecumbe Facebook page to help bring some warmth and…

Talent agency name change

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BOP Actors, the only talent agency in the Bay of Plenty that represents creative talent throughout all of New Zealand, is changing its name. The…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Choir has a diamond for everyone

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FROM Faure to Adele, Edgecumbe Choir’s choice of songs for its upcoming Diamonds concert will have something for everyone. The choir has chosen works from…

Sam’s musical homecoming

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BEFORE Sam McLeod left Whakatane 12 years ago, he was a regular performer on stage. He is back, brimming with enthusiasm and energy, and ready…

Outdoor movie night

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GIVE your support to the flood patrol volunteers at an outdoor movie night. The Kawerau Drive-in Movie Night takes place on May 25 and 26…

More in film-reviews »film-reviews

Competitive poultry breeding ripe in NZ

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Pecking Order Documentary; Cert PG, contains coarse language; 1hr 24 mins Starring: Doug Main, Brian Glassey, Mark Lilley, Rhys Lilley, Ian Selby, Marina Steinke, Sarah…

Holocaust film an historic crossroad

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Denial Drama; Cert M, contains adult themes; 1hr 50mins Starring: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Gatiss and Andrew Scott Director: Mick Jackson MORE…

Greatest hits from Alien franchise

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Alien: Covenant Sci-fi horror; Cert R16, contains violence, offensive language and horror; 2hrs Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demian Bichir…

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

Put the garden to bed for winter

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EVERYONE will be feeling the temperatures drop. Spare a thought for our botanical buddies that can’t turn on a heater or reach for a blanket. For…

Born with an affliction

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Gardening started as a toddler Family stories state that I started growing vegetables and flowers when I was a toddler. There were no gardening role…

The scootering botanist

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Making something special out of very little I HAVE two main hobbies outside or work. The first is the ongoing development a two-acre food forest and…

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…