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Boost for Tarawera theatre tour

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FULL Swing Productions, a theatre company formed by Tarawera High School, is fundraising for its first tour. Drama teacher Antony Pritchard said students would perform…

The show goes on…

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Stage Door performing arts academy students Cayla Jeffray, Alex Robbie, Hazel McAnulty, Rachel Gerritsen, Jess Burke and Julianna Townsend will feature in a musical theatre…

New journey for Taiwanese artist

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TAIWANESE artist David Huang recently arrived in town and is brimming with enthusiasm for people to see his work and to be a part of…

More in arts »arts

Te Koputu marks Matariki

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A HOST of free events are scheduled at Te Koputu, Whakatane’s library and exhibition centre, to mark Matariki. Matariki, literally “the eyes of God”, is…

Summer of art on the way

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ARTS Whakatane is already gearing up for a season of non-stop action over the Summer Arts Festival. Chairman David Poole says planning is already under…

Artist invited to World Art Games

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AN emerging artist is hoping to showcase her work as well the art of Kiwi kids at the World Art Games in Croatia in August.…

More in entertainment »entertainment

Bird show full of colour and song

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MORE than 600 budgies, finches, canaries and other animals of feathered finery were on display at the Whakatane Bird Club annual bird show at the…

EBOP Brass presents Song of Hope concert

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FRESH from its spectacular debut in the A grade at the National Brass Band Championships, EBOP Brass will present a concert entitled Song of Hope…

Choir turns 60

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IT’S official – Edgecumbe Choir is now 60 years old thanks to the thousands of people over the year that have helped it reach this…

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Perhaps too many eyes on Tupac movie

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Karla Akuhata Film reviewer TRUE Tupac fans will love this movie. The biopic, All Eyez on Me, is tagged as the true and untold story…

History transformed in actioner

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  AS far as action movie franchises go, the Transformers series is probably the lowest common denominator of lowest common denominator films. But with director…

Weekend retreat with God

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The Shack Drama; Cert M, contains content that may disturb; 2hrs 12mins Starring: Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene and Gage Munroe Director:…

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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…

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…

More in gardening »gardening

An enduring package of comfort, taste, substance

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IT would be reasonable to say cabbages are not richly endowed with sex appeal. But in the long run they offer a more enduring package:…

An enduring package of comfort, taste, substance

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IT would be reasonable to say cabbages are not richly endowed with sex appeal. But in the long run they offer a more enduring package:…

Tree tomatoes lead the way

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TAMARILLOS, like feijoas, are a fruit of South and Central American origin that New Zealand has adopted and developed since. Solanum betaceum seedlings first arrived…

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…

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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…