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NEW BEGINNINGS: Bruce Jenkins outside his new business, Murupara Four Square, with Charlie.
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New Jenkins challenge


WHEN Bruce and Kristy Jenkins decided to sell their Ohope business and buy a shop in Murupara, they knew it would mean committing whole-heartedly. They…

DUO FINALISTS: Ryan and Keri Topperwien receive medals and thanks from Mark Steven and Catherine Stewart for establishing Dream Chaser Foundation. Photos supplied

Bank recognises Eastern Bay heroes


SPECIALLY made medals have been given to six Eastern Bay residents for their contribution to the community. The recognition occurred at Kiwibank’s annual Bay of…


Students vote black and blue


WHAKATANE High School students have staged their own flag referendum with the clear winner being the black and blue fern. When Prime Minister John Key…

SALE POSSIBLE: Awakeri War Memorial Hall

Awakeri hall sale proposed


WHAKATANE District Council will consider tomorrow whether to sell the Awakeri War Memorial Hall for development as a tourism venture. Whakatane man Barry Caulfield has…

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Uncertain future for Norske Skog Tasman


A STORY claiming Norske Skog’s Australian operations, including its Tasman mill in Kawerau, are under threat from parent company financial troubles has been published in…

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2degrees 4G rollout to Eastern Bay


2DEGREES has extended its 4G coverage to more of New Zealand, including Whakatane and Ohope. Last year 2degrees delivered 4G to Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Tauranga…

EBOP property values rising


RESIDENTIAL property values are increasing in two of the three Eastern Bay district council areas, according to the latest figures from government valuer Quotable Value.…

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Holidays to impact council processing


WHAKATANE District Council is reminding residents that the processing time for various applications will be affected during the end-of-year holiday period. Council offices will be…

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delivery general manager

Axe falls on seniors at regional council


A SHAKE-UP within Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s staff and office structure has left two senior managers without jobs. Council chief executive Mary-Anne Macleod has…


Elder ratepayer slams wasted expenditure


RATEPAYER Ida Rose lamented the lack of involvement by Whakatane residents in local government affairs at a meeting that attracted 35 people last week. The…

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Court news – Lengthy history


AFTER avoiding police for a month, Ryan Maitai, 23, finally appeared in the Whakatane District Court to face three charges. He pleaded guilty to breaching…

Court news – Alleged arsonist threatens police officers’ homes


A WAIOTAHE man accused of setting multiple fires around Opotiki, threatened to burn down the houses of two police officers with them inside. Peter Timothy…

Court news – Dangerous driver remanded


POIRANGI Daley Ngarimu Ruha knew he was driving a stolen car when he was signalled to pull over by police, so rather than stopping he…

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Home detention for teacher who stole Whakatane man’s identity


A TEACHER from a top Auckland school addicted to gambling who used the identity of a missing Whakatane man to rack up tens of thousands…

Home invader attacks woman


A WOMAN was left shaken with minor facial injuries after she was attacked by an intruder who broke into her house last week. The woman…

Whakatane District Court

Mother subjects baby to meth


A MOTHER-of-two has appeared in Whakatane District Court charged with breastfeeding her baby while ingesting methamphetamine. The Whakatane woman, aged 25, was granted interim name…

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Excellence rewarded at Tarawera High


LEADERSHIP qualities were recognised at Tarawera High School’s end of year prizegiving with the school’s manukura tane and manukura wahine awards. The taonga were awarded…

TIE TYING: Trident High School drama teacher Lynne Robb helps Rakau Belshaw with his tie before the special education centre ball. D2891-16

Special Education Centre hosts regional ball


THURSDAY last week was a day of red carpet and balloons for students from special needs centres around the Bay of Plenty. Trident High School…

MARCH: Kawerau Putauaki School and Ohope Beach School make their way to The Strand as part of a parade promoting road safety. Photos Louis Klaassen D2898-012

Noisy orange road safety parade


A LOT of bright orange and loud noise filled the streets of Whakatane as 150 Eastern Bay road patrol students marched in the annual Orange…

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Crash victim in serious condition


A SERIOUS car accident early on Sunday involving four young adults on Tamarangi Drive, Kawerau, has left one person seriously ill and two others with…

WIDESPREAD DAMAGE: A van fire near Thornton last month burnt a 300-square-metre area.
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Fire a hot topic as temperature rises


THE weather is heating up and rural fire authorities are fearing the worst. A dry summer prediction has prompted rural fire Eastern Bay zone manager…

SMOKE HAZARD: A broken power line set fire to the hillside above Whakatane’s Valley Road 
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Valley Road pine forest deja vu + video


HISTORY repeated itself yesterday when a section of pine forest overlooking Valley Road was set alight by a snapped power line. Witness Errol Verstegen said…

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Weed control underway on Awatapu Lagoon


CONTRACTOR Geoff Angel, from Aqua AG, was out on Awatapu Lagoon yesterday spraying weeds. Whakatane District Council typically used spray to control aquatic weeks in…

Trout released by boat at Lake Tarawera


FISH & Game officers used a boat to release fish on Lake Tarawera last week. The young rainbow trout are normally transported to the various…

Sullivan Lake

Sewage pump for Sullivan Lake


A SEWER pump may be used to remove the potentially dangerous build-up of silt in Whakatane’s Sullivan Lake. The Sullivan Lake Care group has shared…

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Switch to water and stop decay


KIWI families are being urged to “Switch to Water” by the New Zealand Dental Association as it attempts to halt the march of tooth decay.…

TREATMENT: Eastbay Dental dentist Frances Joseph, right, and chairside assistant Jamie Whiteley with one of the 38 patients to benefit from Colgate Dental Free Day. Photos supplied

Patients travel far for free dental care


SATURDAY is not traditionally a day of work for dentists. However, during the daylight hours of November 7, the staff at Eastbay Dental treated 38…

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Buddy day for children


BAY of Plenty District Health Board members climbed on the Buddy Day wagon as 20 buddies visited Whakatane Hospital on Friday. Buddy Day is dedicated…

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NEW GOALS: Loss and grief led Tessa Thornton down a new career path. Photo supplied

Loss leads to new career goals for Kawerau mum


TESSA Thornton was inspired to study following the loss of her youngest daughter last year. “She had a rare liver disease called biliary atresia and…

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Kawerau Seniors Forum secretary

Elderly want petrol


KAWERAU’S elderly want the town’s council to provide a guaranteed annual community grant to pay for transport to medical appointments in Whakatane. Kawerau District Council…

WELCOME PACK:  New residents to Kawerau will receive a welcome pack full of useful information for new residents, including what to see and do in the area, and gifts. Photo supplied

Gift pack for new residents


STARTING this month, new residents buying homes in Kawerau will be given a welcome pack. The brainchild of Kawerau resident Margaret Bradnock, the pack is…

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DoC pay offer disrespectful


THE Eastern Bay branch of Forest and Bird fully supports the action of Department of Conservation staff in taking industrial action. The current pay offer…

Cracks appearing


AFTER reading the letter in Friday’s Beacon extolling the fine job done on the new pathway, I have felt compelled to write in. I have…

Rail trail fun


MEMBERS of the Cole family had the distinct pleasure of travelling on the Awakeri rail on Saturday, November 21, and had one of the most…

More in maori-affairs »maori-affairs

Te Puni Kokiri encourages land development


WITH demand for affordable housing continuing to grow, the ministry of Maori development is on a crusade to support those wanting to develop the largely…

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resigning Ngati Awa chief executive

Late notice will not stop runanga meeting


NGATI Awa’s annual meeting will take place on December 5 at Mataatua Wharenui after legal advice it is acceptable to proceed, even though a meeting…

Ngati Rangitihi to meet


TE Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust will hold its annual meeting tomorrow at Matata. The meeting will involve a report from chairman Leith Comer regarding…

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ONE early morning in April 2011, Waioeka Gorge farmer Raydon Clayton woke to the sound of rifle shots. He later found two of his stags had been shot. The stags were by his house and the shooter on the public road across the river. File photo OA8129-10

Police to spotlight hunters


OPOTIKI police are warning illegal spotlighters a crack-down is coming. Constable Nigel Peterson said an increase in complaints about illegal spotlighting on private land and…

FINAL JOURNEY: An excavator drags the sperm whale found on Hawai Beach, 23 kilometres east of Opotiki, on Sunday to a burial site further along the beach. Photos Tawa Kingi

Whale carcass buried and taonga secured


THE Department of Conservation and Ngai Tai have successfully recovered the 10-tonne sperm whale carcass discovered at the western end of Hawai Beach on Sunday…

FLYOVER: THE sight of large C17 Globemaster aircraft from the United States Air Force – like the one in this photo – flying in Eastern Bay airspace has puzzled people recently. NZDF says they are so large they give the impression they are flying lower than they actually are. Photo New Zealand Defence Force

Mystery aircraft disappear as fast as they show up


THE mystery of unusually large, military aircraft flying low over the Opotiki district lately has been solved – they were taking part in navigational flights…

More in police-news »police-news

DRAG: Epic and Buck keep hold of the offender before he is arrested, not letting go until commanded to by their handlers. Photos Louis Klaassen D2900-103

Police dogs tackle the bad guy


CHILDREN at Whakatane Intermediate were treated to an impressive display of police dog crime-fighting to show how the trained animals help make arrests. The biennial…

Eyes on cannabis planting


EASTERN Bay police are asking people to lookout for and report suspicious activity they think might be linked to cannabis crop planting. Detective Sergeant Darren…

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Domestic abuse spike coincides with holidays


POLICE were busy last week responding to over 20 domestic abuse call outs in the Whakatane area. Whakatane police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said seven…

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RECOVERY: Nigel Martin’s strawberries are back producing healthy red berries after an unseasonal frost cost him a crop. The frost-burnt strawberries ended up as pig feed but now he has a new problem – finding enough workers willing to pick strawberries.                                                                                                                                                                 Photos Keith Melville D2932-03

Frost destroys 900kg strawberries


AN unseasonal frost that left a trail of crop damage from Galatea Road and Macdonald Road to Te Teko has proved costly for growers. Galatea…

HARD WORK: Stacking bales are Dale Seymour (left) and Jac Connolly.                                                                        Photos Louis Klaassen D2888-36

Trident boys’ hard graft for rugby trip


TRIDENT High School rugby players have embraced two qualities, hard work and team work, to raise funds for their 2016 rugby trip to North America.…

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Resilient farmer back on the farm


MARLBOROUGH farmer Doug Avery is having a cup of tea and a bit of a break. So far this year he’s taken his ‘Resilient Farmer…