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Teen awes at festival

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OHOPE teenager Erin Christophers has scooped several top places in the speech and drama section of the 60th Tauranga Festival of Performing Arts. Erin, 16,…

Torere nuts on Country Calendar

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A TORERE macadamia orchard will feature on the television programme Country Calendar this weekend. Called “Hard Nut to Crack”, the show looks at the emerging…

Film night helps classroom hearing

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HELPING James Street School children hear their teacher clearly is as simple as attending a movie. Every year Whakatane Quota holds a fundraising event with…

More in arts »arts

Two art exhibitions open on Friday

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TWO new art exhibitions will open at Te Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre, on Friday. A wide range of locally made arts will be…

Leading Maori artist exhibits work

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A NEVER-EXHIBITED panel of four large pieces by New Zealand artist Star Gossage is among a collection of outstanding works on show at Whakatane’s library…

Budding young authors learn new skills

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TOP children’s author-illustrator Nikki Slade-Robinson was at the Whakatane Library this week to share her skills and knowledge with almost 20 children, aged nine to…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Midwinter concert

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THE Whakatane Community Orchestra is hard at practice for its Midwinter Muses Concerts taking place this weekend. Twenty-seven musicians from Whakatane and surrounds, as well…

YouTube grant applications open to skip ahead

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THE hunt for the next big YouTube star from Whakatane is on. A growing number of Kiwis are building successful careers through their YouTube channels…

Woman’s perspective on war

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WELLINGTON actor Jan Bolwell is coming to Opotiki in September to perform her war-based play. Bolwell plays her adolescent self, encouraging her grandfather Arthur to…

More in film-reviews »film-reviews

Apes cast off chains in blockbuster

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War for the Planet of the Apes Sci-fi; Cert M, contains violence and content that may disturb; 2hrs 20mins Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve…

Four-wheeled hero faces down a new generation

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Cars 3 Comedy; Cert G; 1hr 42mins Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer and Larry the Cable Guy Director: Brian Fee DESPITE my…

Young hero fun and irreverent

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Spider-man: Homecoming Superhero action; Cert M, contains violence; 2hrs 13mins Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr Director: Jon Watts I…

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

July is the month for cuttings

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HARDWOOD cutting is a plant propagation term. It is the main method for producing deciduous trees and shrubs (those that lose their leaves). The term…

Make the most of warming mulch

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An important practice in the garden is the use of mulch to cover the soil surface with most gardeners probably familiar with the process. Mulching…

Wonderful winter violas

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We’re on a colour buzz at Awapuni Nurseries this winter. Last month I wrote about adding colour to your winter garden with the three Ps…

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…