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New Plymouth leads in sunshine stakes

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NEW Plymouth is the early leader in the 2016 sunshine stakes. The city enjoyed 279 hours of sunshine in January, substantially more than any other…

Gerard van Beek, councillor

Council flip-flops on fluoride

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FLUORIDE is back in Whakatane’s water supply. Whakatane District Council has U-turned, just two weeks after controversially voting to remove fluoride from the water supply of…

RED-Y… SET… GO: Jack Clark, 10, Ethan Burke, 10, Zac Klein, Aleisha Warneford, 7, and Luke Clark, 7, are raring to get started. 
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Kids and adults practise pedal power

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CYCLISTS pedalled their way to good health during Go by Bike Day events held across the Eastern Bay of Plenty on Wednesday. Sport Bay of…

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LEGAL TEAM: Chris Spargo, Sandy Van Den Heuval, Rachel Petterson and Ian Blackman are the directors of Blackman Spargo, which opens its new Whakatane office today. Photo supplied

New law firm sets up shop on The Strand

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WITH the enactment of new legislation in the agricultural industry, farmers are required to have a better understanding of regulations and their legal responsibilities. The…

NOT A SAUSAGE: Clint Simonsen and Tracy Anderson prepare a batch of Rangitaiki Home Kills’ popular sausage links made from their special recipe, which sell out quickly. Photo Louis Klaassen D3236-16

Butcher looks to expand market

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KNOWING that in a highly-competitive business the road to success is diversification, the owners of Edgecumbe’s Rangitaiki Home Kills have branched out a bit. Co-owner…

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Thieves kidnap Stuart

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THIEVES have kidnapped Awakeri Rail Adventures’ mascot minion and they would like him back. “Stuart” as he is known, disappeared from the railway platform at…

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Time set for fluoride review

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WHAKATANE District Council will review its decision to remove fluoride from the water supplied to Whakatane and Ohope residents at 10.30am tomorrow. Anyone wishing to…

Scott Jarrett,

Fluoride meeting brought forward

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A REVIEW of Whakatane District Council’s decision to remove fluoride from the water supplied to Whakatane and Ohope residents will occur on Thursday – not…

Tony Bonne, Whakatane mayor

Mayor Talk – Mayor to stand for re-election

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THIS year, 2016, is well and truly under way and for most of us, including me, it’s goal-setting time. We’ve made good progress in previous…

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Court news – Judge gives man one last chance

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WITH a recent history of assaulting women, Nikora Tapiki Hipirini-Te Morehu Nika Hohepa was lucky not to be sentenced to jail when he appeared in…

Court news – Non-association dropped

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WITH his partner and child present in the Whakatane District Court, a Whakatane man faced a wilful damage charge and breach of bail conditions. When…

Court news – No faith defendant will comply

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THE Crown, police and probation had no faith Tawhai Tarau would comply with a community detention sentence when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court on Wednesday…

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Indecent assault on Strand shopper

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A WOMAN was indecently assaulted as she walked down The Strand at lunch time on Saturday. Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said the woman was grabbed…

Opotiki District Court

Fruit thefts frustrate orchardists

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TWO men have appeared in the Opotiki District Court for sentence for burglaries that have cost Western Bay avocado growers thousands of dollars. Joseph Tai,…

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Aggravated robbery at Plains Hotel

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EASTERN Bay are investigating the aggravated robbery of the Edgecumbe Plains Hotel shortly before midnight on Wednesday. As staff at the hotel, situated on College…

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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:  Eastern BOP winners of the annual Bay of Plenty Education Trust Science, Technology and Emerging Industries Scholarships, from left, Lemuel Peria, Conor Armstrong, Rachel Gullett, Sarah Massey, Jessica Aldridge, Dalyn Anderson and Frank Ross.  Absent, Jared Emms, Reegan Reid and Max Clarke. Photo supplied

Scholarships awarded to 10 Eastern Bay students

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A RECORD number of Eastern Bay students are heading off to tertiary institutions this month armed with Bay of Plenty Education Trust scholarships. Ten Eastern…

MOVIES: Makaia Duggan from Whakatane Intermediate wins $80 worth of WhakaMax movie tickets for wearing a helmet. D3251-04

Children rewarded for safe travels to school

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DURING February school children caught travelling safe to and from school are being rewarded with tickets swappable for an ice-cream. Co-ordinated by Whakatane Blue Light…

GOTCHA: Whakatane police officer Maree Bicknell and parking warden Patrick Drummond chase Alfie Hamer, 12, to ticket him for wearing his bike helmet. Photo Louis Klassen D3227-19

Be ticketed for doing the right thing

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IF you cycle, scoot, walk or are a passenger to and from school, and you are seen by police or traffic wardens using the correct…

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Large quake offshore

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A SERIES of earthquakes felt across the North Island on Monday about 8am followed a large shake off the New Zealand coast. The 6.6 quake…

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Te Kaha boy hit while riding quad bike

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THE Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter was called to Te Kaha this afternoon where an eight-year-old boy had been hit by a car while riding a…

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Investigations continue in aggravated robbery

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EASTERN Bay of Plenty police investigating the gunpoint robbery of two security guards at a Whakatane shopping centre on Wednesday have identified a vehicle of interest. A…

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GEARING UP: Former Whakatane men Justin Hamman and Chris Saunders will ride 1000 kilometres for charity next month. Photo supplied

Long road ahead for riders

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ELEPHANTS are just one of the things two Eastern Bay men will have to deal with on their up-coming cycle tour. Former Whakatane High School…

LIVING LOG: Laura Morgan and John Black, survey the gooseneck barnacle colony that washed ashore early this week. D3170-15

Alien-looking shellfish wash up

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CONSIDERED a delicacy in Spain, a gooseneck barnacle colony that washed ashore on Ohope Beach this week looked more like an alien invader than a…

RESTORATION: Members of the Restoration Group replanting in Waiewe Reserve. 
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Celebrate with Picnic in the Paddock

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THE Waiewe Reserve restoration group is celebrating several years of hard work with a Picnic in the Paddock for the local community from 3pm to…

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Scott Jarrett,

Fluoride meeting brought forward

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A REVIEW of Whakatane District Council’s decision to remove fluoride from the water supplied to Whakatane and Ohope residents will occur on Thursday – not…

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Fluoride issue to be revisited

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FLUORIDATION of water supplies in the Whakatane district is set to be debated again with deputy mayor Judy Turner lodging a notice of motion that…

Jon Burness,
Fluoride Free Whakatane spokesman

No fluoride commonsense to campaigner

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AFTER nine years of campaigning for fluoride-free drinking water in Whakatane and Ohope, Jon Burness believes Whakatane District Council’s decision to stop adding it to…

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Lack of public toilets in Kawerau an inconvenience

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PUBLIC toilets kicked off a Kawerau District Council meeting this week. Speaking at a public forum at the start of the regulatory and services committee…

Traffic calming requests by Kawerau residents

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SPEED monitoring systems are being put in place in Kawerau in preparation for the possible installation of a speed hump. A report covering requests for…

CAMPER DAMAGE: Henk Bosma’s campervan requires more than $3000 for damage caused by a pruned tree stump hidden by foliage. Photo supplied P1010264

Branch stump damages campervan

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A TRIMMED stump hidden by foliage has caused damage worth more than $3000 to a Kawerau man’s campervan. Owner Henk Bosma was visiting a friend…

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Jail time for dog owners

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MY heart goes out to Karmann, who lost her beloved pet in such a traumatic and needless way. These stories are unfortunately occurring too often.…

Paper cheaper than quaffing wine

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I GET my Whakatane Beacons delivered to my letter box for $2.20 per week. That is three newspapers for a total of half the cost…

Council, police – do your job

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I BACK up what RTGL says in the letter to the editor in Tuesday’s Beacon. I am an avid walker in Whakatane township, on the…

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DEFT TOUCH: Quinton Paraku from Ruaihona Marae works on the waka raupo. Photo Louis Klaassen D3178-18

Te Teko rejuvenates old practice

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WITH the advent of modern boats, the art of making a vessel from bulrushes has become a thing of the past. However, a group from…

Geoff Hamilton, Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited chief executive

Ngati Awa appoints new commercial boss

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THE new boss of Ngati Awa’s financial arm plans to use the lessons he has learned leading the country’s surf lifesavers to help him in…

Final step for Tuhoe building

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TUHOE will learn in the new year whether its revolutionary headquarters building – Te Kura Whare – has met the international Living Building Challenge. Over…

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Opotiki District Court

Last of young men pleads guilty

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A LAWYER acting for the last of the five young Opotiki men to enter a guilty plea to unlawful sexual connection indicated in the Opotiki…

DES Young hangs up his tools after working 60 years without a holiday. His wife, Leigh, was charged with selling three weeks’ worth of stock after her husband was incapacitated by illness. 
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End of a 108-year era for butchery

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SPEAKING to heart attack survivor Des Young, I give up counting his apologies after the fifth one. “I want to apologise to my customers for…

SOME of the tags and graffiti culprits left in Opotiki’s Church Street on Tuesday night. Photos Sven Carlsson OB1524-03

Graffiti tarnishes town image

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THE township was peppered with yet more senseless vandalism early on Tuesday morning, prompting some to call for police to act faster to apprehend those…

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Family violence numbers on the rise

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FAMILY violence offences are on the increase in Whakatane, according to police. Bashings in the months of September through to December in 2015 exceeded totals…

Re-instate your licence

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WHEN police impound vehicles, it is often because drivers have not re-instated their licence. Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker said members of the public appeared to…

Police thank callers

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WHAKATANE police want to thank people who phone them about dangerous driving on Eastern Bay roads over the holiday season. Road police Senior Sergeant Ray…

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Farmer support for TPP signing

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FEDERATED Farmers has welcomed last week’s signing in Auckland of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement as a significant milestone for the New Zealand economy and…

A-MAIZE-ING YIELDS: With the wetter than expected growing season farm contractors are happy with the amount and quality of silage they will be harvesting but disappointed with the prices.
 Photo Louis Klaassen D3243-063

Healthy maize harvest expected in Eastern Bay

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FARMERS and farm contractors in the Eastern Bay have not taken full advantage of a good growing season due to the slowing economy. Farm contractor…

Drivers urged to slow down around school buses

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BRAKE, the road safety charity and Rural Women New Zealand are urging drivers to stick to the law and remember to slow down when passing…